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Lauridsen Group Inc. Production Operator I - 3rd Shift - APC in Arion, Iowa

Promote safety, maintain a sanitary food environment, and ensure that only the highest quality product is made. Work days or nights, 8-hour shifts schedules including weekends and holidays, and overtime as needed.

  • Up to $20 per hour on 3rd shift

  • $1,000 Sign-On Bonus

  • Medical, dental, and vision eligibility first of the month following date of hire

  • 3 Weeks of PTO your first year, prorated based on hire date

  • 401(k) with employer match

  • Paid holidays


  • Operate production equipment under the supervision of the shift supervisor as follows:

  • Packaging

  • Monitor product volume, temperatures, times, and pressure readings

  • Monitor gauges and record information as needed

  • Know the type of product, the source, and all the handling procedures involved in each processing procedure.

  • Full understanding of product flow.

  • Maintain a safe, clean, organized work area throughout the facility.

  • Maintain general housekeeping of production areas.

  • Perform tasks of receiving product, starting, running, shutting down, and cleaning the dryer/evaporator and associate equipment.

  • Collect hourly production readings, color, moisture and temperature, monitor bag house, check air pressure, monitor machinery and notify supervisor when something is out of specification.

  • Ensure all charts are charts are properly documented according to company and regulatory regulations.

  • Ensure all paperwork is done correctly and completely.

  • Operate pallet jack and forklift.

  • Prepare bags to fill using established label and numbering system in accordance with procedures.

  • Proficient computer skills to print out packaging labels.

  • Fill, weigh, seal and load bags on pallets (must be able to lift 60 lb. bags 6 feet high).

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

  • Comply with, and follow, company food safety and quality policies.

  • Adhere to all SOPs, procedures and quality requirements.

  • Perform elementary mechanical and carpentry repairs throughout plant as instructed by supervision.

  • Engage in continuous improvement and process improvement

  • Anticipate problems and implement solutions

  • Demonstrate good judgement in safeguarding customer, company, vendor and employee information.

  • Assume responsibility for the attainment of plant goals and objectives.

  • Maintain cooperative working relationships and communications with employees from all other departments and peers.


  • Ability to prepare and operate all packaging machinery.

  • Have general knowledge of production/manufacturing methods.

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

  • Ability to learn to handle inedible protein materials in accordance with established sanitary procedures and practices.

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

  • Must be able to read, write and speak in English, to prepare and comprehend logs, schedules, and communicate with fellow employees.

  • Ability to operate forklift/pallet jack.

  • Ability to perform basic math skills.

  • Ability to move freely throughout plant with sustained physical/mental effort to climb, sample and clean equipment and work areas.

  • Ability to remain calm and professional during peak periods.

  • Ability to troubleshoot malfunctions and situations as they arise, notifying appropriate staff of problems beyond scope of normality.

  • Ability to cooperate with all staff.

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

  • Ability to work daily and overtime as necessary.

  • Ability to assist in all work areas.

  • Takes on additional responsibility when both big and small tasks need to be done.

  • Firmly adheres to the values and ethics of APC

  • Willing to work with others, collaborating and compromising when necessary, promptly share relevant information with others

  • Is open to changing situations and is willing to perform all tasks when and where assigned

  • Able and willing to perform task and duties independently

  • Maintains a positive and professional attitude and work ethic

  • Follow all GMPs and work in a manner consistent with all corporate, regulatory, food, safety, quality and sanitation requirements.


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


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 80 lbs. at waist level - Frequent

Lifting weights from 1 to 60 lbs. at floor level - Frequent

Lifting weights from 1 to 50 lbs. at shoulder level - Frequent

Push/Pull/Maneuver Equipment/Products/Materials

Weighing with up to 80 lbs. of force - Frequent

Working with/or Operating Moving Machinery/Equipment - Continuous

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

Read/Monitor Gauges on Various Equipment/Machinery - Occasional

Hand Movements:

Recording Data - Frequent

Operating Office Equipment - N/A

Operating Computer - N/A

Simple Grasping (right and left) - Frequent

Firm Grasping (right and left) up to 80 lbs of force - 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 - N/A

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


Education: High School Diploma or GED certificate required.

Experience: Previous work experience in agriculture, production, or manufacturing preferred.