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Pre-Set-Up Tech

Portage, WI 53901, USA Req #22
Friday, February 23, 2024

At Kruger Family Industries, parent company of Penda Corporation and TriEnda Holdings, our passion is to bring great products to life through an exceptional area of thermoformed solutions. We are the North America leader in heavy gauge thermoformed plastics. We are committed to delivering highly engineered, high quality material handling products and automotive accessories that reduce the weight and cost of traditional composite, fiberglass, wood and metal products, making this an opportunity to work in an innovative environment during an exciting growth phase.


Responsible for pre-production set up and postproduction tear downs.  Involved with

mechanical set ups when needed and follows the daily tasks that are assigned by the

Set-Up Coordinator.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Must be able to work assigned overtime to cover the functions of this position as assigned by the Supervisor.
  • Must be able to work safely and consider the safety of others in the workplace at all times.
  • Preparation of tooling, plug assists, clamp frames, fixtures, rails, lift tables, I-beams and any other job-related items ahead of the actual mold change.
  • Set up all required tools with all the proper fittings for production. Follow SOP manual.
  • Must be responsible for one’s own work.
  • This position must also work to find ways to improve the set-up process, by reducing time and costs associated with performing set ups, along with improving the quality of the process and quality of products produced.
  • Must be able to work within a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities.
  • Stage all tooling, plugs, cooling frames and required set up components in the tool prep cell area prior to the required mold change.
  • Must possess a forklift license.
  • Must know the ERP system and use email and other company communication tools.
  • Must understand the Master Set Up Sheet process and system.
  • Perform any other assigned duties or job specific requests as required.
  • Perform all duties in compliance with regulatory requirements as well as company policies and procedures.



This position has no supervisory responsibilities.  Nevertheless, position may provide oversight and input to thermoforming, or other personnel involved directly or through the Production Supervisors, as it relates to shop activities for which this position is directly responsible. This position requires the individual to be a strong team player and an excellent communicator with a wide variety of people and positions.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 



  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED). One to three years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledgeable in the basic functions of thermoforming machinery. Proven and demonstrated communication skills.  Successful interaction in a cross-functional team environment.  Must possess the ability to learn, retain areas that they are trained in. Must be able to problem solve and think on the go. This individual must be able to set up, all thermoforming tooling, patterns, and support equipment, per the SOP manual.



Proficiency in English is preferred. The ability to read, analyze, and interpret documents and the ability to effectively present information to all levels of employees including top management in a variety of settings is required.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 80 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts. The employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.



Must have the ability to work all shift schedules, periodic overtime and be available for regular weekend work. 

***Don't meet every single requirement? KFI is dedicated to building a diverse, well-rounded team and appreciate authentic backgrounds and experiences.. so if you think you'd be a good fit for what you just read, but your past experience doesn't align perfectly with every qualification listed, we encourage you to apply anyways! We are always willing to train those who are motivated to learn and you may be just the right candidate for a position with our growing company!***

KFI is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

This is a direct-hire opportunity with KFI. KFI is interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas.

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  • Pay Type Hourly
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  • Portage, WI 53901, USA