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Title:  Lead Operator Apprentice - Plastics

Requisition ID:  16740-159

Shelbyville, IL, US, 62565

Category:  Hourly Production & Manufacturing
Travel:  No Travel Required


  • $1500 Retention Bonus for New Hires and Qualifying Rehires
  • Starting Wages Begin At $21.62/Hour with Regular Wage Progressions to $22.70/Hour Plus an Extra $1/Hour Shift Differential for Night Shift
  • No Mandatory Overtime on Scheduled 48 Hour Work Weeks
  • Double Time Hourly Rate for Any Voluntary Overtime Exceeding 48 Hours/Work Week (40-48 Hours Paid Time and A Half)
  • Benefits Start on the 1st of The Month Following Your Start Date

What you will be doing:

Sets up and maintains equipment used in the manufacturing of plastic lids. Duties include housekeeping, trouble-shooting problems, making a quality product, completing start-up, and shut down procedures, change-over of tooling, working in a productive manner and adhering to all safety guidelines.  Understand and align business operations through execution of the role, exceeding customer expectations and aligning with GPI business, cultural, financial, and operational objectives.

  • 12 Hour shifts working alternately (36) and (48) hour weeks (A/B shifts work from 7 am to 7 pm; C/D shifts work from 7 pm to 7 am)

Why You Would Be Perfect for This Job:

  • 3 years of machine operation experience in a manufacturing environment
  • High degree of mechanical ability. Must have skills to perform the basic technical tasks
  • Well-developed communications and interpersonal skills
  • Basic computer literacy and keyboarding skills
  • Ability to work in a high paced and multi-taking environment
  • Maintains positive team environment
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and highly detail oriented
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job: standing for long periods, push/pull depending on job (heavy carts ^1900 pounds – 2-man job), Lifting up to 100 lbs. to a height of 3 ft. (2-person job), twisting, turning, bending, and working in hot and cold environments



One week of on-the-job training provided by experienced Material Handler. 

Company Details:

Benefits eligibility starts on the first of the month following your start date. If you start on the first of the month, your benefits start immediately. Our benefit options include valuable basics to give you the coverage you expect in addition to an array of choices so that you can design the right benefits package to fit you and your family. We provide 401(k), 401(k) matching, Dental insurance, Disability insurance, Employee Assistance Program, Employee discount, Flexible spending account, Health insurance, Health savings account, Life insurance, Paid time off, Referral program, Retention program, Tuition reimbursement, and Vision insurance.


If you are looking for an excellent career with great benefits and an opportunity to make a global impact, Graphic Packaging International is looking for you! Our locally owned company has been in business for over 100 years, and we are one of the largest manufacturers of paperboard and paper-based packaging for some of the world’s most recognized brands and we are looking for people to be part of our team!




QUESTIONS? CONTACT US AT 217-774-2176 ext. 244


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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.

Nearest Major Market: Decatur

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