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Hub Labels, Inc. Wins Three Awards at Annual TLMI Competition  

Hub Labels, a custom manufacturer of pressure sensitive labels in Hagerstown, Maryland was recently presented with three awards from The Annual TLMI Competition held in Scottsdale, AZ. Hub Labels was recognized with the 2017 Environmental Leadership Award and two digital print awards.

The 2017 Environmental Leadership Award recognizes both a converter and a supplier member each year that consistently demonstrates a commitment to progressive environmental practices across a range of areas. These areas include solid waste reduction, recycling, waste or energy recovery, the implementation of new ‘clean’ technology and/or processes, and the implementation of an education program.
Hub Labels became Project L.I.F.E. certified in 2012 through TLMI and have been committed to finding cost effective ways to help reduce their environmental footprint since. As a result of the certification process, Hub Labels created a Project L.I.F.E. team that is charged with managing as well as implementing environmental projects and efforts. Hub Labels has since effectively targeted and reduced waste, water usage and vehicle gas emissions.

Hub Labels utilizes every employee in the organization to help work towards a more sustainable environmentally friendly company. Through Project L.I.F.E. and LEAN Manufacturing practices they strive to be an environmentally-friendly leader in the industry. They do this by believing that “We Think Differently” is more than just a motto, it is a way of life that their employees are committed to everyday.
In addition, to winning the Environmental Leadership Award at the 2017 TLMI Annual Meeting, Hub Labels was also presented with two label awards. They received a 1st place award in the Wine and Spirits category for Digital Printing/Ink Jet. The second award was 1st place in Digital Printing/Ink Jet – Color Process Prime. Both of these awards aim to recognize innovative printing and technical achievement. The competition recognizes and honors the finest efforts of their converter members throughout the previous 12-month period. ‘As an active leader in the industry, we are very excited to be recognized for our printing capabilities,’ said Thomas Dahbura, President of Hub Labels. ‘I am extremely proud of how well our team works together to produce our high-quality products, we wouldn’t be where we are today without each of our dedicated team members.  

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2017 TLMI Annual Awards Competition

We are proud 1st place winners of the 2017 Annual TLMI Awards Competition! We placed 1st in the Wine & Spirits category and the digital printing category with our submissions from Coyote Moon and Grimm Ales.

The TLMI Annual Awards Competition aims to stimulate innovative printing and to recognize technical achievement in all areas of the narrow web industry, including tags and labels, cartons, flexible packaging, non-woven pressure-sensitives and more. The competition recognizes and honors the finest efforts of converter members throughout the previous12-month period.

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TLMI Environmental Leadership Award

October 10, 2017, Hub Labels Inc. was presented with the TLMI Environmental Leadership at the 2017 Annual Meeting held in Scottsdale, AZ. This award recognizes both a converter and a supplier member each year that consistently demonstrates a commitment to progressive environmental practices across a range of areas. These areas include pollution prevention, environmental leadership, tangible benefits, relevance to others, and commitment to industry & TLMI environmental initiatives.

Paralyzed Veterans of America – Thomas’ Mountain Bike Trip Journal

Mountain Bike Journey Through Crested Butte, Colorado

In August 2017, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) invited Thomas Dahbura, owner of Hub Labels, to join them on a mountain bike trip to Crested Butte, Colorado. Over the next week, Thomas documented his adventure through the mountains of Colorado and the amazing crew of the PVA mountain bikers.

8/21/2017 – Day 1

The day started with a 3am wake up call. All packed and ready to go headed out the door at 4am BWI-DFW first leg. DFW-flight was on time and off to Montrie to meet Jody Shifler-the event organizer, Mark and Linda Power along with Luke and Brianna from the Adaptive Sports Center.

Off to Crested Butte 2 hour drive.

Arrived Crested Butte and all is well. Met all the athletes and got briefed by the ASC staff about the exciting week to come finished off with Pizza and water. Crested Butte is at 8880 feet. Nothing to mess with so water and NO booze. Skiing is one thing but mountain biking at this altitude should be exciting. The highlight of the briefing was finding out that one of the rides is a 2-1/2 mile hill climb and 1,000 feet of climbing. That will be a record for me and at this altitude should be interesting.

Monday is planned to get our bikes checked out and out for an easy 10 mile ride in the low country. Low country is above 9,000 feet. I’ll be working on getting used to using the go pros and adding footage to my diary.

8/22/2017 Day 2

Monday was about getting our equipment fitted out for the athletes and getting acclimated. We started with basic skills and they learned how to maneuver their wheels over various obstacles.

Each athlete had different types of trikes as you will be able to tell from the video and each one came with their own challenges. The day was interrupted to watch the eclipse and gave us a chance to take a short break.

