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Lauridsen Group Inc. Production Operator - Dairy - 3rd Shift- St. Johns, MI in St. Johns, Michigan

Proliant Dairy Ingredients is committed to providing the best dairy ingredient options for enhancing the value and effectiveness of our partners’ products. We value quality in all we do; it is who we are. The purpose of this job is to assist various areas within the plant while maintaining efficient production processes according to Good Manufacturing Practices and to meet customer specifications.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

Education:

High school diploma or GED preferred.

Experience:

1 year stable work experience in the areas such as agriculture, production, or manufacturing preferred.

JOB DUTIES:

Packing

  • Operate packaging and palletizing equipment.

  • Make appropriate adjustments to the above equipment as needed.

  • Bag and blend finished powder, weigh, sample, seal, and palletize product and move pallets which may require a forklift or pallet jack.

  • Properly label and use computerized inventory tracking system for finished product per customer and company specifications/requirements.

Receiving/Raw Inventory Management/Silos

  • Perform quality checks on raw inventory on each load whether it be trucked or piped in

  • Unload raw inventory from trucks

  • Complete appropriate paperwork to document findings of quality checks

  • Complete appropriate paperwork to document inventory

  • Load product tanks and silos.

  • Provide support for basic analytical testing on finished product.

Dryers/Production Equip

  • Operate evaporator, Triple C, fluid bed and other production equipment as required.

  • Operate spray dryers, monitor intake and exhaust temperatures, monitor and sample powdered product, check operation of spray nozzles, and sweep down dryers.

  • Make appropriate adjustments to the above equipment as needed.

  • Operate bag house, makes sure air is on, check on moving parts, and help with removal and replacement of bags.

  • Assist maintenance with projects and repairing/replacing motors and pumps and other duties as requested in order to maintain equipment.

  • Provide support for basic analytical testing on finished product.

Other

  • Properly store and track product (raw and/or finished), materials (consumable and packaging) and chemicals in warehouse according to the First In First Out (FIFO) inventory systems.

  • Maintain a clean and safe work area including proper care and storage of tools/equipment.

  • Perform CIP operations on all equipment and work with outside sanitation vendor to ensure proper cleaning of equipment/drains/etc.

  • Assist in ensuring fundamental food safety and quality practices are maintained to achieve food safety and quality objectives and to support ongoing improvements of food safety programs.

  • Work safely and communicate safety risks or concerns right away

  • Comply with all regulatory, food safety, occupational safety and quality programs and expectations.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ability to prepare and operate all machinery in plant.

  • General knowledge of production/manufacturing methods.

  • Knowledge of dryer operation and evaporation processes.

  • Knowledge of industrial production processes in human food and animal feed processing plant

  • Ability to read gauges and record data in a legible manner and in accordance with established procedures.

  • Ability to learn handling of food grade materials in accordance with established sanitary procedures.

  • Ability to understand and follow established work procedures, including mandated sanitary and safety guidelines.

  • Ability to read, write and comprehend instructions.

  • Ability to operate and maintain proper certification for forklift/pallet jack.

  • Ability to work varying work schedules, to include overtime when necessary

  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing

  • Ability to perform basic math skills.

  • Ability to work collaboratively and professionally with peers and leadership

  • Ability to troubleshoot malfunction and situations as they arise, notifying appropriate staff of problems.

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

  • Ability and willingness to assist in various work areas throughout the plant.

  • Ability to operate forklifts and pallet jacks as needed.

  • Ability to accurately and completely abide by company good documentation procedures for recording required data and paperwork related to HACCP, GMPs, SSOPs, and SQF.

  • Ability to distinguish if food safety violations or product quality issues occur and resolve immediately or, if unable to resolve immediately, contact appropriate plant management (i.e. the Production Supervisor and/or the QC Manager).

  • In the absence of a Production Operator, other Production Operators or Supervisors will cover the duties of the role.

BASIC PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Approximate: 8-9 Hour Day (may be longer during peak season)

Key:

Occasional = 0% - 33%

Frequent = 34% - 66%

Continuous = 67% - 100%

N/A = Not Applicable

Standing - Continuous

Sitting - Occasional

Walking - Frequent

Bending/Kneeling/Crouching/Stooping - Frequent

Reaching Above Shoulder - Frequent

Climbing (stairs, ladders, etc.) - Frequent

Confined Spaces - Occasional

Working on Heights:

Unprotected Heights - Occasional

Protected Heights - Occasional

Lifting Weights from 1 to 50 pounds - Frequent

Push/Pull/Maneuver Equipment/Products/Materials

Weighing from 1 to 100 pounds - Frequent

Being Around and/or Operating Moving Machinery/Equipment - Frequent

Operating a Vehicle (as a part of your job) - N/A

Read/Monitor Gauges on Various Equipment/Machinery - Occasional

Hand Movements:

Recording Data - Occasional

Operating Office Equipment - N/A

Operating Computer - N/A

Simple Grasping (right and left) - Frequent

Firm Grasping (right and left) - Frequent

Fine Manipulating (right and left) - Occasional

Foot Movements to Operate Foot Controls - Occasional

Good Vision, Corrected to Normal; or Ability to Access

Required Information and to Perform Job Duties - Yes

Color Definition - Yes

Good Hearing, Corrected to Normal; or Ability to Communicate

and/or Understand Required Information and to Perform Job Duties - Yes

Ability to be Mobile throughout Required Work Areas - Yes

Office - Occasional

Multiple Locations - Occasional

Plant - Continuous

Equipment/Maintenance or Repair Area - Continuous

Rough Terrain - Occasional

Other - N/A

BASIC MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:

Employee must be able to handle multiple tasks and understand mechanical and equipment operations as required by job duties. Employee will frequently use the following abilities: learning new equipment; calculating; analyzing numbers and situations; reading, speaking and writing; comprehending complex information; problem solving; and communication skills. In addition, this employee must be able to work independently, set priorities, and determine work assignments and work methods. Normally, this employee will be responsible for materials, company property and work that he/she has completed.

WORKING CONDITIONS AND EXPOSURES:

General manufacturing working conditions exist. Exposures include but are not limited to chemicals, caustic, temperatures ranging from freezing to extreme heat, noise, dust, and moving equipment/machinery. Occasional outside work with varying seasonal temperatures. Will be required to stand for extended periods of time on slippery tile and/or concrete floors. Will be exposed to different chemicals used during production and cleanup.

LGI’s foundation began in 1916 as the Lauridsen Creamery, selling butter, eggs and poultry to the local community. Although our headquarters in Ankeny, Iowa, is not far from the old creamery in Dedham, Iowa, the company is now worldwide with more than fifty manufacturing and sales locations in twenty countries and sales in more than sixty countries.

Each company under the LGI umbrella is truly independent. They have the ability and the charge to be entrepreneurial, to seek out new markets, to develop new products and applications, and – above all - to discover new ways to add value through fractionation and novel application.

What’s more, because some LGI companies have offices and presence around the world, all LGI companies benefit from their exposure to new markets, new products, new applications and new thinking.

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