Job Description

Do you want to be part of a team that aspires to improve the quality of life for others? Are you interested in efficient manufacturing processes that promote sustainability? Do you feel a sense of accomplishment in a job well done? At Carpenter Co., we challenge our employees to learn from and inspire one another – all levels of the company collaborate, communicate and constantly improve to achieve shared success. If that sounds like an environment in which you will thrive, Carpenter Co. could be a great fit for you!

Highest production pay rate at plant after 3 machine certifications!

Carpenter Co. has an immediate opening for a Machine Operator and Forklift Driver on 2nd shift [typically 2pm to 10pm] at our Elkhart, Indiana foam manufacturing plant. This position is responsible for operating all equipment in the carpet cushion department and loading finished products while meeting production and quality standards for the department. The pay rate for this position is $24 to $28 per hour plus Seniority Premiums.

Carpenter Co. employees are committed to working hard to ensure production goals are met while maintaining operations excellence. The successful candidate will be expected to communicate both verbally and written with the department and supervisor. This position will involve a combination of machine operation and moving carpet cushion rolls which will require the safe operation of a forklift for part of your shift.

Additional responsibilities of this position will include:

  • Visual inspection of assigned machine
  • Watch for defects in the material
  • Plan work flow with lead person or supervisor to ensure proper product is ready for the next production task
  • Perform quality checks.
  • Proper operation of assigned machinery
  • Ability to read and interpret a tape measure
  • Minor machinery troubleshooting
  • Load product into trailers
  • Check product loaded in correct per customer specifications
  • Scan products to load into the computer shipping system

Skills / Requirements

  • High School Diploma or General Education Degree Preferred.
  • 1+ year(s) manufacturing experience.
  • Machine operator experience required.
  • Basic Computer experience required and SAP preferred.
  • Forklift Experience preferred.
  • Must be able to train on 1st shift with normal hours of 5am to 1pm for at least 30 days

Carpenter Co. conducts pre-employment drug testing on all applicants that receive and accept a written offer of employment. 

Important Notes

Highest production pay rate at plant after certification!

Carpenter Co. offers a comprehensive benefits package including excellent health insurance, generous profit sharing plan, and much more. We offer long-term career opportunities for our employees in a stable industry and clean working environment. We also offer tuition reimbursement to our employees after 1 year of service. Our Elkhart Branch employees average over 10 years of service with the company, and we'd like for you to join us!  To learn more, check us out at