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Lauridsen Group Inc. Maintenance Manager - APC in Sublette, Kansas

APC is the world’s largest producer of functional proteins, dedicated to producing safe and effective products that create value. We do this by holding true to our values: Performance, Entrepreneurship and Leadership.

The purpose of this job is to lead and develop the plant maintenance team through genuine leadership qualities. Supervises a maintenance crew in developing and implementing new machinery/equipment utilized in the production process, while leveraging continuous improvement.


Education: Associates or bachelor’s degree in Maintenance, Industrial Technology, Engineering or related field preferred.

Experience: Three years of experience in a food processing environment preferred; five years of equipment maintenance experience in areas such as agriculture, production, or manufacturing required; three years supervisory experience required, five years' supervisory experience preferre; and strong electrical and PLC knowledge required.


  • Supervises maintenance crew involved in the maintenance and installation of equipment and systems.

  • Selects, trains, evaluates, coaches, motivates and ensures safety of the maintenance team.

  • Develop, implements and sets priorities for the preventive maintenance program for operations machinery and equipment, the physical plant, utilities and grounds to assure the safe and efficient operation in accordance with state, federal, local regulations and company procedures.

  • Monitors employee compliance with safety procedures.

  • Collaborates with engineering and production teams in mechanical equipment layouts and necessary facility modifications to prepare for new equipment/machinery or mechanical processes.

  • Collaborates with plant leadership to ensure compliance with OSHA and plant safety policies and procedures.

  • Establishes relationships with contractors, vendors, and suppliers. Ensures work to be conducted has been vetted to be the most cost effective and efficient manner. Determines when repairs/malfunctions occur beyond the scope of internal capabilities, determines most appropriate source and works in conjunction with Plant Manager to schedule services.

  • Responsible for coordinating maintenance department workflow, assigning projects to appropriate maintenance staff and ensuring the dependable operation of operations equipment/machinery with safety as the utmost priority.

  • Maintains continual communications with production, maintenance, plant leadership, and/or engineering team as projects progress or as production concerns arise.

  • Interprets mechanical specifications and operational methods of equipment/machinery, training plant personnel on the proper use, maintenance, and repair of plant equipment.

  • Directs, assists, and troubleshoots repairs and breakdowns in a timely and efficient manner.

  • Ensures company’s food safety and quality policies are being followed.

  • Prepares and develops the budget as it relates to expected repairs or purchases of plant machinery and equipment.

  • Reviews purchase orders ensuring current projects remain on budget and investigates discrepancies.

  • Process work orders received from the production supervisors incorporating and prioritizing needs according to overall effect on plant operations.

  • Assist with special or ongoing projects in collaboration with the Plant Manager.

  • Operates forklifts and non-motorized pallet jacks as required.

  • In the absence of the Maintenance Manager, the Plant Manager or a qualified Maintenance Technician will cover the duties of the role.


  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.

  • Strong leadership, mentorship, and guidance.

  • Great communicator, both verbally and written.

  • Keen eye for detail.

  • Specific knowledge of industrial production processes in an edible or non-edible food processing plant.

  • General and specific knowledge of engineering practices/principles, and mechanical equipment/machinery used in an edible and non-edible food processing plant.

  • Ability to develop, analyze and implement engineering methods and processes.

  • General and specific knowledge in automation, PLCs, welding, pumps, electrical systems, boiler operations, plumbing, refrigeration (ammonia), and metal fabrication.

  • Perform basic and complex mathematical calculations.

  • Proficient at troubleshooting malfunctions in equipment/machinery and perform minor repairs of all new and current equipment/machinery.

  • Ability to interpret, read and comprehend work from verbal and written instructions.

  • Demonstrated ability to implement all safety techniques and mandated sanitary rules and regulations in accordance with established policies and procedures related to the operation of plant equipment/machinery.

  • Sustained physical effort required to move through various work areas; directing, assisting, diagnosing and monitoring work performance.

  • Ability to legibly document data for record keeping purposes.

  • Ability to remain calm and professional in a dynamic work environment.

  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality related to all duties and responsibilities, such as engineering methods/techniques and current or future projects.

  • Knowledge of organizational methods and the ability to manage multiple tasks/projects simultaneously.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.

  • Ability to work daily and extended hours as necessary.

  • Ability to assist with special or ongoing projects or other work-related areas as instructed by plant leadership.


Approximate: 8-Hour Day (may be longer during peak season)

Key: Occasional = 0% - 33%

Frequent = 34% - 66%

Continuous = 67% - 100%

N/A = Not Applicable

Standing - Frequent

Sitting - Occasional

Walking - Occasional

Bending/Kneeling/Crouching/Stooping - Occasional

Reaching Above Shoulder - Occasional

Climbing (stairs, ladders, etc.) - Frequent

Working on Heights:

Unprotected Heights - Occasional

Protected Heights - Occasional

Lifting Weights from 0 to 100 pounds - Frequent

Push/Pull/Maneuver Equipment/Products/Materials

Weighing from 0 to 700 pounds - Occasional

Being Around and/or Operating Moving Machinery/Equipment - Frequent

Operating a Vehicle (as a part of your job) - Occasional

Read/Monitor Gauges on Various Equipment/Machinery - Occasional

Hand Movements:

Recording Data - Frequent

Operating Office Equipment - Frequent

Operating Computer - Frequent

Simple Grasping (right and left) - Frequent

Firm Grasping (right and left) - Frequent

Fine Manipulating (right and left) - Frequent

Foot Movements to Operate Foot Controls - Occasional

Good Vision, Corrected to Normal; or Ability to Access

Required Information and to Perform Job Duties - Yes

Color Definition - Yes

Good Hearing, Corrected to Normal; or Ability to Communicate

and/or Understand Required Information and to Perform Job Duties - Yes

Ability to be Mobile throughout Required Work Areas - Yes

Office - Occasional

Multiple Locations - Frequent

Plant - Continuous

Equipment/Maintenance or Repair Area - Occasional

Rough Terrain - Occasional

Other - N/A


This job requires the mental capabilities to analyze situations, problem solve, logical thinking in maintaining the reliable operation of all plant equipment/machinery as required by the job duties. Additionally, this employee must be able to handle multiple tasks and understand the production process. Furthermore, the incumbent for this position must have the abilities to solve problems as they arise, continually strive to improve upon current processes and excellent communication skills in training personnel on the operation of plant equipment/machinery.


General manufacturing work conditions exist for this job and include but are not limited to the following: exposure to chemicals, caustics, cleaning components; temperatures ranging from freezing to extreme heat; high noise levels; tile and concrete floors; machinery and equipment; extended work hours; and high exposure to dust.

LGI’s foundation began in 1916 as the Lauridsen Creamery, selling butter, eggs and poultry to the local community. Although our headquarters in Ankeny, Iowa, is not far from the old creamery in Dedham, Iowa, the company is now worldwide with more than fifty manufacturing and sales locations in twenty countries and sales in more than sixty countries.

Each company under the LGI umbrella is truly independent. They have the ability and the charge to be entrepreneurial, to seek out new markets, to develop new products and applications, and – above all - to discover new ways to add value through fractionation and novel application.

What’s more, because some LGI companies have offices and presence around the world, all LGI companies benefit from their exposure to new markets, new products, new applications and new thinking.