Material Handler

Company Summary

Managed through the Riverbend Industries portfolio, American Wheatley is a leading manufacturer of ASME stock and custom hydronic and pressure tanks. American Wheatley is also a distributor of related valves and other components used across a wide array of industrial applications. American Wheatley leverages more than forty years of experience, a robust assortment of specialty HVAC hydronic systems and technology, and a commitment to speedy, quality work to ensure clients receive the right product for their jobs.

Riverbend Industries (RBI) is a private family-owned portfolio holding company headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. The portfolio is primarily comprised of several small, independently operated, previously family-run businesses in the light manufacturing and distribution sectors. The portfolio is a long-term holder of its investments/assets and plans to grow both organically and through acquisitions into the foreseeable future.

Position Overview

American Wheatley is seeking a highly organized and efficient Material Handler to support our welding production and warehouse operations. The Material Handler will be responsible for safe and accurate transportation of materials, ensuring that production workflows are maintained, and inventory is managed effectively. 

Essential Job Functions  

  • Transport materials between the production facility and warehouse using the company truck and trailer.
  • Secure lifting attachment to material when transporting pallets to destination.
  • Pull parts as per the bill of materials, engineering drawings of subassemblies, or pick lists. 
  • Operate material handling equipment such as pallet jacks, forklift, overhead cranes, and electric hoists. 
  • Ensure proper labeling and identification of all products with job or sales orders, bill of materials, routing sheets, Kanban cards and placards with part numbers. 
  • Keep all material handling equipment in optimal condition by performing regular daily inspections. Report on maintenance issues associated with the equipment.
  • Participate in maintaining a high-quality manufacturing environment. 
  • Demonstrate excellence by adhering to all manufacturing policies, processes, and guideline standards i.e., proper PPE use and maintaining OSHA safety requirements, part handling, sound equipment set-ups, daily equipment PM and 5S. 
  • Contribute suggestions that will improve products, and processes which in turn deliver quality and production.
  • Complete all necessary paperwork and documentation neatly and accurately.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Competencies (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)

  • Attendance – Reports to work as scheduled. Follow established procedures for breaks. Notifies supervisor in advance of scheduling changes.
  • Dependability – Demonstrates a positive attitude and promotes cooperation with supervisors, peers, and others. 
  • 5S – Keeps work area clean and orderly.
  • Work Attitude and Stewardship – Demonstrates a positive attitude and promotes cooperation with supervisors, peers, and others. They also focus on utilizing company resources as good stewards.
  • Job Knowledge – Understand duties, responsibilities, and has ability to use materials as needed with the level of proficiency required to accomplish the work.
  • Initiative – Ability to be self-directed, efficient, creative, and resourceful. Assumes extra work and adapts quickly to new responsibilities.
  • Quantity and Quality of Work – Meets or exceeds daily work requirements with accuracy and care for customers.
  • Problem Solving/Decision Making – Ability to assess a problem and offer solutions for resolution.

Educational and Experience Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Valid driver’s license and experience operating vehicles with trailers.
  • Experience in operating forklifts, overhead cranes, and electric hoist.
  • Familiarity with 5s and lean manufacturing principles.
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings and bills of materials.
  • Prior experience with material handling in a manufacturing environment. 
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and change direction as needed to address urgent situations.
  • Self-motivated, willing to accept responsibility for daily material handling tasks, and follow through. 

Work Environment/Physical Demands  

  • Willing and able to raise and transport articles weighing up to 50 pounds. 
  • Willing and able to walk, stand, stoop, sit and carry material daily on even terrain.
  • Willing and able to stand for extended periods of time. 
  • Willing and able to work outside in harsh weather conditions and/or in manufacturing/warehouse environments with varying temperatures.
  • Willing to work alone a high percentage of the time. Wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE) as required by company policy.
  • Willing and able to work unscheduled overtime.
  • Willing to work in a manufacturing environment where noise levels can be high.

$17.50 – $18.50

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