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Our company hires talented, skilled finishing and bindery operators and handwork specialists. From time to time we also have opportunities in production coordination, estimating, sales, accounting and administration.
If there are no jobs posted on this page, but you are interested in working with us, please send us your resume and we’ll be in touch when, and if, there is a good fit.
What Does Pacific Bindery Stand For?
As an organization we will measure our performance against the highest standards in the industry with respect to:
- Meeting our customers’ needs;
- Safely producing high quality products that meet or exceed the expectations of our customers;
- Holding respect for the community in which we operate, the environment around us, the people inside the organization and the people outside the organization with whom we come in contact;
- Giving every employee the opportunity to contribute to the success of the organization and, as a result, to benefit themselves;
- Encouraging employee participation and open communications; and
- Being profitable and providing for long term viability and growth of this business.
In order to accomplish this, all of us will need to work together, to focus on satisfying our customers, to be better than the competition and to learn, grow and develop. All of us have the responsibility for making improvements, taking initiative and making this an effective place to apply our talents.
As employers, we believe that our customers are most important, and that good service and quality work is required for a business to be successful. We believe our word should be our bond, that we should not promise a delivery time unless we can meet it. We believe in having the most modern equipment possible, in a shop that is clean, organized and run at top efficiency.
We believe we have a responsibility to our employees. To supply them with steady work, good working conditions, and wages and benefits that are competitive in our industry and reflect their contribution to the company. For employees new to the trade, our responsibility also includes seeing they receive the best possible training and that they learn good work habits. We also are committed to ongoing learning and training and in developing our employees skills and experiences.
Our Work Environment
Pacific Bindery Services is a manufacturing operation that provides services to the Print Industry. Working in bindery and finishing can be an exciting and challenging career with opportunities for progression for employees who can demonstrate good skills and aptitude, who can learn new and different processes, and who can work well in a team environment.
There are many different jobs in both the Plant and the Office at PBS.
The following is a description of what our EMPLOYEES are to us.
- Our employees are the reason for our success.
- Therefore our employees are very important people in our business. Equally as important to us are our customers – without them we could not remain in business.
- Employees must be recognized as having feelings, emotions and concerns in the same manner as every other human being. They have the choice of “whom they work with” and we would like our valued employees to choose to work with us.
- Our employees are also internal customers – they receive the outputs of efforts (from receiving, to folding, to cutting, to stitching, to binding, to cornering, to drilling, to coiling, to shipping and more) – and they should be able to expect the highest quality output possible.
- It is the responsibility of every employee to develop and maintain positive work relationships with each other.
Current Job Openings:
Currently there are no positions available however we are always interested in talking to talented and experienced people. To submit your resume please click here.
Overview of Positions
There are more than 60 plant floor positions. Wages are competitive with the industry and depend on the position, the length of service, and the capabilities of the employees.
The Journeyperson Operator (JPO) must be able to set up and operate at least two of the following large machines: Cutter, Folder/Rollem, Stitcher, or Perfect Binder/Perfect Binder Trimmer. The JPO must be capable of complex set up of the machine(s). The JPO must set up and run times are to meet/exceed production standards 100% of the time when averaged over all jobs. The JPO rarely makes production errors and is capable of performing standard machine maintenance. S/he solves complex problems and is capable of producing creative alternatives. The JPO has thorough product knowledge and wide-ranging experience.
The Large Machine Operator (LMO) must be able to set up and operate at least one of the following large machines: Cutter, Folder/Rollem, Stitcher, and Perfect Binder/Perfect Binder Trimmer.The primary responsibilities of the LMO are: basic set up, or assists in setting up, the machine(s); run times must meet/exceed production standards 100% of the time when averaged over all jobs; production errors are rare; performs basic machine maintenance; solves basic problems; and has thorough product knowledge.
The Finishing Machine Operator (FMO) must be able to set up and operate at least one of our presses for foil stamping, embossing or debossing, and die cutting. The primary responsibilities of the FMO are: setting up the machine(s); run times must meet/exceed production standards 100% of the time when averaged over all jobs; production errors are rare; performs basic machine maintenance; solves basic problems; and has thorough product knowledge.
