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Bindery Workers Wanted

Monday, May 9th, 2016
  • Job Description

Spartan Printing is growing and we would like you to grow with us, if your looking for an opportunity to be a part of an established leading organization. Spartan Printing has an exciting opportunity for a Production Equipment Operator to join our company! In this role, you will be responsible for operating various equipment and completing general maintenance functions on this equipment. Printing or production experience preferred. This is a 2nd shift position 9pm to 7am.

What will you do?

Bindery/Cutting

• Perform basic maintenance functions: belts, fuses, lubrication, bearings, adjustments, etc.

• Provide assistance as need in general training of line workers

• Comply with all in house procedures.

• Meet or exceed all rate expectations.

• Measure paper per job specifications.

• Prepare set-ups on cutting equipment per job specifications for new or existing programs

• Operate the jogging table.

• Operate a pallet mover.

• Use floor hoists.

• Change blade and handle equipment maintenance as necessary.

 

Skills & Requirements

What is required?

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

• High school education or equivalent
• 1 – 4 years’ experience with bindery equipment preferred
• Knowledge of cutting equipment
• Knowledge of printing industry and/or production environment preferred.

What skills does it take to be successful as an Operator?

COMMUNICATION: Ability to effectively communicate orally and in written communication form information to internal/external vendors/clients, staff and management.

COGNITIVE LISTENING: Pertaining to the mental processes of perceiving, thinking, and remembering; Awareness with perception, reasoning and judgment; ability to think, learn and retain.

DECISION MAKING: Ability to collect the necessary information and listen to others to make decisions regarding project(s) and processes.

CUSTOMER SERVICE: Work with a variety of personalities and skill sets across Units and / or departments

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to perform basic mathematical operations to include addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  Ability to compute ratios and percentages.

PRIORITIZATION: Handle frequent interruptions yet refocus on the task at hand or determine the most important tasks. Adapt to a fast paced, high stress and changing environment.

ORGANIZATION: Ensure information can be found easily and tasks are completed on time. Pay attention to details. Maintain accuracy and quality.

• Ability to work overtime and different shifts when needed

email resume to croot@printspartan.com or call our office at 517-372-6910 for more information.


An Attitude of Gratitude

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

In our personal lives, it is said that we should have an attitude of gratitude. This should certainly carry over to our work lives as well. I had an experience recently that reminded me how important it is that we are grateful for what we have and show that by being thankful to those we come in contact with.

Company A is a great client of mine. They partnered with Company B on a recent project. At the insistence of Company A, we were the preferred vendor that Company B came to to produce part of this project. We produced our piece of this project in record time and delivered it as required. We thought that was the end of this interaction until about 2-3 weeks later.

Turns out there was a problem. Because the product was not up to the standards of Company A, Company B was coming back on us to re-do the entire product. This would have been an incredibly expensive proposition. It was decided that a meeting between the three of us would be the best way to problem solve and move forward. I was dreading the possibility of being thrown under the bus and blamed for something that we really weren’t responsible for. I couldn’t have been more wrong.thank-you

Since I feel that the key person in this story saved the day, we will call him “Clark Kent.” I was greeted promptly by Clark when I arrived for the meeting. Though we had never met before, he knew who I was and explained what a valued supplier we were to Company A. He had already looked into our problem and gathered all the relevant information. That is when the unimaginable happened. He accepted the responsibility for this problem. Neither we or Company B were blamed. Company A had had some miscommunication internally and that ultimately led to this hiccup. The calm demeanor and kindness this man exuded was unlike anyone I had ever dealt with.

Having spent 25 years in sales, this may have been a first. All too often people are more worried about who to blame than they are on finding a solution and moving on. It was a game changing moment for me. Why am I telling you this story? I chose to take this interaction to a higher level and not just let that be the end of it.

I got the name and email address for Clark’s boss. I relayed what an amazing interaction I had with Clark and what an tremendous asset he must be to Company A.  Clark emailed me back and thanked me for my gushing accolades about him. He said that in all his years, no one had ever taken the time to thank him for what he does and how he handles himself.

How sad is that? The point of this story is exactly that. Never miss an opportunity to be kind and thankful to customers, vendors or suppliers. Pay someone a compliment. Take a gift basket or box of baked goods to random people that you have contact with. Let those around you know that they are appreciated and that you are grateful for the opportunity work with them. We should always be humbled by the fact that we have a job. Every day is an opportunity to do something great for someone else.

What did you do today to make the world a better place?


The Most Effective Promotional Products Under $1

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Part of building your business into a brand is with repeat impressions. The more people see your company logo, the quicker they begin to recognize you, which leads to trust and finally sales. Repeat impressions are the staple of promotional products.

However, the sheer amount of products to choose from can be overwhelming. Especially when trying to find that one product that is both unique and creative.  Remember the goal is to get something useful in the hands of consumers that will keep them reminded of your brand. (more…)


Your Job Title Is Not What You Do

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

fa·cil·i·tate

transitive verb \fə-ˈsi-lə-ˌtāt\

: to make (something) easier : to help cause (something)

: to help (something) run more smoothly and effectively

 

When I first started in this business, A lot of my professional self-esteem was tied up in my job title. Graphic Designer, PrePress Specialist, Team Lead, etc etc. I took pride in my accomplishments (rightfully so) and the title that went along with it. Even today, the short answer when someone asks what I do is “Graphic Designer.”

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