Our Professional Family

From our plants and Research & Development labs to our customer-facing teams and administrative offices, we empower our 2,500 employees to achieve personal and professional growth.

Fulfilled employees are the foundation of our business. That’s why one of RYAM’s top priorities is promoting professional development within an inclusive environment.

A Culture Where Everyone Matters

Every member of the RYAM family makes an important contribution to our culture, so there is zero tolerance for discrimination. At RYAM, our differences are a source of strength; they are valued, respected, and celebrated.

In addition to creating an inclusive workplace, we also take great pride in our home communities. We encourage our employees to embrace philanthropy, service, and civic involvement, which strengthens our company and the communities we serve.

Serving Our Communities

Fernandina Beach, FL

With RYAM’s support, our employees host and participate in annual charity events and mentorship programs.

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United Way | Charitable Giving and Annual Golf Fundraiser

$720,000 raised over 16 years to help the United Way promote health, education, and financial stability for every person in every community.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida

Our Fernandina Beach plant employees volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters “Beyond School Walls” program, which provides students with mentorship that helps them develop important life and career skills.

Jesup, GA

Supporting Local Nonprofits

Tabitha's Place

The Jesup Plant and its employees support numerous non-profit agencies that assist those in need. We call this effort RYAMGives. Supported agencies include Fairhaven, a shelter that provides support to women and their children needing to escape the cycle of domestic violence; the Good Samaritan Center, which provides groceries for families to be able to prepare and enjoy meals around their table at home; or the Boys and Girls Club, which offers children and teens a safe environment with activities that engage and develop them during times after school when their guardians are unavailable and many more!

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Donations also support an account established within the Wayne County School System to fund educational field trips to all students, eliminating the financial burden on caregivers and providing field trip opportunities to all students.

Grants & Awards:

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wayne County

We’re committed to making a meaningful impact on the at-risk youth in our community. Grants to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wayne County support mentorship programs to create positive change in Wayne County.

Long County Public Library
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RYAM contributions to the Long County Public Library support reading programs for youth in the community.

Témiscaming, QC

Serving the Community with Pride

Lions club fundraiser

RYAM proudly contributes to the Lions Club of Témiscaming, supporting families in need and strengthening our community.

Jacksonville, FL

Supporting Education and Nonprofits

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RYAM employees adopted a class of students from Tiger Academy, a local elementary charter school, and single handedly supported them from kindergarten through fifth grade.

More than 10 local charities have been identified and supported by employees as part of an annual giving campaign.

“Diversity and inclusion (D&I) are about understanding that we are all different, and that these differences should be embraced. Creating diverse and inclusive environments improves our wellbeing and generates a positive impact in our personal and professional lives.”

-McKinley K. Ravenell – Manager, Production Operations


Supporting Your Professional Growth

Just as trees thrive in working forests, employees thrive in an environment of opportunity and support. RYAM offers a structured professional development program to help our employees grow within the company. We’re proud of the many success stories in RYAM’s professional family:
  • A project engineer who is now a manager of a plant
  • A utility reserve who became a superintendent
  • And many individuals who have attained special qualifications and certification to assume advanced technical or supervisory roles.
At RYAM, your career development will begin on your very first day. We’ll support you through:
  • RYAM’s onboarding process, which equips you with the skills and knowledge you need to make a seamless transition to your new career.
  • Our Early Career Development (ECD) Program, which provides career coaching, education, and leadership development opportunities, empowering you to grow within the company.
  • Ongoing leadership, safety and compliance training that supports our commitment to best-in-class safety performance.
  • A tuition reimbursement program, which can help you further your education and professional development.
We empower all our team members to advance their education, participate in community and professional organizations, and join our growing list of employee resource groups to support personal and professional growth.

“I am part of a company that places a priority on having diversity in the workplace. Research has shown that diverse teams are the most innovative, coming up with more “blue sky” ideas than those with less diversity. As a leader in new product development, it is imperative that we have this ability, and I have witnessed firsthand the power of diverse teams collaborating and innovating together. It has shaped my professional journey and cultivated projects in the group that have inspired us. It’s made all the difference in the world.”

-Larissa S. Fenn, PhD – Director, New Products