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.

   

Larry Kuhn, a well-seasoned Yazoo veteran, has grown with our company during his tenure of two and a half decades. He started fresh out of high school, at the young age of 18 as a Baler & Winding Table and went on to hold positions in our Recut department as packer, machine operator, setup operator and lead. He never misses a beat, powers through busy workloads and always greets you with a smile or a laugh.

We are proud of Larry’s hard work and dedication he has given to our company while working here for the last 26 years. We would like to congratulate him on his promotion to Supervisor in our Recut Department! In his new role, Larry is in charge of eight employees in the Small I.D. department where they ensure that products are burr and trim free.  He also focuses on QA as well as managing bulk orders with a lot of pieces; anywhere from 10-40,000 sticks. He makes sure that his team is always on the ball, giving our customers high-quality products that fit their specifications.

You’re probably wondering “what’s kept him here so long?” Larry likes what he does and loves being able to work with his hands. He’s an innovative thinker and problem solver so the wheels are constantly spinning for him. He likes the convenience of working close to home, the unbeatable benefits that Yazoo has to offer and the solid foundation that the company has built, not only for its customers but for its employees.

In his spare time, you’ll find him playing softball and basketball, finding new restaurants and trying out new foods. Oh, and don’t be intimidated by his size, he’s truly a big teddy bear!

Congrats on your promotion, Larry. We’re excited to see you take your department to the next level!

   

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.

   

You stumble upon a company through your Google keyword search – what’s the first thing you do?  For most people, they check out their customer service, ratings and the feedback that actual (not robot-generated) customers have to say about the brand. Do you take this into consideration before you add items to your cart and check out?

Customer service is great and it’s even greater when you can find a company that couples it with an awesome customer experience.  You may not be familiar with customer experience (CX) as some companies don’t hone in on it.  The CX is the total journey of a customer’s interactions with a brand.  It measures how a customer feels about a company overall and includes an emotional, physical and psychological connection customers have with a brand.  It’s not a one-time interaction – it includes the entire customer lifespan and every interaction a customer has with a product and service.

At Yazoo Mills, our business is successful because we advocate for our customers and deliver value to them.  Our knowledgeable Sales Department takes the time to listen and learn what our customer’s needs and goals are.  Our team introduces innovative products to businesses to help them solve problems and simultaneously achieve their business goals.

Customer success, service and experience is a big part of our culture here at Yazoo and has been for over 117 years.  It is critically important to us that our customer’s goals are met and exceeded through our products and services. All of our departments work together to ensure that our customers are successful. Here are some of the few things you will experience when you put your trust in Yazoo:

Focusing on our customers’ experiences is essential to our team and allows us to continue to make decisions with the success of our customers in mind. When you’re looking for a brand you can trust, look no further than Yazoo Mills.

     

We are constantly learning things all throughout our lives.  From the time we are babies to every day in your adulthood, learning never stops, especially in college.  Younger generations entering the printing industry are learning trade from different angles and technologies than compared to previous generations before them.  Learning things from a presentation is one thing but learning how to do things by having a hands-on experience, takes it to a new level.  The students in Cincinnati State’s Graphic Imaging Technology Program are learning by doing just that – having hands-on exposure with printing processes.

The Graphic Imaging Technology Program, which started in 1966, trains their graduates to be proficient in all areas of the print industry.  Approximately 30 students learn how to create art digitally with a focus on developing graphics for the print process, through various Adobe programs.  During the two years that students spend at Cincinnati State, they have direct hands-on exposure to preparing and producing projects in the Flexographic, Offset, Screen and Digital print processes.  From designing the art, to plate-making and operating the presses, the students learn how to do it all.  In addition to learning how to run the machines, the students also complete courses that include estimating, workflow and color management.

Yazoo’s generous donation of paper cores to the GIT program enables the faculty to teach the students how to run the machines properly and prepares them for the print industry.  The students enrolled in the GIT program also complete two semesters of co-op work experience at various local print facilities, allowing the students to work in a real-world environment.

The program has almost a 100% job placement rate because of the great support they get from the local printing industry.  Kathleen Freed, Professor of the Graphic Imaging Technology Program, says “Without Yazoo’s donation, we would not be able to print student projects on our flexo presses in our Flexographic Printing courses.  Each student prints a one-color, two-color, four-color (spot) and process color project over the course of the semester, allowing them to expand their skill-set properly.”  We are thrilled to continue our donation to colleges across the nation that offer printing courses to help prepare the students for their career in the flexographic industry.

          

In one week, we will be heading south to Orlando, Florida to exhibit at one of the biggest converting trade shows of the year.  ICE USA 2017 marks its fourth edition in the
Americas and is bigger than ever before.  This three-day show is bringing together over 250+ exhibitors with thousands of packaging, paper, and self-adhesive industry professionals.

Yazoo Mills is the leading manufacturer of paper cores for the converting industry.  Our products are the key solution for converters of paper, film, foil, nonwovens, and other flexible web-based materials.  Converting professionals will gather to see first-hand the solutions our stock and custom paper cores have to offer.

