Hood Container hiring more than 100 employees after growth of company

October 8, 2020 | 12:08 am

Updated October 8, 2020 | 10:15 am

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After exponential growth under new ownership the last two years, Owensboro’s former Packaging Unlimited is looking to hire more than 100 people to fill roles ranging from forklift operators to supervisors.

Owensboro Hood Container, which is operating as Packaging Unlimited after acquiring them about three years ago, is a “mill-to-market” packaging company. That means they oversee every step of the process from the paper mill to the end user.

Hood Container Corporation is the 8th largest paperboard company in the United States. Along with paper mills, Hood Container holds a network of corrugators, converters, packaging manufacturers, display producers and contract packaging facilities.


The entire Owensboro Hood Container team has been instrumental in a culture change over the last two years. Two faces of the new leadership in Owensboro include Operations Manager Issac Ralph and Production Manager Danny Clouse.

“We’ve grown so rapidly under Hood Container that we need more people here to work,” Ralph said, noting they’ve doubled their growth since 2018.

The company is seeking forklift drivers, packaging associates, line workers, quality technicians, team leaders and supervisors.

“It’s a great opportunity for entry-level production and packing associates,” said Karen Wilhite, Regional Manager of Hire Dynamics, the company helping fill the positions. “It’s a really good family-feel environment and they get really good reviews. It’s a great way to earn extra money, especially for the upcoming holidays.”

Working hours are from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily, and overtime is optional. With this being peak season, Wilhite said there’s plenty of potential for extra work.

During peak season, workers can nearly double their pay with the various incentives offered.

Wilhite also noted that employees are eligible for benefits from day one and a one-week vacation package after 1,900 hours. They can also earn unlimited referral bonuses of either $50 for entry-level positions or $100 for specialty positions.

Wilhite said the advantages of working at Owensboro Hood Container go beyond the paycheck and benefits, though.

“The team and management have a passion for the people that are there every day to get the product out and show that Owensboro is a great place to work,” she said. “It’s making everyone happy. It’s about the well-being of the employees. It’s about mentoring and offering stewardship. It’s making sure those employees are so thought of at that level that they want to make a difference in their lives.”

Those interested in applying can go to or download the Work4HD app.

Job seekers can also scan the code below to begin an application.

“It’s a great way to get in at the ground level at a company that really wants really strong people moving forward,” Wilhite said. “This is a great place for work-life balance.”

Wilhite said they appreciate the opportunity to serve Owensboro and are thankful for the hardworking people who’ve been working with there since they came to Owensboro

October 8, 2020 | 12:08 am

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