We would like to extend a warm welcome to Jen Warner who joins our front office staff as Yazoo’s Receptionist.

Warner has a long history of working in customer service and making sure that customers are taken care of. Her background includes working for United Airlines handling calls for travel agents and as well as their international desk. And more recently, she worked for the corporate travel industry for 25 years. During her tenure in the travel industry, she learned how to become a pro multi-tasker as it is very fast paced and lots of changes and moving parts happening.

In need of a change, Warner decided to apply at Yazoo not only because of her background in customer service but because she has always heard great things about family-owned business. She knew instantly, it would be a great fit for her. In her current role as Receptionist, she handles answering the phones and transferring them to the correct party, pricing orders accordingly by order size, price piece, etc. and handles the online stock mailing tube orders that come in through our website and various other channels.

What does she like best about working at Yazoo? “Everyone is wonderful to work with. The family atmosphere is great – you’re not treated like a number, rather a person that they get to know and appreciate. Yazoo is very gracious to their employees and I’m fortunate to work here.”

In her spare time, you can find her spending time with her husband and kids (ages 22 and 17), chasing her two English Springer Spaniel’s around, whipping up new recipes and cheering on the Denver Broncos and New York Rangers.

A few fun facts about Jen:
• Her very first flight was an economy seat from Newark, NJ to London on Virgin Atlantic
• She loves all things crime and murder mysteries
• Lived for playing softball and basketball as a kid

Welcome to the team, Jen! We are happy to have you and your cheerful personality on our team!

     

When placing an order for any desired product, you find yourself anxiously awaiting its arrival on your door step, almost like Christmas time. During the waiting period, you question if your package will ever make it to your house (especially in today’s world… if you know, you know!), if it will be on time (the struggle is real) and the most important question of all – will it be damaged? Chances are, the packaging material used for shipping your purchase wasn’t strong enough and received some dents from not being packaged and/or handled properly. That’s where Yazoo Mills’ expertise and strong shipping tubes come into play, giving you peace of mind and your products protection!

At Yazoo, we take great pride in making sure we meet our customer’s paper tube requirements. We recognize that one size does not fit all, which is why we offer high-quality and extremely durable packaging and protection tubes made to fit each customer’s specifications. Our protection tubes are generally used to slip over expensive parts, threads, cylinders and other sensitive items to protect them during shipment. Our packaging tubes are commonly used to ship steel, aluminum, tooling, banners, vehicle parts, construction materials and much more.

No order is too big or too small for our company. We offer no minimums and ship orders within 48-hours; the fastest in the industry. With over 350 tooling options available and a wide variety of finishes, the possibilities are almost endless with Yazoo’s packaging and protection tubes.

   

Sweet summertime – ahh… the season that (most) people look forward to. Sun, warm temperatures, vacations, break from school, etc. But the heat and humidity that summer brings can be a game changer when it comes to paper products.

As the temperature in the air increases, so does its ability to retain moisture. When humidity levels increase, the fibers in the paper draw in moisture very quickly, resulting in expansion. For example, think about the doors in your house and how they seem to stick during the summertime. That’s because of materials expanding due to the humidity. The same happens with paper tubes and cores.

During summertime conditions, paper tubes and cores manufactured in high humidity can shrink drastically if an end-user puts them into an air-conditioned room with extremely low humidity. Humidity can weaken the tubes and cores which will then cause them to fail. If used in a timely manner, less moisture will affect the product. Paper tubes and cores should not be stored near any type of heating or cooling unit, in an air stream of heated or cooled air or in the path of a humidifying stream of air. Knowing your storage environment is very critical.

Understanding how moisture and humidity affects paper tubes and cores is imperative for end-users as they are looking for the products to have the best appearance and performance. To ensure optimum performance, control the relative humidity (R.H.) levels and temperature in the processing and storage environments.

     

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.

     

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Judy Rang as our new Human Resources Director.

Prior to coming to Yazoo, Judy worked for a business solutions provider in Cockeysville, MD as an HR manager, previously owned an HR consulting firm and is a certified HR professional. With her roots planted in PA, she was eager to find a job near her hometown. Our family-owned business that is well respected nationwide really grabbed her attention and ultimately led to her applying for the position.

As our Human Resources Director, Judy is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating the administrative functions related to employment and safety. As our company is continuing to grow, she has already been busy at work coordinating recruiting efforts to find the right leaders that will help take our company to the next level in manufacturing. What does she like most about Yazoo? She says “The people, everyone is friendly and so willing to step in and help.”

In her spare time, you can find her spending time with her husband and three sons (29, 22, and 17), enjoying the great outdoors, traveling to the beach, being a “baseball Mom” and being a health coach that helps individuals meet (as well as exceed) their health and wellness goals. Her husband just bought a Harley so she is looking forward to warmer weather and a lot of Sunday drives.

Welcome aboard, Judy! We are thrilled to have you on our team and can’t wait to watch you excel in your new role!

   

Yazoo’s Sales Department provides top-notch service to all customers, big or small. Our team focuses on your pain points and delivers innovative solutions to help make operations more efficient.

We are happy to announce that Wanda Bankert has been promoted to Lead Sales Representative. Wanda has been with Yazoo for 22 years and has been helping our sales department flourish ever since she started with the company. In her new role, she will be assisting the Sales department with any customer, Epicor and operational questions as well as communicating with new and existing customers to discuss their needs and find solutions fit for them, provide quote pricing and lead times and assist customers with the appropriate product selection that is beneficial for their company and customer’s needs.

