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Industrial Sewing Specialist

Group: Product

Department: Manufacturing

Direct supervisorManufacturing Team Captain


  • $18.00 - $23.00/hour

As an Industrial Sewing Specialist, you will produce fabric pouches and bags used to organize, carry, and store hand tools. This role spans the entire scope of making these products, from measuring and cutting materials to final sewn assembly. You must be able to work consistently, accurately, and quickly while following established specifications and meeting quality standards.

There are three main facets to this job:

  • 1. Mark out, cut, assemble, and sew. You are in charge of the entire production process, beginning to end. This includes setting up the work area; cutting the fabric, webbing, and hook-and-loop pieces; and assembling and sewing the finished goods. Throughout the process, each piece must be inspected to verify that all finished goods meet specifications and are free of defects. As needed, you will make adjustments to machine settings, fixtures, and tooling to optimize output and performance. At all times you must keep the work area neat and orderly.
  • 2. Monitor and maintain equipment. You will know your machines well, down to the finest details. You will monitor and address the machine’s day-to-day performance while our Manufacturing Maintenance Specialist will handle routine and preventative maintenance. We will rely on you to keep equipment running at its best, as you ensure lubrication systems are properly filled and functioning, consumable materials are refilled, and simple wear parts are replaced as needed. When significant issues arise, you will work directly with our Manufacturing Maintenance Specialist to find the right solutions.
  • 3. Develop new products. Your broad abilities as a producer of current products will make you the right person to help create new designs. Working with our Product Development department, you will make the first prototypes. These early pieces are used for evaluating both the design and the manufacturing method. Using feedback from testing the prototypes and your knowledge of construction techniques, you will lead the optimization of a process that will make the best product in the most efficient ways.

Your first 30 days

  • You will become familiar with each piece of equipment and production process. To offer you the broadest perspective, this might mean working on processes outside of the scope of an Industrial Sewing Specialist. Your first 30 days are a provisional period to assess your skills and strengths and confirm your fit in the position and company.

Opportunities to grow

  • Tekton’s Manufacturing department is growing quickly, offering opportunities for our highest performers. There are two clear paths a skilled Specialist could pursue.
  • Process Improvement: We push ourselves to find better, faster, and more consistent methods. Some of our best Specialists will not only perform the processes but seek to transform them. Moving into a role that is focused on process improvement could be a direction for those able to define a problem, envision possibilities, and implement a successful solution.
  • Leadership: We need great leaders to guide decisions and help our employees grow. If, in addition to being a process expert with high personal standards, you also have the heart of a teacher who cares greatly about the success of our team, you could be an effective leader of those around you.

Values and skills

  • You must have exceptional values, including honesty, integrity, and empathy. You must have exceptional sewing abilities and advanced measuring, marking, and assembly skills. You must be comfortable and proficient in operating equipment like die cutting presses, thermal cutters, and sewing machines. The ability to accurately lay out work pieces according to plans and patterns using basic measuring instruments will be necessary.

Education and experience

  • Two or more years of industrial sewing is strongly preferred. A background in related processes such as embroidery, die cutting, RF welding, and binding could be helpful.

Physical requirements

  • You must have good hand and finger dexterity and coordination, be capable of working in a sitting or standing position for extended periods, and be able to repeatedly lift 20 - 45 pounds.

What it's like in Tekton's Manufacturing Center

  • Surroundings: You will be working in a clean, organized warehouse around people and material handling equipment like order pickers, forklifts, and carts.
  • Noise level: It is generally quiet with occasional low-level noise coming from pickers and forklifts.
  • Safety: Safety is important to us, and we take it seriously. The warehouse has designated walking and working areas, as well as guardrails in certain locations. We also provide safety training and protective gear such as vests, gloves, and floor mats.
  • Temperature: Our warehouse has heating and air conditioning. Temperatures are typically between 60 - 80°F, but can vary depending on the season and location in the warehouse.
  • Dress code: Clothes should be comfortable to twist, lift, and bend in. Closed-toe shoes are required.

Location and hours

This is an hourly position located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Full-time positions are available on first shift.  Schedules are flexible. We are able to change employee start and end times or make special arrangements for scheduling conflicts.

Full-Time First Shift

Regular Hours

Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET.

Weekly Hour Requirements

Required to work an average of 40 - 45 hours. Overtime may be required at times.

About the Manufacturing department

  • The Manufacturing department produces a select but expanding number of Tekton tools. We are rapidly advancing our manufacturing capabilities with new equipment, technologies, and processes with a team of impressive people committed to excellence and continuous improvement. The Manufacturing department is a part of the larger Product group that also develops and engineers our tools, forming a unified team that takes products from concept to reality.

About the company

Tekton, Inc. is a family-owned company in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We are dedicated to making the best hand tools you will ever own, and we start by designing the products that we personally believe in and want to own ourselves. We focus especially on tools used in mechanical and assembly work; our core categories include systems of hand drive sockets and ratchets, impact sockets, wrenches, screwdrivers, and pliers.


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Tekton, Inc. offers equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap or disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other legally protected status.