There are two levels of skill within the Small Machine Operator (SMO) positions: SMO 1 and SMO 2. The SMO 1 must be regularly and consistently capable of working more than two and up to four Small Machines and must be capable of setting up and operating these machines. The SMO 2 must be regularly and consistently capable of working on more than four Small Machines and must be capable of setting up and operating these machines. Machines included in this category are: Auto Drill, Manual Drill, Auto Punch, Manual Punch, Wire-o, Auto Shrink Wrap, Manual Shrink Wrap, Round cornering machine, Rosback and #7 Stitcher. In addition to operating Small Machines, the SMO may be required to work as a machine helper, in handwork and/or in coiling.
The primary responsibilities and expected results for this position are: set up of, and operating, a number of small machines within operating parameters and standards; run times must meet/exceed production standards 100% of the time when averaged over all jobs; production errors are rare; performs basic small machine maintenance; solves problems; and has thorough product knowledge.
There are 3 levels of skill for the General Bindery and Finishing Worker (GBF). Level 1 is entry level; Level 2 has intermediate experience and skills; Level 3 has advanced experience and skills. Pocket feeding, small machines, laminating, inserting, assembly, and handwork are some of the responsibilities in this job category.
The primary responsibilities and expected results for the GBF 1
This position has variety and is considered an entry level position that requires training. The GBF 1 will need to learn how to do bindery and finishing tasks accurately, consistently, with a high degree of quality. Once those skills are learned, the GBF 1 will need to learn to gain speed at assigned tasks. It is expected that within a 6 month period, or sooner, the GBF 1 will move up to become a GBF 2.
The primary responsibilities and expected results for the GBF 2
This position has some variety. The GBF 2 can be competent at performing handwork. Or may be primarily a machine helper, coiler and pocket feeder. While the GBF 2 is competent with these responsibilities – does it right all the time – the individual may not yet be performing at operating standards 100% of the time. The GBF 2 is accurate and produces good quality. Production errors are rare. Can solve problems and recommend viable alternatives. Has developed good product knowledge.
The primary responsibilities and expected results for the GBF 3
This position may have a great deal of variety. The GBF 3 is highly skilled and most effectively used for performing handwork and/or high level machine helping. The GBF 3 is also a machine helper, coiler and/or pocket feeder. Ideally the GBF 3 is capable of performing all assigned tasks consistently, exceptionally well. The GBF 3 is fast, accurate and produces excellent quality. Meets or exceeds production standards 100% of the time when averaged over all jobs. Production errors are rare. Can solve problems and recommend viable alternatives. Has thorough product knowledge.
The Materials Handler’s primary function is to ensure the orderly, timely and correct flow of materials to operating equipment on the plant floor. The role of the Materials Handler is to keep the plant operations working as efficiently as possible. A strong attention to detail and excellent organization skills, along with forklift certification, are required.
The primary function of the Shipper/Receiver is to verify and process incoming shipments according to company procedures; distribute materials and supplies to appropriate departments or areas; and place supplies into proper warehouse location(s). The Shipper/Receiver prepares, and coordinates with our customers, finished orders for pick up or shipping according to customer specifications, ensures the outgoing product meets company quality standards; and loads trucks according to established procedures and shipping regulations. There is a Day Shift Shipper/Receiver and an Afternoon Shift Shipper/Receiver.
The Production Shift Supervisor is responsible for the efficient and organized flow of work and materials on the plant floor. This position is responsible for supervising the effective and prioritized use and deployment of human resources and materials to specific work areas. The Shift Supervisor coordinates timely job change-overs and ensures that plant floor personnel are productive. This position is required to have highly effective communication skills. There are two Day Shift Supervisors – one for the bindery department and one for the finishing department.
Production Scheduler (1)
Production Coordinator (3)
Die Shop Coordinator (1)
Front Office Administrator
Accounts Payable Coordinator
Chief Financial Officer/Privacy Officer
What is a Trade Bindery and Finisher?
