Title:  Press Operator

Requisition ID:  2579

Clarksville, TN, US, 37040

Department:  Hourly Plant & Mill (Except Maintenance Roles)
Travel:  No Travel Required


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At Graphic Packaging International, we produce the paper cup that held your coffee this morning, the basket that transported those bottles of craft beer you enjoyed last weekend, and the microwave tray that heated your gourmet meal last night. We’re one of the largest manufacturers of paperboard and paper-based packaging for some of the world’s most recognized brands of food, beverage, foodservice, household, personal care and pet products. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are collaborative, diverse, innovative individuals who create inspired packaging while giving back to our communities. 


With over 25,000 employees working in more than 130 locations worldwide, we strive to be environmentally responsible in our industry and in the communities where we operate. We are committed to workplace diversity and offer compensation and benefits programs that are among the industry’s best to reward the talented people who make our company successful.


If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, we’d love to hear from you.

A World of Difference. Made Possible.




WAGES BEGINNING at $21.57 per hour!!!!


SHIFT DIFFERENTIALS: $1.00 per hour for 3rd Shift (10pm-6am) or $1.50 per hour for 2nd shift (2pm-10pm)




Here’s What You Will Be Doing:

  • Work within and adhere to GPI’s core values of Integrity, Respect, Accountability, Relationships, and Teamwork

  • Ensure production and distribution of products is consistent with established food safety, sanitation, and quality standards

  • Maintain 5S in assigned work area by keeping area and equipment clean and orderly

  • Perform all tasks necessary to complete product packaging within their assigned work area

  • Set up and maintain continuous operation of multi-color flexographic printing press, producing standard quality units of various types and sizes with proper color, coverage, and registration

  • Adjust ink flow and replenish inks, wash plates, ink fountains, and ink rollers

  • Lubricate, maintain (PM) and clean press according to schedule; clean and change doctor blades

  • Mount and/or unmount printing plates and adjust plates for proper registration. Clean plates periodically

  • Splice and/or web paper through press

  • Remove jams and repair web breaks

  • Start and stop machinery, as needed

  • Remove rolls from rewind stand, put on proper identification flags, and band rolls

  • Inspect paper roll stock for adherence to specifications and reject defective paper

  • Recognize problems with machinery and make decisions to stop operation of the machine if needed. 
  • Perform basic preventative maintenance tasks, i.e., basic cleaning of machine, etc.
  • Remove paper jams and perform minor adjustments
  • Segregate spoilage and recyclable items, placing material in appropriate containers
  • Ensure that all equipment meets safety standards and is checked routinely throughout the shift
  • Manage workload as necessary to ensure production requirements are met as well as shutdown, and start-up requirements before and after the completion of the shift
  • Communicate effectively with outgoing/incoming shift concerning any issues
  • Meet required Key Performance Metrics
  • Fulfill overtime requirements as necessary
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned; assisting in other areas as required by changing business needs


Qualifications / Requirements

  • Manufacturing experience of 1-2 years
  • 3-5 years of experience as a Lead Press Operator or 2nd Press Operator on a heatset web press (offset or flexo), highly preferred
  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude; must have the skills necessary to perform technical tasks
  • Visual acuity to recognize distinct color
  • Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Maintains positive team environment 
  • Demonstrates organizational skills and highly detail oriented
  • Ability to work in a fast-pace, multi-task environment
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instruction
  • Ability to perform the essential physical functions of the position, with or without accommodation.  This includes walking or standing for extended periods of time, up to 12 hours; climbing stairs; lifting up to 50 pounds; carrying up to 30 pounds; lowering up to 30 pounds from a height of 4 feet; pushing up to 250 pounds using carts or other various tools; visual acuity and depth perception; working in various temperatures and humidity levels

Graphic Packaging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their qualifications for the job in question. We do not base our employment decision on an employee's or applicant's race, color, religion, age, gender or sex (including pregnancy), national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic identity, genetic information, disability, veteran/military status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. Click here to view the Poster, EEO is the Law.

Nearest Major Market: Clarksville
Nearest Secondary Market: Nashville