Happy National Manufacturing Week! This week has been recognized since 2012 and has grown pretty impressively over the years.  Manufacturing week is worldwide and engages over 600,000 participants, including close to 300,000 students!  It was created to open the minds of the next generation, inspiring more young people to come and join the world of manufacturing.

On Tuesday, October 2, 2018, Yazoo hosted 13 seniors from South Western High School’s Step-Ahead program. The Step-Ahead program allows seniors to go to school for half days and then work the remainder of the day in the field they are interested in.  We welcomed the students and opened with a brief company history video.  We then took the students on a tour of our New Oxford manufacturing facility, giving them a taste of what we do firsthand.  The students were able to see that manufacturing jobs are still alive and well, the type of jobs we offer, how a career in modern manufacturing is very rewarding, the skillsets we are looking for during our hiring process and the great benefits our employees receive working for a top-rated company like Yazoo.

According to MFG DAY, here are a few statistics from students that participated in Manufacturing Week:

We are excited to see the next generation excel in modern day manufacturing and bring fresh new ideas to the table to prepare companies for the future ahead.

        

Today, more than ever, it seems to be normal for most people to know at least one person [if not more] who’s life has been effected by some form of cancer.  Many have donated their
time, energy, and money in continuing to find a cure for those stricken by this disease.  There are many events to get involved in to help raise money and awareness for cancer.  One of those that is prominently known is Four Diamonds and their THON event.

Did you know that childhood cancer is the leading disease killer of children with over 16,000+ kids in the United States diagnosed every year?  Four Diamonds’ mission is to conquer childhood cancer through superior case studies, comprehensive support, and innovative research.

On March 3, 2017, the South Western High School students held their annual Mini-THON, a small-scale version of the Penn State THON, and joined more than 70,000 students worldwide in a powerful movement to defeat childhood cancer. Through months of planning, fundraising, and sponsorship through local companies including a donation from Yazoo Mills, at the end of
their all-night event, the students at South Western quickly learned that they had surpassed their original goal of $55,000 and revealed the total amount… $70,554.31!  We are incredibly proud of all who were involved and can’t wait to see how much they raise next year!

For more information on Four Diamonds, please click here