Machine Operator

Date: Feb 22, 2024

Location: Gordonsville, VA, US, 22942

Company: Klöckner Pentaplast

kp is a leading global manufacturer of rigid and flexible packaging and special films. We have a clear goal: the sustainable protection of important everyday products. You will find our customers in markets from pharmaceuticals to food and consumer goods. With our film products, we make sure the products last longer and maintain their important properties. With this we significantly contribute to safety, health and consumer satisfaction. We are as dynamic and fast paced as the markets of our customers. Always in motion! Founded in 1965, we now have 31 factories in 18 countries and employ more than 5,900 people worldwide.


*****New Hires Eligible for $3000 RETENTION BONUS ~ terms and conditions apply***************


Positions available is all areas of the manufacturing plant

Calender, Slitting, Mixing, Coating & Laminating, Raw Materials

HR Contact:  Kecia Hembry

Phone:  540-832-1401



Education and/or Experience:                                                           

Three to six months of related experience and/or training in a Manufacturing facility.  High School Diploma or equivalency preferred but not required.


Other Requirements:

Must be able to work 12 hour rotating shifts (4 on/4 off), including nights, weekends and holidays

Must be able to work overtime as needed

Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. 


Machine Operator - Calender



Assists in the set-up and the operation of the Calender Machine, with concentration on the wind-up end of the machine by performing the following duties.                                                      


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Watches the wind-up end of the machine to ensure that the master rolls are of good quality, wrapped tight with proper tension and that the roll edges are level.
  • Helps the assistant operator or operator with cutting and changing rolls when the required lengths are achieved on previous rolls.
  • Properly removes finished roll with forklift, weighs it, records and tags it and stores it in the proper place.
  • When cutting sheets, the wind-up person watches the sheet cutter to assure proper size, quality, and properly aligned stock of sheets.  Moves the finished stacks to the proper storage area after weighing, tagging, and recording it.
  • May work in the capacity of an Assistant Operator in his/her absence.
  • Is skilled with the operation and safety of battery-operated lifts.
  • Works in a team environment to assist all calender team members.
  • May be temporarily assigned to help in other departments.
  • Performs cleaning tasks throughout the department and may be sent for equipment parts as needed.
  • Must be able to perform as a Mixer B with little or no assistance.
  • Understands and completes all necessary documentation in accordance with departmental procedures.
  • Follows good safety and housekeeping practices in their assigned work area.
  • Other duties as assigned.




Assistant Slitter Operator



Sets-up and operates a Slitting Machine to produce a quality product in accordance with predetermined specifications and in accordance with predetermined production schedules.                                           


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Communicates with the Assistant Operator to ensure that the proper master rolls or sheets have been transported to the assigned machine.
  • Properly loads the master rolls or sheets onto the Slitting Machine.
  • Sets the machine for the proper cuts, tensions frequently during the run to ensure that the machine is maintaining the proper settings.
  • Double checks the provided cores to ensure that they are within prescribed specifications for the job.
  • Sets all of the gauges to record length and weight and starts the run.  Visually inspects the product during the run to ascertain as much as possible that the product is free of defects.
  • Responsible for the proper unloading of the slit rolls, assuring that the rolls are in proper shape and are not loosened or damaged during the unloading and palletizing procedure.
  • Coordinates the activities of the Assistant Operator and/or the Utility Person as needed to provide a good steady work flow.
  • May set-up and operate a core cutting machine if needed.
  • May cut up unused material and place it into the proper rework basket.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Assistant Coating & Laminating Operator

Summary:  Starts up and operates a Coating & Laminating Machine to produce a quality product in accordance with predetermined specifications and in conformity with the production schedule.     


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Monitors production processes to ensure that they are in control of specifications.
  • Trains new and/or newly promoted employees. Responsible for training of all operators in his/her group.
  • Makes sound decisions pertaining to the use of expensive raw materials in the production of  product with zero scrap value.
  • Makes periodic machinery checks of the Coating and Laminating Machine to ensure proper electrical and mechanical function.
  • Understands and continues to learn the operation of all equipment in the department (coater, laminator and sheet cutter).
  • Ensures that good safety and housekeeping practices are maintained at all times.
  • Constantly monitors production run to assure that the film is at the highest quality level possible.
  • Loads recipes into supervisory system and ensures that all machine set points are correct.
  • Performs the duties of/or assists the Slitting Operator when needed.
  • Assumes the responsibilities of a Lead Operator in his/her absence.
  • Performs testing in Q. A. Lab to assure product is within specifications.
  • Other duties as assigned

Have we piqued your interest? Great. We look forward to receiving your application including your salary expectations and your earliest start date.

Klöckner Pentaplast is an equal opportunity employer, which makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, veteran status, handicap, disability, sexual preference or marital status.

Nearest Major Market: Charlottesville
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia