2nd Shift Grinder Operator

Date: Jun 8, 2024

Location: La Crosse, WI, US, 54603

Company: Great Lakes Cheese

Job Overview

The Grinder is responsible for maintaining the proper blend of cheese product.

Job Responsibilities

  • Follows production schedule that is communicated by work leader or supervisor.
  • Transfers cheese materials for each blend, staged in the setup racks out to the grinder area.
  • Assure that all necessary ingredients are ready and on hand for use.
  • Assists with stripping cardboard and plastic from the cheese and loads it onto the grinder belt using a forklift.
  • Read blend sheets and follows instructions that may be given on the blend sheets to standardize blender.
  • Scrape any mold found on cheese and deposits mold in detained product tubs, weigh and record fish bait on fish bait recording sheets. If there are any abnormalities in cheese quality, notifies Quality Assurance and Supervisor.
  • Stays ahead on job tasks as much as possible to assure that cooks have blenders ready to run and don’t run out of cheese.
  • Keep work area neat and disposes of cardboard, plastic, and any work debris.
  • Practices good housekeeping of work areas and grinder office. Keep floor swept around grinders.
  • Notify supervisor if any problems occur.
  • Unplug grinder when plugged.
  • Use prescribed tools in the manner in which they were intended.
  • Clean, organize or performs projects given to them by the Supervisor.
  • Assist with the training of new employees when requested by Supervisor.
  • Fill out all paperwork completely and correctly.
  • Sanitize lines at start up.
  • Inspect grinder screens in the beginning of each shift.
  • All GLC employees are expected to perform any assignment or job task according to the stated safety policies and procedures.
  • All GLC employees are expected to produce our products in a manner that exceeds the quality and value expectation of our customers and consumers by adhering to Good Manufacturing Practices, Policies and Procedures outlined in our Safe Quality Food Program.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

  • Ability to read production schedule and plan and organize workday.
  • Ability to move in a fast-paced environment, repeatedly lifting and moving ingredients.
  • Self-motivated and can work with limited supervision.
  • Ability to operate a handheld computer/scanner.
  • Ability to operate various Powered Industrial Trucks.
  • Ability to manage time and organize work.
  • Ability to follow instructions and proper work procedures.
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with co-workers and management.
  • Good communication skills: verbal and written.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Ability to operate powder control systems.
  • Ability to operate various Powdered Industrial Trucks.

Working Conditions

• Ability to constantly stand/walk; bend/flex/extend neck; frequently grip/reach/lift/pull with L/R hands.
• Ability to frequently handle material from floor-to-waist, waist-to-shoulder and pushing/pulling/carrying.
• Hair nets, ear plugs/muffs, hardhats, and/or safety glasses may be required.
• Product weight: up to 100 lbs
• Repetitive work in a fast-paced production environment with average temperature of 50-60 degrees F.
• Use of motor skills to safely drive tow motors or other motorized vehicles in tight quarters.

EEOC & Disclaimer

Great Lakes Cheese is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.


Nearest Major Market: La Crosse
Nearest Secondary Market: Winona