Title:  Gluer Operator

Requisition ID:  4361

Kingston Springs, TN, US, 37082

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

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.


Position Summary:

This position is responsible for set up and maintaining folder/gluer equipment and processes to produce folding cartons.


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


  • Complies with all company and department safety, quality, productivity and security procedures.
  • Ensures accuracy in recording of operator documentation involving all aspects of the assigned machine.  This includes production reports, specification verification, quality requirements, machine logbooks, checklists and SAP.
  • Monitors machine for inefficient operation and makes adjustments as necessary or notifies and assists (as needed) the lead operator in resolution of such issues. 
  • Understands and operates glue monitoring and control systems on the machines.
  • Schedules are 12-hour shifts on alternate days with rotating weekends off.
  • Must be flexible; able to work other shifts, overtime and weekends when needed.
  • Set up and maintain the folder/gluer to produce folding cartons in accordance with customer specifications and current standard operating procedures. 
  • Locate and load proper stock in preparation for operation. Set up and run scanning equipment and verifies label accuracy prior to start-up after make-ready.
  • Prepares make-ready feeder, pre-fold, glue system, final fold, delivery, pack station and inspection system, wash and fill glue pots.
  • Review design changes with supervisor, die room and designer. 
  • Communicates required information to co-workers and manager.
  • Ensures total quality of the job while in operation, performs quality checks and documentation.
  • Maintains the machine and area in accordance with the standard operation procedures. 
  • Demonstrates competency in all basic folds: straight-line, lock-bottom, inner partition, etc. 
  • Completes daily production reports, obtains work-in-process loads, based on machine usage, and performs other job duties as requested, directed or assigned. 
  • Understand and comply with plant and finishing department rules, regulations, and procedures.
  • Perform regular and preventative maintenance as needed.
  • Relieve crew members for breaks as needed.
  • Must be flexible; able to work other shifts, overtime covering vacations, call outs.
  • May be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned


Required Skills:


  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals and follow instructions
  • Ability to perform basic arithmetic operations 
  • Ability to troubleshoot and solve gluer problems 
  • Mechanical aptitude, experience in performing preventative maintenance with mechanical troubleshooting ability
  • Highly motivated, self-starter with strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to frequently lift or carry 10 to 25 pounds and occasionally required to lift or carry 26 to 50 pounds
  • Ability to regularly stand and use hands to fingers, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. Frequently required to reach with hands and arms and occasionally required to walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.


Preferred Experience:


  • High school diploma or equivalent GED
  • Work experience in manufacturing environment
  • Previous experience as an operator working with high-speed equipment
  • 2 or more years' experience Bobst Folder Gluer, Master fold, Alpina, Domino, Carton Pack equipment. 
  • SAP experience preferred


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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: Nashville