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Yazoo Mills is pleased to announce that Sam Clark, CSP, has joined the company as Occupational Safety & Health Manager.
Sam brings more than 30 years of industrial experience to the team, including global experience with safety cultures throughout different countries. In his role at Yazoo, he will be responsible for assisting our company in the development of a world-class safety culture to improve the health and well-being of our employees and to help the business be even more sustainable in our future growth.
Sam brings a passion and commitment to finding safer ways of working, which he established through his previous role and continued education. He began with self-education to enhance his skills by completing over 364-hours of training programs and earning over 30 certifications through OSHAcademy. Sam attended Columbia Southern University (CSU) to pursue a bachelor of science degree in Occupational Safety and Health and earned his Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation. Later, he earned the highest certification as a safety professional by becoming a Certified Safety Professional (CSP)—a six-month process, ending with a 5 ½ hour exam that tests your knowledge on standards, regulations, management principles and many other categories within the safety profession.
When asked why he chose Yazoo, he replied with “after working with global organizations, I’ve had the privilege to travel around the world and learn about different safety cultures. When I made the decision to start looking for another adventure, two things pulled me closer into taking this step toward Yazoo. First, it’s a family-business atmosphere, that after working for big corporations for most of my career, was the change I was looking for. Second, after touring the facility, I saw the people and the work that I immediately knew this was the place for me and the people I wanted to work with to help improve their already growing process. There are many great things happening here at Yazoo Mills and I wanted to be a part of the team to help build a safety culture, which could help them take the next step in being the best in the business.”
Sam added, “the short time I have been at Yazoo Mills has encouraged me as a safety professional, I have seen other team members come together and get involved. “Change is never an easy thing, but the progress made by many of the team members is encouraging and I look forward to the future as we continue to improve.”
What does Sam do when he’s not at work, he replied with “as many of us in the tri-state area, I like spending time in the outdoors. Sitting out in the woods and enjoying the quietness with nature is my favorite past time. I like kayaking during the summer months as this can also be a peaceful time surrounded by nature. The latest adventure and passion are wines, it has become a dream of mine to have my own little winery as a retirement project. After spending time traveling up and down the East coast and to other countries overseas, trying many varieties of different wines. I have recently started making my own and also have planted my own little vineyard which is two years old.”
Fun fact about Sam, he used to bowl on 10 pin leagues over the years. He has bowled three perfect 300 games, which he has rings and awards from the bowling association.
Welcome to the team, Sam! We are excited to watch as you hit the ground running and bring new, innovative ideas to improve our workplace safety.
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.
Yazoo is proud to announce Kevin Boyer’s advancement to Electrical Controls and Automation Technician.
Boyer joined Yazoo’s Maintenance Department in 2018 as a Maintenance Mechanic. Within a year, he was quickly promoted to Maintenance Lead. Although Kevin has only been with Yazoo for three short years, his technical ability and innovative mindset has led him to this current promotion.
In his new position, his main focus will be the automation and electrical side of Maintenance. He will be working on various automation projects, updating and backing up current systems, helping maintenance with electrical needs and collaborating with his department to maintain equipment efficiency throughout the plant that leads to reducing machine down time and maintenance costs.
Why Yazoo? Boyer says “I like Yazoo’s willingness to invest in innovation which allows me to create new ways of doing things with the use of technology.”
In his spare time, you can find him spending time with his family, finding new trails to hike and reading. Fun fact – in 2020, Kevin read 64 (mostly nonfiction) books!
Congrats on your promotion, Kevin! We are excited to watch you grow and take Yazoo’s Maintenance Department to the next level!
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.
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!
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.”
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!
We are pleased to announce the recent hiring of Sara Snyder to the position of Document Preparation Specialist at our Hanover Distribution Center. Sara, a graduate from Towson University, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business and a Minor in Spanish. Previously, she worked as an Operations Assistant for MassMutual in Savannah, GA where she was in charge of the entire application process for various financial and insurance products for the Financial Advisors. Sara is no stranger to Yazoo – she was hired temporarily to fill a Data Entry position and applied with hopes that a permanent position would become available.
