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Warehouse Associate - Wire Cutter

Flexibility Option:  In Person
Job Req Id:  29247

Be part of a growing, successful company in an exciting and challenging field. Border States is 100% employee-owned, which means you’re empowered to make decisions, find solutions and receive rewards for your hard work.
This position will be located in: Curtis Bay , MD  


Job Summary

Supports the operation functions of wire cutting in the warehouse. Runs the wire machine and maximizes cuts per reel.  Identifies specific wire based on reel labels and maintains batch codes.  Identifies top and bottom footages on cuts completed.  Updates and maintains the wire cut log and daily wire machine inspection sheets.  Fills special orders and/or backorders as material is received. Fills orders for delivery to customers. Follow up with appropriate departments for wire-material damages and shortages.


Essential Functions

  • Runs the wire machine in a safe and effective manner.
  • Identifies specific wire based on reel labels and maintains batch codes.
  • Identifies top and bottom footages on cuts completed. 
  • Performs basic math to maximize cuts per master reel.
  • Updates and maintains the wire cut log.
  • Maintains daily wire machine inspection sheets, as appropriate.
  • Maintain/utilize partial reels/coils to fill customer orders.
  • Distributes material to the proper stock locations. 
  • Fills special orders and/or backorders as material is received. 
  • Follows-up with appropriate departments for wire material damages and shortages.   
  • Checks and packs material to be delivered. 
  • Maintains a clean and organized work area for a safe work environment.
  • Maintains assigned inventory stock locations making sure material put away has the correct locator and the shelves are kept neat and orderly. 
  • Fills orders for delivery to customers. 
  • Assures all batched managed material is labeled accurately and inventoried, as needed.
  • Operates and maintains all equipment in a safe manner and adheres to all local, state, and federal traffic and safety regulations.
  • Supports the operations functions of the warehouse.
  • Informs proper departments of “stock outs”, inventory discrepancies and other inventory problems or concerns.

Non-essential Functions

  • May assist picking/packing orders for customer as needed. 
  • Assists with loading and unloading of trucks. 
  • Notifies supervisor of any building or equipment maintenance, repair needs and/or any security concerns.
  • Assists with other duties/projects as assigned by supervisor/manager.


  • Two-year business/trade degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Prior warehouse distribution experience including forklift operation and knowledge of electrical products/systems preferred.  
  • If the employee will be driving, the following criteria must be met – 
    •     candidate must be at least 21 years of age, 
    •     possess a valid driver’s license to operate company vehicle and current medical certification may be required. 
  • PC working knowledge for Windows, Internet, email and SAP software is a plus. 

Skills and Abilities

  • Works in a safe manner and follows Border States safety program guidelines and policies.
  • Ability to meet very strict deadlines.
  • Attention to detail and ability to perform consistently.
  • Ability to work independently or with a small team.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication (reading, writing and speaking in English) 
  • Ability to effectively plan and organize.  
  • Excellent customer service skills include being competent, accurate, responsive and engaged.
  • Ability to perform all aspects of the job as accurately and efficiently and safely as possible.

Physical Requirements

Lift and carry requirements (weight and frequency):
Occasionally 0 – 33% Frequently 34 – 66%  Continuously: 67 – 100%

  • Lift from Floor to Waist:
    • < than 10 lbs. - Frequently
    • 10 to 25 lbs. - Frequently
    • 26 to 50 lbs. - Frequently
    • 51 to 75 lbs. - Occasionally
    • 76 to 100 lbs. - Occasionally
    • 101 +  lbs.      - Occasionally
  • Above Waist Lift:
    • < than 10 lbs. - Frequently
    • 10 to 25 lbs. - Frequently
    • 26 to 50 lbs. - Frequently
    • 51 to 75 lbs. - Occasionally 
    • 76 to 100 lbs. - Occasionally
    • 101+ lbs. - Not at all
  • Unilateral Carry:
    • < than 10 lbs. - Frequently
    • 10 to 25 lbs. - Frequently
    • 26 to 50 lbs. - Not at all
    • 51 to 75 lbs. - Not at all 
    • 76 to 100 lbs. - Not at all
    • 101+ lbs. - Not at all
  • Bilateral Carry:
    • < than 10 lbs. - Frequently
    • 10 to 25 lbs. - Frequently
    • 26 to 50 lbs. - Frequently
    • 51 to 75 lbs. - Occasionally
    • 76 to 100 lbs. - Not at all
    • 101+ lbs. - Not at all

