A Sweet Relationship: Yarnell’s Ice Cream Co.
and Arkansas Blue Cross (Autumn 2009)
The taste of cold Yarnell’s ice cream on a hot summer’s day is an Arkansas family
tradition that dates back to 1932, and for 26 of those years, Arkansas Blue Cross
and Blue Shield has been a part of keeping that tradition healthy.
The Searcy-based ice cream company’s 240 employees keep the mid-South supplied with
dairy-based treats and work hand-in-hand with other manufacturers across the nation.
The factory has been modernized throughout the years to facilitate production of
premium ice creams, sherbets, frozen yogurts, low-fat and low-sugar treats as well
as a variety of ice cream sandwiches, ice cream bars and other novelty items.
"We compete in the marketplace with national brands," said Floyd Washburn, vice
president of Human Resources and Quality Assurance for Yarnell’s Ice Cream Co. Likewise,
Yarnell’s maintains high standards when it comes to the health of its employees.
Washburn said Yarnell’s was one of the first companies in the state to hold a company-wide
health fair for its employees, and offer incentives to those who attend. Additional
incentives are given to employees who don’t smoke.
After reviewing different health insurance companies, Washburn said Arkansas Blue
Cross consistently has risen to the top like cream. "The service level is exceptional,"
he said, adding that the human resources staff knows they can rely on the Arkansas
Blue Cross Central Office Location to
handle any issues that may come up.
"Yarnell’s and Arkansas Blue Cross have a true partnership," Washburn said. So,
whether your passion is Homemade Vanilla or Woo Pig Chewy, the next time you dip
into a creamy scoop of Yarnell’s, you’ll know that the ice cream company you love
trusts the health insurance company that is good for you!