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Title:  New Hire Entry Level Production - Carton

Requisition ID:  4950-159

Kalamazoo, MI, US, 49007

Category:  Hourly Production & Manufacturing
Travel:  No Travel Required
Pay Grade: 

Web or Converting Extra - New Hire I

At Graphic Packaging International (NYSE: GPK), we produce the box you may have poured your child’s cereal from this morning, the microwaveable tray that heated your lunch, the paper cup that held your coffee throughout the day, and the carrier of those bottles of craft beer you may enjoy tonight! 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, food service, household, personal care and pet care products. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are a team of collaborative, innovative, passionate individuals who are committed to providing consumer packaging that makes a world of difference.



We are a 100% recycled food service carton manufacturing facility seeking candidates to join our Kalamazoo, MI Carton team. We’re recruiting for multiple positions so be sure you review all of our job postings.  This job posting is for an entry level Web or Converting Extra with a pay rate of $17.51/hour plus shift differential and progressive pay increases. We continually encourage our employees to advance their careers through on the job training and job progression through our strong promotion from within program.  Many of our roles are skilled trade positions and our employees build successful careers in the Printing & Packaging industry with a generous earning potential. We offer a wide array of benefits including, but not limited to, paid vacation & holidays, optional health, dental, vision, and group life insurance, including health spending accounts and a progressive healthy lifestyle program, as well as 401-K with a company matching component and standard supplemental company contributions. Employees may voluntarily elect pet insurance, home & auto insurance programs, purchasing power, tuition reimbursement, Aflac, Lifelock Identity Protection, and Hyatt Legal Services. Tobacco cessation and Employee Assistance/Referral Program, uniform service, safety shoe, and safety prescription-eye wear benefits are also available.

Please review all of our job postings and apply for each position you feel you’re qualified and would like to be considered for.



We are looking for someone like you, who has a passion for safety, who is a self-starter, who takes initiative, who can communicate well with team members, and who can work independently in a manufacturing environment. You will understand and align business operations with your core job functions and execute within your roll to exceed customer expectations. You will be part of the team that drives for a safe work place, for continuous improvement, and for success, while supporting the GPI business, cultural, financial, and operational objectives. 



Operate or tend a printing machine and folder/gluer machine that transforms paperboard into various consumer packaging products. 

  • Makes ready and operates printing press, adjusting controls to regulate volume of ink and feed guides/ plate changes, dipping ink, roll changes, blanket changes.
  • Tends gluing machine, opens flat blanks, then places/pushes down over stack of printed cardboard, folds edges of flat blank to create box bottom and pushes down conveyor belt
  • Arranging boxes onto pallet from conveyor belt, covering each layer with a cardboard divider
  • Safely uses provided machinery and tools to lift rolls of paper onto printing presses



  • Ability to utilize basic math
  • Attention to detail, ability to identify quality errors
  • Sense of pride in work, ownership of processes for continuous improvement
  • Manufacturing experience preferred



FULL-TIME direct hire position with a 60-day probationary period for performance and attendance.  Candidates must be able to pass a pre-employment physical, drug screen and background check.



  • High school diploma, GED, or equivalent relevant manufacturing experience is required.



  • 80 hours of work in a 2 week work period plus scheduled mandatory overtime or voluntary overtime as needed.
  • Rotating 12 hour shifts (7:00 to 7:00)
    • 12-hour days (7:00am – 7:00pm) - rotating shift pattern of 2-2-3
    • 12-hour nights (7:00pm – 7:00am) - rotating shift pattern of 2-2-3
    • Crew changes from days to nights every 28 days.
  • Must be willing and able to work evenings and weekends



  • Sitting or standing, depending on changing job assignment, for extended periods.
  • Awkward and/or repetitive movements.
  • Routine Lifting up to35 lbs.
  • Occasional Lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Push/pull pallet jack with up to 200 lb. load.
  • Reading computer screen or other electronic devices.
  • Use of various hand and electrical tools and equipment.
  • Work in areas of fluctuating temperature.
  • Must be able to detect color and shades of color.


GRAPHIC PACKAGING INTERNATIONAL, LLC 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, sex, age, religion, natural origin, sexual orientation, citizenship, handicap, or disability, marital status, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law

 Inspired Packaging.  A World of Difference.

Nearest Major Market: Kalamazoo

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