Material Handler Job


Birdsboro, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Evergreen Opening
Category:  Production / Operations
Posting Date:  May 16, 2024

Our polymer manufacturing plant in Birdsboro, PA is looking for a Material Handler/Machine Operator to support production operations.  Arkema in Birdsboro has around 65 employees but we are part of larger organization with over 21,000 employees worldwide. We call this the "small company feel with large company resources." Arkema is a global leader in Specialty Materials serving major societal and ecological challenges. Arkema affiliates operating in the U.S. include Arkema Inc.; Bostik, Inc.; ArrMaz and Coatex Inc with 43 sites, including 37 manufacturing facilities, and employ 3,600 people in the U.S. 

Major highlights regarding employment as a Material Handler: 

Wage: $28.82/hr to start plus $.75 for 2nd shift and $1 for 3rd shift. 

Shift: 8hrs each shift, rotates weekly between 1st, 2nd, 3rd;

Schedule: 5-7 days in a row with days off in-between rotations

Overtime: average of 4-8 hours weekly, paid for over 8 hours worked in a day and over 40 weekly

Environment: Union

Benefits: insurance effective day of hire, 10 days PTO, 3 floating holidays, 4% match 401k, parental leave, annual bonus plan, double-time paid on worked holidays




  • Operate packaging equipment and maintain daily packaging process efficiencies
  • Transfer raw materials
  • Transfer finished materials between warehouses
  • Housekeeping
  • Assist emptying finished product out of industrial dryers
  • Comply with all technical, quality control, product manufacturing and safety procedures associated with Packaging
  • Operate equipment for various processing systems
  • Operate powered industrial trucks
  • Have physical dexterity in climbing stairs, ladders, heavy lifting
  • Basic computer knowledge
  • Other operator assistance tasks and general duties as needed and assigned



  • Minimum education requirement: High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • Must demonstrate basic math skills
  • Must be willing to be subject to pre-employment testing including drug and alcohol and physical testing.
  • Prefer experience in manufacturing type of work and chemical plant production experience strongly desired; similar skills/experience will be considered.
  • Prefer fork lift (tow motor) experience
  • Must be willing and able to work rotating shifts, weekends, holidays and overtime



Arkema offers a comprehensive benefits package designed to provide security for you, your spouse and children up to age 26, effective on your first day of employment. Arkema pays most of the costs of these high-quality programs.


  • This is a Union position.

Who we are? Arkema is a world leader in Innovative Materials for a Sustainable World with the ambition to become a pure Specialty Materials player.

We thrive as One Arkema, comprised of many businesses and brands including Bostik, ArrMaz, and more! and operating with a global reach in 55 countries with more than 21,100 employees. Each one contributes to positioning Arkema as a recognized leader of specialty chemicals and advanced materials, reporting annual sales of €9.5 billion, of which 2.9% allocated to R&D for 1,800 researchers in 17 R&D centers.

If you pursue excellence, love innovation and are inspired by challenges, we encourage you through to learn more about our values – Solidarity, Performance, Simplicity, Empowerment, and Inclusion – and how we concentrate on advances in bio-based and recyclable materials, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation.

Changing the world requires the right formula. The right formula consists of our innovative and sustainable materials, and you. Join us to develop the materials of tomorrow and make a difference together. What are you made of?

The legal information below pertains specifically to positions posted in the United States, however we strive for diversity, equity and inclusion in all the countries that we hire.
Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting and hiring.

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