Pre-Employment Application

Machine Operators
Chicago, IL  

Caraustar Industries, Inc., Folding Carton Plant located in Chicago, IL is hiring for multiple openings with the finishing, cutting, printing and shipping departments. We are seeking Machine Operators for those with a strong mechanical aptitude for these roles. These positions require a candidate that is able to work in a fast-paced environment and is looking to learn and grow with our company.
Caraustar offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefit package, including:
  • 12 hour shifts with 3-4 day work weeks; long weekends every other week, less commute time!
  • Quick advancement opportunity
  • Medical, dental and pharmacy benefits with employee contribution
  • 401(k) with Company match
  • Vacation time
Caraustar Industries, Inc. is one of North America’s largest integrated manufacturers of 100% recycled paperboard and converted paperboard products. We aim to be a socially responsible corporation, and remain committed to environmentally sound practices while providing customers with outstanding value through innovative products and services. Caraustar has developed its leadership position in the industry through diversification and integration from raw materials to finished products. Caraustar serves the four principal recycled boxboard product end-use markets: tubes and cores; folding cartons; gypsum facing paper and specialty paperboard products. For more about us, please visit our website at

Duties and Responsibilities of the Machine Operators will include:
  • Finishing Department: Use mechanical skills to operate a folder/gluer, pack cartons and inspect for quality.
  • Cutting Department: Operate die cutter, follow instructions within each job and assist the transition of materials within the process.
  • Printing Department: Operate printing press, assist operators, set up machines and housekeeping as needed.
  • Shipping Associate: Use equipment provided to load trucks and print tickets
Qualifications for the Machine Operators include:
  • Strong mechanical aptitude, machine technician or junior mechanic preferred.
  • Previous experience operating a Folder/Gluer, Printing Press or Die Cutter is desired.
  • Ability to read basic measurement tools such as calipers, micrometers and tape measures.
  • Manufacturing environment, noisy at times (hearing protection required).
  • Must work safely, following Company rules and procedures.
  • Ability to work 3-4 days per week, 12 hour shifts.
Please apply to the confidential application below. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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