Graham Packaging

Relief Operator - 3rd Shift - $20.00/hour - Recycling Plant

Job Locations US-PA-York
Manufacturing Operations

Company Statement

Graham Packaging is a leading manufacturer of sustainable packaging. From the kitchen to the laundry room, Graham Packaging is part of your everyday life. They’re the kind of people you want as your friends and neighbors as well as your partners and suppliers. By building strong relationships and creating value for our customers, our employees embody the innovative spirit that’s inherent to Graham. We truly are people building a better tomorrow.


Graham Packaging Company has an opening for a Relief Operator (Extruder Operator/Forklift Driver/Sorter) based in York, PA at our Recycling Plant.  The opening is for 3rd shift, which operates during the hours of 11PM-7AM Sunday night through Friday morning. 


The starting pay for this position is $20.00 per hour, plus a $0.50 shift differential. 


The employee in this position will work in all areas of the plant as needed as an Extruder Operator, Forklift Operator, and Sorter. The primary duties include:

Extruder Operator:

  • Understands, follows and enforces all established safety, health, quality GMP and Company policies, procedures and recognized practices.
  • Perform entire line set up (palletizing system, pellet handling system, flake vacuum system, and scale system.
  • Fill out extruder process sheet appropriately and accurately.
  • Fill out extruder screen change log appropriately and accurately.
  • Pack bulk boxes within spec and quality post-consumer resin.
  • Perform quality assurance tests (volatile, pellet count, melt index, color scan, and press outs).
  • Print label and label box per Graham Recycling’s color standard.
  • Remove bulk box from scale and store in warehouse in the appropriate row.
  • Perform routine maintenance (c/o vacuum filters, pelletizer blades, and clean out air classifier filter).
  • Check and refill distilled water tank.
  • Monitor pelletizer water temperature.
  • Monitor pelletizing system and make adjustments accordingly.
  • Monitor extruder and make adjustments accordingly.

Forklift Driver

  • Load production lines, as instructed by the production supervisor with appropriate raw materials.
  • Maintain current and correct raw material inventory.
  • Unload raw materials from trailers, fill out unload sheets to ensure proper raw materials count. Calculate raw materials weight per bale, and fill out contamination report on unloaded raw material.
  • Dump and bale hoppers of sorted raw materials.
  • Dump hoppers of contamination in the trash compactor.
  • Remove bulk boxes of aluminum cans from line, put lid on box, and store box in appropriate row in the warehouse in a neat, orderly manner.
  • Remove hoppers of scrap metal from lines, and dump in the appropriate metal bin in the yard.
  • Remove chipper wire hopper from underneath the wire chipper; dump in the appropriate metal bin in the yard.
  • Remove finished goods from production lines, and store in the appropriate rows in the warehouse in a neat, orderly manner.
  • Receive parts and supplies and store in designated areas. Secure packing slips for receiving and properly complete all necessary paperwork.
  • Keep work area clean.
  • Train fellow employees as requested.


  • Sort contamination out of raw materials.
  • Sort raw material colors.
  • Perform housekeeping duties as assigned by supervisors.
  • Clean out dryers on blade changes and blade rotations.
  • Keep work station clean.
  • Follow all safety regulations and requirements.
  • Train fellow employees as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


Minimum of 1 year forklift experience preferred.

Relief Operators are required to interact with other managers, employees, vendors, and customers. Therefore, the following skills and proficiencies are also essential requirements of the position:

  • Ability to maintain regular, predictable, and punctual attendance.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, including the ability to effectively communicate with internal and external customers.
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service.
  • Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices.
  • Communicates effectively: conveys facts and information clearly both verbally and orally.
  • Collaborates well with others: proactively contributes to group objectives; volunteers to help others.

EEO Disclaimer

Graham Packaging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, religion, creed, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.


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