February 9, 2014
WEYERS CAVE, Va. (AP) - Blue Ridge Community College is creating a training program to address a shortage of skilled workers in the packaging industry.
The program will provide specialized training in gluing and die-cutting. It's expected to start either in the fall or in the spring of 2015.
Carded Graphics president and CEO Murry Pitts tells The Daily News-Record that he will help fund the program.
Pitts says jobs are available around the country. But companies are struggling to find skilled workers.
Paperboard Packaging Council president Ben Markens says he's not aware of any other specialized training programs for gluing and die-cutting. He says companies likely would be interested in sending their workers to Blue Ridge for additional training.
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