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Production Operator

Company: Graphic Packaging International
Location: Kendallville
Posted on: October 13, 2021

Job Description:

Production Operator



We continually encourage our employees to advance their careers through on the job training and job progression through our strong promotion from within program. Many of our roles are skilled trade positions and our employees build successful careers in the Printing & Packaging industry with an earning potential to $29.08/hour plus $1.45 shift differential.


Utility Operators
$22.30 /HR


Our employee’s health and quality of life are important to us. That’s why we offer a benefits program that supports and protects them, their families, and their future. GPI pays the full cost of certain “basic” benefits, including:

Life Insurance
Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D)
Short Term and Long Term Disability
Optional benefits include:

Medical, Dental, Vision
Tuition Reimbursement
Vacation, Holiday Pay and Attendance Bonus


Ability to work any shift, including 12 hour shifts (typically 6:30PM to 6:30AM)
Ability to work compulsory mandatory overtime as required
3-2-2 Schedule(alternating days of the week)
Employees must have the ability to work alternate schedules and overtime that may include early mornings, nights, and/or weekends and be punctual while doing so.
Must be willing and able to work overtime.

JOB SUMMARY: Operate or tend a printing machine and folder gluer that transforms paperboard into various consumer packaging products. Understand and align business operations with job role to exceed customer expectations and align with GPI business, cultural, financial and operational objectives.

JOB FUNCTIONS: Job functions include, but are not limited to the following.

Performs Make-Ready tasks: installs plates and washes blankets.

Turns handles, pushes buttons or moves controls and levers to start / stop press and to manually set and adjust speed, temperature, ink flow, tension, and position and pressure tolerances of press.

Loads, positions, and adjusts raw material (paperboard) in loading and feeding mechanisms of press.

Set up and operates splicing device to splice end of new paper roll to depleted roll.

Installs, adjusts, dismantles, reassembles, removes parts and equipment (printing plates, blankets, rollers, dies, cylinders, etc) using various hand tools and measuring devices such as wrenches (Allen, open-end, socket, torque, crescent), channel lock, pliers, hammer, screwdrivers, pry bar, tape measure, and calipers.

Performs preventative maintenance.

Moves materials and fixtures (paperboard rolls, dies, repeats, etc) using fork truck, overhead crane, pallet jack, and hand cart; must obtain fork truck licensure.

Dip ink into ink fountains of the printing unit.

Monitors and controls operation of auxiliary equipment such as cutters, UV lights, delivery table, etc.

Monitors feeding, printing, and delivery processes of press to maintain specified operating levels and detect malfunctions.

Inspects and examines printed products for print clarity, color accuracy, conformance to specifications and external defects such as scum, hickeys, ink drips, and water spots.
Palletize printed product.

Computer Data Entry: Inputs order number to print load tickets. Scans in load ticket and batch number. Enters quantity and scrap code (reason). Enters downtime. Creates notifications.

Perform housekeeping duties, including banding scrap material for disposal.

Cleans and lubricates printing machine and components (eg. rollers, blankets, reservoirs) using solvents, rags, and sponges

Ensure Gemba boards are referenced daily and completed accurately every shift.

Shares an obligation to protect and strengthen Graphic Packaging International’s good reputation in our relationships with customers, employees, suppliers, competitors, investors, and governmental agencies

Work within and adhere to GPI’s core values of Integrity, Respect, Accountability, Relationships and Teamwork.

Other duties as assigned.


Manufacturing experience preferred.


Visual Color Discrimination, the ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of colors.
Stand for extended periods of time.
Awkward and/or repetitive movements.
Push / Pull 10-40 lbs
Climb Stairs, Stoop, Bend, and Twist.
Lift up to 50 lbs occasionally and up to 30 lbs frequently.
Reading computer screen or other electronic devices.
Use of various hand and electrical tools and equipment.
Work in areas of fluctuating temperature

REM-03 WS-03

Shift start: 6:30PM
Shift length: 12 hours
3-2-2 Schedule(alternating days of the week), MUST BE WILLING TO WORK EVENINGS 6:30PM-6:30AM

  • Health, dental, vision insurance - available after 60 days
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k) plan

  • Must pass drug screen
  • Must pass background check
  • Can lift 50 lbs
  • Must be at least 18+ years old

About Graphic Packaging International

Graphic Packaging International is committed to providing consumer packaging that makes a world of difference. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, they are a leading global provider of paper-based packaging solutions for a wide variety of products for food, beverage, foodservice and other consumer products companies. They strive to be an environmentally responsible leader in their industry and in the communities where they operate. Graphic Packaging has approximately 17,000 employees working in more than 60 locations in North and South America, Europe and the Pacific Rim. They are committed to workplace diversity and offer compensation and benefits programs that are among the best in the industry to reward the talented people who make their company successful.

Keywords: Graphic Packaging International, Fort Wayne , Production Operator, Other , Kendallville, Indiana

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