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Packaging Machine Operator - 3rd Shift

Company: Eagle Foods, LLC
Location: Waukegan
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

Eagle Foods is a leading producer and marketer of canned sweetened condensed milk (SCM), evaporated milk (EVAP) products, and snack foods. Eagle was established in 2015 as a carve-out from The J.M. Smucker Company and subsequently has completed three key acquisitions:

  • December 2015: Carve-out of canned milk assets from JMS
  • August 2016: Purchase of Cornfields, manufacturer of the ready-to-eat (RTE) popcorn brand G.H. Cretors and other salty snack products.
  • August 2017: Acquisition of Popcorn Indiana

Eagle Foods represents a unique scale platform with both Branded and Private Label offerings and is currently the largest independent player of scale in its categories.


Current brands include:


Eagle Brands: Since 1856, Eagle Brand has been a strong player in the condensed milk space. Currently, the sweetened condensed milk comes in regular and fat-free. Eagle is the #1 brand in SCM with a premium price and high-level brand awareness.  Other canned milks brands include Magnolia, PET, and Milnot.


Cretors: Cretors produces popcorn using real, simple high-quality ingredients. The unique artisanal process had been passed down for the past 130 years. Products include: Cheese & Caramel Mix, Cheese Lover’s Mix, Buffalo Ranch Mix, Honey Butter Kettle Corn, Organic Chile Jalapeno White Cheddar, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic White Cheddar, Organic Dill Pickle, Cheddar Cheese Corn, Caramel Corn and more.  


Popcorn Indiana: Popcorn, Indiana is an innovator of popcorn and whole grain snacks. All Popcorn, Indiana products are made from non-GMO corn and contain whole grains. Products include a line of flavored classic popcorn as well as Drizzlecorn (Kettle Corn drizzled with milk chocolate). Popcorn Indiana has a strong brand heritage and consumer awareness.


Monster Pop:  Monster Pop is a healthy, delicious and fun treat for kids to enjoy.  It is healthy, natural, gluten-free.  It comes in flavors like: Finger lickin’ Pizza, Big-Time Butter, Cheeserific Cheese and Kooky Kettle.


Crispy Fries: Crispy Fries are restaurant inspired, crispy, crunchy fries that you can enjoy at home.  Made from 100% potato they are the perfect snack to enjoy at any time during the day.  Crispy Fries come in 5 delicious flavors: Sea Salt, Hot!, Bacon Cheddar, Salt & Vinegar and Ketchup.


Skinny Sticks (formerly Hi I’m Skinny): Skinny Sticks are branded snacks that use only the highest quality ingredients for better taste and quality; without cholesterol, trans fats, and artificial flavors and preservatives. All snacks are vegan, certified gluten-free, and are certified Kosher.

Eagle foods has a Private Label business and is currently the #1 Private Label manufacturer in both SCM and EVAP and #3 manufacturer of RTE popcorn. Eagle Foods markets and distributes through many U.S. retail channels, which include grocery stores, club stores and mass merchandisers, as well as foodservice and export, U.S. military, and private label business.


To date, total net sales are ~$325-$350 million with projected next 12 months EBITDA of over $50 million.

  • Perform startup checks at the beginning of each shift. 
  • Perform machine setup before each shift and perform testing procedures to ensure that machines work optimally during production logging results electronically by hour against set efficiency targets. 
  • Perform routine time-based tests to ensure machines are producing quality products (i.e. seal, visual, weight, etc.). 
  • Perform front line preventative maintenance. 
  • Monitor and perform routine adjustments and calibrations on each machine (packaging machine, scales). 
  • Monitor all product to be packaged to ensure best quality standards are being met against provided work instructions. 
  • Oversee efficient and safe operation of all equipment on the line. 
  • Review appropriate production schedules for the line to ensure correct equipment setups have been made and appropriate packaging material are present for efficient productivity  
  • Ensure all materials are properly counted, weighed, and labelled with correct label information. 
  • Ensure that all partial pallets, bags, containers, are available and accessible as well as having proper documentation such as part number, weights, and expiration dates. 
  • Ensure that all material and packaging are correct and meet all the customer and Company specifications against provided work instructions. 
  • Ensure adequate housekeeping in the work area throughout the day to include maintaining and cleaning machine(s) before and after each shift. 

High School Diploma or GED required 

The ability to communicate and take directions effectively and efficiently in the English language, both verbal and written. 

1-year of packaging operator experience required. 

Must have the capability to stand while at work station(s) and capable of climbing stairs. 

Proven problem-solving skills with a mechanical understanding of machinery. 

Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite in addition to knowledge of manufacturing processes and procedures. 

Experience with GMP’s, HACCP, and Food Safety requirements preferred. 

Experience with Vertical Form and Fill (Hayssen, Matrix, TNA) and Pouch machine highly preferred. 

Keywords: Eagle Foods, LLC, Waukegan , Packaging Machine Operator - 3rd Shift, Other , Waukegan, Illinois

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