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Lauridsen Group Inc. Production Operator - Night Time Shift (12 hours) - Essentia - Harlan in Harlan, Iowa

Shift Hours: 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

We offer:

  • Base wages starting at $20.50/hour, plus a shift differential of $2 per hour when the majority of the hours worked fall in the night time category

  • $2,000 Sign-On Bonus

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

  • 15 days of PTO your first year, prorated based on hire date

  • 401(k) with employer match

  • Paid holidays

To assist various areas within the plant while maintaining efficient production processes according to GMP and to meet customer specifications.


  • Work in various areas of production workflow including all tasks and appropriate documentation of the following:

  • Dumping / Grinding / Processing

  • Packaging / Finishing

  • 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.

  • Operate forklifts and /or non-motorized pallet jacks as required.

  • Assist in maintaining a clean, safe and organized work environment. Perform basic maintenance and clean-up activities as follows:

  • Proper storage and care of equipment used during production in accordance with the company safety guidelines and regulations.

  • Regularly sweep and occasionally hose production and other areas.


  • General and specific knowledge of machinery and ability to assist in preparing equipment for operation and/or tear down production operations.

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

  • Sustained physical effort required to move throughout work areas, climbing steps, ladders as required, and walking around equipment.

  • Must be able 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).

  • Knowledge and ability to:

  • Learn how to operate new equipment/machinery

  • Read gauges and record data in legible manner in accordance with established procedures

  • Handle multiple tasks simultaneously

  • Interpret and work from oral and written instructions

  • Perform basic math calculations

  • Legibly document data for record keeping purposes

  • Implement all safety techniques and mandated sanitary rules and regulations in accordance with established policies and procedures

  • Cooperate with all Essentia staff

  • Remain calm and professional

  • Work daily and overtime as necessary

  • Assist in other work-related areas as required

  • Operate all necessary plant and office equipment required to accomplish job duties

  • Problem-solve


Approximate: 8-12-Hour Day (rotating shifts)

Physical Demand Level: Medium

Frequency Key

Occasional: 1-33% of workday or 1-12 reps/hour

Frequent: 34-66% of workday or 13-62 reps/hour

Constant: +67% of workday or +63 reps/hour

Job Analysis:

Physical Demand Wt./Force Height Distance Frequency

Lifting, Waist to Floor 0-5 lbs. 0-50 in. NA Frequently

Lifting, Waist to Floor 6-50 lbs. 0-50 in. NA Occasionally

Lifting, Above Shoulder 0-50 lbs. 50-60 in. NA Occasionally

Carrying, Bilateral 0-5 lbs. Self-selected Up to 200 ft. Frequently

Carrying, Bilateral 6-50 lbs. Self-selected Up to 15 ft. Occasionally

Pushing/Pulling, Horizontal 0-50 lbs. of force 60 in.through Up to 200 ft. Occasionally

self-elected height Occasionally

Pushing/Pulling, Vertical 0-25 lbs. of force 6-60 in. Up to 48 in. Occasionally

Grasping Up to 55 lbs. of force NA NA Occasionally

Pinching (2-point/3-point/lateral) Up to 5/8/10 lbs. of force NA NA Occasionally

Reaching, Forward/Lateral NA 0-60 in. Up to 24 in. Frequently

Reaching, Above Shoulder NA 61-85 in. Up to 24 in. Occasionally

Sitting NA NA NA Occasionally

Standing NA NA NA Frequently

Walking NA NA Up to 200 ft. Frequently

Stair Climbing NA 8-12 ft. NA Frequently

Ladder/Equipment Climbing NA 10-13 ft. NA Occasionally

Squatting NA NA NA Occasionally

Bending NA NA NA Frequently

Stooping NA NA NA Occasionally

Twisting NA NA NA Occasionally

Physical Demand Summary: Maximum frequent waist to floor lift of 5 lbs.; Maximum occasional waist to floor lift of 50 lbs.; Maximum occasional above shoulder lift of 50 lbs.; Maximum frequent bilateral carry of 5 lbs.; Maximum occasional bilateral carry of 50 lbs.: Maximum occasional horizontal push/pull force of 50 lbs. of force; Maximum occasional vertical push/pull of 25 lbs. of force: Occasional grasping of 55 lbs. of force; Occasional 2-point/3-point/lateral pinching of 5/8/10 lbs. of force; Frequent forward/lateral reaching; Occasional above shoulder reaching; Occasional sitting; Frequent standing; Frequent walking; Frequent stair climbing; Occasional ladder/equipment climbing; Occasional squatting; Frequent bending; Occasional stooping; Occasional twisting.



High School Diploma or G.E.D. certification required.


Stable work history in areas such as agriculture, production, or manufacturing preferred.