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.

Open Positions

  • Materials Engineer/Research and Development Engineer

    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
  • QC/QA Lab Technician

    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
  • Plant Operator

    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
  • Sales/Marketing Intern

    Description

    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.

  • Sales Representative

    Description

    Sunstrand is The Sustainable Materials Company. Headquartered in Louisville, KY, 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 composites, nonwovens, 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 looking for a Sales Representative to attract new customers and create long-term, trusting relationships. The Sales Rep will source new sales opportunities and close sales to achieve quotas. The successful candidate will play a key role in increasing income and revenue by managing and negotiating with clients, generating leads, qualifying prospects and managing sales of products and services. The Sales Rep will also research sales competition, oversee a portfolio of assigned customers, develop new business from existing clients and actively seek new sales opportunities within this customer territory.

    The Sales Representative 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 Sales Representative 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 Sales Rep 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:

    • Identify potential customers and set approach strategies
    • Develop trusted advisor relationships with key accounts, customer stakeholders and executive sponsors
    • “Get the sale” using various customer sales prospecting methods
    • Negotiate contracts and close agreements
    • Ensure the timely and successful delivery of our solutions according to customer needs and objectives
    • Meet or exceed sales targets
    • Forecast and track key account metrics (e.g. quarterly sales results and annual forecasts)
    • Prepare reports on account status
    • Collaborate with sales team to identify and grow opportunities within territory
    • Resolve issues and handle complaints quickly and effectively
    • Attend internal and customer meetings, trainings, trade shows and other events

    Requirements:

    • Proven sales experience
    • Track record of over-achieving quota
    • Demonstrable ability to communicate, present and influence key stakeholders at all levels of an organization, including executive and C-level
    • Solid experience with CRM software (e.g. Salesforce, Zoho CRM or HubSpot) and MS Office (particularly MS Excel)
    • Experience delivering client-focused solutions to customer needs
    • Proven ability to juggle multiple sales (and/or account management) projects at a time, while maintaining sharp attention to detail
    • Excellent listening, negotiation and presentation abilities
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills
    • BA/BS degree or equivalent

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

  • Engineering Intern

    Sunstrand is a sustainable materials business here in Louisville (Irish Hill 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 engineering/product development team. The intern will report directly to the projects lead. Oversight and general direction may be given by other upper-level entities, i.e. the CEO, engineering leads. 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 project lead. The intern will be responsible for meeting these targets to the best of their ability.

    We are looking for a candidate who has shown an 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 as ad-hoc analysis.
    • Perform hands-on work.
    • Work with sensitive lab equipment and in a loud industrial space.

    Required Qualifications

    • Previous research lab or quality control experience.
    • Experience in testing and reporting for material characterization.
    • Minimum physical requirements to perform some duties and responsibilities will be required.
    • Experience with MS Word and Excel.
    • 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.
    • Understanding of proper safety guidelines.
    • Experience in research work including literature reviews to build a knowledge base.
    • One or more years of college courses in engineering, material science or other scientific or technical field.

    Pay is $12/hour.

    Please email info@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.