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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.
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!
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!
Our Sales Department team is growing and we would like to give a warm welcome to our newest team member, Sandra Garcia. Sandra joined the Yazoo team back in November and is currently working in our Customer Service Department. Prior to coming to Yazoo, she spent numerous years in Customer Service/Marketing for Hain Pure Protein.
Garcia’s current job duties within her department are to provide top-notch customer service both internally and externally. She listens to the customer’s needs and helps them find the perfect paper tube or core sizes that they are looking for without any hassle and always puts our customers first. When asked what made her make the switch and come to Yazoo, she replied “I was looking for advancement opportunities and love that Yazoo promotes from within.” Among the many reasons she likes working for Yazoo, Garcia likes the friendly staff and family environment the most.
In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family, go to the gym and stay involved in her church. We are very glad to have Sandra a part of the Yazoo team and look forward to watching her excel in her position!
Yazoo Mills is excited to welcome Chris Evans as our new Outside Sales Representative. Chris has a BA in Communications from Rowan University (formerly known as Glassboro State) in Glassboro, NJ and brings over 20 years of experience in the tube and core industry to our company.
Prior to joining Yazoo, Chris worked as an Account Representative for a multinational tube and core company. He says that the “family atmosphere, cleanliness of the facility, employee attitude, and opportunity to grow the business and inject my experience as well as the size of the company” all contributed to his decision to join Yazoo.
When asked what he likes most about working at Yazoo, he says he likes the “can do attitude” and common goals expressed by all employees. Chris continues with “The family atmosphere was reinforced by the welcoming manner that I received from everyone. I am happy that I made the move and feel that I am in the right place and look forward to making a difference.” He lives in Myerstown, PA with his girlfriend, Jennifer, and their four dogs. He has three wonderful daughters, Brittany, Kirsten, and Samantha. In his spare time, he likes to watch his daughter play soccer, fish, golf, and bonsai.
Chris brings great energy, enthusiasm, and experience to our team and we are more than happy to have him here. Welcome aboard!
As we continue to expand, there comes a need to add to our list of highly-skilled, professional employees. Our sustained growth has opened up a new position within Yazoo and we are happy o welcome Trisha Schedel, our new Human Resources/Safety Coordinator, to the team!
Trisha is a York College alum with her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. After graduation, she soon learned that teaching wasn’t for her and got a jump start into the recruiting world, which began her career path to Human Resources. Before coming to Yazoo, she worked at a local staffing agency. Her background includes recruiting and on-boarding new staff for various industries.
When asked what she likes most about working at Yazoo she said, “I like working at Yazoo for many reasons. My coworkers have been very welcoming and helpful to me over the past month. Employees’ voices are heard and ideas are always welcomed.” She continues to say, “From an HR standpoint, Yazoo’s great reputation attracts many high-quality candidates, which makes recruiting easier!”
In her spare time, you can find Trisha running for miles on end, learning new yoga poses, or crafting up some DIY projects. She is also preparing [and smiling ear-to-ear] for her upcoming wedding in April to her fiancé, Joel.
We are glad to have Trisha onboard and look forward to watching her grow with the company.
Our company has been continuously growing over the past few years at a rapid rate and in return, we have seen a growth in the number of our skilled and experienced employees. In
May of 2016, Roxanne Erdman joined our Sales Department as a Customer Service Representative.
Before coming to Yazoo, Roxanne worked in Sales and Marketing Analytics for a nationally recognized drug store. She wanted to find a more stable and reliable job that also allowed her to keep her time with her son, which is what led her to Yazoo Mills. Roxanne started her college career initially as an architecture major but then switched to Psychology. Currently, she has one more year left to finish and will be pursing that in the coming months.
When asked what she likes most about working at Yazoo, she said “I like that it is family-owned and a smaller company which gives an open and friendly environment. Everyone has
been so welcoming and eager to help me learn the business. I am eager to see how I can grow in my career with Yazoo.”
She likes to spend a lot of her time with her three-year-old son and enjoys doing crafts as well as DIY projects. She is a big fan of the new adult coloring books and she is a coffee addict.
Yazoo is happy to welcome Roxanne to our team and look forward to watching her grow with the company.
We would like to give a warm welcome our newest team member, Melinda Cobb. Melinda started at Yazoo Mills in May of 2016 and is currently our Operations/Logistics Assistant. Before coming to Yazoo, she worked as an Auditor and Material Tech at a logistics company in Moline, IL.
What she likes most about working for Yazoo is the people. She says “From my co-workers to my leaders, it is a very positive environment. I have also gained some of the greatest friends already!” Melinda goes on to say “Yazoo is simply a great place for me. From the wonderful people to the opportunities it offers, I am here to stay.”
In her spare time, she likes to go on hikes, workout at the gym, and most importantly, spend time with her family. She is a proud Mom of a beautiful, 15-month-old baby girl, who takes up much of her time. She goes on to say “My daughter has the most irreplaceable personality and I put everything into being the best Mom I can be. For me, being the best person I can be, regardless of where I am at, is very important. I strive to feel reliable wherever I may be.” Welcome to the team, Melinda. We are glad that you are here!
Our team at Yazoo Mills is constantly growing with talented and well-educated employees. Crystal Miller started working for Yazoo Mills in January of 2016 as our Receptionist. Before coming to Yazoo, Crystal worked for a flooring and design company in Philadelphia for almost five years as an Account Coordinator. Within her position there, she was in constant contact with the builders so she could order and schedule all of the flooring and trim needed to install in new homes. Her previous job experience has led her to become very detail oriented, customer focused, and determined to help solve customer’s questions.
Crystal decided to move back to York County to be closer to her family and friends. She was only moved back for less than two weeks and heard about the job opening at Yazoo. The next thing she knew, she was hired and ready to start her journey with the company. The two things she likes most about working at Yazoo Mills is the teamwork showcased by the employees and the family-like atmosphere.
In her spare time, Crystal likes to read, workout at the gym, spend time with family, and travel. She has a bucket list of traveling to Ireland, Hawaii, Montana, Italy, and Greece. Crystal is looking forward to her sister’s upcoming wedding, and traveling out of the country to a Caribbean island next year. She said “I am excited to learn more about the business in order to grow as a Yazoo employee.”
Welcome to Yazoo Mills, Crystal. We are glad to have you be a part of our team!