Kennedy Valve- Chipper/Grinder

Job Locations US-NY-Elmira
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Kennedy Valve
Salary Range


Kennedy Valve Co. is a subsidiary of McWane Inc. Kennedy Valve is a gray and ductile iron foundry and computerized machining and assembly operation. We supply fire hydrants and valves to the water works and fire suppression industries. We have been manufacturing these products in Elmira, New York, for over 125 years.



Kennedy Valve offers great wages, and benefits packages!


Starting Wages- $26.53 and up, based on position.

Hourly Pay Differentials 2nd shift $.70.

Longevity Pay $.10 cents each hour for every 2 years worked with a cap at $1.20.

Trainers Pay $1.00 each hour for assigned training.   

Paid Sick Leave-

  • 80 hours of Paid Sick Leave (PSL) prorated based on start date.
  • Sell back any unused PSL at the end of year.

Twelve paid Holidays

Paid Vacation

Healthcare starting at $273 per month. 

Company Paid life Insurance.

Company Paid Sickness and Accident Insurance

Retirement 401k-.75 per hour for hours worked placed in a 401k for you by the Company.

  • An additional 50% company match on 4% employee contribution.
  • Overtime after 8 hours in a day





Is Kennedy Valve for you?

  • Do you enjoy physical labor?
  • Are you looking for a company with which you can grow?
  • Are you a proven individual contributor with a team mentality?
  • Do you have a consistent track record of commitment and success in school/jobs?







This is a physical position and often requires repetitive lifting of smaller products (up to 50 lbs.), assisted lifting of heavier products, standing for extended periods, walking within cell, maneuvering for bending, twisting, and lifting arms overhead. Standard safety gear is required, safety boots, ear plugs, safety glasses and other as determined. The environment can be cold based on activity in the plant (overhead doors opening) and very hot depending on outside temperature, and equipment operations.



  • Make molds using sand and through the use of patterns.
  • Ability to handle grinder unit and accurate maneuvering of product.
  • Ability to perform essential requirements of job.
  • Safe operations including all safety gear.
  • Must be dependable.





  • Ged or diploma or equivalent experience
  • Ability to read, write, conduct basic arithmetic.
  • Manufacturing experience in heavy manufacturing [preferred]




  • Ability to tolerate standing for extended periods.
  • Ability to tolerate safe levels of noise, heat, dust and cold.
  • Repetitive motion and work


The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an extensive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position.

Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws.


Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee must possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently.



Kennedy Valve Co. is an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and reserve the right to perform substance abuse testing. McWane is a Federal VEVRAA contractor, and an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing equal employment opportunity in all employment practices. McWane will not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation , veteran or service member status, marital status, citizenship status (In IL - sex, including same sex, ancestry, order of protection status, physical or mental disability, military status, pregnancy, unfavorable discharge status, genetic information), (In IA - gender identity), (In CA - gender identity or expression, and genetic information) or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.




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