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.

   

Layke Ensor is a driven individual who is passionate about helping out his teammates and leading them to achieve daily success within their roles. An energetic employee who leads by example, Layke embodies Yazoo’s mission, vision and values and strives each day to continue helping Yazoo be the leader in the paper tube and core industry.

Manufacturing has always been in Layke’s blood – he previously worked for a local manufacturer as a forklift driver, material handler and production operator. Eight years ago, Layke set out on his journey here at Yazoo Mills on 2nd shift as a Winding Operator. He then transferred to a 1st shift Winding Operator position then floater and was recently promoted to his most current role as a Lead in the Winding department.

As a Lead, Layke is focused on learning the supervisory role as he manages six employees and their respective machines, helps maintain efficiency, collaborates with his teammates on innovative solutions and maintains integrity day in and day out.

Layke contributes his tenure to enjoying his job and the family atmosphere here at Yazoo; a home away from home, where everyone has each other’s backs. The ability to be able to teach the younger employees and keeping the company’s goals at the forefront are what motivates him.

In his spare time, you will find Layke pulling his camper to a new site to enjoy the outdoors with his wife and five kids as well as locating a cool, new hiking trail that allows them to explore and create memories.

Congrats on your job promotion, Layke! We know that you will shine in your new role!

     

This is been a great debate for many decades.  It’s a very simple concept that is taught to us throughout our years but it can also be a controversial as well.  This very simple concept can be applied in every day life and changes for all types of circumstances.  For example, if you’re going through a fast food drive-thru, you’re more likely concerned about quantity versus quality… how many items can you get for a small amount of money?  Whereas at a restaurant, you’ll most likely be more concerned about the quality of the food you are receiving.

In today’s competitive world, a lot of companies “claim” to have quality products when in reality, they are more focused on pumping out a high quantity of products in a short amount of time.  This typically results in lower quality work that’s hiding behind a product that a company manufactured by cutting corners and it marketing it as a “quality” product.

When it comes to Yazoo and our 100% recycled paper tubes and cores, quality most definitely trumps quantity.  Quality has been a part of our fabric for decades and we have over 15,000 customers to prove it!  We have spent an abundance of time, research and money into creating a high-quality product that has led our company to be an industry leader as well as taking our customers to the next level.  Our skilled employees make sure that companies are getting exactly what they order as our products are made to fit your specifications.  When customers order our paper tubes and cores, they are getting so much more than just a first-class product.  Yazoo’s products give excellent satisfaction in knowing that they are going to be paying once and will be pleased with the end-result, compared to spending money again and again and again on a low-quality product from the competitors.

A few take aways – quality should always remain a priority for companies.  A quality product that works effectively based on little quantity will take you far in the long run.  You can have an abundance of paper cores from the “other guys” but if they are manufactured cheaply and not reliable, it doesn’t matter how much you have.  Do not sacrifice quality, as it’ll end up costing you more down the road.

          

con·​vert – to alter the physical or chemical nature or properties of, especially in manufacturing.

In a world where we can have basically (almost) anything we want at our fingertips, we soon forget the process it takes to make a product. A product cannot amount to anything great until it has its starting point.  In the converting industry, that starting point is a core.

Converting is the essential part of the process of taking raw materials and creating a finished product. This kind of process is crucial for industries specializing in adhesives, tapes, labels, film, fabric, flexible packaging, etc.  Converting cores are manufactured with each application in mind.  The cores must maintain their durability during and after the process of adding a product on to them.  Yazoo’s paper cores are manufactured from plies of paper of various thicknesses to attain the customer’s strength and performance specifications.

Slitting and rewinding is a common process that Converters use in their operations. A machine takes a product, unwinds the material through a series of blades that slits the material into smaller widths then rewinds it onto a new roll.  Our 100% recycled paper cores have the strength and consistency converting companies require to optimize their operations.  As speed increases on rewinding machines, Yazoo’s cores are designed to protect their inside diameter and core length, greatly reducing cost from waste. Custom capabilities such as covers, liners, embossing, etc. add unique value to a customer’s manufacturing process, without damaging the product.

The next time you purchase something, take a few minutes to reflect on the processes it took to manufacture the product.  You might just appreciate it even more!

    

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!

    

Finding a job you like is hard, but finding a company that treats you right is even harder to find. Luckily, the employees at Yazoo would say neither of those are hard to find when working here.  Our employees are treated like family and given the opportunity to advance in their career.

Meet Neil Kelley, who was recently promoted to 2nd shift Winding Lead.  Before his journey to Yazoo Mills five years ago, Neil was involved in the restaurant business as a manager as well as being self-employed with running his own landscaping business.

