Yazoo is proud to announce Kevin Boyer’s advancement to Electrical Controls and Automation Technician.

Boyer joined Yazoo’s Maintenance Department in 2018 as a Maintenance Mechanic. Within a year, he was quickly promoted to Maintenance Lead. Although Kevin has only been with Yazoo for three short years, his technical ability and innovative mindset has led him to this current promotion.

In his new position, his main focus will be the automation and electrical side of Maintenance. He will be working on various automation projects, updating and backing up current systems, helping maintenance with electrical needs and collaborating with his department to maintain equipment efficiency throughout the plant that leads to reducing machine down time and maintenance costs.

Why Yazoo? Boyer says “I like Yazoo’s willingness to invest in innovation which allows me to create new ways of doing things with the use of technology.”

In his spare time, you can find him spending time with his family, finding new trails to hike and reading. Fun fact – in 2020, Kevin read 64 (mostly nonfiction) books!

Congrats on your promotion, Kevin! We are excited to watch you grow and take Yazoo’s Maintenance Department to the next level!

     

Yazoo Mills has successfully been in business since 1902 and has maintained a strong foundation in the manufacturing world for over a century. We’ve dedicated the last 117 years to finding the right people to not only help us be the leader in the tube and core industry but also to grow with our company.  Through hard work and dedication, we are pleased to announce the recent promotion of Jordan McSherry to his new role of Recut Lead.

Jordan, an 8-year Yazoo Mills veteran, started his manufacturing career with a local global defense company as a Military Tank Assembler, before joining our company as a Machine Operator in the Recut Department.  After a few short works, he quickly became a set-up person, setting up the machines to cut the tubes.  His eagerness to learn led him to become a trainer in the Recut Department.  Soon after, he was then promoted to a Floater position.

His current position as Lead includes scheduling jobs to ensure timely completion of orders, checking quality, overseeing team members in his department and answering questions as well as supporting his teammates when needed.  When asked what he likes best about working at Yazoo, he said “It’s a great place to work.  I like that it is a family-owned business that takes care of their employees and treats them like their own.”  He continued on to say, “I enjoy the work that I do and feel that my work is appreciated by my management as well as the entire company.”  In his spare time, you can find Jordan with his wife, two daughters (2 years old and 1 month) as well as hunting, going to the beach and enjoying a nice boat ride.

Congrats on your promotion, Jordan!  You play a key role in our success and we are lucky to have you on our team!

    

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

    

In today’s world, hardworking and dedicated employees seem to be hard to find. However, at Yazoo – those two adjectives describe our employees, which over 50% of them have been here for more than 10 years.

Meet Norma Myers – she started her career at Yazoo Mills 27 years ago in our Recut Department as a Packer. Since she started with the company, she has held numerous positions such as a Machine Operator, Trainer, and Floater.  Through hard work, dedication, and willingness to learn, we are proud to announce Norma’s promotion into a Lead role within our Recut Department.

Within her new role, quality is her main concern. She makes sure that customer specifications, tolerances, etc. are correct and ready to be shipped out.  Myers also helps with training employees, teaching them more effective ways to be efficient with the machines and order flow.

“I’ve been here for a long time and have seen so many positive changes to better the company and workforce. Yazoo puts their employees first and that’s one of the many reasons why I am still here, 27 years later!” Myers said.  In her spare time, she likes to spend time creating memories with her family and friends, and finding new ways to make people laugh.

Congratulations on your promotion, Norma! We are glad to have you be a part of the Yazoo team.

    

It is with great pleasure that we are announcing the promotion of Crystal Miller as our new Accounting Representative of Yazoo Mills.

Crystal has been with Yazoo since 2016 and started out as our Receptionist, answering multiple phone lines and processing orders. Through her commitment and dedication, she has always shown an initiative in the performance of her duties, going above and beyond for our customers, which led her to her current promotion.  The same level of dedication will be applied in her new role within Accounting.

Miller majored in Accounting in college and had prior experience during her previous employment at a nursing home. Her job at Yazoo entails invoicing, applying payments, and accounts payable, all of which she really enjoys doing.  When asked what she liked best about working at Yazoo, Miller replied “The people.  Everyone here is great to work with and is always willing to lend a helping hand when needed.”

Congratulations on the promotion, Crystal, you deserve it!

    

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Jesse Smith as our new Winding Supervisor at our New Oxford, PA manufacturing plant. Smith joined Yazoo six years ago, holding positions in our Winding Department as a nightshift operator, dayshift operator, and lead person – all of which led him to his new role within our company.

