Cait Naugle, Human Resource Generalist at Yazoo

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.

Outside of Work

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.

Photo of Chad Cameron

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.

Aaron Long, Marketing Coordinator at Yazoo

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!

What led Aaron ‘back’ to Yazoo Mills?

“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.

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!

      

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.