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Lauridsen Group Inc. Production Operator I - 2nd Shift - APC Boone in Boone, 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 5 days a week. weekends and overtime as needed and holidays in extreme conditions.

Enjoy excellent benefits such as:

  • Wages starting at $17/hr, with a $1/hr shift differential for 2nd shift

  • Sign-on bonus of up to $1,000

  • 15 days PTO per year, prorated based on hire date

  • Paid holidays

  • Medical, dental, vision, and 401k employer match


Education: High School Diploma or GED certificate required.

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


  • 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, 5 Days Per Week (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 55 lbs. at waist level - Frequent

Lifting weights from 1 to 55 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 55 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 55 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


Employee must be able to handle multiple tasks and learn equipment/machinery operation as required by job description. 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. Employee must be able to follow established procedures using common sense and logical thinking in accomplishing job duties. In addition, employee must be able to work independently, set priorities, and determine work assignments and work methods. Normally, employee will be responsible for materials, company property and work that he/she has completed.


General manufacturing working conditions exist. Exposures include but are not limited to chemicals, odor, temperatures ranging from freezing to extreme heat, high noise level, dust, moving equipment/machinery and extended work hours. Occasional outside work. Will be required to stand for extended periods of time on concrete floors. Will be exposed to 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.