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Our heritage stems back to the early 1990s when over 1,100 entrepreneurial farm families built our state-of-the-art durum mill and pasta manufacturing plant. We quickly grew to become the third largest pasta manufacturer in North America. Today, we are proud to be an 8th Avenue Food & Provisions company. We make over 150 pasta shapes from Acini de Pepe to Ziti Rigati in traditional, whole wheat, organic recipes and more! People across America and beyond enjoy our pasta daily in restaurants, at home and through convenience prepared meals.

We have manufacturing in Carrington, ND and New Hope, MN, offering rural and metropolitan lifestyles. Both locations offer a wide range of employment in engineering, business, food manufacturing and so much more.

Machine Operator



Dakota Grower’s started out as a grower-owned cooperative built by farmers in the early 1990s and today we are the third largest pasta manufacturer in North America. Our entrepreneurial spirit drives our innovative culture and passion to bring premium quality pasta to your table. At Dakota Growers, you will have the opportunity to work in a dynamic, challenging and inspiring environment in one of our state-of-the-art food manufacturing facilities.

Job Summary:The Machine Operator is an important role for our Pasta-making organization. As a Machine Operator at Dakota Growers Pasta Co., you would run high speed automated packaging equipment and manage all aspects of the packaging line from scale to Palletizer. This role verifies usage of correct packaging materials & date codes, monitors the function of case sealers, and is responsible for ensuring that our products are packaged according to quality and safety standards.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Operates packaging equipment according to product specifications and ensuring accuracy in weights and codes. Adjusts machines as required
  • Maintains proper documentation of downtime and repairs. Performs minor repairs and routine maintenance work on equipment
  • Continually checks the quality of the product, packaging, and case printing according to standard operating procedures and policies. Responsible for reporting an issues or concerns to Packaging Supervisor, as needed
  • Inspects and conducts regular deep cleaning of equipment after each product change.
  • Maintains cleanliness of equipment at all times
  • Operates in accordance with health, safety and fire prevention regulations and practices, and standard operating procedures
  • Other duties, as assigned
  • Education and Experience Required:

  • Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Must be able to work weekends, holidays and overtime as needed
  • Education, Experience and Skills Preferred:

  • Previous experience operating machines
  • Previous experience in a food manufacturing facility
  • Physical Requirements:Qualified candidates must be able to perform the following physical job requirements, with or without reasonable accommodation:

  • Must be able to balance, stand, walk, and work in high heat/humidity for up to 8 hours per shift
  • Must be able to perform simple grasping for up to 8 hours per shift
  • Must be able to lift up to 34 pounds for up to 8 hours per shift
  • Must be able to bend, crouch, stoop, and work in a dusty environment for up to 6 hours per shift
  • Must be able to push, pull, perform fine manipulation, and feel for up to 6 hours per shift
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds for up to 6 hours per shift
  • Must be able to kneel, sit, reach above shoulders, and climb/work off ladder for up to 3 hours per shift
  • Must be able to operate foot pedals for up to 3 hours per shift
  • Must be able to make fine distinctions in sound, distinguish objects and equipment visually, and express or exchange ideas by spoken or written word
  • Qualifications



    High School or better in General or related field.

    Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

    The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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