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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.
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.
We live in a world where we see celebrities or high-profile people getting custom clothes made, custom homes being built, custom cars being designed; the list goes on and on with the main focus being on the single word custom. The word “custom” usually tends to scare people away and typically their eyes (+ minds) see multiple dollar signs and excessive lead-times that send you into the next year. However, custom shouldn’t be a scary word as it is meant to be tailored to be exactly what you want.
When looking to get something custom-made, keep in mind that not all products are made equally. You need to make sure that you do your research on the company you are looking at having make custom products/items for you. When something is custom-made, you do not want to try to cut corners.
At Yazoo, we recognize that everyone needs something different – whether that be a specific I.D., wall thickness, length, etc. We manufacture our products to fit your specifications so you get exactly what you want and need. Not only do our products improve the way you do business, they also provide a peace of mind with our superior strength and top-notch quality, coupled with the fastest lead-times in the industry. We also offer a variety of cost-effective custom capabilities to help your business grow. We help take the guessing game out of what you need. Our knowledgeable Sales team is made up of innovative thinkers + problem-solvers. We’re the paper tube + core experts… discover the difference with us!
At Yazoo, we’re more than just paper tubes and cores. We’re building relationships. Day in and day out, Yazoo is committed to delivering the best paper tubes and cores to our customers. We operate 100% in the United States and are extremely proud of our American roots. Since our beginning in 1902, we’ve been manufacturing American-made products that continue to exceed customer’s expectations.
Yazoo is an American-made company with over 150+ highly skilled employees who have complete control over the entire manufacturing process which results in top-notch quality that cannot be matched by outsourcing. Our high-quality products allow your operations to decrease downtime and increase ROI. All of our raw materials are also manufactured in the U.S. which brings us to quality control. Our quality control system provides assurance that the material used continues to meet the physical, chemical, functional, visual and dimensional requirements needed for our customers.
We are able to provide innovative solutions to our customers nationwide and meet even their stringent requirements. Our speed-to-market of 48-hours is second to none which is one of the many reasons we remain the industry leader. At Yazoo, we’re more than just paper tubes and cores. We’re constantly evolving and improving our process to give the best results to our customers. We achieve this by reinvesting in our people, equipment and company. We’re proud of our American business and look forward to continue helping businesses succeed!
Now, more than ever, paper cores play an essential role to many businesses across the world. Cores are the starting point for industries such as health care/pharmaceutical, flexible packaging, tape and label, government support, textiles, printing/graphics, converters and many more. While some might not realize the value paper cores contribute, something so trivial can impact your operations – because without a core, companies wouldn’t be able to convert their material – leaving us without tape, labels, packaging, etc.
Businesses are adjusting to the ever-changing conditions in today’s world and some are even shifting their focus to help battle the extreme shortage of products, causing them to step in and step up to fill numerous voids. For example, distilleries are switching from making their beloved spirits to utilizing their tools and operations to manufacture hand sanitizer. This causes a need for labels to be mass produced as their main product has changed. Our speed-to-market has certainly helped out an abundance of companies who have shifted their regular production to manufacture essential products. Our customers have a huge advantage as Yazoo has the fastest turnaround times in the industry, allowing businesses to be able to mass produce without ever getting low on inventory, expanding their ROI exponentially.
Yazoo’s stock core program of over 3 million paper cores in-stock at all times is allowing essential businesses to maintain their production at full-capacity. Being focused on the customer experience has been a part of our fabric for decades. At Yazoo, we work for you. We are constantly engaging with our customers to help them find easier ways to ramp up their production with our innovative solutions. Our team of highly-skilled employees work hard to continue supporting your operations and deliver products that exceed your expectations.
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!
At some point in your life you have more than likely wrapped a present, painted a room, boxed up a package you were sending to a relative across the world or had to fix a hole in a camping tent. So, what do all of these actions have in common? Tape, of course! Each one of those actions needs tape of some sort to complete. Whether that is packaging tape, painter’s tape, duct tape or just regular transparent tape.
In 1845, surgeon, Dr. Horace Day, invented tape for the first time. His type of “tape” was used as bandages for his patients. In 1925, Richard Drew invented masking tape to help solve the problem of paint bleeding through while shops were applying paint to new vehicles. In 1942, duct tape was invented during World War II as American soldiers needed a strong and versatile adhesive for everything from repairing broken windows to making temporary bandages.
As you can see, the tape industry has evolved tremendously since its beginning. Now, there are essentially endless options for consumers to choose from. The entertainment industry is hugely known for using all types of tape. Artists rely on their crew to use tape to temporarily hold light fixtures, hold down wire and cable path cords, marking and labeling equipment and using caution tape to mark off areas that should be avoided. Tape has evolved so much that a wide variety of colors are used to differentiate certain actions, glow-in-the-dark options are available to mark the stage so artists know where to go during each set as well as marking dark areas back stage. Tape, at some point, is used in every single industry from medical, arts, sports, packaging, automobiles – you name it. But it takes a high-quality paper core to ensure that it can hold the material that is being converted on to that. Because without a core, companies wouldn’t be able to convert their material, leaving us tape-less.
That’s where Yazoo comes into play. We’re recognized as the supplier of choice among all tape companies across the nation. Tape manufacturers have strict guidelines and rely on Yazoo to meet their specifications. Our ability to hold a tight tolerance remains very consistent, allowing companies to gang cores together on their slitters which lets them be more efficient with their runs. At Yazoo, we are proudly proving every day that our products exceed expectation, no matter what industry you’re in. We deliver innovative solutions to help support your customer’s needs. See what Yazoo Mills can do for you and your business.