Paper tubes are great for mailing and shipping products, storing items in a garage, and protecting machine parts.  But, they are also great for launching rockets!  We always say that the possibilities are endless with Yazoo’s paper tubes and this blog post proves just that!

The Rocketry Team at Spring Grove Area High School has been around for many years.  Each year, the team competes in several different competitions.  The Rocketry team members are held to the same academic eligibility standards that are set for sports, music and other groups.  The team must design, build and launch their own rockets without any help, aside from safety and supervision of construction from their program Director, Mr. Brian Hastings.

All rockets are designed on a program called RockSim that also allows students to do simulated launches with motors until they are happy with the desired flight and altitude.  After construction, Mr. Hastings conducts safety inspections before the rockets prepare for launch.  “F motors” and smaller can be flown near the school, while larger motors and rockets are either flown in MD or VA, which they try to schedule a monthly launch for.

The SG Rocketry Team is utilizing Yazoo’s donation of heavy-duty paper tubes for their Target Altitude team.  Rockets are required to be constructed from either cardboard or fiberglass tubes. Our paper tubes help keep the rocket stable during launch and are also going to be used to transport the rockets in the near future.  This team is responsible for getting the rocket to reach an impressive height of 1001’ on an F motor.  This well-known Rocketry Team has quite the impressive track record for many years.  In fact, this past weekend, Spring Grove took first place in the Target Altitude Competition at Battle of the Rockets.  This win placed them ahead of all high school and university teams!

Best of luck to the SG Rocketry Team as they are gearing up for TARC 2019, where they will compete against 800 teams nationwide in the world’s largest model rocket competition.  The top 10 teams will split over $100,000 and the top 24 teams are invited to participate in the NASA Student Launch. We’re rooting for you all!

    

Everyone in some form or fashion has experienced the loss of a loved one at least once in their life. Learning to deal with those kind of emotions are tough, especially for children.  That’s where Olivia’s House comes in.  Olivia’s House, a local grief and loss center for children, provides numerous services, programs, resources, and support for children and their families at no-cost whatsoever.  Their organization is the first of its kind in our area and has helped over thousands of children and families over the last 15+ years.

Throughout the year, Olivia’s House hosts many events to benefit their non-profit organization and the children and families it serves. Their Walk to Remember event was started to help families celebrate their loved ones.  The event this year, held in September 2017, was at Hickory Falls Family Entertainment Center.  Along with Yazoo’s very generous donation, Olivia’s House raised over $46,000!  Aside from the Memory Lane walk itself, participants also enjoyed mini-golf, laser tag, and arcade games.

The event will be held next year on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the same location. For more information about the event, please contact Olivia’s House.

    

At Yazoo Mills, we are more than just a manufacturer of paper tubes and cores.  We are heavily involved in sponsoring and making donations to local charities and events within our community where we all live and work.  We greatly believe in giving back to our community, especially knowing that our sponsorships provide valuable support in more ways than one.

Each year, Yazoo becomes a Mortgage Angel for Olivia’s House, a local grief and loss center for children. This month, our donation of $1,500 covers the cost of Olivia’s House’s monthly mortgage payment, allowing the organization to continue to keep its doors open and serve grieving children and their families at no-cost whatsoever.

We are a proud supporter of such a wonderful non-profit organization that continues striving to meet the needs of more children and families across the Central PA region.  Every single day, people are faced with grieving the loss of a loved one.  With the help from sponsorships like Yazoo’s, Olivia’s House is able to provide the necessary educational and peer support programs, trauma services, grief and loss resources, pre-death support, and professional mental health counseling referrals to help those in need.

Learn more about how you, too, can help give back to Olivia’s House.

            

You’ve heard the saying “it’s the little things in life,” right?  At Yazoo, we believe that the little things become big things and we strive to give back to our community year after year.  Being able to support local charities and organizations is extremely imperative to Yazoo, especially when it can have a positive impact on young lives.  The Hanover YMCA’s Kids Come First Campaign
was started to help build a stronger community and brighter future for our youth and ever since then, they have made a huge impact on so many lives.

