By Jennifer L. Warren
MIDDLETOWN – “Many family businesses fail because people can’t get along,” emphasized Richard Grossbard. “We are so successful because we have always worked together.”
That cohesive spirit of the Grossbard family traces back to the early 1960’s when Grossbard’s father took the helm at President Container Group (PCG), a leader in the manufacture of corrugated containers and point-of-sale package displays. Now, 60 years later, Richard, along with his brother Lawrence Grossbard, Co-Presidents of (PCG), continue to develop the strong work ethic, devotion to excellence as well as solid connection to community established by their recently deceased father. The duo, along with Richard Goldberg, formed a “power alliance” in 2009 that has taken the company to new heights, now one of the leaders in their field in North America.
However, the creative and constantly forward-thinking trio has been looking to do still more for their business as well as their surrounding Wallkill-based community, an area they adore and adores them back. After realizing the increased demand for their popular products, the Grossbards and Goldberg started to hold meetings with community leaders and surrounding businesses, and before long, the answer for their next step began to crystallize: A $40 million 100,000 square foot expansion of their technology-driven manufacturing supercenter. The move will not only enlarge PCG’s space and technology equipment, but so too its high level of customer service.
“Our theme is ‘manufacturing for the next generation;’ we will be here for the long haul, and are creating 50 new jobs, and will then have a total of 450, with this expansion,” said Lawrence Grossbard, as he addressed guests at a special groundbreaking ceremony, held Wednesday afternoon, right at the exact location of the expansion. “We will be helping out the economy with this project as well as assisting the local entities and businesses.” He added, “We are a second generation family business who is preparing the third generation to continue on, and we plan on being here for many, many years to come, here for the long haul.”
The most recent expansion piece of their trek is set to be completed by December, 2021. The goal is to be mailing those signature PCG boxes, designed to house specialized items: food and beverages, e-commerce, cosmetics, garments and other commercial industries, by January, 2022. To meet that end, people labor is an absolute, and PCG is prepared right now to get that process in motion.
An Open House was held Saturday, where candidates filled out paperwork and were interviewed on the spot. The 50 positions offer good wages, benefits and an opportunity for job advancement. There is even a possibility of another 20 positions becoming available.
“These are great opportunities to work with a wonderful group of people,” said Goldberg, a long-time PCG employee. “Every year I have spent working with this team has been absolutely great.”
Selling chiefly in the greater New York area, which does ship some products around the country, PCG is proud to be an American company, one whose workers were identified as essential during the Pandemic and have been diligently carrying on their duties since COVID hit last March. Additionally, the company is environment-friendly; 80 percent of what they produce is recyclable. Deeply committed to both the Town of Wallkill as well as surrounding Orange County, the PCG team is beyond excited to see the possibilities of where this huge expansion will take them as well as the entire region.
“This is true blue manufacturing at its best,” affirmed Goldberg..