Plant Operations

Central Bi Products

Estherville, Iowa

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, Dakota Pack, and Performance Pet Products. FUI currently manufacturers 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. For more information, visit

Job title Plant Operator
Location  Estherville, IA
Reports to Plant Supervisor

Job purpose

Plant 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 Plant 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

  • 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 pace 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 pounds 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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