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We are pleased to announce and welcome Chad Cameron to Yazoo Mills as Data Analyst. Chad brings to the team more than 20 years of analytical experience.

Prior to joining Yazoo, Chad was a Statistical Analyst for the Baltimore County Police Department where he had been since 2001. In this position, Chad worked in a team that handled all data-related requests for the department. These requests could range from statistical reports for upper management, to data/information-related assistance in actual criminal investigations.

In his new role, Chad will maintain and update machine data to ensure the accuracy and completion of all data that is collected. This is part of the quality team who use analytical techniques in order to lower waste and reduce downtime. In addition, Chad works on developing and designing tools to assist processes at Yazoo. When asked what made him apply at Yazoo, he replied “two answers; quality and stability.”

Yazoo’s atmosphere and culture are what he likes best about working at Yazoo. He says “The people have been great to work with and the work has been challenging.” Outside of work, Chad invests his time in his family, his church and his community. He leads a weekly children’s program during the school year, coaches youth sports, and likes to read books during lunch breaks. The books he prefers most are non-fiction, theory-based that make you think. In addition, Chad works a second job on nights and weekends in the area of sports statistics.

A fun fact about Chad, is he enjoys visiting National Parks. Death Valley is his favorite so far!

Welcome to the team, Chad! We are excited to see you put your knowledge and experience to work to help Yazoo continue to be the industry leader and supplier of choice for paper tubes & cores.

Rob Rummel, Project Coodinator  Rob Rummel Takes Measurements for Guard Rails

Yazoo Mills is pleased to announce the promotion of Rob Rummel to Project Coordinator. In his new role, Rob will be a driving force behind the success of all key projects from start to finish—including research, planning, scheduling, and communication.

A graduate from Millersville University with a bachelor’s degree in Technology Education, Rummel joined Yazoo in 2019 on the front lines of the Winding Department. In a short period following, he moved on to the back lines within the department to produce small ID stock paper cores & tubes and became part of the company’s Concerns Suggestions & Improvement (CSI) program. In addition to his experience at Yazoo, Rummel worked for his father’s business, Rummel Pattern Works, before and after college. The company built various fixtures and tooling for the local manufacturing industry, and gained much experience in a field many people are unfamiliar with. Along with his extensive industry knowledge and education, Rummel’s work ethic, drive, organization and communication skills are among the key components that led to this advancement.

“Communication is everything,” says Rob. “As project coordinator, I strive for clear and concise communication as it’s critical to ensure all areas of a project, whether large or small, stay on track.”

When asked what he likes most about Yazoo, Rummel says “Several things. First, I like the culture. I feel like Yazoo combines futuristic thinking and new technology with old-world values. I feel like this is one of the few companies left, that still takes care of their employees and is genuinely appreciative of their efforts; as well as concerned for their well-being.” Rummel adds, “I feel like they also have a very solid foundation and make smart, sound decisions. They’ve been around for 120 years for a reason.”

Outside of work, Rob cherishes spending time with his family, enjoying the outdoors, going on walks, dining out when possible, and exploring his lifelong interests in woodworking and the paranormal. He enjoys the on-going home projects—many of which can be viewed on his YouTube Channel, “The Shop.” Rob has built 90% of the furniture in his own home, including kitchen cabinets, built-in storage units, head-boards, dining tables, full size beds, tobacco pipes, urns, and many other varieties of things.

Congratulations on your promotion, Rob! We are excited to watch you grow and take Yazoo’s projects to new heights.

Aaron Long, Marketing Coordinator at Yazoo

We are pleased to announce and welcome back Aaron Long as Marketing Coordinator at Yazoo Mills.

Prior to attending college in 2002, Aaron had worked as a summer helper in the recut department at Yazoo’s New Oxford facility. In 2006, his passion for creativity and problem solving began. He attended Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts where he earned a degree in specialized technology.

Aaron brings to his role more than fourteen years’ experience in design and marketing. He’s held several key roles with the most recent as director of marketing for a local professional services firm. During his tenure there, he organized all marketing activities including the development and delivery of a fully integrated marketing strategy. This helped to align and support sales goals across the company’s supporting divisions.

As a key member of Yazoo’s growing team, Aaron looks to apply his years of marketing expertise to continue to grow the organization as the industry leader and supplier of choice for paper tubes & cores!

What led Aaron ‘back’ to Yazoo Mills?

“Joining Yazoo Mills was a great opportunity to continue my professional career as a marketer, work closer to my family, and to be part of a family-owned company with a strong 120-year history that operates with honesty and integrity. It felt like the perfect fit to join a team of dedicated employees. Employees who are always willing to help, are aligned with the same goal to always strive for excellence, and the company’s consistent appreciation for their employees and customers. I’m thrilled to be part of the excitement here at Yazoo and look forward to continued success and growth!”

Outside of work, his greatest joy is time spent with family, especially his wife of 10 years, Ashlee, two children (7-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter), and Yorkshire Terrier. He always looks forward to watching his son compete in sports, daughter’s dance recitals, family adventures and game nights. Aside from family time, Aaron also enjoys staying active with running, coaching, golfing, fishing, and tackling at-home projects.

A few fun facts about Aaron:

Welcome back to the team, Aaron. We are happy to have you and excited to watch you excel in your new role!

     

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.

      

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.

   

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 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.