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The Manthei Group

Industrial Machine Operator

Manthei Veneer – Petoskey, Michigan
Department Manthei Veneer
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

The Opportunity 

Are you looking to make a true difference in a small-to-medium sized family-owned company? Are you a skilled industrial machine operator with a strong aptitude for computer interfaces? If you enjoy manufacturing and machine operation, we would love to hear from you.

Welcome to Manthei Veneer. We are an energetic, results-oriented, fun-loving, collaborative, humble, and passionate group of people that enjoy making a difference within the hardwood veneer and plywood industry. We have a hardwood face veneer division, a specialty plywood division, and a retail wood products division.

We are currently seeking an Industrial Machine Operator to operate our hardwood face veneer lathe and reeling system. This entails taking logs of various hardwood species and running a high-speed veneer lathe to peel the logs into thin veneer. That veneer is then reeled onto a roller and transported down the production line to be clipped and dried.

In this role, it is crucial that you have a strong knowledge of multiple Windows Operating Systems, specifically Windows 7. You must be able to thoroughly navigate the interface and troubleshoot any issues that arise. While coding is not necessary, you will need to enter specifications, run programs, and monitor settings within proprietary software programs.

Additionally, you will need to have a foundational understanding of the manufacturing process. You must be a safety-conscious individual that can take a "hands-on" approach to understanding and operating the equipment, always focusing on quality of product outcome while maintaining a necessary level of production.

We offer excellent health benefits, 401k with employer match, paid time off, paid holidays, product discounts, and much more.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintain a working knowledge of the effects each lathe adjustment has on veneer quality.
  • Learn and understand the requirements of the lathe system in order to safely and efficiently operate the veneer lathe.
  • Properly set up lathe for peel requirements through grade specs and / or green end manager
  • Understand and be able to use computer controls as well as the use of mechanical devices such as feeler gauges, levels, depth gauges, pitch gauges, electronic protractors, etc.
  • Physically, mechanically, and electronically set up the lathe for daily production according to specifications for each standard and custom order.
  • Monitor veneer for mechanical defects, nails, or any deficiency which interferes with your ability to maximize log potential.
  • Operate the controls for the reeler to ensure that veneer is properly wrapped around reel so that no damage occurs and veneer maintains its integrity during transport.
  • Sharpen and maintain properly honed knifes.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of all grades and dimensions for each order.
  • Communicate immediately with other lathe operator any quality discrepancies and ensure they are corrected.  If problems continue, immediately notify the Department Manager.

Qualifications and Proficiencies

  • Strong computer and electronics skills
  • High level of problem solving capabilities
  • CNC or Machinist certification(s) strongly preferred
  • Experience with precision measuring devices
  • Ability to work independently and as part of team.

To learn more about the company and the products we make, please visit

Thank you for your interest! We look forward to talking with you!

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