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.

   

Yazoo’s Sales Department provides top-notch service to all customers, big or small. Our team focuses on your pain points and delivers innovative solutions to help make operations more efficient.

We are happy to announce that Wanda Bankert has been promoted to Lead Sales Representative. Wanda has been with Yazoo for 22 years and has been helping our sales department flourish ever since she started with the company. In her new role, she will be assisting the Sales department with any customer, Epicor and operational questions as well as communicating with new and existing customers to discuss their needs and find solutions fit for them, provide quote pricing and lead times and assist customers with the appropriate product selection that is beneficial for their company and customer’s needs.

The family-owned and friendly atmosphere is what she enjoys most about Yazoo. The secret to her 22-year tenure? She says “I enjoy helping customers with their tube and core requirements as well as the generous pay and benefits Yazoo has to offer!”

In her spare time, you can find her spending time with her grandson and family and going antique shopping. A hidden talent of hers? Well, I guess you can say finding new wineries that have great wine — we will call her an amateur wine connoisseur.

Congrats on your promotion, Wanda! We know you are going to help take our Sales Department to the next level!

     

Yazoo is proud to announce Kevin Boyer’s advancement to Electrical Controls and Automation Technician.

Boyer joined Yazoo’s Maintenance Department in 2018 as a Maintenance Mechanic. Within a year, he was quickly promoted to Maintenance Lead. Although Kevin has only been with Yazoo for three short years, his technical ability and innovative mindset has led him to this current promotion.

In his new position, his main focus will be the automation and electrical side of Maintenance. He will be working on various automation projects, updating and backing up current systems, helping maintenance with electrical needs and collaborating with his department to maintain equipment efficiency throughout the plant that leads to reducing machine down time and maintenance costs.

Why Yazoo? Boyer says “I like Yazoo’s willingness to invest in innovation which allows me to create new ways of doing things with the use of technology.”

In his spare time, you can find him spending time with his family, finding new trails to hike and reading. Fun fact – in 2020, Kevin read 64 (mostly nonfiction) books!

Congrats on your promotion, Kevin! We are excited to watch you grow and take Yazoo’s Maintenance Department to the next level!

   

We are proud to announce that Jesse Smith has been promoted to Winding Manager at Yazoo Mills, Inc.

Smith joined Yazoo Mills in 2012 and initially started as a nightshift winding operator. Over the years, he transitioned into new roles that gave him opportunities to grow as a person as well as bring new ideas to help Yazoo continue to evolve as the industry leader. During his tenure at Yazoo, Smith has shown a tremendous amount of leadership, dedication and integrity, all of which have led to his current promotion.

In his new position, he oversees the entire Winding Department of two shifts and 15 winding lines. In addition, Jesse manages the stock label core program, works with customers on custom printed labels and liners, oversees management of winding inventory, orders raw material and ensures that his team is working efficiently while maintaining a high-level of quality assurance.

Smith looks forward to collaborating with his department as well as the management team on implementing more technology to allow Yazoo to continue bringing innovative solutions to help solve problems for our customers, allowing them to improve their processes.

     

Think about how your relationship is with your current supplier – are they meeting your needs and providing exactly what you are looking for? Do they communicate transparently from the beginning of your interaction and throughout? A great supplier relationship is a human relationship, not a digital one. Yazoo’s people-centric atmosphere focuses on our relationships and interactions with our employees and customers, allowing us to be the best we can be.

At Yazoo Mills, we give our customers more. We have been defining industry standards for over 118 years with top-notch quality and service that is second to none. Our team of 150+ highly-skilled employees are constantly evolving and improving our process to provide the best products for our customers. We work with you and for you; finding your pain points and providing custom solutions fit to your needs. As a powerhouse company, we collaborate together to offer innovative solutions to help increase your productivity; keeping you ahead of the competition.

Our family-owned business has your goals at our core. We believe in treating our partners and customers exactly how we would like to be treated in regards to honesty, responsiveness, follow-through and going the extra mile to ensure that their needs and desires are met. When you choose Yazoo, you get more the just paper tubes and cores – you get a partnership you can trust and a company that helps you see beyond today to tomorrow and the future.

Over 15,000 customers collaborate with us – are you ready to make the switch? Let the supplier of choice power your business.

   

Layke Ensor is a driven individual who is passionate about helping out his teammates and leading them to achieve daily success within their roles. An energetic employee who leads by example, Layke embodies Yazoo’s mission, vision and values and strives each day to continue helping Yazoo be the leader in the paper tube and core industry.

Manufacturing has always been in Layke’s blood – he previously worked for a local manufacturer as a forklift driver, material handler and production operator. Eight years ago, Layke set out on his journey here at Yazoo Mills on 2nd shift as a Winding Operator. He then transferred to a 1st shift Winding Operator position then floater and was recently promoted to his most current role as a Lead in the Winding department.

As a Lead, Layke is focused on learning the supervisory role as he manages six employees and their respective machines, helps maintain efficiency, collaborates with his teammates on innovative solutions and maintains integrity day in and day out.

Layke contributes his tenure to enjoying his job and the family atmosphere here at Yazoo; a home away from home, where everyone has each other’s backs. The ability to be able to teach the younger employees and keeping the company’s goals at the forefront are what motivates him.

