A Printpack Associate Spotlight Series
Meet Jim Lyreman: Process Improvement Specialist, Williamsburg, VA
James (Jim) Lyreman is a Process Improvement Specialist with Printpack’s Rigid division in Williamsburg, Virginia. Since joining the company in 1988, he has held different roles that have allowed him to expand his knowledge and responsibilities. Today, Jim is an expert in the thermoforming and tooling processes and helps troubleshoot any issue that comes along the way.
Jim’s co-workers describe him as friendly, committed, collaborative, reliable, customer-focused, and a great performer. His successful career journey story comes with a lot of hard work and support from his leaders and co-workers. At Printpack, associates are encouraged to care about what they do and each other, work as a team with respect, and deliver the best product to the customer. Jim is a true professional and exemplifies Printpack’s values. He is an ideal team player and constantly finds a way to overcome challenges and help co-workers.
Jim reflects on his career journey:
Q: Why did you choose to work at Printpack?
A: I worked at a plastic company as a warehouse supervisor while trying to get into the Army, which didn’t work out. I saw an advertisement, and I thought it was another warehouse position. I applied, and at the time, so many people were trying to get in the door. A mechanical test had to be completed and passed before I was hired. I knew nothing about the industry before I started. I learned a lot since joining the company.
Q: What do you do at Printpack?
A: I perform mechanical setups for thermoformers and troubleshoot mechanical issues. I also train technicians on tooling and mechanical setups.
Q: How has this experience added to your skills so far?
A: There was a big learning curve when I moved to the tooling department. You must be precise and pay massive attention to detail. It’s taught me to be more organized, be prepared for anything that can happen, and think ahead.
Q: What do you like most about your role and Printpack?
A: The people. We have become a second family here. In 2008, I had a stroke, and Printpack gave me the opportunity to overcome obstacles and make changes to my life. The amount of compassion my second family showed me during this time meant the world to me.
Q: Aside from your hard work, what are some other things at Printpack that you have felt aided your career path?
A: Opportunity and management’s willingness to do and try new things.
Q: What makes a successful associate at Printpack?
Someone who is engaging and kind, not afraid to work.
Q: What kind of advice would you give to those starting their careers?
A: Just do it. Learn about the role, ask questions, but most importantly, do something. Don’t wait for it to happen; go get it. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or to try something different. When I was a technician, there was a water leak on a chain rail, and I broke it trying to fix it when I didn’t know what I was doing. When maintenance came over, I told him I was sorry for breaking it, and he said, “at least you tried.” He took the time to show me how to fix it and it became a learning moment. You must do something; don’t rely on others.
Founded in 1956 and headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Printpack is a privately-held flexible and specialty rigid packaging manufacturer. Employing over 3,200 associates worldwide, the company operates 19 manufacturing facilities in the United States and Mexico. With investments in leading-edge technologies and a deep understanding of customer needs, Printpack has partnered with the most successful CPGs to launch new products and grow market share. Printpack’s purpose, Preserving and Enhancing People’s Lives, is continually demonstrated by the commitment to sustainable products, active involvement in the local communities, and the empowerment of all associates. To read more about life at Printpack and our open positions, click here.