Farmers Union Industries, LLC, also known as FUI, is a leading agricultural based manufacturing company based in Redwood Falls, MN. FUI is a premier provider of specialized products, providing superior value and services to our members and customers. Our current operations include Central Bi-Products, Northland Choice, Midwest Grease, Artex Manufacturing, Pet Care Systems, Redwood Farms Meat Processors, and Performance Pet Products. FUI currently manufactures in 6 facilities in a three-state area, including: Redwood Falls, Long Prairie, Waite Park and Detroit Lakes, Minnesota; Mitchell, South Dakota and Estherville, Iowa.

Job title Operators
Location Mitchell, SD
Reports to Plant Supervisor

Job Purpose

Operators are responsible for operating processes and equipment in a safe, clean, effective manner to ensure the production of high-quality products while meeting all regulatory compliance requirements.

As a key member of the plant operations team, the Operator will:

  • Adopt and exemplify FUI’s mission, vision, and values
  • Be jointly responsible for contributing towards the achievement of company’s goals

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Operators will specialize in one of the following types of equipment: Krones, Tray, Seamer, Retort and Sanitation.
  • Work safely following all company safety policies, practices, procedures and improvement initiatives
  • Comply with all regulatory compliance requirements including safety, environmental, and food/feed safety
  • Operate all facility equipment and processes in area(s) of responsibility
  • Operate facility equipment autonomously while maintaining good communication with supervisors and support teams
  • Perform quality control tests on finished product and make adjustments to equipment to meet product standards
  • Monitor and document process equipment and adjust the flow of production to maintain production standards
  • Perform basic operator troubleshooting and repair of equipment and request assistance from shift supervisor and maintenance for more complex care
  • Maintain clean work environment to ensure safety and product quality
  • Communicate any accidents, threats, downtime, or cost saving measures to the shift supervisor
  • Assist other production and maintenance personnel as needed or requested


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Experience in food/feed production a plus
  • Experience operating a bobcat and forklift preferred
  • Understand and operate basic computer systems

Working Conditions

  • Fast-paced manufacturing and distribution environment
  • Stay physically active throughout shift
  • Employee safety and product safety is essential
  • Varying environmental conditions including wet, slippery conditions
  • Willingness to work extra hours on a scheduled /unscheduled basis when required
  • Ability to work day/evening/night shifts as required
  • Ability to work in confined spaces

Physical Requirements

  • Lift 30 lbs. repeatedly
  • Occasionally push and/or pull heavy objects
  • Occasionally lift up to 75 lbs. from floor to waist level
  • Frequently bend at the waist and/or knees
  • Frequently climb stairs and/or ladders (up to 40 ft.)
  • Frequently sit/drive for extended time periods

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