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We would like to extend a warm welcome to Jen Warner who joins our front office staff as Yazoo’s Receptionist.
Warner has a long history of working in customer service and making sure that customers are taken care of. Her background includes working for United Airlines handling calls for travel agents and as well as their international desk. And more recently, she worked for the corporate travel industry for 25 years. During her tenure in the travel industry, she learned how to become a pro multi-tasker as it is very fast paced and lots of changes and moving parts happening.
In need of a change, Warner decided to apply at Yazoo not only because of her background in customer service but because she has always heard great things about family-owned business. She knew instantly, it would be a great fit for her. In her current role as Receptionist, she handles answering the phones and transferring them to the correct party, pricing orders accordingly by order size, price piece, etc. and handles the online stock mailing tube orders that come in through our website and various other channels.
What does she like best about working at Yazoo? “Everyone is wonderful to work with. The family atmosphere is great – you’re not treated like a number, rather a person that they get to know and appreciate. Yazoo is very gracious to their employees and I’m fortunate to work here.”
In her spare time, you can find her spending time with her husband and kids (ages 22 and 17), chasing her two English Springer Spaniel’s around, whipping up new recipes and cheering on the Denver Broncos and New York Rangers.
A few fun facts about Jen:
• Her very first flight was an economy seat from Newark, NJ to London on Virgin Atlantic
• She loves all things crime and murder mysteries
• Lived for playing softball and basketball as a kid
Welcome to the team, Jen! We are happy to have you and your cheerful personality on our team!
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.
We are pleased to announce the hiring of Judy Rang as our new Human Resources Director.
Prior to coming to Yazoo, Judy worked for a business solutions provider in Cockeysville, MD as an HR manager, previously owned an HR consulting firm and is a certified HR professional. With her roots planted in PA, she was eager to find a job near her hometown. Our family-owned business that is well respected nationwide really grabbed her attention and ultimately led to her applying for the position.
As our Human Resources Director, Judy is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating the administrative functions related to employment and safety. As our company is continuing to grow, she has already been busy at work coordinating recruiting efforts to find the right leaders that will help take our company to the next level in manufacturing. What does she like most about Yazoo? She says “The people, everyone is friendly and so willing to step in and help.”
In her spare time, you can find her spending time with her husband and three sons (29, 22, and 17), enjoying the great outdoors, traveling to the beach, being a “baseball Mom” and being a health coach that helps individuals meet (as well as exceed) their health and wellness goals. Her husband just bought a Harley so she is looking forward to warmer weather and a lot of Sunday drives.
Welcome aboard, Judy! We are thrilled to have you on our team and can’t wait to watch you excel in your new role!
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.
With our company continuing to grow, we are finding our sales department doing the same. Our continuous growth has allowed us to expand our footprint and grow our outside sales team to be able to continue providing a high-level of service and exceptional product offerings to over 15,000+ customers nationwide.
We are pleased to announce the hiring of Ray LaBonte, to our Outside Sales team as the Director of Sales – Eastern U.S. Ray’s extensive background, personality and goals align with our vision and values here at Yazoo. A 45-year veteran in the paper tube and core industry with several companies, Ray brings extensive knowledge, development and success to our team.
In his new position, Ray is responsible for growing business in small to medium sized companies in the Eastern U.S. territory. Through new and existing relationships, Ray develops strategic innovation to help customers grow their business and focuses on finding solutions with Yazoo’s products that will allow companies profitable and sustainable growth.
What led Ray to Yazoo? He says “I’ve always heard good things about Yazoo’s family-owned culture, integrity within the marketplace, quality and customer service. What also drew me to Yazoo was how customer-focused they are – they have a strong commitment and dedication to their customers. Yazoo is truly passionate about finding innovative solutions that work for the customer. The culture, values and how focused they are on their employees showed a solid, devoted-team that is continuing to grow and I’m proud to say that I’m part of the team!”
Fun facts about Ray:
Welcome to the Yazoo team, Ray! We’re excited to watch you grow with our company!
When looking for a new employee to join our amazing team, we make sure we take our time to find the perfect fit, not only for our company but also our customers. It’s important to us to find a teammate who has the drive, determination, compassion and knowledge to allow us to continue giving the best service, experience and products to our valued customers. We are pleased to announce the hiring of Celsea Weaver, who has joined our Customer Service Department.
Celsea, a graduate from Millersville University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, joins our growing team as a new Customer Service Representative. Prior to coming to Yazoo, Celsea worked as a Branch Manager at a local staffing agency. During her tenure there, she worked diligently to place temporary and temp-to-hire staff at local manufacturing facilities. From interviews to placed advertisements to delegating tasks to her recruiters, she’s well-rounded when it comes to customer service.
As a Customer Service Representative for Yazoo, she is responsible for entering custom, stock and purchase orders as well as handling customer inquiries about orders. Additionally, she is taking on a temporary role as Receptionist which includes directing phone calls, handling incoming PO’s, entering website, eBay and Amazon orders, assisting customer inquiries, pricing orders, and preparing sales quotes and catalogs for mailing purposes.
Celsea mentions that she has always heard great things about Yazoo Mills and when she saw the job opening posted, she knew she had to jump on it to continue her career in Customer Service with an extremely reputable company. When asked what she likes most about working at Yazoo, she says “I really enjoy the atmosphere. Everyone is friendly and very welcoming. I also feel extremely valued as a team member which says a lot about a company.”