After lunch we ventured out for some riding around the town loop which got all the fellas out into the hills and gave us an opportunity to see the amazing vistas and challenge ourselves on the trail.
The trail had its challenges but the most challenging was the lack of oxygen! No injuries despite a couple of crashes so the day was a success. As I get to know everyone I am inspired by their positive attitude and GRIT!

8/23/2017 Day 3

The long days and lack of oxygen really take a toll on the body but I am finally adjusting to the altitude. I have really been enjoying the fantastic views and taking in the incredible scenery. Check out my video of the day’s journey.

8/24/2017 Day 4

Did some great downhill work today. Really enjoying biking with the PVA team. One day left!

8/25/2017 Day 5

I made it to the last day. It will be tough going home after this and returning to normal life. Loved biking everyday and seeing such wonderful views of our great country. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to be on this journey with me. I hope I get an opportunity to do this again. Quick question… Do I need to worry about reverse altitude sickness when I get back to Maryland? I know people get land-sick when they’ve been on a boat for a long time. Nah, just having some fun. Thanks for being with me on my journey.

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Gallus Labelfire Delivery!

[Hagerstown, Maryland | March 2017] Hub Labels is excited to announce the arrival of their greatest and latest press, the Gallus Labelfire DCS 340 Digital/Flexo Hybrid Press, which will be operational in March of 2017. This is the second Gallus Labelfire press in the U.S. and tenth worldwide. It combines the latest in digital printing technology with the additional benefits of conventional flexographic printing.

On the digital side, it comes with state-of-the-art inkjet technology, including 7+ colors and 1200 dpi resolution, which is the absolute best resolution in the industry. What makes this press truly unique is that it also includes three conventional flexographic print stations. This hybrid digital-flexo press is ideal for short print runs and brands who like to frequently change their label as there are no plates needed when running on the digital press. It also has the ability to run digital white, variable text data and image personalization. With the flexography stations, plates can be made to implement label embellishments including coil foil. It is a perfect solution for any brand that loves to experiments with new materials and artwork to create a unique label. Many industries such as beer and wine, health and beauty, and the growing cannabis markets find printing on a hybrid digital-flexo press the ideal solution to their complex label needs and a great way to offer personalized brands to the consumer.

Check out the video for more information!
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Hub Labels Wins 2016 When Work Works Award

When Work Works Nomination

[Hagerstown, Maryland | March 2017] – Hub Labels has been selected as a finalist for the 2016-2017 When Work Works Award. When Work Works (WWW), is a research-based initiative, which highlights how effective and flexible workplaces can yield positive business results and help employees succeed at work and at home.

The award is unique for its rigorous criteria. To win, applicants must rank among the top 20% of U.S. employers in terms of their programs and practices for creating effective and flexible workplaces, based on nationally representative data from Families and Work Institute. Hub Labels has passed the first stage of the application process by scoring in the top 20% of employers nationally.
Also, two thirds of the overall score is derived from a confidential employee survey, ensuring that these programs and practices are having a real impact where the “rubber meets the road” on the employee experience. The survey needs to be completed by at least 40% of the company’s employees.

The winners of the award will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Wish us luck!

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Leading Edge Award Nomination

Hagerstown, Maryland | March 2017 — In March 2017, the Washington County Chamber of Commerce elected Antietam Cable Television to win the “Leading Edge Award” at their 18th annual Washington County Business Awards. Other finalist in the category included Hub Labels Inc and Truck Enterprises Hagerstown, both located in the city of Hagerstown.

“We are pleased to have been nominated and although we would have loved to have won, we still enjoyed being apart of such a great celebration of Washington County Business.”, said Thomas Dahbura, President of Hub Labels. “There is nothing more satisfying than seeing people succeed and grow a successful business right here in Washington County. We are a great, tight-knit community with so much growth and change all around us. Nothing is more exciting than living somewhere that allows a business to grow, thrive and be innovative. It truly is an honor to have been nominated for this award.”

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Introducing the Hub Labelfire Press

The Gallus Labelfire 340 combines the latest digital printing technology with the benefits of conventional printing and further processing technology and is raising the bar in label printing. The capabilities are endless!


Projects can easily be customized with text or graphics.

Long & Short Runs

This press has the ability to handle both long and short run digital printing which helps keep your project on schedule.

High Quality Printing

Industry standard is for flexo printing is 300 dpi, the digital press is 1200 dpi. *dpi – dots per inch

Print on Demand

Ability for a faster reaction time; including last minute art and quantity changes.

Less Inventory Stock

Instead of printing large amounts at a time, digital printing allows you to print what you need, when you need it.

Test-Drive Markets

Since there is not a minimum quantity requirement; you are able to test new markets cost effectively.

Special Effects

Interested in adding special effects to your label? Choose from silver or gold cold foil to make your package stand out.

Still interested in learning more about our Labelfire?

Watch our Labelfire Video.
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