In his new position, Smith schedules orders for production, checks quality of products, and makes sure that the work, orders, and products are flowing smoothly through the plant. When asked what he likes best about working at Yazoo, he replied with “The stability, great benefits, and the opportunity to grow as an employee within the company are just a few of my favorite things about working at Yazoo.  I’m given the opportunity to better myself and add to my knowledge base for the better of the company.  It’s great working for an employer that truly puts their employees first.” Mr. Smith brings extensive knowledge and experience to his new role within Yazoo’s Winding Department.

In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his wife and two-year-old son, Cash, hunting and fishing are pretty high up on his list of outdoor activities as well as going to the races and smoking a variety of food in his smoker. We are excited to see where Smith will lead his department and the company in his new position.  Congratulations on your well-deserved promotion, Jesse.  We are glad to have you as a part of our team!

    

Being a manufacturer of paper tubes and cores for over 115 years, we have continued to grow our business and with growth comes opportunities for our employees. We believe in giving our employees the chance to continue growing with the company as they move up the ladder in their positions.

Kevin Hentz has been a long-term Yazoo employee for the last 30 years and is truly a jack of all trades, filled with a lot of knowledge. He started out as a Winding Operator on 1st shift then went to Winding Operator/Supervisor on 2nd shift to Supervisor/Co-Scheduler to his most recent promotion of Winding Manager on 1st shift.  Kevin’s new role as Winding Manager entails overseeing production/scheduling in Winding as well as complete scheduling for our Distribution Center, located in Hanover.

When asked what Kevin likes best about working at Yazoo, he responded with “the stability of the company has allowed and continues to allow me to work to my fullest potential and help the company continue to succeed.” Outside of work, Kevin enjoys spending time in the woods hunting for deer, finding new IPA beers that intrigue his taste buds, and relaxing at home.  Congratulations on your promotion, Kevin – it is well deserved!

      

Whenever there is a job vacancy at Yazoo Mills, we always open it up to current employees as well so they have the opportunity to grow into a new position within the company.  Recently,
Andrew Reynolds, who has been working at Yazoo for five years, transitioned into a new role as the Shipping Lead Person for our Shipping Department.

Andrew attended East Stroudsburg University and graduated in 2008 with his Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.  After a few years of being a substitute teacher in a very competitive job market, he decided that he needed a more permanent income which lead him to look for another job.  A friend of his mentioned that Yazoo was hiring at the time so he decided to give up substitute teaching for a steady income job with great benefits and opportunity to grow within the company.

He got his start in our Winding Department as a Machine Operator and eventually worked his way up to a Winding Floater.  He says “The thing I like most about Yazoo is their continuous growth, which provides a bright future for myself as well as my co-workers.”  When he’s not at work, you can find him on his family’s farm, helping his father raise beef cattle and
crops.  When he’s not on the farm, he likes to spend his extra time in the woods hunting and doing anything outdoors.

Congratulations on your promotion, Andrew.  We are proud to have you be a part of our talented team!

At Yazoo Mills, we take great pride in our employees because without them, we wouldn’t be able to manufacture our high quality paper tubes and cores.  We provide our employees with
opportunities to advance into new positions that will help further their career within the company.

Mark Robinson joined the Yazoo Mills team in March of 2014 as a Lift Operator/Lead in our Shipping Department.  Mark’s innovative thinking, determination, and skill set has led him to advance into a new role as our Distribution Center Supervisor.  He brings a lot of experience and knowledge to our team. His background includes being a machine operator for a local snack company for 10 years and a Supervisor for 10 years at a local headwear company.  Mark demonstrates the skills that he has learned over the years in his day-to-day routine at Yazoo.  He said “I like the feeling you get when you find ways to make processes better and you can see the benefits it has for the company and its employees.”

Mark has been married to his wife, Luana, for 11 years and has two beautiful girls, Jocelyn (8) and Maya (5).  Aside from spending time with his family, he enjoys coaching his daughters’ basketball and soccer teams, spending some of his free time playing golf, casting reels off of a boat, and watching all types of sports.  Congrats on your new promotion, Mark!  We are happy to have you on the Yazoo team!

Yazoo Employee Receives A Promotion

Richard Smarsh joined the Yazoo Mills team in January 2013 as a Maintenance Lead and was quickly promoted to Project and Facilities Manager.  Richard brings a lot of experience and knowledge to our team. His background includes an Associate’s Degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology from The Community College of the Air Force, a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University as well as 21 years of service in the Air Force as Aviation Air Craft Maintenance, 10 years as a supervisor and five years as a manager.

Since Richard’s new promotion, he has led several projects such as re-roofing the two oldest buildings at our New Oxford plant, installing brand new and efficient lighting throughout the plant and offices, painting the plant walls, supervising all maintenance for production equipment and is now in the process of adding new production lines to our plant.  He makes sure that our facility is always up-to-date and we are delighted to have him on our team.  Congratulations on your promotion, Richard!