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Great people make companies great, and we have one here at Yazoo Mills. We are a team of over 200 highly-skilled workers dedicated to providing our customers with the best quality, reliability, and customer service in the industry. We recognize that we would be nowhere without our great employees which is why we treat everyone like family.
At the close of our 120th year in business, we had the pleasure of recognizing all the contributions made by our hardworking team at our annual Christmas luncheon held at The Ballroom on Broadway in Hanover, PA. Over 185 employees gathered for a delicious luncheon catered by Hughes Meats, LLC. Additionally, each employee received a $100 gift card, a Christmas bonus, and a certificate or plaque for employees’ service tenure ranging from 5-35 years!
Thank you to our wonderful employees for making our year a success, and we look forward to a memorable 2023! 👏🏼
Yazoo Mills is excited to shine light on Tony Hammond, our Senior Network Engineer and the dedicated team member behind our IT programs!
A graduate from YTI and Elizabethtown College, Tony began his journey at Yazoo Mills in 2021 as Senior Network Engineer where he is responsible for empowering the business through technology. In his role, he manages, maintains, updates, patches, and troubleshoots our entire IT infrastructure. He provides elevated technical support across the organization by troubleshooting IT-related issues, provides technical solutions to solve problems, and streamline processes. Tony ensures we’re securely protected through proactive security measures by analyzing and responding to security threats. In addition, he establishes strategic direction for the integrity and reliability of our Information Technology practices.
Tony has been working in the Information Technology field since graduating with an associate degree in Computer Systems at YTI in 2012. With a strong passion to learn, he continued his education in 2015 by attending the adult learning program at Elizabethtown College to earn a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, just two years later. It is through his continued education and experience that he has gained a deep knowledge in areas that include: Virtual Servers, Networking & Routing, IT Security, Backup Infrastructure & Disaster Recovery, Wireless, technical infrastructure design, industry best practices, telephony systems, database administration, as well as organizational strategy and execution of IT operations.
Prior to joining Yazoo Mills, Tony managed the technology infrastructure of a large construction company with over 500 employees, 50 satellite offices, and 4 warehouses across 10 states. He also has experience in the Nonprofit, Architecture & Engineering, and Construction industries having previously held roles as an IT Technician, Network Administrator, Technology Consultant, Business Development Consultant and Systems Administrator. Through his years of knowledge and experience, Tony has been a huge asset to our team here at Yazoo Mills.
When we asked Tony why he chose Yazoo Mills, he replied “I was attracted to the opportunity for career growth, to have a seat at the decision table, and to be the driving force behind the advancement of here at Yazoo. I came for the opportunity to earn the IT Director role here.”
What Tony enjoys most about working at our company is the positive work/life balance his role provides. “I like that it’s a private company with limited ownership that understands that its people are its most important asset,” he added. “It feels good to contribute where your work is meaningful, and you matter. We have excellent leadership here.”
Outside of work, Tony lives a very active lifestyle. He’s played both Ice and Roller Hockey since the age of 7 years old. He is an avid weightlifter, having hit his 10-year anniversary. Tony loves hiking with average 15-20 miles a week, as well as board sports as he is avid skateboarder, surfer, snowboarder and more recently wakeboarder. Music and art are also a passion of his. He enjoys listening to just about every genre of music and has played guitar since the age of 13 years old. Acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano and singing are his areas of expertise. In addition to music, Tony also enjoys street art and has dabbled in the stencil graffiti style (think Banksy).
Other interesting facts you should know about Tony, is that he grew up on a horse farm in Spring Grove, PA. He knows how to ride horses, bail hay, run heavy equipment, and to be a true a farm boy. He is a distant relative of the Brothers Grimm through his father’s mother. The Brothers Grimm are German authors who published a book of folk tales in 1812 popularizing such stories as Cinderella, Hansel & Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin and more.
Our Yazoo Mills family is proud of the work Tony has continues to do for our company and we are lucky to have him! We are excited to watch Tony continue to grow professionally and help in our efforts to be the industry leader and supplier of choice for paper tubes & cores.
We are pleased to announce that Cait Naugle has joined the company as Human Resource Generalist.
Prior to joining Yazoo, Cait was a long-time bartender/server before pursuing a degree in Elementary education. She obtained all the required credits and was on the brink of beginning a student teaching program where she decided to make a career change. Cait graduated from Penn State in 2020 with a BS in Labor Employee Relations/Human Resource Management.
