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Title:  STURGIS - Feeder Utility

Requisition ID:  17022-159

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 Feeder Utility.


PAY RATE: $ 19.44/HR

PLUS, SHIFT PREMIUM: $0.50 - 0.75/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 within the Finishing Department.  Additional duties performed in other departments as needed.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Place cartons into the feed of various glue machines.
  2. Inspect/sort cartons while machine is running.
  3. Perform packing duties when relieving the employees within the Packer classification.
  4. Flat pack cartons into corrugated cases or into bulk shipping containers.
  5. Pile off cartons produced on mixed printing forms.
  6. Perform off line quality inspection including sorting, pre-break, etc.
  7. Clean department as needed.
  8. Participate in any tasks necessary to allow for continuous operation of the process.
  9. Capable of lifting in excess of 40 lbs.
  10. Follow all Plant Safety rules and maintain a safe working environment.
  11. Monitor the level of quality in the products being produced.
  12. Assist Case Stacker when two high-speed gluers are running, including palletizing cases, moving loads, dumping scrap buggies, and stocking lines with corrugate.
  13. Perform Case Stacker duties to cover absences or vacations.


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.  Lift truck license is also required.


Qualifications needed for various job duties:

  1. Feeding machine - lift 3” to 6” of cartons at a time, weight varies depending on caliber of paper (10 to 20 lbs) 240,000 to 520,000 cartons a shift. Minimum lifting will require lifting 150 cartons (10 to 15lbs) 1,600 times/shift.  Maximum lifting will require lifting 300 cartons (20lbs ) 1,733 times/shift.

Note:  A. Requirements are not for individuals but for cartons size, one must be capable to perform at both spectrums

  1. Body is rotating 180 degrees on each handful placed into machine.


  1. Packing (relieving for breaks) - Same weight requirements as Feeding. Flipping and rotating 50 to                                          150 folded cartons while inspecting for quality prior to placing into corrugated case.


  1. Flat Packing – Amount and frequency of packing not controlled by a machine, however production rates mandate a continuous work level. Weight restrictions are increased when packing into a corrugated case as the full cases are carried from the scales to the pallet.  Cases weigh up to 40 pounds.


  1. Case Stacking – Requires continuous lifting of corrugated cases weighing in excess of 40 pounds to a height reaching as high as five feet. Driving lift truck to move finished pallets or work in process loads.  Frequency of lifting is determined by the speed of the lines and the quantity of cartons packed into the cases.



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 Poster, EEO is the Law.

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