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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.

Setup Operator - 4:00pm-2:30am Wednesday-Saturday

Operations Production


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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.

Our employees’ well-being comes first. That’s why we offer excellent wages and a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation and holidays, healthcare, dental and vision insurance, short-/long-term disability, company-paid life insurance, 401(k) with up to 6% company match, and annual incentives.

$1,750 Sign on bonus available!

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Direct changeover procedures on all packaging lines when they occur
  • Perform set ups and optimization of packaging machines, resulting in maximized outputs, minimal defects, and minimal scrap on all packaging lines within pre-determined goals
  • Update optimized machinery programs and documentation
  • Assist with development of training and testing materials for all packaging equipment, and conduct training and testing for all machine operators
  • Troubleshoot and define machine problems to maximize production volume and uptime
  • Attend all training sessions provided by vendor technical support
  • Use silo operator “command center” and Ignition to monitor stripper/accumulator, short goods conveying system, and regrind operations
  • Assist maintenance team with preventive maintenance direction and completion by providing support and technical machine subject matter expertise. Follow, maintain and promote appropriate guidelines, SOPs, and manufacturing practices when completing cleaning or manufacturing responsibilities
  • Scan out parts and verify inventory levels when needed and work with Maintenance leads to order necessary Packaging parts to maintain inventory levels
  • Manage packaging team in supervisor’s absence
  • Partner with company leadership to proactively identify and execute on continuous improvement opportunities in the areas of: safety, food safety, quality, productivity, and sanitation
  • Other duties, as assigned
  • Education and Experience Required:

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

  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to deal with multiple priorities in a fast-paced manufacturing environment.
  • 3+ years’ experience in packaging area, or equivalent education
  • Associates degree in maintenance, manufacturing, or related technical field
  • Physical Requirements: Qualified candidates must be able to perform the following physical job requirements, with or without reasonable accommodation:

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

    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. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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