If you go:

April 25-27, 2017
Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL

Booth #118

Exhibit Hall Hours:
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, April 27, 2017 – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

For more information on ICE USA 2017, please click here

      

Yazoo Mills will be making its first debut as an exhibitor at the IFAI Expo, the premier industrial fabrics expo in North America.  The event is organized by Industrial Fabrics Association International and will take place at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC, with the show floor open October 19-21, 2016.

With thousands of attendees and more than 400 exhibitors, IFAI Expo has been the foundation of providing the specialty fabrics industry a forum for commerce, networking, and knowledge.  With the addition of advanced textiles and an all-new shade area from 2015, the show continues to grow and service all aspects of the industry.

The expo will feature three special areas located on the show room floor; Specialty Fabrics, Advanced Textiles, and Shade & Weather Protection.  Yazoo will be located in the Advanced Textiles area at booth #A540.  We look forward to connecting and educating attendees on how Yazoo can satisfy your paper core needs.

     

We have been a longtime supporter and donor of countless non-profit organizations that raise money to find cures. Recently, we donated cores to AB Graphic, a leader in the label printing industry, who partnered up with other companies to help print stickers for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Labels and Labeling says “The donated stickers will be printed at Innovative Labeling Solutions in Ohio and Nosco in Illinois prior to the show. HP Indigo will handle some printing on site, and AB Graphic will convert the stickers on its Digicon Series 3 finishing unit that will be on display in their booth (#3223). More than 350,000 stickers will be printed and donated to the National MS Society. That’s 210,000 feet of material that normally would be thrown in the trash going to a good cause.

The bulk of the printed jobs will be 2-inch round stickers to be used at the organization’s Walk MS or Bike MS events, which happen in cities across the US. Rectangle runner’s bibs also will be printed.

The National MS Society is America’s leading charity organization dedicated to multiple sclerosis research, education and advocacy. The society’s fundraising events raise money to fund research, support groups and lobbying efforts.

AB Graphic and HP Indigo have partnered with Acpo, Actega, Rotometrics and Yazoo Mills for this cause, and all have donated materials or services.”

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a disease affecting the central nervous system. According to the National MS Society, MS is thought to be an immune-mediated disorder, in which the
immune system incorrectly attacks healthy tissue in the central nervous system.  The society says that MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

The concept to donate printed labels came from Tony Bell of AB Graphic and Alon Bar-Shany of HP. Choosing the National MS Society as the beneficiary was an idea came from AB Graphic
operations manager Tim Staples.

“We’ve never done anything on this scale and with a large nonprofit,” Staples said. “We wanted to do something where we weren’t throwing away 20,000 meters of material a day. So much of this material is gone to waste.”

Staples continued: “Most of it is going in the trash. If a nonprofit organization can use these products, then it’s a win-win-win. We get to show our equipment, it’s a tax deduction for manufacturers, and it’s a great relief on these nonprofits.”

The initiative also is a ‘personal crusade’ for Staples, who was diagnosed with MS in May after what he first believed were complications from Lasik eye surgery. He lost sight in half of his eye, and when he went back to the eye doctor, he was sent for a brain scan that detected MS.

After the diagnosis he turned to the MS Society for help in understanding the disease.

“There’s a lot of information out there, but the reputable information comes from the National MS Society,” he said.

MS can cause many symptoms.  Currently, there is no cure for MS, but treatments are available to reduce the number of relapses and delaying the progression of disability.”

Join Labels and Labeling in donating to the cause here

      

It’s been almost two years and we are getting close to heading back to the great city of Chicago for one of the biggest tradeshows of the year.  Labelexpo Americas is the continent’s largest
event held for the label, product decoration, web printing, and converting industry.  Offering visitors a range of valuable new feature areas, Labelexpo Americas was first held in 1989 and continues to remain an important industry resource for print professionals, brand owners, label and packing designers, and associated graphic industry supplies.  Covering nearly 200,000 square feet, the entire show floor is heavily traveled with traffic by thousands of attendees and over 400 exhibitors.

Labelexpo Americas is held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL from September 13-15, 2016.  Yazoo Mills will have on display their in-line printing capabilities and custom paper cores for attendees to view at Hall F, booth #6010.  Stop by our booth and see how Yazoo Mills can satisfy all of your paper core needs.

For more information on Labelexpo Americas, please click here

The 9th annual Converters Expo will take place once again at Lambeau Field Atrium in Green Bay, WI on Thursday, April 2016 from 9:30am-3:30pm.  The expo will bring together over 600 converters and packagers of paper, film, plastics and nonwovens with industry buyers, specialists and suppliers.

With over 100 exhibitors, Converters Expo is a great place  to find contract manufacturers to help in all aspects of production, partners that can add value to the manufacturing processes, supplies of printing, packaging, and testing services, and converters and manufacturers to create products.  Randy Green, group publisher, Packaging Strategies for BNP Media said “This exciting event provides attendees and exhibitors opportunities to learn about new products, network with leading industry professionals, discuss advances in efficiency, techniques, trends and more.”

Visit Yazoo Mills at booth #C323 to learn more about our high-quality paper cores.