Dean Foods

SC General Labor-Plant

Requisition ID
# of Openings
Manufacturing & Production
High School or Equivalent
Relocation Assistance

Dairy Manufacturing

Production you can be proud of.


Due to the expansion of our product line Dean Foods is seeking new members for our Rockford IL team to help produce a growing quantity of our award winning Cottage Cheese and Sour Cream. 

Build your career at the nation’s largest dairy processor and one of the Stateline’s most vital companies.


Those we add to our crew may wind up in either Production or Warehouse and will be expected to learn quickly and uphold the highest standards for Safety, Quality and Dependability. 



  • At least 2 solid years of manufacturing
  • Good work tenures.
  • The ability to thrive in a physically demanding environment that is wet, noisy, hot, cold and very fast-paced.
  • The ability to start on ANY job or shift schedule and wait patiently for seniority to allow you to move to a more desirable one. You will likely be assigned to second or third shift or a rotating shift and must be willing and able to work any shift including weekends. 
  • Motivation to accept overtime agreeably.
  • The ability to work professionally and dependably within a team environment.
  • Flexibility to learn whichever specific job is available once our Bidding Process is completed.



  • Processing experience such as beverage, food, Pharmaceuticals, chemicals, etc.
  • Continuous Improvement.


Members enjoy a very strong Wage and a Benefit Package with Pension. 


ONLY if you have at least 2 years of solid manufacturing experience please apply now.


Rate starts at no less than $22.00/hour and will progress to the full rate in 24 months.  Those completing their Probationary period will participate in a very strong Benefits package. 


Work history will drive our selection for phone screens.  Phone screens will begin immediately.  Finalists will be invited for on-site interviews by a panel. 


No Recruiters, Walk-Ins, Mail-Ins or Phone Inquiries will be considered.  Those who do not meet the basic requirements will not be contacted or updated. 


Dean Foods Company is an Equal Opportunity employer M/F/Veteran/Disability

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category protected under federal, state, or local laws. 


Job Description & Requirements

The General Labor positions performs general duties which may include; unloading materials and ingredients for plant use; packaging or stacking product under non-mechanical means and may be assigned to one or more areas throughout the plant / freezer.

  • Loads/unloads stacks and moves items as assigned.
  • May sort, bundle and fill containers or place in assembled units.
  • May mark or put identifying labels on product loads.
  • May record movement of stock in/out of work areas.
  • Monitors materials, products and equipment at each step of process and reports irregularities to supervisor.
  • Perform any other assigned tasks.
  • High School Diploma or GED preferred; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or, equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Able to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.
  • Experience within the food and beverage industry preferred.
  • Must be able to stand, walk, pull, push, reach, and bend virtually the entire shift. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds and assist others when lifting is necessary.
  • Must be able to work in a wet environment.  May occasionally be exposed to cleaning chemicals.
  • [Delete if not Ice cream plant: For ice cream plants: Exposure to nut allergens.]
  • Must be willing to work flexible hours including overtime, weekends and holidays.
  • Be able to effectively work in a team environment.
  • Be able to legibly write entries for record keeping.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment.
  • Must be able to pass all medical exams, drug and background checks (including criminal).

EEO Statement

Dean Foods considers marijuana (including medical marijuana) to be an illegal drug. Dean Foods will rescind offers of employment to applicants who test positive for marijuana (unless restricted from doing so by state or local law). Dean Foods is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.


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