In his spare time, you will find Layke pulling his camper to a new site to enjoy the outdoors with his wife and five kids as well as locating a cool, new hiking trail that allows them to explore and create memories.

Congrats on your job promotion, Layke! We know that you will shine in your new role!

   

We are proud to announce that Norma Myers has been promoted to Supervisor in the Recut Department.  During her 29-year tenure at Yazoo Mills, she has held numerous positions in the Recut Department starting out as a packer and working her way into her most current role as a Supervisor. Myers came to Yazoo with a manufacturing background, which is an industry she has always enjoyed working in.

In her new role, she manages 13 employees in the automatic recutter area.  She ensures that her team is continuously checking quality, maintaining productivity and moving work around for her department to remain as efficient as possible.

She says “I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for my team members and keeping the ‘never stop learning’ mentality. Yazoo has given me opportunities to learn and train which in return allows me to contribute to helping our customers receive the best quality products in the industry.”

The advice she would give to our younger workers? She says “Be open-minded and grow with the company. If you are willing to apply yourself, future opportunities will present themselves.  Be prepared to adapt and look for ways to continue helping the company evolve. Never be afraid to share an idea.”

Fun fact:

Question: If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
Norma: I would definitely fly back to Vegas with my sister to explore the city and try my luck at a few games to hopefully win big!

We are proud to have Norma on our team and look forward to watching her lead continue to lead the Recut department to success. Congrats, Norma!

     

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Chris Evans to Sales Manager at Yazoo Mills.  Chris joined our company in 2017 as an Outside Sales Representative, responsible for creating new business within the East Coast. He assumes his new role from Sharon Smith, who has spent more than 40 years at Yazoo Mills and will continue working as a Key Account Manager.

With his BA from Rowan University and over 20 years of experience in the tube and core industry, Chris’ knowledge and innovative ideas will help our customers be able to continue to dominate their market.  In his new role, he is responsible 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 and markets.

When asked what he’s looking forward to in his new role, he said “Making a difference to my team, increasing the company’s revenues, impacting Yazoo with my industry knowledge and experience and helping our customers continue operating successfully in their industries.” He continues to say “I like the way Yazoo runs its family-owned business and the way they appreciate their customers and employees. I’m glad to have found my home here.”

Congrats on the promotion, Chris. We’re excited to watch you excel in your new role!

     

Grief (n): deep sorrow, especially that’s caused by someone’s death.

It’s all around us and is inevitable but we still never think it’s going to happen to someone we know.  The heartbreak of grief can sometimes seem unbearable, especially to children who have a hard time understanding the “why.”  Olivia’s House provides a safe haven for children, teens and their families who are grieving the loss of a loved one.  Their organization remains the first of its kind in the Hanover, York and surrounding areas and continues to help over thousands of children and families at no-cost for over 20 years!

At Yazoo, we view our philanthropic efforts as investments to enhance the quality of life of people and non-profit organizations.  We recognize that our contributions will help these organizations maintain and expand their services, with our gift touching the lives of many.  Which is exactly why we have been partnering with Olivia’s House for many, many years as a Mortgage Angel, Walk to Remember sponsor, WINGS program sponsor and more.

In a letter from Leslie Delp, Founder and Bereavement Specialist, she says “Please accept a big HUG from all the folks at Olivia’s House as we received your generous gift of $10,000 to support the WINGS program and the children’s bereavement programs at Olivia’s House!”  She continues to say “Our mission is almost two decades young! Everything we do to support children and their families after the death of someone they love is only possible because people like you reach their hands out to help us in this way!”

A portion of Yazoo’s $10,000 donation was put to use as a Gold Sponsor for their Walk to Remember event and for their Holly Jolly holiday party at Heritage Hills which helped families face the holidays with grace and confidence.  We are thankful to have such a wonderful organization in our area to help children and families who are grieving and look forward to continuing our partnership with Olivia’s House!

We are pleased to announce the recent hiring of Sara Snyder to the position of Document Preparation Specialist at our Hanover Distribution Center.  Sara, a graduate from Towson University, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business and a Minor in Spanish.  Previously, she worked as an Operations Assistant for MassMutual in Savannah, GA where she was in charge of the entire application process for various financial and insurance products for the Financial Advisors.  Sara is no stranger to Yazoo – she was hired temporarily to fill a Data Entry position and applied with hopes that a permanent position would become available.

In her new role at Yazoo, Sara prepares customer orders to be pushed through production.  She determines how orders are going to ship based on customer requests, packaging specifications, weight and footage and then proceeds to send the orders out to the plant.  Additionally, she creates the jobs to replenish the paper tube and core products for Yazoo’s stock programs.

The company culture that Yazoo provides definitely helps Sara feel like she belongs.  “The atmosphere here is wonderful.  Everyone is friendly, has a good attitude about work and is proud of what they do.  They are quick to compliment a job well done or help with any questions as I continue learning a new position”, she says.  When Sara isn’t at Yazoo, you can find her spending time outside with her husband and dog, being a weekend-warrior and taking road trips, renovating their camper/future tiny home, traveling abroad when opportunities arise and getting her hands on all things DIY.

Welcome to the Yazoo team, Sara – we’re happy to have you and excited to watch you grow with our company!