After earning a degree at Penn State, she went on to work as a generalist for a local paper manufacturer. In this role, she entailed recruiting, running a co-op program for paper sciences, and handled union grievance procedures. She later went on to work for one of world’s largest food retail groups in a remote position to manage its New England Health Fund, as well as two other Locals in the New England/Jersey area. Cait completed many audits of the union employee’s fringe benefits, and balanced their ledgers in a monthly process. Through her experiences working in unionized workplaces, she knew it was time to make a switch. Currently residing in the New Oxford area and having heard many great things about Yazoo, she jumped on the opportunity to apply for the open HR role.
As a HR Generalist, Cait is the direct contact for all employees to ensure they have all their questions answered. Her responsibilities expand into onboarding new employees by making sure they feel welcome and encouraged from day one. She also plans and coordinates most of the company’s yearly corporate events, in which she enjoys as it is a switch from the everyday HR duties.
In her spare time, you can find her doing something with her husband and two kids; 5-year-old son Bentley, and a 4-year-old daughter Ariel. They like to play Mario, go to the park, and watch the Netflix popular series, Stranger Things. In the rare moments that she gets to herself, Cait enjoys to go for a run or do something active outside.
Something you should know about Cait is that she is OBSESSED with anything spooky or Halloween. She could leave those decorations up all year if her husband would let her. Fun fact, she has won her neighborhood holiday decorating contest 3 years in a row! She takes her decorating very serious, lol.
Welcome to the team, Cait! We are excited to watch you thrive your role and help Yazoo to maintain its strong workforce for providing our customers with fast, friendly, and hassle-free service.
Yazoo Mills is pleased to announce that Sam Clark, CSP, has joined the company as Occupational Safety & Health Manager.
Sam brings more than 30 years of industrial experience to the team, including global experience with safety cultures throughout different countries. In his role at Yazoo, he will be responsible for assisting our company in the development of a world-class safety culture to improve the health and well-being of our employees and to help the business be even more sustainable in our future growth.
Sam brings a passion and commitment to finding safer ways of working, which he established through his previous role and continued education. He began with self-education to enhance his skills by completing over 364-hours of training programs and earning over 30 certifications through OSHAcademy. Sam attended Columbia Southern University (CSU) to pursue a bachelor of science degree in Occupational Safety and Health and earned his Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation. Later, he earned the highest certification as a safety professional by becoming a Certified Safety Professional (CSP)—a six-month process, ending with a 5 ½ hour exam that tests your knowledge on standards, regulations, management principles and many other categories within the safety profession.
When asked why he chose Yazoo, he replied with “after working with global organizations, I’ve had the privilege to travel around the world and learn about different safety cultures. When I made the decision to start looking for another adventure, two things pulled me closer into taking this step toward Yazoo. First, it’s a family-business atmosphere, that after working for big corporations for most of my career, was the change I was looking for. Second, after touring the facility, I saw the people and the work that I immediately knew this was the place for me and the people I wanted to work with to help improve their already growing process. There are many great things happening here at Yazoo Mills and I wanted to be a part of the team to help build a safety culture, which could help them take the next step in being the best in the business.”
Sam added, “the short time I have been at Yazoo Mills has encouraged me as a safety professional, I have seen other team members come together and get involved. “Change is never an easy thing, but the progress made by many of the team members is encouraging and I look forward to the future as we continue to improve.”
What does Sam do when he’s not at work, he replied with “as many of us in the tri-state area, I like spending time in the outdoors. Sitting out in the woods and enjoying the quietness with nature is my favorite past time. I like kayaking during the summer months as this can also be a peaceful time surrounded by nature. The latest adventure and passion are wines, it has become a dream of mine to have my own little winery as a retirement project. After spending time traveling up and down the East coast and to other countries overseas, trying many varieties of different wines. I have recently started making my own and also have planted my own little vineyard which is two years old.”
Fun fact about Sam, he used to bowl on 10 pin leagues over the years. He has bowled three perfect 300 games, which he has rings and awards from the bowling association.
Welcome to the team, Sam! We are excited to watch as you hit the ground running and bring new, innovative ideas to improve our workplace safety.
Yazoo Mills, Inc., America’s largest family-owned and operated manufacturers of paper tubes and cores, is proud to reach its historical mark of 120 years in business and continued growth.
What began as a yarn and textile mill in Yazoo City, Mississippi in 1902, the company has grown to become the largest privately owned paper tube and core manufacturer in the country. In its early years, Yazoo produced its own cores to wind rope and twine. After a move to New York in 1928, Hanover in 1936, and a change to ownership in 1961, Yazoo dedicated all manufacturing to the paper tube and core industry. To this day, Yazoo continues to manufacture 100% recycled products and is the supplier of choice for a wide range of industries, ranging from tapes, labels and flexible packaging, to plastics, papers, films, foams, wires, reels, and more.
