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Assistant Plant Manager - Paola, KS


Paola, KS, US, 66071

Company:  Lawn & Garden Central


Job ID:  145924


Lawn & Garden, a Division of Oldcastle Architectural Products, a CRH company, is one of the largest manufacturers of bagged and bulk decorative mulch, soil, stone, and limestone products in the nation with over 40 production facilities.  We take pride in serving a diverse group of customers including independent garden centers, mass retailers, landscapers, contractors, and homeowners.


Job Summary

Oldcastle Lawn and Garden is looking for a candidate with an entrepreneurial spirit to oversee all aspects of a fast paced lawn & garden products manufacturing facility. Daily duties include monitoring daily key point measures, safety, production flow and material costs.  In this role, the Assistant Plant Manager will have responsibility and accountability for bottom line results.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Implementing process improvement methods and ensuring non-stop production in an effective, safe and profitable manner.
  • Assist with inventory management, labor and cost controls.
  • Providing leadership to staff, assessing performance, and directing all operational activities to ensure product quality and consistency.
  • Ensuring workplace safety through implementation, adherence and enforcement of company business standards, as well as safety and development programs.
  • Assist with maintaining a quality control program to ensure that we produce quality products that meet or exceed customer expectations
  • Implement measures to improve production methods and equipment performance
  • Develop or revise standard operational working practices
  • Coach, train, mentor employees on the safe and efficient method of operating plant equipment
  • Assist with physical inventory counts
  • Understand the operations of the plant and equipment
  • Prepare and maintain appropriate production records by assisting Plant Manager with production entry when necessary
  • Must be available to work 10-12 hour days, six to seven days a week, especially in season
  • Flash arc (must wear specific clothing for safety reasons with the high voltage of electricity) 24-12DC; 110-480AC – must be able to work with and around
  • Must be able to work in a high stress environment and fast-paced environment at all times
  • Must be able to assist/help with any maintenance requirements in the facility and scheduling of predictive maintenance activities


Requirements / Education / Experience


  • 2 plus years manufacturing management experience.
  • Must have excellent analytical, problem solving and communication skills.
  • Must have intermediate to advanced MS Office skills




  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • 2 or 4 year degree, and/or equivalent combination(s) of education, industry experience and training.
  • Experience in wood/pulp/mulch manufacturing preferred
  • Experience with heavy equipment


What CRH Americas Offers You


  • Highly competitive base pay
  • Comprehensive medical, dental and disability benefits programs
  • Group retirement savings program
  • Health and wellness programs
  • A culture that values opportunity for growth, development, and internal promotion


About CRH Americas


CRH Americas has a long and proud heritage as one of North America’s largest corporations. We are a proud reflection of the hundreds of family businesses, local and regional companies and mid to large sized enterprises that together form the CRH Americas family. CRH Americas operates with a decentralized, diversified structure, letting you work in a small company environment while having the career opportunities of a large enterprise.


Lawn & Garden, a CRH company, is a great place to grow! If you’re up for a rewarding challenge, we invite you to take the first step and apply today! Please complete your online application and profile which will be sent directly to the appropriate Hiring Manager. Thank you for your interest in the CRH family!


CRH Americas is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

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