Fort Worth, TX

Reports to Production Supervisor and Warehouse Supervisor

Job Summary

  • TheForklift Operatorperforms a combination of material handling and forklift operating duties to stack, transport, and store product-on-hold and finished goods. Supplies production lines with efficient flow of materials – knockdowns and dividers – and moves finished goods to warehouse. Complete material handling reports accurately and legible showing locations and quantities of raw materials used as well as quantities and locations where finished goods were stored.


The primary duties of a Forklift Operator | Material Handler include:

  • Understanding and following all established safety, health, GMP/SQF requirements, as well as all established TPI policies, procedures and programs headlined in TPI’s Employee Handbook, Safety & Health Manual, and Food Safety Management System Manual.
  • Performing a safety forklift inspection and battery check and report any equipment malfunctioning or damage to the Warehouse Supervisor. Charge forklift batteries when necessary; Fill out forklift status report.
  • Participating in continuous quality improvement projects and other related activities as assigned.
  • Perform pre-shift forklift equipment and safety inspection; document as required.
  • Reviewing daily production schedule with production Supervisor, bringing materials to the production lines as needed to execute production schedule and notify production supervisorand warehouse supervisor of any materials running low. Removing finished goods from production lines, back to assigned warehouse locations.
  • Providing accurate information of unloaded materials as well as materials used or produced to warehouse personnel.
  • Removing production scrap bales to cardboard trailer.
  • Maintaining accurate records of materials being used and produced, and reporting them in appropriate paperwork, back to warehouse supervisor.
  • Removing finished goods and other materials in hold to assigned location. Storing finished goods stacked neatly and in proper height. Verifying that all finished goods removed from the production area must have proper P# lot and date code label.
  • Participating in physical inventory taking.
  • Keeping each production line supplied with the proper knock down cases, dividers, pallets, and when pallet is full take that pallet to the warehouse for storage, staging, or loading, and takes unused cases and dividers back to the warehouse to the proper storage location.
  • Removing excess cases from production floor, bringing slip sheets to production floor, loading storage racks with gaylords, set up rework, set up units of product on hold for QC, unloading corrugated trailers, identifying good corrugate from bad and isolating it, or loading back on trailer.
  • Following established forklift procedures and complete required safety and maintenance checklists.
  • Following established procedures for damaged finished goods and raw materials, place in “hold area” and report to shift supervisor.
  • Communicating with supervisor regarding shift totals and machine totals
  • Reporting with other forklift operators regarding any changes or problems that arise, including damaged materials, damaged gaylord, pallets, skids, or low inventories.
  • Completing written documentation as required.
  • Using forklift to move pallets of finished products to stretch wrap machine to stretch wrap them and to staging area after wrapping, or move to specified warehouse location. Completing finished goods report or worksheet.
  • Maintaining supplies of corrugated and other packaging supplies at each machine.
  • Visually inspecting all completed pallets of product for quality and conformity to the product specifications.
  • Keeping warehouse clean of dirt and debris following cleaning schedule.
  • Additional warehouse tasks as directed.

Required Skills/Abilities

Forklift Operator is required to interact with managers, supervisors, and co-workers. Therefore, the following skills and abilities are also essential of the position:

  • Ability to maintain regular, predictable, and punctual attendance.
  • Effectively communicate with managers, supervisors, co-workers and other forklift operators conveying facts and information clearly, both verbally and written.
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude.
  • Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices.
  • Collaborates well with others: proactively contributes to group objectives; volunteers to help others.

Physical Job Requirements

  • This position

    • requires the ability to continuously stand; walk; bend/twist; pull; lift; and carry.
    • frequently requires the ability to grasp/grip; move in repetitive motions; flex and extend fingers; and lift up to 50 pounds.

Work Environment

  • Manufacturing plant environment with machinery and ancillary equipment; elevated noise level; hazardous chemicals.
    • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to near moving mechanical parts.
    • Given the elevated noise level occasionally experienced by the employee, ear protection (i.e., earplugs) is provided.
    • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may encounter certain hazardous chemical (e.g., cleaning agents, lubricants, etc.).

Education and Experience

  • A High School Diploma or GED is required.
  • A minimum of one-year forklift experience in a manufacturing/warehouse setting required.

Additional Information

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job duty. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Thomas Plastics, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, religion, creed, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.