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    Production Associate - Welch Suspenders

    Portland, OR 97230
    Full-time, Part-time
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    Job Description

    Job Description

    Production Associate – Welch Suspenders

    Do you want to work for a company that promotes a work hard, play hard attitude? For a company that challenges, empowers, and surrounds you with good people?

    Welch Suspender, a division of Kinco, makes a full line of working suspenders in the Portland Metro Area (Gresham).  At Welch, we love what we do and show up every day because we’re excited about the place we work. We are a company that is willing to roll up our sleeves and do what needs to be done. We believe that details matter. We challenge ourselves to be creative and resourceful, always working toward improving our products, processes and services.

    If this feels like a company that aligns with your outlook and values, please keep reading.  We are looking to add members to our Production team in Gresham. 

    Your Toolbox

    • Organized and detail oriented.
    • Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations.
    • Technical Skills – Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others. 
    • Knowledge and experience in manufacturing and assembly processes.
    • Education – High school diploma or equivalent.
    • Part of the team – nothing is below you; you are able and willing to do any job your team is doing and steps in to help and train as needed. 
    • Sewing or Leather working skills preferred
    • Bi-Lingual (English and Spanish) is a plus, but not required. 

    Your Position

    As part of our Welch team, you are primarily responsible for working with the Welch production team to produce Welch branded and private label suspenders per customer demands.

    Your core duties and responsibilities include the following:


    The Production Associate performs a diverse set of operations in the production of Welch Suspenders to prescribed quality and production standards, and in accordance with company quality and safety standards. The Production Associate will manufacture workwear products by performing repetitive short cycle task/movements. May use hand and power tools, small to large machinery, mechanical fixtures and test equipment.


    • Good hand/eye coordination & manual dexterity with ability to use hand tools, electric and pneumatic power tools and machines, and in-house developed product-specific tooling/fixtures.
    • Must be able to comfortable performing repetitive work operations.
    • Ability to follow instructions and take direction. Must be able to work from visual aids, drawings/ diagrams, ISO work instruction and other instructive documentation.
    • Ability to offer informed suggestions to improve processes.
    • Responsible for basic machine set-ups, adjustments, and monitoring of equipment. Notifies Maintenance of any equipment malfunctions.
    • Meet or exceed group production goals as part of small production team.
    • Notifies appropriate personnel if product or process is out of compliance.
    • Rotates between operations within work area as well as between work areas and departments. Assists in maintaining work area and/or department records.
    • Consults production tickets for specific work instructions related to that lot.
    • Adheres to Company two-pass quality system which requires the employee to inspect incoming work prior to performing any work on it and inspect completed work prior to passing it on to the next operation.
    • Assists in training co-workers as required.
    • Follows all safety rules and procedures.
    • Maintains a clean and safe work area.
    • Works shift work schedule and overtime as assigned.
    • Must be able to work overtime as required.
    • Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions in a manner consistent with the essential job functions.
    • Must be able to perform all physical and mental requirements described.
    • Within a diverse work environment, must respect individual differences and utilize the diverse thinking and contributions of all team members.


    • Other duties as assigned
    • Cross-train and be able to perform multiple tasks at production sewing, cutting, or packing stations.
    • Maintain neat, tidy, and clean work area.
    • Communicate effectively with managers and co-workers.
    • Display consistent and reliable attendance habits.
    • Rotate between operations within work area as well as between work areas and departments. Assists in maintaining work area and/or department records.
    • Maintain quality standards as per agreed for all components and final product.

    Covid-19 Precautions

    We are extremely concerned with the health and well-being of our employees, families, vendors, customers, and community. We understand that the nature of this position is in-person, and Kinco is taking numerous precautions to minimize risk of exposure. Kinco policies and procedures:

    • Upon entering the workplace at the beginning of the day, all persons shall apply hand sanitizer before touching any equipment (sanitizer is provided).
    • Protective masks shall be worn at all times while on-premises.
    • Workstations are spaced minimum 6 feet apart
    • Full compliance with all State and Federal regulations
    • In the event of a positive test, we will close operations for minimum 48 hours, professionally sanitize the entire workplace, and require negative tests before returning to work (at Kinco’s expense).


    Life at Kinco®

    Kinco® is a second-generation family owned business which manufactures and sells quality gloves and workwear accessories. And, yes, we know – these may not be the most glamorous product on the market – but they are honest, straight-forward, and hardworking. Just like us. We at Kinco® are a dedicated and passionate group that strive to not only maintain quality and innovation in our product, but to provide the best possible customer experience in the industry.

    We have a strong commitment to treating our employees, manufacturers, and customers as our extended family. We push ourselves to deliver a great value to our customers in both product and service and stand behind them 100%. In order to do this successfully, we not only rely on our employees to follow the company’s core values, but also for both our manufacturers and customers to carry out the same strong integrity – whether it’s deciding on where to buy raw material or where our products are being sold. It is essential to Kinco® that every relationship throughout the spectrum of our business is a partnership where all parties have a clear understanding of who we are and what we represent.

    As evidence of this commitment, our full-time employees enjoy 100% paid health insurance, life insurance opportunities, a 401(k) retirement plan, health and flexible savings plans, generous paid time off, and paid holidays. In addition, Kinco® values each team member’s voice and input - in fact, all of our employees participate in our quarterly strategic planning and each person has insight into the company inter-workings through our open-book Great Game of Business management methodology.

    The cherry on top of the cake, however, is the Kinco® culture. We offer commuter bus passes, continual education through ongoing off-site trainings and you-pick classes, discounted gym memberships, wellness program, monthly celebrations and family oriented socials, national ‘fun’ holiday events, team and individual competitions such as foosball and cornhole tournaments, fantasy sports leagues, kickball and bowling teams, golfing, karaoke, paint nights, candle making, in-office massages, discounts to retailers, tickets to local sporting and cultural events, industry pro deals, volunteer opportunities and more.


    Kinco is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

    This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. Kinco makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.



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    Posting ID: 593735462Posted: 2021-01-21