A company that truly and genuinely cares for its employees is very hard to come by these days.  Sometimes, employers are only focused on getting a head of their competition while forgetting to put their employees first.  Even after 115 years, Yazoo continues to remain a team player for all of its employees.

We recognize that without great employees to produce products and service for our customers, we would have no business.  That’s why Yazoo treats every employee like family.  We offer healthcare, training, career advancement, and personal growth opportunities.  We want our employees to thrive within our company not only as individuals, but also as a team.

Yazoo has the utmost respect for our employees.  The thing that really differentiates ourselves from our competition is our people.  Our continued growth has not only been achieved by reinvesting in our facilities and our equipment, but also reinvesting in our people and making sure that they are getting the most out of working at Yazoo.  One of the many things we provide is leadership training for our employees.  This training helps create an even more positive working environment and helps our employees continue to be influential team players.

“To win in the market place, you must first win in the workplace.” – Doug Contant

“Teamwork is the foundation of success.” – Lou Holtz 

      

In this day and age, we find ourselves so caught up in communicating through technology rather than having to verbally communicate with others.  In today’s world, it is hard to find a “live”
customer service representative – most times, we end up speaking to a robot who is set with filters to try and accommodate our needs.  I’ll start off by saying this, technology is always evolving but human nature as well as human contact is perpetual.

At Yazoo Mills, we recognize that truly remarkable customer service goes above and beyond.  It’s about leaving people with a positive memory of your business and we strive to do just that.  We have continuously perfected our methods and have created a customer service and sales team having a minimum of 10 years’ experience.

Our staff is the most knowledgeable in the industry, which is why 15,000 customers from coast-to-coast depend on us.  Our team works hard and strives to give our customers the best prices and experience.  We listen to our customer’s needs and make sure we give them exactly what they want, when they want it, on time, every time. Guaranteed.  Each and every day, we receive positive feedback for our customer service and sales team, which makes us strive even more to provide our customers with the best service in the industry.Here are two quotes to keep as a reminder —

“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.” – Roger Staubach

“The goal as a company is to have customer service that is not just the best, but legendary.” – Sam Walton

     

We have been a longtime supporter and donor of countless non-profit organizations that raise money to find cures. Recently, we donated cores to AB Graphic, a leader in the label printing industry, who partnered up with other companies to help print stickers for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Labels and Labeling says “The donated stickers will be printed at Innovative Labeling Solutions in Ohio and Nosco in Illinois prior to the show. HP Indigo will handle some printing on site, and AB Graphic will convert the stickers on its Digicon Series 3 finishing unit that will be on display in their booth (#3223). More than 350,000 stickers will be printed and donated to the National MS Society. That’s 210,000 feet of material that normally would be thrown in the trash going to a good cause.

The bulk of the printed jobs will be 2-inch round stickers to be used at the organization’s Walk MS or Bike MS events, which happen in cities across the US. Rectangle runner’s bibs also will be printed.

The National MS Society is America’s leading charity organization dedicated to multiple sclerosis research, education and advocacy. The society’s fundraising events raise money to fund research, support groups and lobbying efforts.

AB Graphic and HP Indigo have partnered with Acpo, Actega, Rotometrics and Yazoo Mills for this cause, and all have donated materials or services.”

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a disease affecting the central nervous system. According to the National MS Society, MS is thought to be an immune-mediated disorder, in which the
immune system incorrectly attacks healthy tissue in the central nervous system.  The society says that MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

The concept to donate printed labels came from Tony Bell of AB Graphic and Alon Bar-Shany of HP. Choosing the National MS Society as the beneficiary was an idea came from AB Graphic
operations manager Tim Staples.

“We’ve never done anything on this scale and with a large nonprofit,” Staples said. “We wanted to do something where we weren’t throwing away 20,000 meters of material a day. So much of this material is gone to waste.”

Staples continued: “Most of it is going in the trash. If a nonprofit organization can use these products, then it’s a win-win-win. We get to show our equipment, it’s a tax deduction for manufacturers, and it’s a great relief on these nonprofits.”

The initiative also is a ‘personal crusade’ for Staples, who was diagnosed with MS in May after what he first believed were complications from Lasik eye surgery. He lost sight in half of his eye, and when he went back to the eye doctor, he was sent for a brain scan that detected MS.

After the diagnosis he turned to the MS Society for help in understanding the disease.

“There’s a lot of information out there, but the reputable information comes from the National MS Society,” he said.

MS can cause many symptoms.  Currently, there is no cure for MS, but treatments are available to reduce the number of relapses and delaying the progression of disability.”

Join Labels and Labeling in donating to the cause here

          

At Yazoo, we continue to proudly support local charities and organizations in the communities where we all live and work.  Contributing to organizations that are kid-oriented is a passion of Yazoo’s because we understand and recognize the importance of helping provide a future as well as learning resources for today’s generation.

This year, Yazoo donated $5,000 to TrueNorth Wellness Services’ Amazing Kids Club program.  The Amazing Kids Club is a year-round, on-site therapeutic program for children and
adolescents from 2 to 21 years of age with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder.  The program focuses on developing communication, socialization, and play skills in a less intense environment than one-on-one strategies.  Additionally, the program is designed as either a stand-alone program or a supplement to other forms of treatment. Garrett Trout, CEO of TrueNorth Wellness Services, says “The program is a combination of behavioral and relationship therapy strategies and our Master’s Level clinicians design treatment plans to meet the developmental needs of each individual.  Family involvement and service coordination are key components of our programs.  We offer Pre-School and After School sessions,as well as an eleven-week specialized therapeutic summer day program.

The Amazing Kids Club program is currently in its 13th  year and has grown substantially from serving 32 children during the first year to over 200 today.  The opening of the new facility will eliminate the need for their current wait list by bringing the enrollment to over 300 children which will allow TrueNorth to continue meeting the growing need within the community.

Trout continues to say, “Yazoo Mills, Inc.’s donation to the Capital Campaign will not only allow us to serve more children in our Autism program, it will also allow us to expand mental health and substance abuse services to individuals in York and Adams Counties.  Thanks again for your generous contribution.”

      

Whenever there is a job vacancy at Yazoo Mills, we always open it up to current employees as well so they have the opportunity to grow into a new position within the company.  Recently,
Andrew Reynolds, who has been working at Yazoo for five years, transitioned into a new role as the Shipping Lead Person for our Shipping Department.

Andrew attended East Stroudsburg University and graduated in 2008 with his Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.  After a few years of being a substitute teacher in a very competitive job market, he decided that he needed a more permanent income which lead him to look for another job.  A friend of his mentioned that Yazoo was hiring at the time so he decided to give up substitute teaching for a steady income job with great benefits and opportunity to grow within the company.

He got his start in our Winding Department as a Machine Operator and eventually worked his way up to a Winding Floater.  He says “The thing I like most about Yazoo is their continuous growth, which provides a bright future for myself as well as my co-workers.”  When he’s not at work, you can find him on his family’s farm, helping his father raise beef cattle and
crops.  When he’s not on the farm, he likes to spend his extra time in the woods hunting and doing anything outdoors.

Congratulations on your promotion, Andrew.  We are proud to have you be a part of our talented team!

Today, we would like to wish Earl Noel, Jr., Chairman of Yazoo Mills, a very Happy 70th Birthday.  Above is a video of Yazoo employees sending him birthday wishes.