The family-owned and friendly atmosphere is what she enjoys most about Yazoo. The secret to her 22-year tenure? She says “I enjoy helping customers with their tube and core requirements as well as the generous pay and benefits Yazoo has to offer!”

In her spare time, you can find her spending time with her grandson and family and going antique shopping. A hidden talent of hers? Well, I guess you can say finding new wineries that have great wine — we will call her an amateur wine connoisseur.

Congrats on your promotion, Wanda! We know you are going to help take our Sales Department to the next level!

   

We are proud to announce that Jesse Smith has been promoted to Winding Manager at Yazoo Mills, Inc.

Smith joined Yazoo Mills in 2012 and initially started as a nightshift winding operator. Over the years, he transitioned into new roles that gave him opportunities to grow as a person as well as bring new ideas to help Yazoo continue to evolve as the industry leader. During his tenure at Yazoo, Smith has shown a tremendous amount of leadership, dedication and integrity, all of which have led to his current promotion.

In his new position, he oversees the entire Winding Department of two shifts and 15 winding lines. In addition, Jesse manages the stock label core program, works with customers on custom printed labels and liners, oversees management of winding inventory, orders raw material and ensures that his team is working efficiently while maintaining a high-level of quality assurance.

Smith looks forward to collaborating with his department as well as the management team on implementing more technology to allow Yazoo to continue bringing innovative solutions to help solve problems for our customers, allowing them to improve their processes.

     

Think about how your relationship is with your current supplier – are they meeting your needs and providing exactly what you are looking for? Do they communicate transparently from the beginning of your interaction and throughout? A great supplier relationship is a human relationship, not a digital one. Yazoo’s people-centric atmosphere focuses on our relationships and interactions with our employees and customers, allowing us to be the best we can be.

At Yazoo Mills, we give our customers more. We have been defining industry standards for over 118 years with top-notch quality and service that is second to none. Our team of 150+ highly-skilled employees are constantly evolving and improving our process to provide the best products for our customers. We work with you and for you; finding your pain points and providing custom solutions fit to your needs. As a powerhouse company, we collaborate together to offer innovative solutions to help increase your productivity; keeping you ahead of the competition.

Our family-owned business has your goals at our core. We believe in treating our partners and customers exactly how we would like to be treated in regards to honesty, responsiveness, follow-through and going the extra mile to ensure that their needs and desires are met. When you choose Yazoo, you get more the just paper tubes and cores – you get a partnership you can trust and a company that helps you see beyond today to tomorrow and the future.

Over 15,000 customers collaborate with us – are you ready to make the switch? Let the supplier of choice power your business.

   

“Success travels in the company of very hard work. There is no trick, no easy way.” – John Wooden

Meet Kevin Bachota | A hard working Yazoo employee who has been with our company for 11 years and strives each day to make an impact not only on his team but also the company and our 15,000+ customers. Kevin works vigorously at any given task and completes it with maximum efficiency; always going above and beyond what is needed. He’s passionate about learning new skillsets and helping take the company to the next level which has landed him the promotion to Winding Supervisor.

In his new role, he is responsible for scheduling the work orders between machines in Winding to meet customers’ deadlines, maintaining high quality standards while ensuring that his operators are also focused on quality and communicating with various department supervisors to ensure efficiency across the board. He also focuses on driving company policy & discipline, ensuring all safety procedures are acknowledged & followed and leads, teaches and coaches his team to be successful as well as have the tools and knowledge to continue operating as the supplier of choice for paper tubes and cores.

Kevin contributes his 11-year tenure at Yazoo to many different things. He says “Yazoo Mills is a family-owned company and the people that work here have become a part of my family, literally. The pay and benefits are second-to-none in the area, career advancement opportunities and safety is a priority that is taken very seriously.”

In his spare time, you can find Kevin spinnin’ the DJ table at weddings and events, spending time with his family, coaching his son’s travel baseball team or grilling and relaxing by the fire.

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Congrats on your well-deserved promotion, Kevin! We’re excited to watch you grow in your new position.

   

Layke Ensor is a driven individual who is passionate about helping out his teammates and leading them to achieve daily success within their roles. An energetic employee who leads by example, Layke embodies Yazoo’s mission, vision and values and strives each day to continue helping Yazoo be the leader in the paper tube and core industry.

Manufacturing has always been in Layke’s blood – he previously worked for a local manufacturer as a forklift driver, material handler and production operator. Eight years ago, Layke set out on his journey here at Yazoo Mills on 2nd shift as a Winding Operator. He then transferred to a 1st shift Winding Operator position then floater and was recently promoted to his most current role as a Lead in the Winding department.

As a Lead, Layke is focused on learning the supervisory role as he manages six employees and their respective machines, helps maintain efficiency, collaborates with his teammates on innovative solutions and maintains integrity day in and day out.

Layke contributes his tenure to enjoying his job and the family atmosphere here at Yazoo; a home away from home, where everyone has each other’s backs. The ability to be able to teach the younger employees and keeping the company’s goals at the forefront are what motivates him.

In his spare time, you will find Layke pulling his camper to a new site to enjoy the outdoors with his wife and five kids as well as locating a cool, new hiking trail that allows them to explore and create memories.

Congrats on your job promotion, Layke! We know that you will shine in your new role!