In our 120th year, the company continues to grow with the latest expansion of its 2nd plant in Hanover, PA. Completed in spring of 2022, the 60,000 SF of additional manufacturing and warehouse space in response to the growing demand for the company’s products and services. Yazoo Mills now operates two state-of-the-art facilities totaling 300,000 square feet. In addition, we have begun to expand its production capacity with the installation of several automated machines and increased its workforce to more than 200 employees.
Yazoo Mills is exceptionally proud to have reached this momentous milestone, and they’ve dedicated this success to their customers, partners, and all employees—past and present. Over the course of the year, we are paying homage to this unyielding support and years in business through a company hardback history book, commemorative logos, updated facility signage, events and tradeshows, and employee appreciation activities throughout the year. Yazoo Mills looks forward to continued success and many more years of offering a quality product made in the USA.
We are pleased to announce and welcome Chad Cameron to Yazoo Mills as Data Analyst. Chad brings to the team more than 20 years of analytical experience.
Prior to joining Yazoo, Chad was a Statistical Analyst for the Baltimore County Police Department where he had been since 2001. In this position, Chad worked in a team that handled all data-related requests for the department. These requests could range from statistical reports for upper management, to data/information-related assistance in actual criminal investigations.
In his new role, Chad will maintain and update machine data to ensure the accuracy and completion of all data that is collected. This is part of the quality team who use analytical techniques in order to lower waste and reduce downtime. In addition, Chad works on developing and designing tools to assist processes at Yazoo. When asked what made him apply at Yazoo, he replied “two answers; quality and stability.”
Yazoo’s atmosphere and culture are what he likes best about working at Yazoo. He says “The people have been great to work with and the work has been challenging.” Outside of work, Chad invests his time in his family, his church and his community. He leads a weekly children’s program during the school year, coaches youth sports, and likes to read books during lunch breaks. The books he prefers most are non-fiction, theory-based that make you think. In addition, Chad works a second job on nights and weekends in the area of sports statistics.
A fun fact about Chad, is he enjoys visiting National Parks. Death Valley is his favorite so far!
Welcome to the team, Chad! We are excited to see you put your knowledge and experience to work to help Yazoo continue to be the industry leader and supplier of choice for paper tubes & cores.
Yazoo Mills is pleased to announce the promotion of Rob Rummel to Project Coordinator. In his new role, Rob will be a driving force behind the success of all key projects from start to finish—including research, planning, scheduling, and communication.
A graduate from Millersville University with a bachelor’s degree in Technology Education, Rummel joined Yazoo in 2019 on the front lines of the Winding Department. In a short period following, he moved on to the back lines within the department to produce small ID stock paper cores & tubes and became part of the company’s Concerns Suggestions & Improvement (CSI) program. In addition to his experience at Yazoo, Rummel worked for his father’s business, Rummel Pattern Works, before and after college. The company built various fixtures and tooling for the local manufacturing industry, and gained much experience in a field many people are unfamiliar with. Along with his extensive industry knowledge and education, Rummel’s work ethic, drive, organization and communication skills are among the key components that led to this advancement.
“Communication is everything,” says Rob. “As project coordinator, I strive for clear and concise communication as it’s critical to ensure all areas of a project, whether large or small, stay on track.”
When asked what he likes most about Yazoo, Rummel says “Several things. First, I like the culture. I feel like Yazoo combines futuristic thinking and new technology with old-world values. I feel like this is one of the few companies left, that still takes care of their employees and is genuinely appreciative of their efforts; as well as concerned for their well-being.” Rummel adds, “I feel like they also have a very solid foundation and make smart, sound decisions. They’ve been around for 120 years for a reason.”
Outside of work, Rob cherishes spending time with his family, enjoying the outdoors, going on walks, dining out when possible, and exploring his lifelong interests in woodworking and the paranormal. He enjoys the on-going home projects—many of which can be viewed on his YouTube Channel, “The Shop.” Rob has built 90% of the furniture in his own home, including kitchen cabinets, built-in storage units, head-boards, dining tables, full size beds, tobacco pipes, urns, and many other varieties of things.
Congratulations on your promotion, Rob! We are excited to watch you grow and take Yazoo’s projects to new heights.
Effective leaders are essential to any organization. Not only do they help build strong teams, they also ensure projects are performed successfully and customers’ expectations for quality and reliability are always met. They create confidence among employees and encourage a professional and positive environment. All are reflective to the leadership team here at Yazoo Mills!
As we enter our 120th year of business, we’re excited to announce four leadership team members who were promoted to Directors of their respective departments. Proven leaders with decades of experience, the leadership changes reflect a formal alignment of the team’s individual strengths to support the company’s long-term strategic plan.
Michell Trish is promoted to Director of Accounting & Administration. Michell, who has been with the company for 35 years and previously served as the company’s Controller, will oversee human resources, accounting, and information technology functions of the business.
