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Material Handler

Central Garden & Pet

This is a Full-time position in Elgin, IL posted October 21, 2021.

We are growing and currently looking for 1st Shift Material Handlers to be a part of our Kaytee division based in Elgin, IL. You will be responsible for warehouse activities involving the movement of inventory, filling customer orders and loading product onto trailers in a manner that meets company standards for safety, security and productivity.  You will be responsible for the accurate and complete inventory movements and filling orders. 

At Kaytee, you have the opportunity to work with products for birds, hamsters, rabbits and other small animals.  We offer a clean work environment with free uniforms, onsite fitness center and an onsite Health & Wellness clinic for employees and their families. Other benefits include full medical, dental and vision coverage, free life and disability insurance and a full 3% match on your 401k contributions, along with a yearly profit-sharing bonus. If you find your skills match the qualifications we are seeking below, we invite you to apply for this position!


  • Operates electric powered industrial forklift, pallet movers, stand up trucks and may operate shrink-wrap machine.
  • Operates any material handling equipment safely and efficiently as required.
  • Maintains material handling equipment by noting and reporting any damage or malfunction
  • Performs material movements from bin to bin for put away, picking or replenishment.
  • Receives pick tickets from warehouse coordinator and read’s order number, size, color and quantity of merchandise.
  • Picks customer orders for shipment ensuring that the correct number and type of products are selected.
  • Carries or transports orders to shipping locations or delivery platforms with material handling equipment ensuring orders are staged in order of delivery.
  • May organize items on pallet by unit.
  • May assist in placing incoming items in inventory.
  • May conduct physical inventories as required.
  • Performs additional duties as directed.


  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) preferred.
  • Previous reach truck or forklift experience is preferred
  • Ability to earn forklift operator’s license (will train and certify).
  • Basic math knowledge with the ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide
  • Must be able to balance multiple priorities.
  • Proven computer skills.
  • Should have good hand/eye coordination to operate controls.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds with or without accommodations.
  • Ability to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner.


  • Work is performed in a manufacturing/warehouse environment. 
  • Work temperatures can vary due to outside temperatures. 
  • Hours of work will generally be during regular business hours (on each respective shift) and average at least 40 hours a week. 
  • There may be some variation in work hours due to overtime, special projects, deadlines, and other concerns.

At Central Garden & Pet (NASDAQ: CENT and CENTA), we believe home is at the center of our lives, and our employees are driven by our purpose to nurture happy and healthy homes. Our company is made up of thousands of people across North America, with an emerging footprint across the U.K., Mexico, China and Canada – all dedicated to helping gardens bloom bigger, pets live healthier and communities grow stronger. We are united by our mission to lead the future of the garden and pet industries…one blade of grass and one wagging tail at a time. Visit our website at to learn more.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.