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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.
Let’s face it – being a manufacturer with large facilities, it’s very hard to beat the summer heat. In South Central Pennsylvania, the summers can be pretty brutal and the heat can take a toll on our employees. We wanted to go with a solution that would not only be extremely beneficial and safe to our employees and their working environment but also a solution that would use a fraction of the energy that would be used by dozens of small fans.
Phase three of the production expansion at our Hanover Distribution Center included the installation of five Big Ass Fans. Their industrial ceilings fans are precision engineered to excel in the toughest environments. These fans are extremely quiet and generate a breeze that has a cooling effect of bringing the temperature down 10°F.
Three of the Big Ass Fans span 24 feet in diameter while two of them are 20 feet in diameter. The fans are continuously moving air throughout the entire manufacturing space, from ceiling to floor and wall to wall, including up and over obstructions such as machinery and stacked product. The airflow pattern ensures that air reaches all corners of the building, maintaining consistent conditions throughout the manufacturing space and eliminates condensation and stagnant areas where product integrity is a concern.
Not only has Big Ass Fans helped lower the temperature at our Hanover Distribution Center but it has also decreased our utility costs and provides comfort and energy savings to our ever-growing business.
At Yazoo Mills, we recognize the important job our company has to help keep our environment clean. To create our sustainable packaging products, we only use 100% certified recycled paperboard and we have the paperwork to prove it. We recycle all waste generated during our manufacturing process which includes shredding, bailing, and shipping to a recycle paper mill and then we receive the recycled paperboard back to manufacture our products.
Phase two of the production expansion at our Hanover Distribution center included the installation of a brand new shredder and baler. The shredder, manufactured by BloApCo, greatly expands disposal capacity and increases container or bale weight. The shredder also helps eliminate baler jams while increasing capacity, reduces energy consumption throughout the scrap handling system, saves labor with automatic operation with easy maintenance, and increases plant safety with added safety devices on the machine.
The 52 cubic foot heavy-duty baler, manufactured by MAX-PAK, utilizes a 30hp premium efficient motor. It came complete with an automatic wire tire system and allows for adjustable bale lengths. It is controlled using a color touch screen interface and Allen Bradley controls.
Check back next week as we will be blogging about Phase Three!
Due to the growing demand of paper tubes and cores, Yazoo is proud to announce that the company has made a further investment with the addition of manufacturing lines at our Hanover Distribution Center located in Hanover, Pennsylvania. The project started back in the summer of 2017 with planning for the expansion and figuring out the layout of the new production lines. The first phase started with infrastructure and kicked off in the fall of 2017, with the completion of the infrastructure coming to a close by December 2017.
Projects during phase one consisted of hooking up electricity for the incoming manufacturing lines, adding a large compressed air system, dust collectors, top-of-the-line glue systems for each winding line, brighter lighting, additional bathrooms, a new production office, as well as a new racking system within the production area.
Continue to follow along as we will be posting the next three phases this month!