Richard Smarsh is promoted to Director of Facilities, Maintenance, & Safety. Richard, who joined our company in 2013 and previously served as Project and Facilities Manager, will direct all facility maintenance, improvement projects, new construction, and occupational health & safety programs. He will also develop key people for future growth and incorporate continuous improvement within these areas of the business.
Steve McMaster is promoted to Director of Manufacturing. Steve, a 39-year veteran who previously served as Plant Manager, will oversee all manufacturing operations for both the New Oxford and Hanover production facilities that total 300,000 square feet. He will supervise production and collaborate with department supervisors to strategize techniques in maximizing productivity and efficiency, and monitor the adequacy of supply inventories.
Chris Evans is promoted to North American Sales Director. Chris, who joined our company in 2017 and previously served as Sales Manager, oversees the sales and customer service teams to ensure customer’s goals are met and exceeded through our products and services. He will continue his responsibilities for driving and expanding business by directing the sales team as well as implementing sales strategies to maximize the use of existing data in our systems and develop new territories & markets.
Each member has played an essential role in the company’s success and growth. They are among our top-level leadership group that worked together as a team and advanced through progressively more responsible positions during their tenure. Sharing our organization’s mission and values, they look to continue with the organization’s forward-thinking vision to provide our customers with the best of the best, create an experience that builds long-lasting relationships, and direction among our nearly 200 employees.
Congratulations to Michell, Richard, Steve and Chris on your well-deserved promotions. We are grateful and proud to have you part of the Yazoo team, our 120-year journey, and we look forward to your continued leadership and drive in maintaining Yazoo Mills as the supplier of choice for years to come!
We are pleased to announce and welcome back Aaron Long as Marketing Coordinator at Yazoo Mills.
Prior to attending college in 2002, Aaron had worked as a summer helper in the recut department at Yazoo’s New Oxford facility. In 2006, his passion for creativity and problem solving began. He attended Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts where he earned a degree in specialized technology.
Aaron brings to his role more than fourteen years’ experience in design and marketing. He’s held several key roles with the most recent as director of marketing for a local professional services firm. During his tenure there, he organized all marketing activities including the development and delivery of a fully integrated marketing strategy. This helped to align and support sales goals across the company’s supporting divisions.
As a key member of Yazoo’s growing team, Aaron looks to apply his years of marketing expertise to continue to grow the organization as the industry leader and supplier of choice for paper tubes & cores!
“Joining Yazoo Mills was a great opportunity to continue my professional career as a marketer, work closer to my family, and to be part of a family-owned company with a strong 120-year history that operates with honesty and integrity. It felt like the perfect fit to join a team of dedicated employees. Employees who are always willing to help, are aligned with the same goal to always strive for excellence, and the company’s consistent appreciation for their employees and customers. I’m thrilled to be part of the excitement here at Yazoo and look forward to continued success and growth!”
Outside of work, his greatest joy is time spent with family, especially his wife of 10 years, Ashlee, two children (7-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter), and Yorkshire Terrier. He always looks forward to watching his son compete in sports, daughter’s dance recitals, family adventures and game nights. Aside from family time, Aaron also enjoys staying active with running, coaching, golfing, fishing, and tackling at-home projects.
A few fun facts about Aaron:
Welcome back to the team, Aaron. We are happy to have you and excited to watch you excel in your new role!
Yazoo Mills continues to see growth and is expanding its Maintenance department with the hiring of Don Parks as Maintenance Supervisor.
Parks joins Yazoo Mills following a Maintenance Planner/Lead role at a local Agribusiness. His background in hydraulics, robotics, programming, planning and electrical troubleshooting provides him the skillsets needed to further expand the servicing of production machines to minimize down-time. Parks will collaborate with his team and other departments related to equipment/facility maintenance and focus on implementing improvements to position Yazoo as the industry leader in manufacturing paper tubes and cores.
When asked why he applied to Yazoo, he replied with “I applied to Yazoo because I knew the company would open up opportunities to me that I did not think would be open any time soon at my former employer. Yazoo is always striving for more in every aspect – with their employees, customers and facilities. They truly are a great company to work for!”
In his spare time, you can find Don spending time with his wife and four kids, watching his kids play baseball and softball, listening to audio books, learning to play new instruments, fishing, hiking and playing video games with his kids.
A few fun facts about Parks:
• Can play guitar, piano, bass and is learning to play the drums
• Attended college as a music major but dropped out because he couldn’t get over stage fright
• Makes his own arrows and shoots a recurve bow without sights
Welcome to the team, Don! We are excited to watch you hit the ground running and bring new, innovative ideas to our Maintenance department.