American manufacturing – we’ve seen it fall and we’ve seen it rise.  But one thing that continues to become increasingly important is for people to invest in as well as buy American-made products.  American manufacturing continues to be a success story as the strength of our country rests on the power of our manufacturing floors.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United States has 12.75 million manufacturing jobs, employs 9% of the workforce and those jobs pay up to 12% more than others.

American manufacturing offers economic opportunity to hard-working, skilled labors which continues to add more jobs & gives exposure to hands-on experiences.  Yazoo understands the importance of supporting our local and national economy.  With continuing to keep our manufacturing plants in the United States, we are helping American families thrive financially and strengthen our nation by providing a solid foundation to do so.  Our manufacturing operations are the base of strength for future generations to come.  By continuing to grow the manufacturing sector, more middle-class jobs are being created and in turn, will help put more money back into the economy.  Did you know?  For every dollar spent in manufacturing, another $1.81 is added to the economy.

With American manufacturing, customers also receive higher quality products as opposed to overseas operations, especially where their operations aren’t as clean as the U.S.  Yazoo constantly invests in our people as well as machines to make sure we are manufacturing exactly what our customers want – American-made, high quality and unparalleled service. Our operations have allowed us to have the competitive speed to market and accessibility to adapt quickly to supply and demand as well as leveraging quality control over our products.

Yazoo’s paper tube and core products have always been 100% American-made since 1902.  That’s over 117 years of manufacturing experience in the United States.  Our products are the core to your business.  We’re focused on helping small to medium sized companies compete big.  We believe in helping American businesses succeed and we (will always) believe in America!

    

Yazoo Mills is excited to welcome Chris Evans as our new Outside Sales Representative. Chris has a BA in Communications from Rowan University (formerly known as Glassboro State) in Glassboro, NJ and brings over 20 years of experience in the tube and core industry to our company.

Prior to joining Yazoo, Chris worked as an Account Representative for a multinational tube and core company. He says that the “family atmosphere, cleanliness of the facility, employee attitude, and opportunity to grow the business and inject my experience as well as the size of the company” all contributed to his decision to join Yazoo.

When asked what he likes most about working at Yazoo, he says he likes the “can do attitude” and common goals expressed by all employees. Chris continues with “The family atmosphere was reinforced by the welcoming manner that I received from everyone.  I am happy that I made the move and feel that I am in the right place and look forward to making a difference.”  He lives in Myerstown, PA with his girlfriend, Jennifer, and their four dogs.  He has three wonderful daughters, Brittany, Kirsten, and Samantha.  In his spare time, he likes to watch his daughter play soccer, fish, golf, and bonsai.

Chris brings great energy, enthusiasm, and experience to our team and we are more than happy to have him here. Welcome aboard!

        

American-Made. High-Quality. Unparalleled Service.

When purchasing a product, do you ever find yourself looking at the material the product is made from?  How the quality of the products rates – does it fit your standards?  And then, do you find yourself searching the tag, label, etc. to see where the product was manufactured?  Do you look for products that are specifically made in the United States?
Let’s be honest – it’s becoming harder and harder to find products that are produced in the United States but it’s becoming more critically important to all Americans.

In today’s modern manufacturing, companies are outsourcing to other countries to cut down on their costs, which in return, typically brings down the quality and service of their products. However, that has not and will not ever be the case at Yazoo.  Our products have always been 100% American-made since 1902.  That’s over 115 years of manufacturing experience in the United States.  Our manufacturing facility, located in New Oxford, PA, continues to create more jobs within our community and offers economic growth opportunities for hard working, skilled employees.

We are proud to have our manufacturing facility located in Pennsylvania, which happens to be one of the top 25 states for manufacturing.  Over 15,000+ customers rely on Yazoo’s American-made paper tubes and cores.  With keeping our manufacturing in the United States, we are able to manufacture high-quality products, have the fastest turnaround time in the industry, and offer top-notch customer service to our customers.

 

       

As we continue to expand, there comes a need to add to our list of highly-skilled, professional employees.  Our sustained growth has opened up a new position within Yazoo and we are happy  o welcome Trisha Schedel, our new Human Resources/Safety Coordinator, to the team!

Trisha is a York College alum with her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.  After graduation, she soon learned that teaching wasn’t for her and got a jump start into the recruiting world, which began her career path to Human Resources.  Before coming to Yazoo, she worked at a local staffing agency.  Her background includes recruiting and on-boarding new staff for various industries.

When asked what she likes most about working at Yazoo she said, “I like working at Yazoo for many reasons.  My coworkers have been very welcoming and helpful to me over the past month.  Employees’ voices are heard and ideas are always welcomed.”  She continues to say, “From an HR standpoint, Yazoo’s great reputation attracts many high-quality candidates, which makes recruiting easier!”

