Swiss Krono, LLC - Production or Assistant Production Operator

Pre-Hire Training

Recruitment #95-60-02






In Cooperation With

Denmark Technical College


is assisting with the recruitment and training for



Potential employment opportunities exist for:


HDF Production or Assistant Production Operator - Multiple Openings


Swiss Krono LLC, a division of Swiss Krono Group and until 2016 known as KronotexUSA, began distribution in the United States in 2000 and in 2005 opened its current manufacturing facility in Barnwell, S.C. Here in Barnwell, we create virtually any style, shape, finish, texture, scrape, bevel, locking system, thickness, size and attached pad of laminate flooring planks sold through distributors, dealers and chains nationwide. This amazing growth and our ability to supply the needs of the marketplace have earned us the nickname “The Quiet Giant” of laminate flooring that’s proudly made by Americans and made for Americans. In January at Surfaces 2016, we announced the latest of several changes that will provide distributors, retailers and consumers the best innovations and quality in laminate flooring: KronotexUSA changed its name to SWISS KRONO LLC to reflect the parent company’s and the products’ Swiss heritage in woodworking and precision technology. All eight countries where Swiss Krono operates changed their name and logo in early 2016 to reflect this pooling of expertise, intensifying of R&D, and forging of a common identity. According to Ines Kaindl, President of the Board of Directors of the SWISS KRONO GROUP headquartered in Lucerne, Switzerland, “We want to leverage a strong, uniform brand to spotlight our tradition and history while making a greater international impact. This will enable us to help shape the market’s future.” 



The position for each candidate will be based on skills, knowledge, experience, and business needs.



  • Reliably control the normal operations/start-up sequences/shut-down processes for all areas of HDF Plant production as described below.
  • Cross-training for proficiency in Press Operations, Energy Plant/Dryer Operations, Refiner Operations, Resin Operations and finishing (sanding/sawing) Operations.
  • Operate a highly automated plant to ensure HDF production schedules are met.
  • Continuously monitor the status and operating conditions of the entire HDF Plant.
  • Support HDF Plant maintenance operations and evolutions.
  • Respond to any plant operational emergency, including potential fire threats.



 Essential Job Functions may include: 


  • QC testing of Hot Board mechanical properties.
  • Strong mechanical, system and process interaction aptitudes.
  • Production scheduling.
  • Troubleshooting and analyzing as they relate to plant operating systems.
  • Managing ‘housekeeping‘ expectations at all times.
  • Conducting daily activities in a manner which promotes plant reliability and productivity.
  • Performing duties in accordance with all company policies, procedures and standards of quality.
  • Comfortable with ‘numbers,’ basic calculations and measurements of productivity/efficiency.
  • Exhibit, promote and enforce all company safety requirements and expectations.
  • Model workplace expectations regarding control room culture and plant operational discipline.

Minimum Requirements: 


  • High school graduate (or equivalent) minimum.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
  • HDF Production Operator positions require a minimum of 3 years prior experience as an Assistant Production Operator in a manufacturing/industrial environment (preferably in an MDF plant).
  • Strong computer/HMI skills required for operation of automated equipment and systems.
  • Ability to read, comprehend and understand P&IDs, operating manuals, vendor drawings and technical documentation.
  • Strong work ethic, sense of duty and the ability to mentor/cross-train team members.
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.
  • A sense of urgency, a capacity for accurate decisions and the ability to exercise sound judgement in a demanding work environment.
  • Availability to work rotating shift schedules, overtime, nights, holidays and weekends, plus respond to occasional off-hours call-outs to ensure plant reliability of operations.
  • Team player who works well with other company employees and associates; problem solver who is resilient and reliable.

  • WorkKeys  

    • Workplace Documents         Level 4

    • Applied Math                          Level 4

    • Graphic Literacy                     Level 4

    • Observation                            Level 2

    • Talent Assessment


Swiss Krono offers Competitive Compensation & Benefits:


  • Medical, dental, life, and vision insurance
  • Paid holidays, vacation
  • Long and short-term disability
  • 401(K) plus matching

Successful completion of the training program carries no obligation to accept any offer of employment, nor is an offer guaranteed.


The job duties, elements, responsibilities, skills, functions, experience, educational factors, and the requirements and conditions listed in this job description are representative only and are not exhaustive of the tasks that an employee may be required to perform. The Company reserves the right to revise this job description at any time and to require employees to perform other tasks as circumstances or conditions of its business, competitive considerations, or the work environment change





An Equal Opportunity Employer


Selection Plan

All applications are first screened by the local SC Works office.  Those that meet the minimum qualifications are sent to the company for evaluation.  The company has the final decision on who is invited to continue in the process.  You will be contacted by phone or email if you are selected.