We are proud to announce that Norma Myers has been promoted to Supervisor in the Recut Department.  During her 29-year tenure at Yazoo Mills, she has held numerous positions in the Recut Department starting out as a packer and working her way into her most current role as a Supervisor. Myers came to Yazoo with a manufacturing background, which is an industry she has always enjoyed working in.

In her new role, she manages 13 employees in the automatic recutter area.  She ensures that her team is continuously checking quality, maintaining productivity and moving work around for her department to remain as efficient as possible.

She says “I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for my team members and keeping the ‘never stop learning’ mentality. Yazoo has given me opportunities to learn and train which in return allows me to contribute to helping our customers receive the best quality products in the industry.”

The advice she would give to our younger workers? She says “Be open-minded and grow with the company. If you are willing to apply yourself, future opportunities will present themselves.  Be prepared to adapt and look for ways to continue helping the company evolve. Never be afraid to share an idea.”

Fun fact:

Question: If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
Norma: I would definitely fly back to Vegas with my sister to explore the city and try my luck at a few games to hopefully win big!

We are proud to have Norma on our team and look forward to watching her lead continue to lead the Recut department to success. Congrats, Norma!

     

When looking for a new employee to join our amazing team, we make sure we take our time to find the perfect fit, not only for our company but also our customers.  It’s important to us to find a teammate who has the drive, determination, compassion and knowledge to allow us to continue giving the best service, experience and products to our valued customers.  We are pleased to announce the hiring of Celsea Weaver, who has joined our Customer Service Department.

Celsea, a graduate from Millersville University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, joins our growing team as a new Customer Service Representative.  Prior to coming to Yazoo, Celsea worked as a Branch Manager at a local staffing agency.  During her tenure there, she worked diligently to place temporary and temp-to-hire staff at local manufacturing facilities.  From interviews to placed advertisements to delegating tasks to her recruiters, she’s well-rounded when it comes to customer service.

As a Customer Service Representative for Yazoo, she is responsible for entering custom, stock and purchase orders as well as handling customer inquiries about orders.  Additionally, she is taking on a temporary role as Receptionist which includes directing phone calls, handling incoming PO’s, entering website, eBay and Amazon orders, assisting customer inquiries, pricing orders, and preparing sales quotes and catalogs for mailing purposes.

Celsea mentions that she has always heard great things about Yazoo Mills and when she saw the job opening posted, she knew she had to jump on it to continue her career in Customer Service with an extremely reputable company.  When asked what she likes most about working at Yazoo, she says “I really enjoy the atmosphere.  Everyone is friendly and very welcoming.  I also feel extremely valued as a team member which says a lot about a company.”

In her spare time, you can find her socializing with her fiancé, friends and family members.  She has a dog named Sam who takes many adventures with her and her fiancé from playing and going on walks to exploring new places.  Additionally, she likes to listen to music, shop and decorate her home.  When asked if she wanted to share anything else, she continued to say “There are quite a few local manufacturing facilities that I am familiar with from my previous employer that placed orders with Yazoo Mills.  It’s great to see local businesses supporting each other.  Being familiar with these businesses also helps me understand how many different uses tubes and cores can really have!”

Welcome to the Yazoo team, Celsea! We are super excited to have you join our company as well as continue to watch you succeed in your role!

     

Workplace safety is extremely important and should be a priority to all employers.  That is why industries across the world have health and safety procedures in place.  All employees desire to work in a safe and protected environment every single day which becomes the responsibility of not only the company’s but also the workers, too.  We interviewed Yazoo’s HR/Safety Coordinator, Trisha May, to get her take on workplace safety and how Yazoo continues to implement safe practices throughout our locations.

  1. How are you involved with safety?
    • As safety coordinator, I conduct safety orientation for new employees. We review safety policies and make sure that employees know where all emergency exits and first aid kits are located and where to report in case of an emergency evacuation.  I coordinate safety training for all employees, such as Lockout/tagout, First Aid/CPR/AED, Fire Extinguisher training, SDS training, etc. and make sure our records are up-to-date. I am also the secretary of the safety committee, so I take notes during each meeting and make sure each member receives a copy of them. I also assist in the investigation of any workplace accidents.
  2. How long has safety measures been in place at Yazoo?
    • Safety has always been a priority for Yazoo so some have definitely been in place for a long time! It’s important to review them periodically and keep them up to date. We do have some safety measure that have been recently put into place, such as new mandrel carrying procedures and forklift attachments.
  3. Since you have taken over, what kind of safety measures have you implemented/changed at Yazoo?
    • This was definitely a team effort, but we developed a comprehensive safety manual so that all safety policies and guidelines would be in one place and accessible to all.
  4. How often does the safety committee get together? What all is discussed in your meetings?
    • The safety committee meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month. The committee has a supervisor and representative from each department in the plant, and we have a new group of members each year. We go around the room and each committee member shares any safety concerns, successes, or ideas on behalf of their department. We also review any injuries and/or near misses that have occurred since the last meeting, and upcoming training.
  5. Are there any new safety measures that are going to be implemented in the future?
    • Safety is always evolving and we are always looking for ways to improve so there will definitely be more measures put into place in the future. We welcome feedback and suggestions from our employees anytime and during the safety committee meetings. We also complete a quarterly safety observations checklist. In this process, an employee is selected to do a thorough walk-through of the plant and provide a rating on a list of about 30 safety observations.

