Production Operator

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Position: Production Operator

Primary location Kendallville (IN, USA), Indiana, United States of America

Schedule: Full time

Date Posted: 11/17/2022

Job Number: R2032670

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Our purpose

Join a team that’s passionate about partnership. With careers at Dow, we take time to explore questions and talk to each other. We love to learn. Our people are driven by limitless curiosity.

We are an innovative, customer centric, inclusive, and sustainable materials science company.

            -Employing 36,500 individuals

            -Across 109 manufacturing sites

            -In over 31 countries

Our portfolio of products and solutions include:

     -Plastics: With new technology trends, our plastic additives can be experienced in many everyday items including vinyl, blow-molding bottles, film, rigid containers, PVC plastics, siding, decks and rails, foam pipes and profile formulations, window frames and high-efficiency lubricants.

  -Industrial intermediates: As the product of a reaction that is beneficial when used as a precursor chemical for another product, industrial intermediates can take on many shapes and forms. Ours are used in home comfort and appliance, building and construction, adhesives and lubricants, and more.

      -Coatings: Whether it’s a water-based coating or solvent-based coating, a thin film is deposited on materials to enhance specific properties such as enhanced performance, durability, aesthetics, and sustainability.

     -Silicone businesses: Our silicone-based materials can withstand more demanding applications, from those operating at extreme temperatures, to those under harsh environmental conditions for long periods of time.

Learn more about our partnerships, collaborations and innovations on LinkedIn (@Dow) or Twitter (@DowNewsroom).

We make diversity and inclusion a priority—because sharing our perspectives and building on each other’s ideas will drive innovation. Could you imagine yourself in a place like this?


Dow has exciting job opportunities for Production Operators in Kendallville, IN in the Silicone Rubber manufacturing facility.

Job Summary:

Do you prefer a manufacturing role where you are able to work as an independent contributor on an empowered team? In this role, you will work with a diverse product slate such that no two subsequent days are generally the same.  You will also be able to own your work while you safely produce and package high quality silicone rubber.    


  • Operate extruders, conveyors, and other auxiliary equipment safely and efficiently according to procedures.
  • Perform product inspection such that you maintain exceptional quality for your customers. 
  • Maintain a clean work environment to ensure the safety of yourself and your peers.
  • Collaborate with Quality Assurance/Reliability on customer issues and implementing corrective actions.
  • Complete training and attend safety meetings to enable your understanding of your work.
  • Communicate with a diverse team of logistics, maintenance and support staff. 

Required Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • 6 months or more experience in an operations role within a manufacturing/industrial environment OR 2 or more years of relevant military experience.
  • Willing and able to work 2nd or 3rd shift.  The manager will do his/her best to assign the shift of your preference but we are not able to guarantee you will receive the shift of your choice. In order to be considered for this position you must be willing and able to work either shift.
  • Able to read, write, and speak English.
  • Ability to work overtime as needed.
  • A minimum requirement for this U.S. based position is the ability to work legally in the United States.  No visa sponsorship/support is available for this position, including for any type of U.S. permanent residency (green card) process.

Willing and able to meet physical demands of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations:

  • Lift, push, and pull up to 35 lbs. throughout the day, with potential to handle 5,000-10,000 lbs. per shift. 
  • Frequent bending, reaching, and lifting.
  • Stand and walk for extended periods of time.
  • Wear all required personal protective equipment, including but not limited to earplugs, goggles, hard hat and steel-toed shoes.
  • Work in an area with hazardous materials.

Your skills, knowledge, and abilities include:

  • Basic understanding of computers to perform job tasks.
  • Demonstrates excellent decision making skills and the ability to prioritize appropriately.
  • Has strong troubleshooting skills.
  • Has strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong reading comprehension and listening skills.
  • Strong multi-tasking, problem solving and time management skills.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills - inspire others and lead them through influence.
  • Able to work with independently with minimal supervision with in an empowered team environment.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Safety focused.

Additional notes

  • No visa sponsorship/support is available for this position, including for any type of U.S. permanent residency (green card) process.
  • We do not offer relocation assistance for Dow jobs like this position. This includes reimbursement for travel expenses incurred to and from test sessions/interviews. If you apply for a position that is not within the area in which you reside, you will be responsible for all costs that you incur.
  • Dow is making preparations in response to the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). These preparations include obtaining the vaccination status of all new and current employees; information that is needed to obtain critical safety data and to comply with the ETS. Dow understands that the ETS is being challenged in certain courts; however, if the ETS is upheld, Dow fully intends to comply with its terms, which means all current and incoming Dow employees would need to choose between becoming fully vaccinated to COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing.

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Dow Offers: 

  • A robust total rewards program, including: competitive base pay, variable pay that rewards individual, team, and Company performance, and comprehensive benefits
  • On-going learning opportunities within a diverse, inclusive and rewarding work environment 
  • Career experiences that can span different Dow businesses and functions with opportunities for personal and professional growth 
  • The chance to work within a global company and interact with colleagues from around the world 
  • Opportunities that spark your imagination and ignite your passion to help others 

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth; asset integration and scale; focused innovation and materials science expertise; leading business positions; and environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership to achieve profitable growth and deliver a sustainable future. The Company's ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company in the world. Dow's portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated, science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer applications. Dow operates 104 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 35,700 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $55 billion in 2021. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.

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