Maryland MEP Names Hub Labels October 2015 Manufacturer of the Month

Columbia, Md. – Maryland MEP (MD MEP), a non-profit committed to growing and strengthening Maryland manufacturing, has announced Hub Labels as its October 2015 Make it in Maryland program’s Manufacturer of the Month recipient.

Founded in 1978 by Bud Dahbura and his wife, Mary, Hub Labels has more than 35 years of printing, manufacturing and converting label material expertise. The Make it in Maryland program is Maryland’s first and only program dedicated to manufacturers within the state to showcase companies, demonstrate the value of manufacturing within Maryland and highlight manufacturing successes.

“It is a great pleasure to have an established organization like Hub Labels as part of MD MEP’s Make it in Maryland program, supporting our programs and services,” said Brian Sweeney, Executive Director of Maryland MEP. “Hub Labels has displayed a passion for manufacturing high quality and sustainable label materials, and delivers top-notch products and services to its Maryland-based clientele. It is a pleasure to recognize the company’s good works and efforts by naming Hub Labels our Make it in Maryland program’s Manufacturer of the Month for October 2015.”

As a leader in its industry, Hub Labels serves a variety of markets including beer, wine and spirits, beverage, direct mail, food, health and beauty, household products, linerless, promotional, industrial and shipping. Specializing in every type of custom label printing imaginable, Hub Labels’ presses are able to produce high-quality and pressure-sensitive roll labels, clear film labels, sheeted labels, fanfold, continuous laser, roll wrap, tag and specialty labels quickly and affordably. The organization is dedicated to partnering with customers to meet strategic goals by providing creative, innovative and sustainable label options. In prime market segments, pressure-sensitive labels, linerless labels and direct mail, Hub Labels’ products are found in 70 percent of mid-Atlantic households on food, beverage, beauty and household products.

Hub Labels operates daily using solid, sensible business practices to deliver superb customer service and top quality products. The organization’s dedicated sales and marketing staff are always listening to the voice of the customer, which helps drive innovation to deliver new label products to the market on a regular basis. Current projects include development of a “no label-look,” decoration for beverage containers, high opacity inks for clear containers and slide-able sleeves on vacuum packed food products.
In addition to the specialized products it provides, Hub Labels is very involved with the local community. From the top down, the organization values the local community with nonprofit sponsorships, monthly community events and employee involvement in programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and Adopt-A-Highway. Additionally, Hub Labels was awarded the 2014 Going Green Business Award and the 2013 Maryland Green Registry Award for outstanding contributions to environmentally responsible and sustainable business practices.

“Hub Labels joined MD MEP’s Make it in Maryland program in May of 2014, finding value in the many benefits the program provides, from Business-to-Business purchasing to partnership development with other businesses within the State of Maryland,” said Caitlin Barnhart, Marketing Assistant at Hub Labels. “MD MEP has played a pivotal role in Hub Labels adaptation to the ever-changing demands of the market and our involvement has allowed us to continue building strong relationships with businesses in our state and community. Hub Labels has also provided us assistance with our energy projects and regularly attend our Lean Peer Group meetings.”
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Hub Labels Expands Use of AVT 100% Inspection & Quality Control Solutions

Hod-Hasharon, Israel & Hagerstown, Maryland, USA – Hub Labels, one of the most prestigious and diversified manufacturers of pressure-sensitive labels, linerless labels & direct mail pieces in the United States, is expanding its use of inspection and quality control solutions from AVT, the world leader in print inspection, print process control, and quality assurance. The expansion chiefly involves AVT’s Helios, a market-leading solution for 100% inspection and quality assurance in label and narrow web printing.
For Hub Labels, the announcement not only represents trust in AVT’s inspection systems but also growth in its own overall business needs: After originally installing Helios on a pair of its labeling lines two years ago, Hub Labels is now adding the solution to three existing lines as well as two newly purchased ones. The uptick in overall output from the new lines, combined with the increased efficiency yielded by AVT’s solutions, will result in a sharp surge in production capabilities for the Hagerstown, MD-based manufacturer.

For manufacturers such as Hub Labels, the ability of Helios to immediately detect developing defects – thereby decreasing overprinting and reprinting – can significantly reduce waste and production costs. In fact, since its original AVT Helios installation, Hub Labels has clocked material waste as low as 2% even while running 400 feet of web per minute. The resulting boost to overall productivity and efficiency is often instant and dramatic; Hub Labels estimates its own output has risen an impressive 15%.
Read About AVT Quality Controls at Hub Labels.

Lean Manufacturing Andon System

At Hub Labels, the production management team recognized a gap in the employees’ ability to easily signal and receive help while on the production floor. After doing some research into different types of equipment, the decision was made to invest in the Lean Manufacturing Andon solution. In manufacturing, Andon systems provide visual feedback to the plant floor, making it more easy for an employee to alert management of an issue that needs attention. Andon systems indicate line status, show when assistance is needed (e.g. supervisor or maintenance calls), and empower operators to stop the production process for quality issues.

This new communication tool will:
• Bring immediate attention to problems as they occur in the production process.
• Provide a simple and consistent mechanism for communicating information on the plant floor.
• Encourage immediate reaction to quality, down time, and safety problems.
• Improve accountability of operators by increasing their responsibility for “good” production and empowering them to take action when problems occur.
• Improve the ability of supervisors to quickly identify and resolve manufacturing issues.

After deciding to move forward with the Andon system, the next step was to figure out how to create and implement it at Hub Labels. The exterior boxes were built out of wood and painted gray. Maintenance handled all of the mechanical wiring within the boxes and added the switches to each converting machine. Two switches were installed per machine so employees can easily signal if they need assistance from the Finishing side or the Shipping side during label production.

