Kent Corporation

Columbus, NE

Looking to join a four-time US Best Managed Company award winner? Kent Nutrition Group, a member of the KENT® Corporation family of companies has an opening for an Machine Operator at their Columbus, NE plant! The Machine Operator will be responsible for performing routine tasks related to the feed production including quality control, ingredient and feed processing, manufacturing and load out, ingredient receiving and storage, equipment maintenance and housekeeping. The Machine Operator must possess a strong work ethic, customer focused, hardworking and desire to work as a team member. This is a 1st shift opportunity with a schedule of 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 


  • Daily operation of equipment to process and manufacture feed products according to KNG’s Standard Operating Procedures
  • Operate the bagger, sewing machine and fork truck in a proficient and safe manner for optimum production
  • Follow warehouse and loading protocols
  • Operate the all feed manufacturing equipment safely and efficiently
  • Ensure KNG’s quality assurance protocol is met regarding ingredient receiving, load-out, and bagging
  • Perform necessary recording and documentation of all feed manufactured during shift
  • Mix and prepare livestock feeds efficiently and in a manner that assures accuracy and high quality
  • Assist management with production scheduling, inventory planning & control for both ingredients and finished products
  • Assist with equipment maintenance and repair as needed
  • Load and unload trucks in a safe and efficient manner
  • Provide excellent customer service and assist customers when needed
  • Observe and enforce all company policies & procedures
  • Effectively communicate with managers, co-workers, and customers
  • Perform general work around the facility and other duties as assigned
  • Maintain and promote a strong safety culture and follow all safety policies, procedures and regulations Identify and communicate workplace hazards and correct or seek assistance in correcting unsafe actions or conditions


  • High School diploma or GED


  • 1 plus years of manufacturing experience
  • Farming background a plus
  • Knowledge of OSHA safety requirements
  • Basic computer knowledge
  • Good communication, verbal, written and math skills
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Thorough understanding of cGMP’s
  • Knowledge of HACCP Feed & Safety Plan
  • Knowledge of FSMA
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 75 lbs from floor to working height as job requires
  • Ability to operate a forklift
  • Ability to work in dust and adverse weather conditions and temperatures
  • Must pass pre-employment drug screen