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Title:  Cup Operator

Requisition ID:  13478-159

Kenton, OH, US, 43326

Category:  Hourly Production & Manufacturing
Travel:  No Travel Required

We are a Foodservice cup forming manufacturing operation seeking candidates to join our Kenton, Ohio team. 


This job posting is for a Cup Operator with a pay range of $19.00/hour to $20.75/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 an earning potential to $30.00/hour plus shift differential.   We offer a wide array of benefits including, but not limited to, Paid Vacation & Holidays, optional Health, Dental, and 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, Safety Shoe, and Safety Prescription-Eyewear benefits are also available.


IMPORTANT NOTE: We are a smoke-free campus! This policy covers all tobacco products, including smokeless options and e-cigarettes. We offer fulltime employees a variety of methods to assist you in your journey to becoming a smoke-free employee!


WORK SCHEDULE: Night Shift 7:00 P.M. – 7:00 A.M. (either C or D shift)


Must be willing and able to work nights and weekends - $0.50/hour added for night shift differential!


JOB SUMMARY: Cup Operators prepare and start up cup machines to meet the department’s production schedule. They maintain product quality by ensuring proper print settings and fluid levels, and troubleshooting as needed. All Cup Operators must follow Graphic Packaging International’s safety procedures and policies. They understand and align business operations and the Cup Department as he/she executes their role to exceed customer expectations and align with GPI business, cultural, financial and operational objectives.


JOB FUNCTIONS: Job functions include, but are not limited to the following.


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

Follow production schedule. Inspect orders listed on assigned machines to determine what prints are currently running and what print changes will occur during shift. Notify Warehouse to provide rolls or blank carts as needed.

Prepare 3 – 4 cup machines for production. Duties include but are not limited to inspecting electrical cabinet and confirming proper settings and conditions exist for production, using lifts to load paper and bottom stock, manually loading blanks onto table for blank fed machine, preparing new rolls by taping edges, and threading rolls through the feeders.

Follow procedure to startup cup forming machines. Additionally, record roll/blank cart numbers, linear feet run, time of roll/blank cart change, and the case number in which roll changes take place on the Production Report.

Maintain machine fluid levels.

Troubleshoot machines and clean machine tooling as needed. Make temperature adjustments as specified by guidelines and facilitate testing as necessary. When notified of leaker problem, follow leaker correction procedure.

Maintain settings for various prints.

Complete housekeeping duties and keep assigned areas clear of hazards. Duties include but are not limited to wiping off oil, ink, paper dust, and poly deposits in and around the machine, keeping floor free of oil and paper dust, as well as emptying barrels by dumping cups, blanks and paper scrap in dumpsters or in shredders as needed.

Fill-in for other Cup Operators as needed.

Complete monthly cleaning duties per schedule and document issues discovered.

Responsible for assuring production of products consistent with established food safety, sanitation and quality standards.

Other duties as assigned



Manufacturing experience preferred

Prior machine operator experience highly preferred

Must be able to multi-task while working in a fast-paced environment



The Cup Operator schedule is 12-hour shifts on alternate days with rotating weekends off. However, employees must have the ability to work alternate schedules and overtime that may include early mornings, nights, and/or weekends and be punctual while doing so.

Must be willing and able to work overtime.




Sitting or standing, depending on changing job assignment, for extended periods.

Awkward and/or repetitive movements.

Occasional lifting up to 30 lbs.

Push/pull pallet jack with up to 500 lb. load; push/pull wheeled cart with up to 900 lb. load

Reading computer screen or other electronic devices.

Use of various hand and electrical tools and equipment.

Work in areas of fluctuating temperature.


Required Experience



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, foodservice, 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. 

With almost 18,000 employees working in more than 70 locations in North and South America, Europe and the Pacific Rim, we strive to be an environmentally responsible leader 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. Learn more about us at www.graphicpkg.com.

Inspired Packaging. A World of Difference.

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 EEO is the Law Poster.

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