Heavy Production Helper at Ampi

New Ulm, MN 56073

About the Job

Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI), a leading Midwest dairy cooperative, is looking for Heavy Production Helpers at our New Ulm, MN plant.


The Heavy Production Helper is responsible for the handling and preparation of purchased bulk for product processing; operating equipment during production and sanitation processes, ensuring both product integrity and quality. 


This list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as management may deem necessary from time to time:

1.Supply micro fixes with sufficient product to ensure hopper levels are maintained.

2.Operate packaging equipment efficiently and safely

3.Monitors procedures and working conditions that could result in product contamination or excessive waste

4.Communicates effectively with plant personnel

5.Verify quality control items such as product weights, coding, uniformity, and packaging

6.Maintain proper documentation in all formats of recordkeeping

7.Operate various machines at an efficient level to fulfill plant demands

8.Assist with sanitation and housekeeping throughout the plant as needed

9.Adhere to all aspects of company and customer safety, sanitation and site policies

10.Assists with training new employees;

11.Provides assistance to the maintenance personnel, when needed, for machine repairs or troubleshooting

12.Adhere to all Quality and Food Safety policies and procedures, reporting any nonconformity

13.Adhere to all Safety policies and procedures, reporting any nonconformity

14.Adhere to all GMP policies and procedures, reporting any nonconformity

An individual in this position must be able to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. The above list reflects the general details necessary to describe the principle and essential functions of the position and shall not be construed as the only duties that may be assigned for the position.


The following are required competencies of the position that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job:

Exceptional attention to detail and strong organizational skills

Ability to adapt effectively within a continually changing and demanding environment

Demonstrate an understanding of the products manufactured and the processes involved

Basic understanding of equipment operations and minor troubleshooting ability

Must be able to demonstrate an ability and willingness to communicate effectively in order to maintain high levels of Safety, Quality and Efficiency

Ability to read and comprehend standard operating procedures and company guidelines in order to maintain regulatory compliance

Ability to understand daily production needs

Able to read and comprehend standard operating procedures

Participation in a team environment safely

Detail oriented, be quality minded

Able to perform at a high level in a fast paced environment



High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED)

Food manufacturing, material handling and forklift operation experience preferred

Must be able to maintain a valid forklift operator license

Prior experience in the dairy or cheese industry is preferred

Prior experience in manufacturing is a plus

Knowledge of HACCP, GMP's, OSHA and loss control programs is highly desirable


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Physical Demands – Employee is frequently (more than 75% of time) required to: use hands to finger, handle, or touch objects, tools, or controls, sit; to verbally communicate; and to hear. The employee is frequently (up to 90% of the time) required to walk and stand.  The employee must frequently (up to 50% of the time) lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and be able to lift and/or move 75 pounds occasionally.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment – Employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock, wet work conditions, fumes or airborne participles. Employee is frequently exposed to refrigerated temperatures. Employee is regularly exposed to chemicals during sanitation processes. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Protective Equipment – Personal protective equipment is required depending on the job being performed, including protective eye wear, or face shields, hearing protection, hair and beard nets, uniforms, and boots. Additional equipment is required working with chemicals, such as rubber gloves and use of chemical proof aprons as appropriate for job being performed.

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