Hub Labels had the privilege of hosting the Washington County Manufacturers Roundtable on March 31st. These meeting are held to facilitate networking between manufacturers and companies. It also helps manufacturers learn and create supplier and customer relationships, and it gives them a platform to discuss policy and legislative issues.
By MIKE LEWIS email@example.com | Photos by Kevin G. Gilbert/Chief Photographer
Employers can offer plenty of wellness programs and health checkups, some local experts acknowledged recently, but it’s still a challenge to motivate people to participate.
“We have the same issue, and we’re the health department. That should tell you something,” Mary McPherson, a program manager at the Washington County Health Department, said during last week’s Eggs and Issues session, sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce.
McPherson was part of an eight-person panel that addressed wellness and workplace issues. And most of the eight said people can take small steps to make big improvements in their health.
For example, start striding up the stairs instead of riding in the elevator. McPherson mentioned one organization that made stairwells more attractive by decorating them with artwork, piping in music and posting reminders about the health benefits of using the stairs.
“It doesn’t need to be big,” she said of efforts to promote health. “Start really small. Have low expectations.”
Fitness “is part of our culture” at Hagerstown’s Hub Labels, according to Pam Kunkle. She’s the human resource manager at the company, which offers a fitness room, classes and other wellness opportunities for employees. But she stressed the label printer’s culture has been built one step at a time over the course of years.
She told fellow employers at the session that motivation “is going to be one of the most difficult challenges you’re going to have. … You have to keep at it. You can’t give up.”
Katherine Smith, representing the American Heart Association, said the ideas do not need to be complicated. Instead of taking doughnuts to the routine meeting, she suggested, take doughnuts and fruit. Instead of stocking soft drinks, provide soft drinks and water.
The idea, she said, is to provide people with opportunities to make healthier choices.
Panelists also talked about incentives employers can offer to boost wellness.
For example, Andy Bruns, president and publisher of Herald-Mail Media, said the company offers wellness screenings and checks. As an incentive, he said, employees receive insurance discounts for participating in the screenings as well as making healthy choices, such as quitting smoking.
The panelists detailed resources that are available to help people pursue healthier lifestyles.
• Bruns spoke about healthy washingtoncounty.com, a collaboration involving The Herald-Mail and Meritus Health. The site, which can be used by anyone, allows people to track their weight, blood pressure and exercise levels. It also offers information about health issues.
• Kunkle, of Hub Labels, said the company has been encouraging employee health for years. The company has a fitness room and helps offer classes, from workouts to yoga. A farmers market comes to the company to sell fresh foods.
• McPherson, of the health department, said the agency is working on a walking plan for the area. She said Washington County is home to many walking trails, including those in city, state and national parks. “We just need to get people out using them,” she said.
• Smith, representing the Heart Association, said the organization offers what it calls Workplace Health Solutions, a variety of tools designed to improve employees’ health. She stressed the importance of wellness programs, noting that “80 percent of cardiovascular disease is preventable.”
Hub Labels is expanding on their continuous innovation philosophy by going from good to great with Dupont™ Cyrel® Fast Easy Plates. This new plate technology platform simplifies the prepress process, which results in increased productivity and consistency.
The immediate benefits to our Hub Labels’ customers can be seen from the examples below, the new plating system is able to produce a much more vibrant image, capable of picking up the tiniest details. In the example label, the honeycomb has a much more vibrant color to it and the gradients fade off gradually into the surrounding image. With up to 4,000 DPI, the image quality is unmatched. “I’ve been with Hub Labels for almost six years, the amount of technological advances we have adopted within the past few years is enormous. This new plate technology is another one of those advances and it will definitely help our customers make a visual impact in their marketplace,” notes the Graphics Supervisor at Hub Labels.
From the beginning in 1978, Hub Labels has always been on the cutting edge of quality, productivity and sustainability. This expansion is part of an on-going effort by Hub Labels to drive progress and innovation on the manufacturing floor.. Thomas Dahbura, President of Hub Labels, believes in continuously driving best practices and involves every single employee in Lean Manufacturing & visual management. As a Lean company, Hub Labels is always looking at ways to make improvements to their processes to create more value for their customers, the most recent example being the installation of Dupont™ Cyrel® Fast Easy Plates.
Dupont™ Cyrel® Fast Easy Plates provide many needed benefits to the Hub Labels production process. Featuring flat top dots, which are built directly into the plate, helps the job come up to color quickly. These plates also provide excellent solid ink density with reduced impression, no bounce and superb fade to zero. “As they should be, brand owners are very particular about color and their overall brand consistency. To help maximize color consistency for our customers, we had to run spot colors to get the results they were looking for. Now we are seeing these new plates quickly come up to color so bright and vibrant, we hope to eliminate this extra step in the near future,” notes the Purchasing Manager at Hub Labels.
With the installation of the Dupont™ Cyrel® Fast Easy Plates, Hub Labels also wanted to keep company wide sustainability goals in mind. This new workflow provides a superior environmental profile by eliminating all solvents and aqueous solutions from the plate room.
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The 2016 IPPE will be even larger having surpassed 456,000 net square feet of exhibit space and more than 1,250 exhibitors. IPPE will be held Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 26-28, 2016, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga. Hailed as the largest annual trade show for the poultry, meat and feed industries, the show focuses on Innovation – bringing together buyers and sellers of the latest technology of products and services to make your business successful, Education – learning from the experts in free- and fee-based world-class programs beginning Jan. 25, 2016, on topics that cross industry interests, Global Reach – attracting over 7,000 visitors from 103 countries, and Networking – meeting new and rekindling old relationships with leaders across the industries.
2016 IPPE SHOW HOURS:
- Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
In today’s competitive business environment, companies need to look at other options when buying their packaging materials and understanding the difference between price vs. true cost.
Are any of the below areas affecting your company:
- Packaging Design
- Packaging Cost
- Production Cost
- Cash Flow
- Packaging Waste
If any of these areas ring true to you, we have an option that you may want to hear more about. If you will be attending the show and would like to hear why many companies are switching to Linerless Labels, please contact John Doyle at 301-671-2262 or firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know when you would be available.
Please stop by Booth #B7175 to see a live demonstration of the equipment used for automated applications. Plus, check out The Ultimate Packaging Solution!
The International Production & Processing Expo is a collaboration of three shows – International Feed Expo, International Meat Expo and the International Poultry Expo – representing the entire chain of protein production and processing. The event is sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), and the American Meat Institute (AMI) and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY).
For more information about the 2016 IPPE, go to www.ippexpo.org.