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3rd Shift Material Handler



fitchburg, ma, usa
Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Company Description

Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY) is a global materials science company specializing in the design and manufacture of a wide variety of labeling and functional materials. The company’s products, which are used in nearly every major industry, include pressure-sensitive materials for labels and graphic applications; tapes and other bonding solutions for industrial, medical, and retail applications; tags, labels and embellishments for apparel; and radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions serving retail apparel and other markets. Headquartered in Glendale, California, the company employs more than 35,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Reported sales in 2021 were $8.4 billion. Learn more at www.averydennison.com.


The Fastener Solutions business unit of Avery Dennison is a worldwide manufacturer of plastic fastening systems used in the automotive, apparel, retail, industrial and packaging industries. Our three-shift injection molding and extrusion operation is located in Fitchburg, MA. Fastener Solutions is ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 certified.

Job Description

A Material Handler focuses on a variety of production floor tasks related to plastic resin material at any point from the beginning to the end of the molding process. The material handler moves material containers (gaylords, barrels, buckets) between storage and various work cells and vice versa. This role also guides the flow of materials from a central drying bin area out to various injection/extrusion molding machine work cells by managing settings for a vacuum receiver/tube network and distribution manifold. Injection/extrusion molding machines at the various work cells can occasionally run out of material whereby material handlers must intervene to ensure the material is again resupplied. In addition to monitoring the central drying system status, portable dryers are often used and moved around to dry different materials beside the molding machines. Blending machines, which automatically mix materials, need setup, checking, clearing, etc. Runners and full “shots” of plastic will be ground up in various granulators throughout the plant. These granulators sometimes clog or jam, requiring material handlers to clear these jams to then restart them. All these aspects of the overall material flow (material handling equipment such as storage containers, dryers, blenders, granulators, etc.) throughout all of the material systems may need cleaning out by material handlers for changeovers to new materials. Your work hours will be from 11:00 PM-7:00 AM; overtime as scheduled.


Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepare resin mixes for molding machines

  • Monitor material handling equipment and escallate to team leader if help is needed or maintenance if equipment failure is discovered

  • Monitoring and managing usage of excess material in the molding process

  • Troubleshoot material handling system and equipment to track down root causes/problems

  • Interact with HMI screen for vacuum receiver network to guide proper materials to the designated work cells

  • Set up, monitor & adjust material handling equipment (mixers, vacuum systems, grinders, color feeder & etc…)

  • Prepare and execute material / color changes per schedule

  • Work to minimize machine downtime related to material issues and reduce scrap

  • Completing inventory counts as assigned by leadership

  • Follows established work instructions, policies and procedures.

  • Cover breaks and back up for packers as needed

  • Consistently work in a safe manner with regard to self, co-workers, and manufacturing equipment

  • Perform general housekeeping within the department/group and assist other areas as required


  • High School Diploma or equivalent (GED) or 3+ years of relevant manufacturing work experience.

  • Any experience as a Material Handler or similar position in a manufacturing environment are a plus.

Additional Information

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or other protected status. EEOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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