The Hanover Area YMCA serves over 14,000 children, adults and families in the greater Hanover area.  In 2016, Yazoo was one of the 442 donors who helped the Hanover and Littlestown YMCA’s assist 1,812 people with scholarships and are expecting that level to increase tremendously in 2017.

Their mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.  Tara Kauffman, Financial Development Director, says “We strive to ensure that everyone is able to participate in programs and memberships regardless of family income. In order to achieve this, we provide need-based scholarships made possibly by generous donors, such as Yazoo Mills, to our Kids Come First Campaign.”  She continues to say “Yazoo Mills has ensured that countless children in our community are able to take swimming lessons, attend preschool, play sports, participate in gymnastics, and attend summer camp.  Our YMCA is blessed to have a true community partner such as Yazoo Mills, who has been a Platinum Level donor to Kids Come First since 2010!

         

Lacrosse.  This is a sport that has skyrocketed in popularity and has become more recognized over the last 10+ years in Pennsylvania.  If you aren’t familiar with Lacrosse, it is a contact team sport played between two teams using a small rubber ball and a long-handled stick that is used to throw the ball in the air, across the field, and into the goal.  Tournaments are popping up everywhere but there has been a very popular one right here in our backyard for many, many years.

In its 11th year, the Lumberjax Shootout Lacrosse
Tournament took place on Saturday, May 13th at the Spring Grove School District’s athletic fields.  The tournament offers teams ranging from 3rd through 8th grade the opportunity to play other teams in surrounding counties and vie to be dubbed the champions of their division.

Originally, it started out as a four team High School/JV tournament with only 70 athletes playing on just two fields.  This year, they had a total of 58 teams with 1,050 athletes (boys & girls) competing for the championship title.  The biggest turnout the tournament has ever had was a total of 78 teams and 1,500 athletes playing on a 16 fields.  Teams from York, Cumberland, Lancaster, Union, Berks, and Baltimore counties traveled near and far to play theirhardest to have a shot at the title.   This was the first year in 11 years that it has rained during the tournament but that didn’t stop the athletes from showcasing their athleticism in the great sport of Lacrosse.

This event is carefully planned over the course of each year and takes a lot of time, effort, sponsors, and volunteers.  Yazoo was a major sponsor of the tournament and our donation helped contribute towards the $13,000+ that was paid in just referee fees alone.

For more information on the Spring Grove Lacrosse Club, please click here

        

Today, more than ever, it seems to be normal for most people to know at least one person [if not more] who’s life has been effected by some form of cancer.  Many have donated their
time, energy, and money in continuing to find a cure for those stricken by this disease.  There are many events to get involved in to help raise money and awareness for cancer.  One of those that is prominently known is Four Diamonds and their THON event.

Did you know that childhood cancer is the leading disease killer of children with over 16,000+ kids in the United States diagnosed every year?  Four Diamonds’ mission is to conquer childhood cancer through superior case studies, comprehensive support, and innovative research.

On March 3, 2017, the South Western High School students held their annual Mini-THON, a small-scale version of the Penn State THON, and joined more than 70,000 students worldwide in a powerful movement to defeat childhood cancer. Through months of planning, fundraising, and sponsorship through local companies including a donation from Yazoo Mills, at the end of
their all-night event, the students at South Western quickly learned that they had surpassed their original goal of $55,000 and revealed the total amount… $70,554.31!  We are incredibly proud of all who were involved and can’t wait to see how much they raise next year!

For more information on Four Diamonds, please click here

        

American-Made. High-Quality. Unparalleled Service.

