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Forklift Operator - Multiple shifts, including Days - Benefits Day 1! $17-18.00 + $2-3,000 Sign-On Bonus!

Company: HNI Corporation
Location: Iowa City
Posted on: October 4, 2021

Job Description:

HON and Allsteel, industry leaders in office furniture design and manufacturing, is in search of a Forklift Operator to join our HNI Furniture Operations team in Muscatine, IA!

Sign-On Bonus: As part of your offer package, all eligible new hires and rehires (effective 5-10-21) will be eligible to receive up to a $2,000 Sign on Bonus (less applicable taxes). How does the payout work?

  • Payment will be paid out in 4-week increments from your start date of and your first payout will generally be reflected/paid out during your 6th week of employment. Each eligible week will be paid out as $100 per week. Total payout will not exceed $2,000.
    • If you accept a 2nd shift job, each eligible week will be paid out at $150 per week. Total payout will not exceed $3,000.
  • If you choose to voluntarily terminate your position within one year of initial employment, you agree to reimburse the Company of all Sign on Bonus monies.

Pay: starting at $17.00 per hour based on prior manufacturing experience. Our 2nd, 3rd, or weekend shift opportunities receive an additional hourly shift differential. We pay our Members weekly!

Current needs across multiple shifts including day shifts!


In a Forklift Operator role, you will perform a variety of activities, including receiving, storing, staging, reallocating and loading of finished products, primarily using a lift truck. You will be required to exercise judgment in accepting or rejecting finished goods according to quality standards.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Knowing all locations of finished product.
  • Ensuring that all replacements parts are packed and shipped expediently.
  • Loading transport vehicles to obtain optimum spatial utilization while ensuring damage free product, at a proper cost.
  • Verifying all product to ensure in correct shipment.
  • Working with and maintaining various materials and finished stock inventory records using RF scanners and computer screens.
  • Investigating missing units and adjusting RF accordingly.
  • Performing periodic inventory audits and reporting any material shortages.
  • Checking and maintaining material handling maintenance logs, evaluating the safety of material handling equipment, and participating in required safety training to acquire and maintain material handling certification. 
  • Performing quality checks according to standard work. 
  • Performing TPM procedures as required on specified equipment.
  • Maintaining a clean work area and following 6S guidelines. 
  • Following standard work for all jobs performed; suggesting and documenting improvements to standard work.
  • Operating a computer and printer to print tags.
  • Prioritizing multiple tasks to support and maintain shipping/receiving flow.
  • Will work under minimal supervision and at times minimal direction.
  • Member may be required to train others in Level 2 per the Member Training Program
  • Member will be expected to maintain flexibility and will occasionally perform other roles in Level 2.
  • Participate in activities as appropriate to ensure the success of the organization

Work Environment/ Physical Conditions:

  • Dust, fumes and noise are commonplace
  • Seasonal fluctuations in temperatures and humidity are expected
  • Stand and/or work for up to 10-hours per day
  • Lift and carry up to 40lbs on a continuous basis


Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to read, understand, and execute to standard work
  • Ability to work both as part of a team and independently as needed
  • Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability, while maintaining a positive attitude and approach
  • Ability to perform high volume repetitive type work
  • Ability to take direction from others
  • Ability to demonstrate problem solving skills and dealing with a variety of variables to make general decisions within guidelines as to safety, quality, set-up sequences, weight restrictions, etc. in the processing of in-bound and out-bound materials and finished product.

Experience Needed:

  • Previous manufacturing, distribution or lift truck experience is preferred
  • Consistent work history and dependability
  • Proven history of strong work performance

Travel Requirements:

  • May be required to travel to and from various distribution centers (within Muscatine) as needed.

Education and/or Required Training:

  • No prior education or training is required. However, must be able to add, subtract, multiply and/or divide decimals and fractions using a calculator.


  • Healthcare: Benefits that start Day 1! In addition to full medical, dental and vision insurance. All our plans offer free preventative healthcare.
  • Paid Holidays: We offer 11 paid holidays per year and you are eligible starting Day 1!
  • Paid Time Off: Begin to accrue vacation time in your first month. We also reward you with additional time off for perfect attendance.
  • We offer great rewards for members after 12 months of service including a great 401K company contribution, profit sharing bonuses, educational reimbursement program, and the ability to buy our products at a discounted Member's only price.

At HNI, you’ll find any number of opportunities to grow your skills and enjoy a long-term, lasting career. We offer many ways for our Members to grow their skills, their contribution and their earning potential. And you don’t even have to start with a specific career path in mind!

We are 30-miles or less from:  Wilton, Nichols, Durant, West Liberty, Wapello, Walcott, Columbus Junction, Tipton, Riverside, Illinois City and New Boston.

If you’re willing to learn, we’re ready to train you in ways that will grow your skills and provide opportunities to advance. All we ask is that you be flexible, hard-working and ready to try new things.

To apply for a full-time position, please complete an application online. At this time, no walk-in applications are being accepted. Please contact the Recruitment Center at 563.272.7446 if you have any questions. 

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Why HNI Corporation?

HNI Corporation (NYSE: HNI) is a manufacturer of workplace furnishings and building products, operating under two segments.  The workplace furnishings segment is a leading global designer and provider of commercial furnishings, going to market under multiple unique brands.  The residential building products segment is the nation’s leading manufacturer and marketer of hearth products, which include a full array of gas, electric, wood, and pellet-burning fireplaces, inserts, stoves, facings, and accessories. 

The fourth largest employer in Iowa, HNI Corporation has been ranked by Industry Week magazine as one of the “Top 100 Best Managed Companies in the World”, by Fortune magazine as “The Most Admired Company” in the furniture industry; and named by Chief Executive Magazine as one of the world’s best companies for leadership development.

HNI Furniture Operations is the branded name for our furniture manufacturing and operations structure.  This encompasses all roles in manufacturing, plant engineering, supply chain, distribution and logistics, as well as some roles in finance and accounting, and human resources.  By centralizing these key functions, we enhance our efficiencies, reduce costs, and ultimately improve our customer’s experience with HNI!  When you accept a role, you’ll have the opportunity to make a significant impact on both our future and yours with work that matters, empowerment and autonomy, and growth without limits. 

We invite you to visit us at for the best visual overview of our organization.


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