Plant Mechanical Maintenance

Performance Pet Products

Mitchell, South Dakota

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 8 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 Mechanical Maintenance
Location Performance Pet Products, Mitchell, SD
Reports to Plant Maintenance Manager


Job purpose

Plant Maintenance personnel are responsible for installing and maintaining plant 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 Mechanical Maintenance personnel will:

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

Duties and responsibilities

  • Work safely following all company safety policies, practices, procedures and improvement initiatives
  • Comply with all regulatory compliance requirements regarding environmental, and food/feed safety
  • Maintain, repair, and install plant equipment
  • Perform regular equipment monitoring, troubleshooting and service to ensure reliability and equipment uptime
  • Install and repair plant equipment to OEM standards
  • Maintain a 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


  • Associates degree and three years’ experience working on mechanical equipment in a manufacturing environment or High School Diploma/equivalent and six years experience working on mechanical equipment in a manufacturing environment
  • Boiler experience/certification a plus
  • HVAC/Refrigeration experience/certification a plus
  • Experience in food/feed production a plus
  • Mechanically inclined and troubleshooting abilities
  • Can operate welders, torches and cutters
  • Can operate bobcats, forklifts, tractors, trucks and Simons lift
  • Able to maintain and service material handling equipment
  • Accurately read and understand warnings, manuals and wiring schematics
  • Communicates well and accurately maintains records
  • 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
  • Ability and 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
  • Tolerance of varying environmental conditions
  • Tolerance of wet, slippery conditions Physical requirements
  • Lift 30 pounds repeatedly
  • Occasionally push and/or pull heavy objects (approx. 100 lbs. max)
  • Occasionally lift up to 100 lbs. from floor to waist level
  • Frequently bend at the waist and/or knees
  • Frequently climb stairs and/or ladders (up to 40 ft.)

Direct reports

  • None

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