Production Team Member

Friend Tire Co.

Salem, VA


Each step in our manufacturing process is critical to ensuring we have the highest quality product on the road. That would not be possible without the key to our success – our people. As a Production Team Member, you are the frontline eyes, ears, and hands of our product. Through the operation of heavy, industrial machinery, you will play a vital role in producing tires at the Yokohama standard. Our goal is to make a mutual investment in helping you become the best version of yourself through a career at YTMV.

Benefit Summary

At YTMV, we know how important it is for employees to feel secure in both their personal and professional life. Not only will you receive a competitive starting rate of $26 - $28/hour, but we have crafted a robust benefits package based on our mission to be the most engaged team in the industry. Here are a few benefits and perks you will receive as a full-time employee:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Prescription Drug Insurance at a reasonable cost available to you and your family
  • A generous pension plan that takes care of employees after retirement, plus the option to contribute pre-tax dollars into a 401k if you wish
  • Paid vacation and company paid holidays to refresh, recharge, or just enjoy the weather
  • Automatic raises each year for the first three years
  • Some jobs are incentive based, meaning there is opportunity to make more money than the set rates based on production numbers – get extra rewards for your hard work
  • Retiree medical coverage for you and your eligible dependents
  • Annual perfect attendance bonus and other activities throughout the year including giveaways, free food, and family events because we value our employees
  • Three sets of heavily discounted tires per year – we truly believe in our product
  • Continuing education assistance to help master your craft
  • Quarterly Cost of Living Adjustments in pay, plus shift differentials for weekend and night hours

Ideal Qualities

To be considered for this role, here are the skills we are looking for:

  • A commitment to the Yokohama values and the high-quality standards of our product
  • A coachable demeanor with a desire to continuously learn and gain new skills
  • Prior work in a manufacturing or similar environment is a plus
  • A high school diploma or GED is required
  • Familiarity (or an interest in learning) mechanical processes and machinery
  • The desire to work in an industrial environment with physical job demands
  • Experience reading and following Standard Operating Procedures
  • The flexibility to work unconventional shifts as well as weekly overtime

Job Responsibilities

As a Production Team Member, you will work side-by-side with other operators, management, and maintenance to ensure our facility is producing the highest quality product possible. In doing so, you will be responsible for:

  • Strictly following and abiding by all safety guidelines and procedures at all times to ensure the safety of yourself and your teammates
  • Adhering to the YTMV standards of quality by completing thorough quality checks, inspections, and taking ownership of your work  
  • Maintaining machine productivity to reach daily, weekly, and monthly production goals
  • Reading, understanding, and following Standard Operating Procedures
  • Troubleshooting mechanical and/or machinery issues and recommending countermeasures
  • Reporting any unsafe working conditions, causes of defects, or machine abnormalities to a Supervisor immediately
  • Completing daily reports and other check sheets for traceability purposes
  • Maintaining proper handling and usage of machine and equipment, tools, support materials, factory supplies, and other utilities to maximize efficiency
  • Complying with company rules and regulations
  • Helping to maintain a positive and clean working environment
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