Pacific Bindery Services is a trade bindery and finisher. A trade bindery is a company whose function it is to serve the post-press needs of the printing industry. We provide specialized services such as saddle stitching, perfect binding, cutting, folding, mechanical binding (of various types), perforating, scoring, punching, drilling, foil stamping, embossing, debossing, die cutting, steel rule die making, laminating, d-taping, assembling, inserting, a large variety of hand operations, and more. Many printers are equipped to do some bindery or finishing work themselves but no local printers are equipped to do all of the bindery and finishing work. Printers send work out to trade binderies because:
- Trade binderies have a larger variety of equipment and are capable of doing a larger variety of binding and finishing services;
- Trade binderies employ skilled staff that are focused on bindery and finishing as their core services (whereas printers focus on their core service – printing) – trade binderies are specialists rather than generalists and provide niche services;
- As trade binderies often have more than one piece of equipment (i.e. more than one stitcher or one folder or one perfect binder) they can be very responsive and provide fast turnarounds to printers;
- Often trade binderies have higher quality finishing equipment that is technologically advanced and is justified by high usage through the equipment.
All printing companies have a bindery department. This is where finishing operations are performed on printed paper after it comes from the press. In some cases a printer’s bindery consists of a cutter and a place to count and wrap up jobs. Some printing plants have binderies larger than many trade binderies. However, no printer can justify the purchase of equipment (or the required trained operators for that matter) that will only be used occasionally or that can handle overflow work, so it becomes necessary to subcontract some of this work out.
Our Value to Our Customers
- Pacific Bindery staff are well trained, highly skilled and many have long term experience in the industry
- We have superior and varied equipment (i.e. designed for higher volumes, faster setup, more versatile, faster running, etc.) and offer a wide range of services
- This is all we do – our knowledge and experiences are highly specialized and focused
- We can do jobs that the printer’s own equipment can’t do because it is tied up with other work. Due to our dedication to bindery and finishing services specifically, we are able to turnaround orders very quickly, cost effectively and with high quality. This is the primary reason (other reasons might be a surge in orders or equipment failure resulting in a back up of demand) for overtime and the Company’s need to schedule multiple shifts. We simply would not get much of this work if we couldn’t get it out fast.
This point illustrates a chronic challenge for trade binderies – that is a widely fluctuating workload. Printers have this problem too, but it is accentuated in trade binderies because when the printer is busy, they will tend to send out some of the work that they are equipped to do. When the printer is slow, they will do the work in-house. As most printers tend to be busy (or slow) at the same time, the workload variation in the bindery can be more extreme.
Our Business Values
Harvey and Erna Heinz were the two founders of Pacific Ruling & Folding Ltd. From ruling and folding, the company grew and added stitching, perfect binding, coiling and many other services. Harvey and Erna had been bindery workers all their working lives. They had excellent training when they were young, and were highly skilled. Their sons, Randy and Gerry were trained to have the same high standards that they believed in; both Randy and Gerry retired from the business (2004 and 2010 respectively). When Brad Clement joined the company, he brought a focus on quality and on the importance of our resources (both human and equipment). In 2010, Brad purchased the company and, along with General Manager, Kris Bovay, they continue to focus on improving and supporting the growth of the company.
Our values (guidelines for how we operate)
- hard work
- good work
- continuous learning
- continuous improvement
These values are important to us. Our profile is to do business in a respectful and honest way, with employees and customers that, in turn, treat us honestly and respectfully. Developing an organization where continuous improvement and learning is of prime importance are key values.
During the last 5 years the Company has undergone significant growth. It has been very necessary to continue on this growth path – into new markets and services, in some cases with new technology and new equipment – in order to survive in a rapidly changing marketplace. Digital technology has impacted the print market, which has therefore impacted the bindery market.
The pressure of continuous growth, change and improvement results in internal management challenges. As managers, it is our responsibility to continue to find ways for the Company to survive and grow in these changing times. At the forefront of our approach are our employees – we count on you, your skills and your abilities to assist us in continuously building and improving our business. In return we want to provide secure employment, a safe, clean and respectful workplace, with opportunities for each of you to grow, develop and contribute.