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Sweet summertime – ahh… the season that (most) people look forward to. Sun, warm temperatures, vacations, break from school, etc. But the heat and humidity that summer brings can be a game changer when it comes to paper products.
As the temperature in the air increases, so does its ability to retain moisture. When humidity levels increase, the fibers in the paper draw in moisture very quickly, resulting in expansion. For example, think about the doors in your house and how they seem to stick during the summertime. That’s because of materials expanding due to the humidity. The same happens with paper tubes and cores.
During summertime conditions, paper tubes and cores manufactured in high humidity can shrink drastically if an end-user puts them into an air-conditioned room with extremely low humidity. Humidity can weaken the tubes and cores which will then cause them to fail. If used in a timely manner, less moisture will affect the product. Paper tubes and cores should not be stored near any type of heating or cooling unit, in an air stream of heated or cooled air or in the path of a humidifying stream of air. Knowing your storage environment is very critical.
Understanding how moisture and humidity affects paper tubes and cores is imperative for end-users as they are looking for the products to have the best appearance and performance. To ensure optimum performance, control the relative humidity (R.H.) levels and temperature in the processing and storage environments.
At Yazoo, we’re more than just paper tubes and cores. We’re building relationships. Day in and day out, Yazoo is committed to delivering the best paper tubes and cores to our customers. We operate 100% in the United States and are extremely proud of our American roots. Since our beginning in 1902, we’ve been manufacturing American-made products that continue to exceed customer’s expectations.
Yazoo is an American-made company with over 150+ highly skilled employees who have complete control over the entire manufacturing process which results in top-notch quality that cannot be matched by outsourcing. Our high-quality products allow your operations to decrease downtime and increase ROI. All of our raw materials are also manufactured in the U.S. which brings us to quality control. Our quality control system provides assurance that the material used continues to meet the physical, chemical, functional, visual and dimensional requirements needed for our customers.
We are able to provide innovative solutions to our customers nationwide and meet even their stringent requirements. Our speed-to-market of 48-hours is second to none which is one of the many reasons we remain the industry leader. At Yazoo, we’re more than just paper tubes and cores. We’re constantly evolving and improving our process to give the best results to our customers. We achieve this by reinvesting in our people, equipment and company. We’re proud of our American business and look forward to continue helping businesses succeed!
Labels – whether big or small, they are all around us providing information about the product or object they are attached to. When you think of a label, your mind might quickly go to the shampoo bottle in your shower where it describes the scent or a ready-to-eat salad bowl you bought at the grocery store, listing all of the ingredients included in the package.
Labels surround us more than what we think and play a HUGE role into getting the consumer interested in the product and making a purchase. Take for example, the craft beer business has exploded over the past few years, making it a thriving market for label printers. The supply and demand of producing labels for new releases of beers has created a great opportunity for the label industry. Brands are finding innovative ways to incorporate designs to help their company stand out as well as create a connection to social which then creates a customer experience that draws them in.
Consumers are really starting to pay more attention to labels as they have evolved into works of art. Think about the last time you stood in a beer distributor and looked at all of the creative labels – you might not drink a certain kind of beer but because you saw a cool design that sparked your interest, maybe you bought it any way. The best way to set yourself a part from the competition is to create a memorable label.
Label companies across the nation rely on Yazoo’s 100% recycled paper cores to help keep business booming. Yazoo covers 90% of the label market as our cores are the starting point to getting jobs completed. We are all about the customer experience which is why we are continuously helping companies save time and money by offering no minimums and fast speed to market with 48-hour turnaround times.
Our stock core program is the perfect fit for the label industry. Our durable, high-quality paper cores are manufactured to maximize your processes, allowing you to convert more labels as well as improve your ROI. We stock over 110 sizes of 3” and 6” I.D. that are available for same-day shipment if ordered by 4pm EST. Yazoo’s stock cores allow companies to start their production immediately upon receiving their order as they are already cut down to the size needed. In addition, we also offer a full range of sizes, made to fit your specifications and custom capabilities to keep you ahead of your competition.
Textiles – they are all around us. Maybe you’ve never heard that specific term being used but the clothing you are currently wearing, the canopy you sit under while enjoying a nice dinner outside by the river, the curtains hanging in your living room, the cloth interior seats in your car, protective clothing… they are all a part of the textile industry.
So, what exactly is it? A textile is a flexible material consisting of a network of natural or artificial fibers, weaved or knitted together. Textiles are made from many materials including animal, plant, mineral and synthetic – all of which are made in various strengths and degrees of durability, depending on the industry the material is serving. For example, fabric is a huge part of our lives and without it, we wouldn’t have our basic, necessary items that we depend on day in and day out.
The extensive use of paper cores in the textile industry is a driving factor in the growing demand for more products to be produced. At Yazoo, we recognize just how important our process is in the textile industry as material will need to be wound onto a core. Having the correct tools for your respective jobs is imperative to the success of your end-product and bottom line. Our 100% recycled paper cores are a key component when it comes to rewinding material, which is a process that demands a consistent outside diameter to ensure the material winds evenly. In our manufacturing process, we produce paper cores with the strength and consistency that provides the best ROI in your converting operations. Yazoo’s paper cores are designed to fit your specifications for maximum strength to ensure optimum performance, reduce downtime and increase productivity.
