Mission: Sunstrand is dedicated to furthering the usage of sustainable materials in new and innovative applications. We are the preeminent supplier of natural fibers reinforcements and fillers for the plastic and polymer composite industries. Our proprietary production processes ensure product consistency and our cutting edge surface functionalization chemistries yield fibers that are compatible with most major resin and manufacturing techniques.

Careers

Description

Sunstrand is currently seeking a multifaceted engineer to plan and maintain projects and see that deliverables are fulfilled when required. We are looking for a candidate who has shown ability to:

  • Develop experimental and production methods that can be scaled up for manufacturing purposes
  • Contribute to the design, development, commercialization of new products and existing product line documentation.
  • Provide direction and motivation to technician team to adhere to project guidelines and see that tasks are done correctly.
  • Work with sensitive lab equipment and just as comfortable in a loud industrial space
  • Minimum physical requirements to perform some duties and responsibilities will be required, willing and able to push a broom when needed.

Required Qualifications

  • B.S. in Materials or Chemical Engineering
  • Experience in project/experiment design, implementation, testing and reporting of material characterization
  • Experience in research work conducting literature reviews to build knowledge base and relay information to a team.
  • Experience with MS Word, Excel, Project, Powerpoint
  • Very organized with an attention to detail, can work with a small team and lead tasks if need be, with minimal supervision
  • Self-motivated, comes to work with a great attitude ready to work

Preferred Qualifications

  • Some experience in composite hardware layup/assembly
  • Basic knowledge in polymer chemistry and subsequent laboratory testing
  • Experience in lab management, understanding of proper safety guidelines

Description

Sunstrand is currently seeking a full-time Lab Technician to implement our daily Quality Control and Quality Analysis programs for our raw materials. This position will work with the production manager and engineering to produce quantitative reporting for production tracking and quality assurance. The daily duties will include, but not limited to: manual and automated material characterization, data collection, inventory management, and documentation/ reporting. The position will report to the engineering.

We are looking for a candidate who has shown ability to:

  • Work in technical environments and communicate accordingly.
  • Adhere to internally developed data tracking and information tracking procedures.
  • Provide consistent detailed reporting to technical teams and/ or production managers.
  • Effectively produce repeated daily as well ad hoc analysis.

Required Qualifications

  • Previous research lab or quality control experience
  • Experience in testing and reporting for material characterization
  • Work with sensitive lab equipment and in a loud industrial space
  • Minimum physical requirements to perform some duties and responsibilities will be required.
  • Experience with MS Word and Excel.
  • Very organized with an attention to detail, can work with a small team.
  • Lead tasks if need be, with minimal supervision.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience with natural materials
  • Experience in lab management, understanding of proper safety guidelines
  • Experience in research work including literature reviews to build knowledge base

Job Description

This is a line operator position for first or second shift depending on the company needs. This position will operate various plant equipment to produce finished products. Training will be provided, but any production experience will be an asset. The operator will start-up, monitor, and shut down the line operation. There is bulk and small bag packaging as well as palletizing. There is also product sampling for quality.

Mechanical aptitude will be a benefit in understanding, running, and adjusting the equipment. The ability to keep a neat, clean, and safe work environment is important.

The operator position is a key part of our company success. This position interacts with company operators, managers, and engineers in a very positive and engaging atmosphere.

Position Skills/Experience

  • Some production experience
  • Fork lift/pallet jack experience is a plus
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Ability to lift and palletize 25 lb bags
  • Understanding and use of basic hand tools is an asset
  • Basic writing skills to fill out production logs, inventories, etc.

Other Key Skills/Abilities

  • Good communicator
  • Basic math understanding
  • Mechanical experience a plus
  • Dependable and enjoy a positive work environment
  • Flexible in learning new skills
  • Safety minded

Job description

This is a general industrial maintenance position. The position will maintain, repair, and replace plant equipment as needed. Equipment includes fans, conveyors, separation equipment, processing equipment, pumps, rotary valves, sifters, mills, etc. Routine preventative maintenance such as lubrication, adjustments, alignment, and calibrations; will also be performed. Ability to plan and organize daily and long-term is important.

This maintenance position will interact with various mechanical contractors (sometimes directing and checking work). It is also a growth position into a potential maintenance manager role. This is primarily a first shift position, but could also have some shift work and on-call depending on the needs of the company. Some overtime may be required.

Maintenance Skills/Experience

  • General mechanical aptitude and skills working on equipment
  • Use of cutting, drilling, and grinding tools
  • Welding and soldering
  • Pipefitting
  • Electrical experience a plus
  • Experience moving and rigging equipment a plus
  • Forklift experience

Other Key Skills/Abilities

  • Good communicator
  • Problem solving and analytical skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Team player
  • Flexibility
  • A good listener
  • Show up every day with the willingness to learn and work
  • Safety minded

Company Overview

Sunstrand is young fast-growing company building a new and innovative Bio-Industrial Material industry from the ground up. Our company provides value to customers at a critical nexus between supply chain solutions, manufacturing infrastructure, material science and application engineering. We contract with farmers to grow specialty agricultural products, then convert them into highly specified/engineered natural raw and value-added products for sale to upstream manufactures and users in a variety of industries including building materials, transportation, sporting and consumer goods. Our corporate headquarters, R&D center and pilot production facilities are located Louisville, KY. Two satellite production facilities are currently under construction (Alberta, Canada and at the NC/SC border) with two more planned to be built starting in 2019.

