Development of a highly efficient workforce was foremost on the minds of German executives during a whirlwind visit to Rome on Tuesday. The Rome Floyd Chamber hosted German Consul to the Southeast Detlev Ruenger, President of German-American Chamber of Commerce Stefanie Jehlitschka, and President and CEO of AGCO Corp. Martin Richenhagen, over lunch with local government and business
leaders prior to a tour of the Darlington School and its robotics lab.
Ruenger, who has served in the German diplomatic corps for many years, said the Southeast is the center of German industrial investment in the United States, with over 100,000 jobs created in the six states he serves.
Ruenger said expansion of the German apprenticeship model into the American manufacturing sector was important to the many German companies looking to expand into the U.S. “As it is in Germany, obviously it is something that was grown over centuries, so this is something we can’t carbon copy but we would like to bring in elements, we would like to meet demands of industry with what is locally available,” Ruenger said.