In her spare time, you can find Trisha running for miles on end, learning new yoga poses, or crafting up some DIY projects.  She is also preparing [and smiling ear-to-ear] for her upcoming wedding in April to her fiancé, Joel.

We are glad to have Trisha onboard and look forward to watching her grow with the company.

       

A company that truly and genuinely cares for its employees is very hard to come by these days.  Sometimes, employers are only focused on getting a head of their competition while forgetting to put their employees first.  Even after 115 years, Yazoo continues to remain a team player for all of its employees.

We recognize that without great employees to produce products and service for our customers, we would have no business.  That’s why Yazoo treats every employee like family.  We offer healthcare, training, career advancement, and personal growth opportunities.  We want our employees to thrive within our company not only as individuals, but also as a team.

Yazoo has the utmost respect for our employees.  The thing that really differentiates ourselves from our competition is our people.  Our continued growth has not only been achieved by reinvesting in our facilities and our equipment, but also reinvesting in our people and making sure that they are getting the most out of working at Yazoo.  One of the many things we provide is leadership training for our employees.  This training helps create an even more positive working environment and helps our employees continue to be influential team players.

“To win in the market place, you must first win in the workplace.” – Doug Contant

“Teamwork is the foundation of success.” – Lou Holtz 

When you hear the word “roots” your mind most likely goes immediately to “tree roots.”  A tree’s roots are the anchor to the tree in the soil and help keep it straight and stable.  Tree roots are much like company roots in the sense that they help keep the company stable while they build and have continuous growth over many, many years.

Yazoo Mills has been around for over 110 years.  The company was established in 1902 in the heartland of Yazoo City, Mississippi (hence the company name).  We started out as a Yarn and Textile Mill and eventually made our way to our current location in New Oxford, Pennsylvania.  Even during the recession, Yazoo stayed true to their employees and didn’t lay a single person off.  While many companies were struggling, Yazoo was thriving and continued to build and strengthen a successful company.

At Yazoo, we are a family-owned and operated company.  We treat everyone like family.  Our employees are what keep our roots strong and everlasting as well as help the company
continue to build towards a successful future.  While our origins still remain in Yazoo City, Mississippi – we definitely do not forget where we came from and how far we have come since the start of the company.  Make sure to always remember where you came from and how far

Make sure to always remember where you came from and how far you have come — use the past to get you towards where you want to go in the future.

“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” – James Cash Penney

“Change is the heartbeat of growth.” – Scottie Somers

      

Our company has been continuously growing over the past few years at a rapid rate and in return, we have seen a growth in the number of our skilled and experienced employees.  In
May of 2016, Roxanne Erdman joined our Sales Department as a Customer Service Representative.

Before coming to Yazoo, Roxanne worked in Sales and Marketing Analytics for a nationally recognized drug store.  She wanted to find a more stable and reliable job that also allowed her to keep her time with her son, which is what led her to Yazoo Mills.  Roxanne started her college career initially as an architecture major but then switched to Psychology.  Currently, she has one more year left to finish and will be pursing that in the coming months.

When asked what she likes most about working at Yazoo, she said “I like that it is family-owned and a smaller company which gives an open and friendly environment.  Everyone has
been so welcoming and eager to help me learn the business.  I am eager to see how I can grow in my career with Yazoo.”

She likes to spend a lot of her time with her three-year-old son and enjoys doing crafts as well as DIY projects.  She is a big fan of the new adult coloring books and she is a coffee addict.

Yazoo is happy to welcome Roxanne to our team and look forward to watching her grow with the company.

       

We would like to give a warm welcome our newest team member, Melinda Cobb.  Melinda started at Yazoo Mills in May of 2016 and is currently our Operations/Logistics Assistant.  Before coming to Yazoo, she worked as an Auditor and Material Tech at a logistics company in Moline, IL.

What she likes most about working for Yazoo is the people.  She says “From my co-workers to my leaders, it is a very positive environment.  I have also gained some of the greatest friends already!”  Melinda goes on to say “Yazoo is simply a great place for me.  From the wonderful people to the opportunities it offers, I am here to stay.”

In her spare time, she likes to go on hikes, workout at the gym, and most importantly, spend time with her family.  She is a proud Mom of a beautiful, 15-month-old baby girl, who takes up much of her time.  She goes on to say “My daughter has the most irreplaceable personality and I put everything into being the best Mom I can be.  For me, being the best person I can be, regardless of where I am at, is very important.  I strive to feel reliable wherever I may be.”  Welcome to the team, Melinda.  We are glad that you are here!

      

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!