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Lauridsen Group Inc. Production Operator I - Night Shift - Essentia in Harlan, Iowa

Job Description:


  • 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: 12-Hour Shifts


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 - Occasional

Climbing (stairs, ladders, etc.) - Frequent

Working on Heights:

Unprotected Heights - Occasional

Protected Height - Frequent

Lifting Weights from 0 to 100 pounds - Frequent

Push/Pull/Maneuver Equipment/Products/Materials

Weighing from 0 to 100 pounds - Occasional

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

Operating a Vehicle (as a part of your job) - Occasional

Read/Monitor Gauges on Various Equipment/Machinery - Frequent

Hand Movements:

Recording Data - Occasional

Operating Office Equipment - Occasional

Operating Computer - Occasional

Simple Grasping (right and left) - Frequent

Firm Grasping (right and left) - Frequent

Fine Manipulating (right and left) - Frequent

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 - Occasional

Rough Terrain - Occasional

Other - N/A



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


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

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.