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Title:  2nd Press Operator

Requisition ID:  19060-159

Strugis, MI, US, 49091

Category:  Hourly Production & Manufacturing
Travel:  No Travel Required

OPPORTUNITY: We are a folding carton manufacturing operation seeking candidates to join our Sturgis, MI team. We’re recruiting for multiple positions so be sure you review all of our job postings.  This job posting is for a QUALIFIED 2ND PRESS OPERATOR.

 PAY RATE: $26.17 /HR

PLUS, SHIFT PREMIUM: $0.15 – 0.25/HR


Monday – Friday, 8 hour shifts. This is a 1st or 2nd Shift position. Candidate will receive training on 1st shift.  Must be willing and able to work weekends and overtime as required.



Our employee’s health and quality of life are important to us.  That’s why we offer a benefits program that supports and protects them, their families, and their future.

GPI pays the full cost of certain “basic” benefits, including:

  • Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D)
  • Short Term Disability

 Optional benefits include:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision
  • 401(k) plan
  • Vacation and Holiday Pay
  • Pension Plan 

Job Summary:

Performs a wide variety of duties to prepare, operate and maintain the lithographic printing presses in the Printing Department.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Mount and register printing plates.
  2. Set-up proper color rotation of inks by cleaning and filling the ink fountains.
  3. Generate Load Tags to identify each printed load.
  4. Assist the 1st Press Operator in operating the lithographic printing press.
  5. Monitor the fountain solution and aqueous coating while the job is running.
  6. Monitor the ink in the fountains in all of the units on the lithographic printing press.
  7. Assist the 1st Press Operator with establishing the correct settings on the lithographic printing press. Ie: rollers, packing, pressures.
  8. Capable of lifting in excess of 50 lbs.
  9. Participate in any tasks necessary to allow for continuous operation of the process.
  10. Follow all Plant Safety rules and maintain a safe working environment.
  11. Assist the 1st Press Operator to monitor the level of quality in the products being produced.
  12. Comply with the Consolidated Standards for Inspection – Food Contact Manufacturing Facilities following SQF Guidelines.




Additional Responsibilities:

  1. Collect Statistical Process Control (SPC) Data as required.
  2. Participate in Continuous Process Improvement Activities as required.



Basic math, reading and writing skills are required to perform this job. The ability to read a ruler to within 1/32” is necessary. General computer skills are needed to operate the console on the press. Operator must be able to pass a test for color blindness.

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

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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