In her spare time, you can find her socializing with her fiancé, friends and family members. She has a dog named Sam who takes many adventures with her and her fiancé from playing and going on walks to exploring new places. Additionally, she likes to listen to music, shop and decorate her home. When asked if she wanted to share anything else, she continued to say “There are quite a few local manufacturing facilities that I am familiar with from my previous employer that placed orders with Yazoo Mills. It’s great to see local businesses supporting each other. Being familiar with these businesses also helps me understand how many different uses tubes and cores can really have!”
Welcome to the Yazoo team, Celsea! We are super excited to have you join our company as well as continue to watch you succeed in your role!
We’ve been the industry leader in paper tubes and cores for over 117 years which means we have many systems and processes in place and they continue to be the building blocks of our company. With the business market constantly evolving, Yazoo recognizes that ongoing system development is the key to continuous learning, growth and improvement of our successful business. Meet Ryland Moyar | Yazoo’s newest team member with the role of the Process Improvement Coordinator.
Prior to joining Yazoo, Ryland worked for a global technology company as a Product Development Designer and the Six Sigma/Lean Specialist roles. He is certified in the application of Six Sigma, LEAN, 8D, PROSCI Change Management and Kepner Tregoe Problem Solving, which he has used to lead over 100 change events within his career. Ryland has his Associate’s degree in Specialized Technology from York Technical Institute and is currently finishing up with Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University.
In his new role, he will assist Yazoo’s employees by leading change activities to align our business objectives with customer requirements and their efforts. He will interact and collaborate by providing training and driving the improvement opportunities through the use of LEAN and Six Sigma methodologies. When asked what made him apply at Yazoo, he replied “I made the decision based off of the care and compassion I noticed from the leadership to all employees. I heard great things and know that this company is a desirable place to work that fosters engagement and compassion for all aspects of our organization.”
Yazoo’s atmosphere and culture are what he likes best about working at Yazoo. He says “It is very customer focused, which allows me to feel that I can impact the outcome to our customer in a beneficial way.” In his spare time, you can find Ryland spending time with his fiancé, two children (9yr old son and 1.5yr old daughter), hiking around local lakes, enjoying an occasional kayak trip and immersing himself in fine furniture carpentry with plans to start learning blacksmithing.
Welcome to the team, Ryland! We are excited to see you put your knowledge and experience to work at Yazoo!
We’ve been in business since 1902 and we are STILL growing, more and more each year. With our continuous growth, we are pleased to announce the hiring of Claire Alexander, who has joined our Order Prep Department. Claire, a graduate from Shippensburg University with a degree in Geography/Surveying/Data Collecting & Processing, joins the Yazoo team as the new Document Preparation Specialist.
Before coming to Yazoo, Claire worked for a student loan company in customer service and a Navy support center as a Contract Digitizing Technician. Her knowledge, background and persistence helped pave the way for her new role with our company. As a Document Preparation Specialist, Claire is responsible for pulling orders from the dashboard to prepare them for production, cross-checking all of the important details such as order specs, shipping requests, payment information and packaging specifications. Once she has everything filled in, she prints a production order along with any specs that show the complete order details and shipping labels, then hands them over to the scheduler so they can get the production process started.
For Claire, she applied at Yazoo for a chance at a new experience. She saw an opportunity to gain new skills, be a part of an amazing company and have a much closer drive to home. She enjoys the people she gets to work with. Claire said “Everyone is friendly and willing to help if I have a question and it seems like everyone is on the same track of working together in order to keep the business in proper functioning order.” She also enjoys getting to learn a job that is new and different, feels appreciated by management which was hard to come by at her previous jobs, and the overall friendliness atmosphere that Yazoo presents. Claire continues to say “The pleasantries go a long way here – whether that’s a friendly hello in the morning or someone complimenting how great of a job you’re doing.”
In her spare time, you can find Claire buried in a good book, playing video games or watching a show. She enjoys having board game and cocktail nights with friends, spending time with her husband and playing with their two cats and two dogs. Congrats and welcome aboard, Claire. We’re excited to have you be a part of our team!
We are pleased to announce the recent hiring of Mark Staub to the position of Order Prep at our Hanover Distribution Center. For 8 years, Mark was living in the Pittsburgh area and attended Robert Morris University for Sports Management and eventually found his way back to the area. Mark comes to us from a local headwear manufacturer, where he was a distinguished Shipping Associate, prepping finished orders to be shipped to customers and making sure his department maintained a high-level of customer service.
In his new role of Order Prep at Yazoo, Mark prepares customer orders to be pushed through to production. He checks rates, figures out how the order will ship, prints packaging labels, prints the customer specification sheet to attach to the order and then sends the order through to the plant. He also enters job orders for stock replenishment. What drew him to apply at Yazoo was his neighbor, who also is a Yazoo employee, was very enthusiastic about working here and encouraged him to apply. Mark said “I feel like if a person is really trying to get you to work where he/she is, then there is a pretty good reason to also want to work there.”
When asked what he likes most about Yazoo, he replied “I genuinely do enjoy the people I work with and who I work for. While I do get busy quite often, what I like most is that when I clock out, I’m done. I’m fortunate enough to say that my work ‘doesn’t follow me home.’ The pay is also super sweet – the best in the area, by far!” In his spare time, you can find Mark chasing around his three kids, spending time with his wife, playing the card game called Pitch and going to see a good movie in theaters.
Welcome to the team, Mark – We’re excited to watch you grow with our company!