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Title:  Machine Operator (Poly-Cup)

Requisition ID:  11446-159

Shelbyville, IL, US, 62565

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

OPPORTUNITY: We are a Foodservice cup forming manufacturing operation seeking candidates to join our Shelbyville, Illinois team. This job posting is for a Poly-cup Machine Operator. Pay begins at $15.68 / hour, progressing to $17.47 / hour after 6 months, plus $0.75 night shift differential. 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 $26.19 / 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, and a 401-K program 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 programs and an Employee Assistance/Referral Program, Uniform Service, Safety Shoe, and Safety Prescription-Eyewear benefits are also available.


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JOB SUMMARY: Safely operate paper cup machines producing paper cups or tubs according to customer specifications and quality standards at or above specified production requirements.  



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

  • Perform all duties in a safe and orderly manner.
  • Actively engaged, involved, and current in SWO process; Participate in safety meetings and safety tours.
  • Ensure production of products consistent with established food safety, sanitation and quality standards.
  • Stop, start and monitor operation of machines, checking fluids and maintaining cleanliness, ensuring machines continue running properly.
  • Make minor adjustments to solve possible defects. If adjustments do not solve the defect, communicate with the Lead Operator.
  • Remove excess damaged paper stock from the machine tops and clears bottom paper stock from scrap tube.
  • Empty spoilage boxes from both side wall stock and bottom stock continuously during the shift.
  • Assist Lead Operators in servicing the machine with glue, mineral oil or silicone required for proper operation.; Assist Lead Operator with quality checks on product: fiber teardown, print, scuffs, and proper date code.
  • Move, place, and thread bottom stock and safely secure to finisher with minimum waste
  • Record mineral oil usage for machines you are responsible for (total used per shift)
  • Load blanks on paper cup finishers.
  • Relieve Packers during break and lunch periods.
  • Help maintain bottom stock ink jet printers
  • Complete a machine operator finishing rounds checklist prior to the end of the shift
  • Maintain 5S in assigned area. Maintain work system tools.
  • Actively participate in daily team production meetings and communicate key items within the plant environment on safety, quality, maintenance, production and continuous improvement.
  • Perform basic preventative maintenance tasks, i.e. basic cleaning of machine, etc.
  • Ensure that all equipment meets safety standards and is checked routinely throughout the shift
  • Once qualified, instruct and train others.
  • Manage workload as necessary to ensure production requirements are met.
  • Communicate effectively with oncoming shift.
  • Fulfill overtime requirements necessary to ensure production requirements are met.
  • Assist in other areas or perform other duties, as assigned.

Required Skills


  • Manufacturing experience, preferred.
  • 18 years or older.



  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and detail orientation.
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Able to follow verbal or written instructions.
  • Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills.



  • 12-hour shifts with rotating weekends off. 
  • Must be willing and able to work overtime.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: 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; Lifting to 50lbs; Lowering 30lbs from a height of 4 feet; Carrying to 30 lbs.; Visual acuity and depth perception; Working in various temperatures & humidity levels.

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.

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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 EEO is the Law Poster.

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