    

Our ever expanding and growing company has seen a major growth over the past year with not only customer growth but also career growth. The manufacturing expansion at our Hanover Distribution center this past fall has led to a career opening at our New Oxford location.

Meet Jared Wolf, Yazoo’s new 2nd shift Winding Supervisor at our New Oxford location.  Jared started his career at Yazoo in 2008 as a 2nd shift Winding Operator which then led him to a floating position and then to a lead position, all in the 2nd shift Winding Department.  His prior background experience in manufacturing helped Jared not only excel in all of his positions with the company but also prepare him for his role as a Supervisor.

In his current role as a Supervisor, Jared’s duties consist of overseeing the manufacturing of paper tubes and cores on 2nd shift, making sure that quality control checks are done by the operators and himself, finding new ways to limit the downtime of each winder that is running and make certain that policies and company goals are being met.  One thing he likes about Yazoo is the smaller working environment.  He said “You have a better chance to know everyone on a first name basis and job security… we’re always busy.” He continues to say “I enjoy the responsibility of overseeing my own shift.  It gives me great pride.”  One of the many reasons Jared has remained with Yazoo is because of our hourly pay rate.  He said “It’s one of the best in the area!”

In his spare time over the spring to summer months, he enjoys recreational bass fishing as well as taking his kids out on his small boat to enjoy the outdoors. He also likes to fish in a small tournament trail at one of his local lakes.  In the winter time, he enjoys skiing with his family and just recently started bowling in a couple leagues at a local bowling alley.

A job well done on our promotion, Jared – it’s well deserved!

Are you looking to make an exciting career switch?  Check out our current openings!

    

At Yazoo Mills, we take great pride in our employees and the work they do for our company. We provide on-site training for all employees to ensure their jobs are being done safely as well as helping them learn new things that will potentially lead to a job advancement.  We love to see our employees excel in their job roles, especially when an employee is promoted to a new position.

Meet Kevin Bachota. He’s been with Yazoo for over 9 years and started out as a 1st shift winding operator.  Throughout his tenure here, he has also held other positions such as a winding trainer and a floater.  Through hard work, persistence and his drive to learn new things, Kevin has recently been promoted to a Lead in our Winding Department.  Within his new role, Kevin is responsible for ensuring that quality of production is up to Yazoo’s standards, assists in production efficiency by gathering daily materials needed for the operators, help maintain a safe and pleasurable environment and assist his supervisor with projects and daily duties.

When asked what he likes best about working at Yazoo, he replied with a big smile “I like the competitive page, the way they treat their employees is top-notch, my co-workers are great (and hardworking!) and the growth of the company is never-ending which gives me great job security.” Kevin also goes on to say “Yazoo Mills create a family environment and makes it easy to come to work every day with a smile and positive attitude!”

In his spare time, Kevin likes to spend time with his wife and son (AJ) and watch his some play travel baseball and basketball.  His family also owns a DJ entertainment company on the side so you can most likely find Kevin spinning some tunes at weddings, school dances and private events.

Job well done and congratulations on your recent promotion, Kevin. You deserve it and we look forward to watching you excel in your new position with the company!

    

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.

    

Our Sales Department team is growing and we would like to give a warm welcome to our newest team member, Sandra Garcia. Sandra joined the Yazoo team back in November and is currently working in our Customer Service Department.  Prior to coming to Yazoo, she spent numerous years in Customer Service/Marketing for Hain Pure Protein.

Garcia’s current job duties within her department are to provide top-notch customer service both internally and externally. She listens to the customer’s needs and helps them find the perfect paper tube or core sizes that they are looking for without any hassle and always puts our customers first. When asked what made her make the switch and come to Yazoo, she replied “I was looking for advancement opportunities and love that Yazoo promotes from within.”  Among the many reasons she likes working for Yazoo, Garcia likes the friendly staff and family environment the most.

In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family, go to the gym and stay involved in her church. We are very glad to have Sandra a part of the Yazoo team and look forward to watching her excel in her position!

        

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