Mullinex Joins Yazoo as Project Coordinator

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Yazoo Mills is pleased to introduce Don Mullinex, Jr. as Project Coordinator! Don’s impressive 18-year career in the paper packaging industry has equipped him with a wealth of knowledge and expertise, perfectly suited for his new role. In his previous position, Don successfully managed all day-to-day operations for a green field start-up in Palmyra, PA, demonstrating his exceptional leadership and organizational skills.

Don’s dedication to professional development is evident in his educational background. He holds an associate degree in Business Leadership and has acquired certifications such as the Six Sigma Green Belt from NC State and the Supervisor Certification from UNCC. These achievements further solidify his commitment to continuous improvement and excellence.

Since joining Yazoo Mills earlier in 2023, Don has hit the ground running by already completing a remarkable 39 projects with 16 more in progress. His innovative spirit led to a revamped project tracking system and reporting structure, boosting transparency for upper management. Every day starts with prioritizing projects from the “hopper,” starting with smaller tasks for quick wins. Based in Hanover, he tackles computer work early and then heads to New Oxford to ensure both facilities receive his attention. The day’s specifics are a dynamic mix of visitor meetings, data collection, and physical tasks, all adapted to the diverse nature of Yazoo’s projects. From installing cabinets to redesigning machinery, Don’s versatility keeps the flow going.

When asked what are some of the most rewarding aspects of your daily tasks at Yazoo Mills, Don shared “I have the opportunity to put my organizational skills to the test. Since July, I have re-designed the way we track projects for the company and the reporting structure for upper management. I am fully invested in our new Improvement Development Team and playing a key role in the success of the program. I am working with Mark Robinson, our Plant manager in Hanover, to develop a younger group of volunteers in our new program to hear all the voices of Yazoo. We are much stronger than I, so the push to create a unified team is very rewarding for me.”

Beyond work, Don fuels his passion for community by actively supporting initiatives that foster children’s growth and learning through play. In his time, he loves strumming his guitar, occasionally throwing down a BMX stunt, and spending quality time with his wife of 16 years, Ashlee, two boys Liem 11, and Emerson 9, and a Golden Doodle named Graham. His family is his haven, from cozy evenings by the fire to rowdy Monopoly nights and teaching Poker to his sons. Running a self-owned business with his wife, focused on helping kids learn through play, adds another layer of fulfillment to his life.

Don’s commitment to excellence, proven track record of success, and genuine passion for his work make him an invaluable asset to the Yazoo Mills team. We are confident that his contributions will drive the company’s continued growth and success as the supplier of choice for premier-quality paper tubes and cores.

We are excited to have Don on our Yazoo team and look forward to seeing what he accomplishes in the years to come!