The end product was a visual system that quickly alerted management to employee production concerns.

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Hub Goes Electric with a Chevrolet Volt

Hagerstown, MD (August 12, 2015) — Hub Labels, Inc recently purchased a 2015 Chevrolet Volt, a hybrid vehicle, to use as a company vehicle. The Volt is unlike traditional hybrid cars because it can drive on pure electricity for the every day commute and seamlessly switch to gasoline for longer trips.

For less than the cost of a latte, The Volt can be fully charged and get an EPA-estimated 38 miles gas-free. Thh could lead to the discovery of potential savings to be made. The Volt averages 900 miles between fill-ups. With the standard 120V charging unit, the car’s battery can be charged in about 10 to 16 hours. In addition, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named Volt a 2015 Top Safety Pick in its Small Car segment. With all of these great incentives, plus being environmentally friendly, the Volt is a great addition to Hub.

Hub’s decision to purchase the Chevrolet Volt is part of their “Going Green” initiatives. Hub Labels has won several awards within their community that recognize their efforts to leave the world a better place through caring for the environment, business sustainability, and embracing the role of Hub Labels in the circular economy. The company has an employee led team who reimagines how things are done at Hub to find new and innovative ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. It has been a great success for the company and one that employees have fully embraced.

Find your local chevrolet dealer for more information on the Chevrolet Volt.

New VSP plus linerless labels

Using revolutionary skin pack technology from Harpak-Ulma and Sealed Air, a Mondini vacuum skin pack machine yields 30% material savings because there is no lidding scrap.
Check out the video featuring Darfresh Tray Packaging and the Ravenwood Nobac 500 Linerless Labeler in action at the Pack Expo in Chicago.

Visit Hub Labels at Booth #211 at Pack Expo East 2015

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is bringing the latest packaging and processing solutions to the East Coast, with the debut of the newest event in its PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, PACK EXPO East (Feb. 16-18, 2015; Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia). The new show brings PACK EXPO – and the innovation, educational resources and networking opportunities it’s known for – to the North East in the region’s only event for processing and packaging technologies across industries.

“We learned through customer research that we have a great opportunity for both PACK EXPO exhibitors and end users in the North East,” says Jim Pittas, Senior Vice President, Tradeshows, PMMI. He adds that PACK EXPO East promises to bring world-class innovation and insights in packaging and processing for many markets, including, but not limited to, the pharmaceutical, medical device, baking and snack, beverage, food and personal care sectors. “Whether your market is confectionery, baking/snack, pharmaceutical and medical devices, food, beverage, electronics or something else, PACK EXPO East will bring an exclusive focus on processing and packaging technologies, top-tier exhibitors and a customer-centric approach to operational needs. It’s everything you expect in a PACK EXPO show, located within 200 miles of a third of the nation’s major consumer goods companies,” says Pittas.

With this mixture of technologies, PACK EXPO East combines convenient and much-needed access to advanced, whole-line solutions. The show will also offer regional attendees an exclusive opportunity to cross-pollinate ideas between industries. Attendees will find the educational opportunities they have come to expect from PACK EXPO shows, including Innovation Stage sessions, on-floor education at exhibitor booths that will be packed with promotional and educational material like physical print magazine resources, pamphlets and more, as well as activities in conjunction with packaging and processing educators.

“Philadelphia is an accessible and affordable destination for manufacturing professionals on the East Coast,” Pittas continues. “By hosting a PACK EXPO event here, we’re creating an opportunity for manufacturers to bring more team members to the show, so they can explore innovations on the line and new solutions that they’ve never considered before.”

PACK EXPO East’s high-caliber educational programming will address challenges in sustainability, food safety and automation, and networking opportunities to connect with suppliers and peers on important issues and trends.
Please stop by Booth #211 to visit Hub Labels . . . the company that has been printing superb labels for great brands for over 35 years.

  • Monday, Feb. 16, 2015: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

To learn more and to register for PACK EXPO East, visit

About PMMI

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is a trade association representing over 650 packaging and processing supply chain companies that provide a full range of packaging and processing machinery, materials, components and containers. PMMI actively brings buyers and sellers together through programs and events such as the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows,, PACK EXPO Show Daily, networking events and educational programs.

PMMI organizes the PACK EXPO trade shows: PACK EXPO International, Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO International and presented jointly with the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE); PACK EXPO Las Vegas, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México and EXPO PACK Guadalajara, connecting participants in the packaging and processing supply chain with their customers around the world. Coming Up: PACK EXPO International 2014, Nov. 2-5 (McCormick Place, Chicago); Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO International 2014; PACK EXPO East, debuting Feb. 16-18, 2015 (Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia); EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2015, March 10-12, 2015 (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico); EXPO PACK México 2015, June 16-19 (Mexico City, Mexico).
Learn more about PMMI and the PACK EXPO trade shows at and

Kate Achelpohl
Director of Member Communications

Visit Hub Labels at Booth #B7746 at the 2015 IPPE

The 2015 IPPE will be even larger having surpassed 475,000 net square feet of exhibit space and more than 1,150 exhibitors flaunting their trade show marketing potential. IPPE will be held Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 27-29, 2015, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga. The Expo will highlight the latest technology, equipment and services used in the production and processing of poultry, meat and feed products. The Expo will also feature dynamic education programs addressing current industry issues, combining the expertise from American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), American Meat Institute (AMI) and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY).

  • Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015: 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 and let him know when you would be available.
Please stop by Booth #B7746 to see a live demonstration of the equipment used for automated applications.
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 2015 IPPE, go to