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Pre-Make Ready/Baler (Entry Level, Forklift Experience)

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Job ID: 1336
Posting Status: Open
Date Posted: 09/15/2020
Location: Spokane WA
Salary Range: Depending on Experience
Position Classification: Production Labor
Employment Type: Hiring

4-10 hour shifts

Swing shift 3PM-1:30AM

Sonderen Packaging, is a family company in its third generation of ownership. Since 1963 Sonderen Packaging has been a staple of the Spokane, WA community. We conduct business with the highest level of integrity while striving to maintain a family focused culture. Our culture is built on respectful relationships with our customers and employees. We have a positive working environment with a talented team, and excellent benefits. Are you a reliable & detail oriented employee, who likes a good challenge and has a positive attitude?

This important position keeps the production plant running by removing waste paper from each department and dumping it into our Baler system. The bales are then picked up by truck and recycled into new paper! This person must be a good problem solver and able to work alone, in addition to self-motivated and most importantly able to safely drive a forklift. There is also some heavy lifting involved as well as learning and understanding the baling machinery. Some advice for someone learning the job for the first time is “to learn the machine thoroughly and understand the mechanics and that a person must be able to lift a minimum of 100lbs. The Baler needs to be pay attention to details because of the variables they are managing while moving raw material waste from cart, to baler machine, and finally loading the truck with finished bales. The cutting department team members have this to say about their manager. “Dan is understanding, responsive, accessible and easy to get along with. He listens to suggestions and is willing to make improvements to the job so it is easier. He is an all-around great guy who cares about you outside of work and is super supportive and friendly!” The Baler takes pride in knowing that they are helping everyone else at Sonderen complete their jobs.

This custom manufacturing business is also very humbling in that you learn something new every single day. Manufacturing is exciting and can be unpredictable. We all do the best we can but at the end of the day we must give ourselves some grace. Although we strive for perfection, we are not perfect people and do not make a perfect product. However we take pride in seeing our quality product on the store shelf. We are lifelong learners. We persevere through tough times and are always looking for ways to improve. We love to laugh and joke and celebrate success. If these are characteristics you embody, it is likely you would be a great fit for our team. Are you up for the challenge??


Operate Baler, load bales into truck and keep area clean.

Ability to demonstrate good mechanical aptitude with safe practices.

Drive Forklift, moving bales of paper and trash containers.

Band up loads with wire and store for shipping.

Communicate with Waste Management via phone on load pick-up schedule

Emptying carts in each department and loading into the Baler.