Job Overview

This position will support production/manufacturing operations across multiple production facilities through the use of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software package. The role will primary involve the integration of sales demands with production scheduling and inventory control. The Supply Chain Director will also be responsible for overseeing freight logistics and traceability (QA/QC) solutions which start on the farm end when our customer receives a product.

Job Tasks 0-6 Months

The first ~6 months of this job will primary focus on two key objectives;

  1. on the job training & hands-on participation in current production/trialing practices
  2. design of tracking systems and selection of the ERP system.

Near term responsibilities include implementing material labelling and traceability, production tracking and reports, production scheduling, certain trial and data tracking, support product development testing, report generation when needed, operator fill-in, some capital project work, inventories management, development of spare parts management program, line PMs, and employee training.

Job Tasks 6+ Months

Manage supply chain for multiple locations through;

  1. Implementation of production data systems and owner of ERP software related activities
  2. Coordination of production/employee use of the ERP. Many people will interact with, or hold, vital information related to production, fulfillment, inventory, quality, etc. In addition to implementation of an ERP system, the Supply Chain Director must also ensure the effective flow of information between production floor, and other business areas, with limited impact to efficiency.
  3. Consistent reporting is required across the organization. There will be KPIs (particularly related to production efficiencies and quality control metrics), scheduled reviews, etc – it is the responsibility of the Supply Chain Director to not only ensure the accurate use of the ERP by all employees, but to also report on the results, share insights and key findings, and make recommendations on a predetermined cadence.

Coordination and communication of material/production inventory needs between sales and product development departments. Monitor inventory and sales pipeline, manage the physical fulfillment of orders for multiple customers from multiple locations through the use of the ERP software system.

Ultimately the Supply Chain Director will coordinate logistics, process customer orders, collaborate with delivery stakeholders, implement and maintain tracking software and verifying proper product labeling. Ensure customer orders are properly received, processed and delivered, liaise with delivery partners, plant managers and sales team. Supervise activity to ensure all the ordered products are packaged.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Associates Degree in Manufacturing technology, Computer Science/Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Supply Chain Management/Logistics or other related discipline
  • 5 years of work experience in a related field
  • Experience in generating requirements for and implementing ERP software from a SaaS provider
  • Experience in coordination of use of the ERP
  • Skilled in MS Office/Enterprise software
  • Organized, independent worker

Preferred Experience

  • 10 years work experience in related field
  • Mechanically inclined
  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management/Logistics, Industrial Engineering, Computer Engineering or other related discipline
  • Experience in manufacturing environment
  • Experience in agriculture and textile (nonwoven) related processing

Sunstrand is a sustainable materials business here in Louisville (Clifton area). We specialize in natural materials for use in commercial, industrial, and technical applications. Said simply, we source rapidly renewable crops (bamboo, hemp, flax, kenaf), process them into customer specifications, and leverage these materials for use in plastics, animal bedding, textiles, and more. Advantages of our materials include sustainability/green messaging, light-weighting, reduced density, reduced cost, and improved overall strength.

Our team is actively seeking an intern(s) for our Sales/Marketing team. The Intern will report directly to the VP of Sales and Marketing. Oversight and general direction may be given by other upper level entities, i.e. the CEO, VP Product Development, Consultants and advisors. It is expected that the Intern will work independently and in teams with general and specific direction.

Work packages will have scheduling and deliverable targets defined by the VP of Sales and Marketing. The Intern will be responsible for meeting these targets to the best of his or her ability.

General Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to;

  • Gain an understanding of Sunstrand’s approach to Trade Shows. Coordinate trade show activities (planning, packaging, tracking, etc).
  • Prepare, package and distribute product samples.
  • Learn marketing data management, segmentation, messaging and various technologies (CRM, Automation, Email, etc). Data input of marketing information, including leads, business cards, and other relevant items
  • Market research and outreach in the form of phone calls and internet searches
  • Taking customer calls, describing products – some outbound calling required

Pay is $10/hour.

Please email Adam Block, VP Sales and Marketing, at ablock@sunstrands.com with interest or questions.

To apply, email your resume to info@sunstrands.com. Please be sure to include your name, phone number, email address, and the name of the position for which you are applying.

About the Company

Sunstrand is on track to become the leading supplier of biomaterials for the technical non-wovens industry, with goals aimed towards creating a more sustainable composites industry. We are proud to be the only operational industrial bast fiber processor in the United States and are excited to expand our portfolio of products and services to provide for this very young industry.

Sunstrand is an Equal Opportunity Employer – All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.