We offer a wide variety of value-added, custom capabilities such as colored parchments, embossed outer wraps and core notching (just to name a few) that many of our customers in the textile industry are utilizing; which is helping them stay ahead of their competition. We also offer 110+ sizes of paper cores in-stock and ready to ship the same day if the order is placed by 4pm EST. Our speed to market and high-quality products are just two of the many reasons why we remain the industry leader for paper tubes and cores.
con·vert – to alter the physical or chemical nature or properties of, especially in manufacturing.
In a world where we can have basically (almost) anything we want at our fingertips, we soon forget the process it takes to make a product. A product cannot amount to anything great until it has its starting point. In the converting industry, that starting point is a core.
Converting is the essential part of the process of taking raw materials and creating a finished product. This kind of process is crucial for industries specializing in adhesives, tapes, labels, film, fabric, flexible packaging, etc. Converting cores are manufactured with each application in mind. The cores must maintain their durability during and after the process of adding a product on to them. Yazoo’s paper cores are manufactured from plies of paper of various thicknesses to attain the customer’s strength and performance specifications.
Slitting and rewinding is a common process that Converters use in their operations. A machine takes a product, unwinds the material through a series of blades that slits the material into smaller widths then rewinds it onto a new roll. Our 100% recycled paper cores have the strength and consistency converting companies require to optimize their operations. As speed increases on rewinding machines, Yazoo’s cores are designed to protect their inside diameter and core length, greatly reducing cost from waste. Custom capabilities such as covers, liners, embossing, etc. add unique value to a customer’s manufacturing process, without damaging the product.
The next time you purchase something, take a few minutes to reflect on the processes it took to manufacture the product. You might just appreciate it even more!
Over the years, we all have acquired a lot of stuff. More stuff than we would like but finding a place for said stuff can be hard, especially when you need to protect certain items from the elements. Whether you’re storing things in a storage unit, garage, or shed, Yazoo’s paper tubes have your items covered, literally.
Storing items such as carpet remnants, butt rolls of finished goods, rugs, posters/artwork, and much more can be kept safe and protected when stored in a paper tube. The spiral casing of a paper tube helps keep items in tact rather than packing it in a box where objects can move around and become damaged. Plus, paper tubes aren’t as big and bulky as boxes so they don’t take up as much room, either. Yazoo’s plastic end caps help furthermore protect items from slipping out of the paper tube and help keep the tube enclosed, protecting objects from the elements.
If you’re looking to store artwork/prints, you’ll want to purchase paper tubes that contain liners as this is a solution that can help resist environmental conditions such as humidity. Liners are extra added protection to make sure that nothing touches your precious pieces of art. Our paper tubes can be as big as 20″ inside diameter and up to 52′ long. Whatever your needs are, we have you covered.
Our company has been around for quite some time now, over 116 years actually. So naturally, we know a thing or twenty when it comes to recycling and being conscious of our environment every single day. This isn’t just something we talk about, it’s been a part of our fabric for decades.
At Yazoo, we strive to continue to be a sustainable company, positively impacting the environment by recycling all waste generated during our manufacturing process with our in-house shredder and baler. We are proud to only use 100% recycled paperboard for all of our products.
Being a manufacturer, we produce over 4,000,000 inches of tubing per day that is made from 100% recycled paperboard. In order to maintain an industry leader, we receive over 1,000,000 pounds of recycled paperboard every single week! That’s about 26 truckloads a week and over 1,352 truckloads every year. There are 66 different sizes of recycled paperboard in the 1,000,000 pounds of paper we consume each week. Having a wide variety of sizes allows us to custom manufacturer our paper tubes and cores to meet our customer’s specifications and serve numerous industries as well as staying ahead of our competition.
Every ton of 100% recycled paperboard that we use in our eco-friendly tubes is equal to the energy and landfill savings of 20+ mature trees, over 10,000 gallons of water, 5 cubic yards of landfill space, 5 barrels of oil and over 7,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity. There is no other packaging product that is more environmentally sustainable than 100% recycled paperboard. We are proudly proving each day just how much our environment means to us and how we can continue to make a positive impact as a company.
At Yazoo Mills, we recognize the important job our company has to help keep our environment clean. To create our sustainable packaging products, we only use 100% certified recycled paperboard and we have the paperwork to prove it. We recycle all waste generated during our manufacturing process which includes shredding, bailing, and shipping to a recycle paper mill and then we receive the recycled paperboard back to manufacture our products.
Phase two of the production expansion at our Hanover Distribution center included the installation of a brand new shredder and baler. The shredder, manufactured by BloApCo, greatly expands disposal capacity and increases container or bale weight. The shredder also helps eliminate baler jams while increasing capacity, reduces energy consumption throughout the scrap handling system, saves labor with automatic operation with easy maintenance, and increases plant safety with added safety devices on the machine.
The 52 cubic foot heavy-duty baler, manufactured by MAX-PAK, utilizes a 30hp premium efficient motor. It came complete with an automatic wire tire system and allows for adjustable bale lengths. It is controlled using a color touch screen interface and Allen Bradley controls.
Check back next week as we will be blogging about Phase Three!