Physical Activity

Frequency at which you would do the following in a typical day:

  • Sitting (a continuous period of being seated) - Occasionally
  • Standing (for sustained periods of time) - Frequently
  • Walking (moving about on foot to accomplish tasks) - Frequently
  • Bending/Stooping (downward and forward) - Frequently
  • Crawling (moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet) - Not at all
  • Climbing/Walking Stairs (ascending or descending) - Occasionally
  • Reaching (extending arms in any direction) - Frequently
  • Crouching/Squatting (bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine) - Occasionally
  • Kneeling (bending legs at knee to come to rest on knee(s)) - Not at all
  • Balancing (maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling) - Frequently
  • Repetitive Motion (substantial movement (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers) - Frequently
  • Trunk Rotation (movement in any direction, whether standing or sitting, with at least one foot stationary and in contact with the floor) - Frequently
  • Pushing/Pulling (using upper extremities to press against or draw or tug) - Frequently
  • Handling (applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm) - Continuously
  • Fingering (picking, pinching, typing; working primarily with fingers and not whole hand) - Frequently
  • Talking (expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word) - Occasionally
  • Driving (the control and operation of a fork lift) - Occasionally
  • Desk Work (tasks generally performed at a desk, including use of a computer, printer, fax machine, telephone and other office equipment) - Occasionally
  • Use of tools (safely operate equipment needed for receiving, conveying, stocking, packaging, and shipping parts) - Frequently
  • Hearing (perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels) - Continuously
  • Exposure to adverse weather & temperature conditionsOccasionally
  • Travel(travel needed to perform job duties) - Not at all

Additional Information

This job description is a summary of the job duties and responsibilities and is not intended to cover all possible job duties and is subject to change at the employer’s discretion.  Employees must be able to perform the essential job duties and satisfy job requirements either with or without a reasonable accommodation.

Our History

Border States is a leader in the electrical supply distribution industry with over 120 locations in 31 states. Our employee-owners are second to none in delivering top-notch customer service and in demonstrating extra-ordinary people skills. We are one of the largest independent electrical distributors in the United States providing products and services to the construction, industrial and utility industries. Border States has a competitive benefit package and is a 100 percent employee-owned company. Employee-ownership is a significant part of our culture and our success stems from the dedication of our employee-owners. We practice open-book management and our employee-owners are empowered with clearly defined levels of authority to be innovative and decisive, allowing us to respond quickly to the needs of customers. Employee-owners understand their roles in the success of the company and care about customers’ needs, which drives our focus on adding value to everything we do. We recognize that not all customers are the same and each has specific requirements. Our employee-owners understand these diverse needs and have the commitment, resourcefulness and flexibility to outperform all others.

As a Border States employee-owner, you’re responsible for living our mission, service philosophy and service standards.

Our Purpose
We believe unstoppable businesses shouldn't go it alone. We are owners - of relationships, of outcomes, of every moment these unstoppable businesses need to deliver.

Service Philosophy
We earn customer loyalty and confidence by caring about their needs and adding value to everything we do.

Service Standards
Border States employee-owners are competent, accurate, responsive, and engaged .

Your career
Join an experienced team at one of the largest electrical distributors in the United States. What are you waiting for?


Border States has a competitive benefits package which includes but is not limited to:

Health, Dental and Vision Benefits
Accident, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity
Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
Disability Benefits
401(k) Retirement Plan
Life Insurance
Employee Assistance Program
Paid Holidays
Paid Volunteer Time
Personal Leave time and more!
Border States provides bonuses to their employee-owners upon the achievement of branch and company goals.


Equal Opportunity For All

It’s not just the law.  It’s something  we’ve believed in since our founding.  We value the diversity of all of our employee-owners and will always be an equal opportunity employer.


Drug Free/Smoke Free workplace