Neil’s first position he held at Yazoo was a Winder Operator. Within two years of working for the company, he moved up to a trainer then a floater and is now enjoying his promotion as a lead person on 2nd shift.  Additionally, he cross trained in our Shipping and Recut Departments.  In his current role, he trains other employees, makes sure that all work orders are manufactured in a timely manner and are correct, makes sure that employees are well-trained on how to complete the jobs, ensures that communication is being held in the Winding Department, and is always lending a helping hand when needed – whether that’s running a machine, helping out in Shipping, bailing waste, or giving breaks.

When asked what he likes best about working at Yazoo, he couldn’t just pick one thing. Neil said “Yazoo has a great work environment – it’s fast paced and always keeps me moving.  The company recognizes hard workers and is willing to invest in them.”  He continued to rave about how Yazoo is willing to take advice on how to continue bettering the company as well as investing a lot of money in training its employees.

In his spare time, you’ll find him spending time with his family as his kids mean the world to him. Being in the outdoors gives him great enjoyment, whether that’s hunting, fishing, or hiking – he loves doing it all.  Additionally, he enjoys occasional yard work as well as working around the house on little projects – he gets great enjoyment out of that.  Congrats on your promotion, Neil – you’ve worked hard for it!

    

A company that promotes within is a hard company to come by.  At Yazoo Mills, we give every employee the opportunity to apply for any open positions we have throughout the company.  We are proud to promote within and are proud of our employees for continuously improving their skills and leadership that lead them into their next role with our company.

Meet Rob Boone.  Rob started his career at Yazoo Mills 11 years ago as a dayshift Winding Operator and quickly found himself in a floater position in our Winding Department.  Throughout the years, Rob has proved that his work ethic, training, and knowledge of our company, products, and employees is his priority and continues to find ways to improve the operations at Yazoo Mills.

Recently, Rob accepted a Lead position at our Hanover Distribution Center located in Hanover, PA.  Within the new role, he is scheduling, checking products and gathering materials needed to help make sure the work is flowing smoothly.  What he likes most about working at Yazoo is “the challenges of troubleshooting issues and getting to know my coworkers better.”  In his spare time, you can find Rob spending time with his family, camping, enjoying the outdoors and taking trips to the shooting range.  Congrats on your well-deserved promotion, Rob!

“Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader. They set out to make a difference.  It’s never about the role.  Always about the goal.” – Unknown

     

     

The last and final phase of the expansion at our Hanover Distribution Center is finally complete. We wouldn’t be able to operate as one of the leading manufacturers of 100% recycled paper tubes and cores if we didn’t have the state-of-the-art equipment like we do.  Yazoo Mills is consistently reinvesting in our people, our equipment, and our facilities to remain an industry leader.

Phase four of the production expansion at our Hanover Distribution Center included the installation of five winders custom built to fit Yazoo’s specifications. The installation of the winders have helped create more scheduling flexibility, assisted the company to enhance efficiency with processing more orders and has added an additional 20,000 square feet of manufacturing space.  The additional winding capacity will allow Yazoo to remain the supplier of choice and industry leader with consistent quality, excellent service, and continue to have the fastest shipping time in the industry at 48 hours, guaranteed.  Between our two manufacturing facilities, Yazoo now operates a total of 15 winders.

Communication, coordination, and teamwork were major key factors during the several months of planning it took to prepare and layout the new manufacturing space. Yazoo’s supervisors and Maintenance Department worked together with the winding machine manufacturing companies to guarantee that the winding lines were designed and built to meet Yazoo’s specifications.

    

“A brand is a name, term, design, symbol, or any other feature that identifies one seller’s good or service as distinct from those of other sellers.” (American Marketing Association)

Branding is personalizing a product by giving it a name to identify with. Just like humans, we are branded by our birth given names.  People associate your name with everything; the good and the indifferent.  Branding for companies is much like that and helps facilitate a company’s unique distinction from the competitor’s brand.  It also creates an opportunity for brand loyalty with consumers who will essentially market your product for free by posting on social media about your brand and the packaging it arrived in.

Branding your company name or logo onto packaging is an integral component of the product inside. A vivid brand image on the packaging of a product develops a positive image and brings awareness as well as value to the company selling the product.  Marketing is a game between brands which is why companies need to brand their logos, names, etc. onto packaging to create a lasting impression among their customers.  Not only does it leave a lasting impact on them, branding of logos also helps consumers connect the product to your brand.

Our customers depend on Yazoo’s high-quality one and two-color in-line printing capabilities to set their brands a part from the competition. Keep in mind, the use of creative logos and designs with colors that stand out will help with promotional efforts of your company’s brand. When it comes to branding your company name and logo onto packaging, the ROI will be well worth it in the end.  Give our expert Sales Team a call today or Request a Quote to find out how Yazoo can help take your brand to the next level with in-line printing.