When purchasing a product, do you ever find yourself looking at the material the product is made from?  How the quality of the products rates – does it fit your standards?  And then, do you find yourself searching the tag, label, etc. to see where the product was manufactured?  Do you look for products that are specifically made in the United States?
Let’s be honest – it’s becoming harder and harder to find products that are produced in the United States but it’s becoming more critically important to all Americans.

In today’s modern manufacturing, companies are outsourcing to other countries to cut down on their costs, which in return, typically brings down the quality and service of their products. However, that has not and will not ever be the case at Yazoo.  Our products have always been 100% American-made since 1902.  That’s over 115 years of manufacturing experience in the United States.  Our manufacturing facility, located in New Oxford, PA, continues to create more jobs within our community and offers economic growth opportunities for hard working, skilled employees.

We are proud to have our manufacturing facility located in Pennsylvania, which happens to be one of the top 25 states for manufacturing.  Over 15,000+ customers rely on Yazoo’s American-made paper tubes and cores.  With keeping our manufacturing in the United States, we are able to manufacture high-quality products, have the fastest turnaround time in the industry, and offer top-notch customer service to our customers.

          

The perfect formula for props?  High school + fall play + set design = Yazoo tubes.

Spring Grove High School, a local school in our surrounding community, was in need of some materials for their fall play called Midsummer Jersey.  Yazoo donated six tubes and the students involved in the play turned them into trees as a part of the set design.

The play was a take on William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” that takes place on the Jersey Shore.  Claire Shubert, director of the fall play, chose Midsummer Jersey and later found out that it was written by a York County native, Ken Ludwig.  She said “the students wanted a comedy and I wanted something linked to Shakespeare, so the play fit perfectly.”

Shubert also picked the play so students could learn more about Shakespeare and the 1960’s, the era the play is revolved around.  The play ran from November 18-20, 2016 and
each performance presented a packed house with laughter bouncing off of the walls.

When you hear the word “roots” your mind most likely goes immediately to “tree roots.”  A tree’s roots are the anchor to the tree in the soil and help keep it straight and stable.  Tree roots are much like company roots in the sense that they help keep the company stable while they build and have continuous growth over many, many years.

Yazoo Mills has been around for over 110 years.  The company was established in 1902 in the heartland of Yazoo City, Mississippi (hence the company name).  We started out as a Yarn and Textile Mill and eventually made our way to our current location in New Oxford, Pennsylvania.  Even during the recession, Yazoo stayed true to their employees and didn’t lay a single person off.  While many companies were struggling, Yazoo was thriving and continued to build and strengthen a successful company.

At Yazoo, we are a family-owned and operated company.  We treat everyone like family.  Our employees are what keep our roots strong and everlasting as well as help the company
continue to build towards a successful future.  While our origins still remain in Yazoo City, Mississippi – we definitely do not forget where we came from and how far we have come since the start of the company.  Make sure to always remember where you came from and how far

Make sure to always remember where you came from and how far you have come — use the past to get you towards where you want to go in the future.

“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” – James Cash Penney

“Change is the heartbeat of growth.” – Scottie Somers

      

It has been two years since Olivia’s House, a grief and loss center for children, opened their doors and hearts to the town of Hanover, PA.  Since that time, they have served over 50 families and a total of 62 children through their “Hearts Can Heal” program.  As a non-profit organization, they are not able to do all that they do without the support of many generous donors.  Yazoo Mills will become a Mortgage Angel for the second time, donating $1,500 to Olivia’s House in Hanover for the month of November 2016.

The Hanover location is located at 101 Baltimore Street and is a 15-room facility which serves to meet children’s grief and loss needs in the greater Hanover community.  Olivia’s
House offers a variety of no-cost programs and services to meet the many needs of grieving families such as Pre-Death Support, Peer Support Programs, WINGS – Social Support, Lending Library, Educational Support, Professional Adjunct Services, and Pet Loss Services.

Our donation and support will play an integral role in helping sustain central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland’s premier grief and loss center for children.

For more information on Olivia’s House and how you can help, please click here