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Production Operator

Located in the Nashville Metro Tennessee area, Production Operators are responsible for the daily operations of a non-woven production lines maintaining a safe environment, ensuring a quality product, and achieving desired key performance measurements. Processes include converting, slitting, and packaging equipment.


  • Performs administrative tasks performs inventory control through log usage sheets and computer data, inspects/grades finished product, and conducts housekeeping and safety inspections.
  • Monitors the Sontara process through use of computer systems examples include: VXL, Mapex, NDC Scanner, and Milo Scanner. Determines whether to adjust, start or stop equipment or processes according to correct operating limits and cost effectiveness.
  • Identify and provide training for new and less experienced operators.
  • Performs mechanical tasks that include minor line repairs and replacing dirty/contaminated belt washer jets, and consolidator jets.
  • Continually troubleshoot and problem solve the processes and equipment to maintain quality standards. Identify, correct, and/or prevent operational difficulties, conduct patrols and adhere to our standard operating conditions (SOC) sheet; acknowledge and respond to system alarms. Perform visual inspections of equipment and take corrective action when necessary.
  • Responsible for startup or shutdown of each phase of the line in a safe and efficient manner. Insures safe and proper lockout of electrical and mechanical equipment following our lockout tag out procedure before allowing maintenance to perform work.
  • Monitor systems, processes, and equipment that are within the fiber prep, penthouse, airlay, washer, windup and wrapper areas. Make necessary adjustments per SOC after consulting your process operator.
  • Performs duties during emergency situations. Follows procedures and established guidelines to maintain or restart operations safely and efficiently.
  • Responsible for safe and efficient operation of light industrial machinery that includes Hysters (fork trucks), automatic guides vehicles (AGV’s) and tuggers during the transportation of materials and finished product.
  • Diverts, starts, or shuts down the flower of fiber, steam, or water used in the Sontara process.
  • Performs preventative maintenance. Cleans or changes screens, jets, upper plenium filter (UPF’s), brushes and filters (Primary, Secondary, Tesira) to insure production within established quality standards.
  • Changes process variables (including core alignment i.e., windup) or settings according to SOC or product specifications.
  • Insures proper water treatment and distribution. Operate valves, pumps, screw press, and washer sumps. Mixes and directs the flow of various chemical additives (polymer, clay, and perlites, i.e., hydraulics) to ensure adequate supply of clean water used in the Sontara process.
  • Performs other duties as needed upon request of immediate supervisor.


  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months of related experience and/or training
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to write routine reports, safety incidents/ near misses and correspondence.
  • Communicate needs to maintenance, Manufacturing ATOs, and other personnel that need to know.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide with units of measure, using whole numbers, common functions, and decimals and the ability to use a common tape measure.
  • SPFA – Sontara Production Floor Application or similar MRP (Material Requirements Planning) systems.
  • Proficient in other computer-based systems, including but not limited to, Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work various schedules- including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime.
  • Climbing, bending, stooping, walking, pulling, pushing, lifting, crawling, squatting, standing for long periods of time, work from heights, and work in hot/cold environments.



Active Learner: Able to identify own development and learning needs. Can quickly apply new learning. Eager and willing to take on new challenges- looks for areas of cross training and skill building. Able to apply new learning effectively.

Flexibility/Adaptability: Reacts favorably to changes and new information. Is able to respond positively to new situations, tasks, people and environment.

Perseverance: Can identify what needs to be done to meet quota, goals or objectives. Can advance or push ahead in the face of adversity or challenges. Can remain positive.

Rigorous: Ensures accuracy and is able to monitor the quality of work and processes while still meeting demands /commitments. Can perform tasks consistently and conscientiously.

Team Work: Can collaborate, idea share, listen and be a member of a team while being respectful of others. Assumes responsibility for own commitments and actions. Shares knowledge & experience with team members.

Glatfelter offers a robust benefit package, including medical, dental, vision insurance, paid time off, and an enhanced 401K.

Old Hickory is situated just a few short miles southwest of the Cumberland River and located approximately 16 miles northeast of downtown Nashville. Outdoor enthusiasts will be particularly drawn to this area because of its convenient river access and encompassing beautiful natural areas- perfect for hunting, fishing, boating, hiking and camping. The nearby Greenway Trails are also over 100 miles of family and dog friendly paths that range in length from a short 10- to 15-minute walk to 10 miles or more. Most are located on or near waterways all over Davidson County. All of the greenways are mostly flat, paved paths, but they all offer different experiences: Some include history, some have sweeping Cumberland River riverscapes, some offer downtown views, some have babbling creeks and primitive trails, and some feature playgrounds, dog parks and other amenities.

Additionally- the lively and music saturated scene of Downtown Nashville is just a 20-minute commute. However, Old Hickory residents also are nicely situated between Hermitage and Madison, TN- both of which offer numerous eating establishments, pubs, shopping and events closer to home.

If you are interested in this role, please apply on Glatfelter’s website to be considered. Please do not reach out to executives or individuals directly. Thank you.

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