In her new role at Yazoo, Sara prepares customer orders to be pushed through production. She determines how orders are going to ship based on customer requests, packaging specifications, weight and footage and then proceeds to send the orders out to the plant. Additionally, she creates the jobs to replenish the paper tube and core products for Yazoo’s stock programs.
The company culture that Yazoo provides definitely helps Sara feel like she belongs. “The atmosphere here is wonderful. Everyone is friendly, has a good attitude about work and is proud of what they do. They are quick to compliment a job well done or help with any questions as I continue learning a new position”, she says. When Sara isn’t at Yazoo, you can find her spending time outside with her husband and dog, being a weekend-warrior and taking road trips, renovating their camper/future tiny home, traveling abroad when opportunities arise and getting her hands on all things DIY.
Welcome to the Yazoo team, Sara – we’re happy to have you and excited to watch you grow with our company!
We’ve been in business since 1902 and we are STILL growing, more and more each year. With our continuous growth, we are pleased to announce the hiring of Claire Alexander, who has joined our Order Prep Department. Claire, a graduate from Shippensburg University with a degree in Geography/Surveying/Data Collecting & Processing, joins the Yazoo team as the new Document Preparation Specialist.
Before coming to Yazoo, Claire worked for a student loan company in customer service and a Navy support center as a Contract Digitizing Technician. Her knowledge, background and persistence helped pave the way for her new role with our company. As a Document Preparation Specialist, Claire is responsible for pulling orders from the dashboard to prepare them for production, cross-checking all of the important details such as order specs, shipping requests, payment information and packaging specifications. Once she has everything filled in, she prints a production order along with any specs that show the complete order details and shipping labels, then hands them over to the scheduler so they can get the production process started.
For Claire, she applied at Yazoo for a chance at a new experience. She saw an opportunity to gain new skills, be a part of an amazing company and have a much closer drive to home. She enjoys the people she gets to work with. Claire said “Everyone is friendly and willing to help if I have a question and it seems like everyone is on the same track of working together in order to keep the business in proper functioning order.” She also enjoys getting to learn a job that is new and different, feels appreciated by management which was hard to come by at her previous jobs, and the overall friendliness atmosphere that Yazoo presents. Claire continues to say “The pleasantries go a long way here – whether that’s a friendly hello in the morning or someone complimenting how great of a job you’re doing.”
In her spare time, you can find Claire buried in a good book, playing video games or watching a show. She enjoys having board game and cocktail nights with friends, spending time with her husband and playing with their two cats and two dogs. Congrats and welcome aboard, Claire. We’re excited to have you be a part of our team!
If you’ve ever called in to place an order or request a quote, you’ve been met with a kind and helpful voice that is eager to assist you with your needs. The person behind that kind voice is Katie Hafer, our new Switchboard Operator/Customer Service, who joined the Yazoo team back in May.
Before coming to Yazoo, Katie previously worked at a local grocery store as the Assistant Customer Service Manager where she was in charge of customer service, answering the phone and handling daily cash flow and deposits. She was looking to find a job that had better hours, pay and awesome benefits which is when she stumbled upon the job opening at Yazoo. Her mother-in-law works out in the plant and encouraged her to apply. She decided to take her advice and it worked out very well for her!
In her current role with the company, her job duties entail answering all incoming phone calls, order entry, pricing orders and other general office tasks. When asked what she likes most about working at Yazoo, she said “Everyone is very nice and always helpful. I also very much enjoying having a set schedule through the week.” In her spare time, she likes spending time with her husband, taking their new puppy, Champ, for walks, as well as spending time with both families, reading, stitching, and scrapbooking.
Welcome to the team Katie, you’re a great addition and we are glad you are here!