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Meet Our Makers: Jostens' Larry Burnett

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Newell Brands is much more than the products we make -- the people who make them are a vital part of our culture.

If you received a high-school yearbook in the past 35 years, there’s a good chance that Larry Burnett had something to do with it.

Based in Clarksville, Tenn. at the Jostens' manufacturing facility, Larry operates an Italian foil press machine called a Sarroglia.

A master of many different applications, such as foil stamping, die-cutting, scoring and embossing, it’s Larry’s job to make the cover of the book shine, literally. He expects nothing less than his best work and it’s simply impossible for his passion and commitment to his craft to go unnoticed.

“You know you’ve heard that old saying, ‘You can’t judge a book by it’s cover,’ but yes you can. That’s the first thing they see and first impressions are lasting,” Larry observed.

Most importantly, on a personal level, he’s as friendly as they come, assuming you don’t have anything bad to say about the Minnesota Vikings.

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“I just want people to know that we’re working hard for them and we just hope that they cherish the book as much as we cherished ours when we were kids.”

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The Jostens Story

Jostens provides products, programs and services that help its customers celebrate moments that matter. The company's products include yearbooks, publications, jewelry and consumer goods that serve the K-12 educational, college and professional sports segments. The company was founded in 1897 and has over 3,500 employees.

In 1897, Otto Josten set out to repair people’s keepsake jewelry. He soon found himself creating a cultural icon. Through the Jostens class ring, generations have been empowered to share their unique stories and connections to the people, traditions and experiences that define them.

And in turn, these stories have defined Jostens.

Over the last century, we’ve continued to innovate to provide unique, lasting experiences for everyone that comes to Jostens to share stories and celebrate achievements. With every custom item we create, from a preschooler’s cap and gown to an All-Pro’s championship ring, we’re passionate about what we do.

  • Encouraging students to make a commitment to graduate with nationally recognized programs.
  • Guiding yearbook advisers and staffs to tell their schools’ stories for all students with Yearbooks and Photo Books.
  • Empowering people to express themselves and celebrate achievements with rings designed online.
  • Celebrating traditions with a memorable graduation experience, Graduation Announcements, Diplomas, Jewelry, Awards and more.

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