Maryland Healthiest Business 2020

Hub Labels Among Healthiest MD Businesses

Hagerstown Maryland [August 7, 2020] The Maryland Department of Health Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control announced the 2020 Healthiest Maryland Business and Hub Labels is honored to be part of the selected few who have earned the Gold Award. This is the third consecutive year Hub Labels has been recognized as a gold-level business and earning this badge of honor. The State of Maryland’s Health Department began this initiative to create a statewide movement to promote a culture of wellness. This initiative aims to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy workforce and to recruit business leaders who incorporate healthy policies into the workplace.

Hub Labels wellness program has been a journey that began with a vision from Owner/President, Thomas Dahbura more than 5 years ago when Hub Labels joined the Healthiest Maryland Business program. Dahbura asked the Human Resources Department to spearhead the program. As a result, an employee wellness committee was formed to create initiatives to educate employees on various wellness topics including physical health, mental fitness and financial health. An onsite gym was established and was equipped with bicycles, a rowing machine, along with various weights. In addition, through a partnership with a local medical center, Hub Labels offers onsite blood pressure checks and promotes an annual campus-wide wellness week for all employees. Most recently, unhealthy food and beverage options were removed from the company lunchroom.

Carrie Aaron, Hub Labels’ HR Manager, spoke to the benefits of participating in the Maryland Healthiest Business program. “The program provides our organization with a Wellness Scorecard”, states Aaron. “It’s a great way to measure what we are doing, while also providing us with new ideas to continue improving our wellness program year-after-year. Each year, we make it a point to improve our Wellness Scorecard. We have regular wellness meetings which is staffed by our employees and who bring new ideas to the table on how we can promote wellness and health. We have learned that it does not need to be a complicated program; that simple is sometimes best.”

To learn more about the Healthiest Maryland Business program, visit their website:

Wellness team wins gold in 2020
Wellness team wins gold in 2020

Maryland Strong Window Clings

Maryland Strong: Back to Business Pledge

Hub Labels President Thomas Dahbura joined with the Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz to announce a partnership to support the safe reopening of businesses as the state continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Hub Labels is working with Maryland Commerce to produce 10,000 window clings that businesses across the state can display that feature the Maryland flag and the words “Proud to be Safely Open. Maryland Open for Business.”

Secretary Schulz visited Hub Labels this week to watch the window clings, which are high-quality stickers that don’t use adhesive to stay adhered to the glass, being produced at Hub Label’s Hagerstown facility. The clings will be distributed to each of the state’s 23 counties and Baltimore City so businesses can display them to the public, along with the Maryland Strong: Back to Business Pledge that can also be displayed.

“We want to thank Hub Labels for their partnership as we continue to work with Maryland’s business community to help businesses safely reopen,” said Secretary Schulz. “These window clings, along with the business pledge, offer much needed assurance in knowing that a business is taking the steps to adhere to health protocols and offer a safe environment for customers.”

“When Maryland Commerce approached us about producing these window clings, I went to my team and said we’ve got to help,” Dahbura said. “Times are uncertain right now, for so many reasons, COVID-19 just being one of the factors. I want to make a difference, however big or small, to help our communities find a path forward to recovery.”


About Hub Labels, Inc

Hub Labels, Inc is a manufacturer of pressure sensitive and linerless labels.  Hub is able to provide superior quality and service with our robust and modern fleet of flexographic printing presses, and a flexographic-digital hybrid Heidelburg/Gallus Labelfire press with expanded color gamut that is unmatched in the industry for image resolution and color.  Hub is dedicated to staying abreast of the latest packaging trends and building long term relationships with our customers, vendors and suppliers. But at the heart of Hub are the people, who are driven by five key principles: Safety, Sustainability, Innovation, Service and Community.

About Maryland Commerce

The Maryland Department of Commerce stimulates private investment and creates jobs by attracting new businesses, encouraging the expansion and retention of existing companies, and providing financial assistance to Maryland companies. The Department promotes the State’s many economic advantages and markets local products and services at home and abroad to spur economic development and international investment, trade and tourism. Because they are major economic generators, the Department also supports the Arts, film production, sports and other special events. For more information, visit


Mark Smith, Lead Estimator at Hub Labels

Hub Labels Employee Spotlight – Mark Smith

[July 7, 2020] – Hub Labels is excited to share our new “Employee Spotlight”, which features an interview with one of our employees here at Hub. Our first July 2020 “Employee Spotlight”features an interview with the one and only, Mark Smith, our lead estimator who has been a part of our team since April 2009. Colin Viti, our marketing coordinator, sat down with Mark and asked him a few questions about his experience here at Hub Labels.

Mark, you’ve been at Hub a long time, just over 11 years. What is the most memorable moment you’ve had while employed?

Mark: “One of the most memorable moments was last October when the Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, came to visit our plant to celebrate our S.H.A.R.P Certification. It was quite an honor to meet him, along with being a part of the company that achieved that title of being SHARP Certified. More recently though, the most memorable “moment”, and will always be the indelible mark of my time here at Hub, was this pandemic and how we as a company have pulled through this so far. It was thrust upon all of us so unexpectedly and we were quickly thrown in to situations that were out of our comfort zones, ones we have never experienced before. The teamwork I’ve experienced in all facets of the business has been what I will never forget.” 

You see a lot of labels and get to be a part of the process from beginning to end. What is your favorite part about what you do?

Mark: “I love seeing new jobs pass all the way through the plant; to see a finished product and hearing that our customer’s expectations were exceeded is why I come to work every day.”

Over the years, I’m sure you’ve seen lots of change here at Hub Labels. What change has made the biggest impact to how you operate day to day?”

Mark: “Oh geez, without a doubt back in 2014 when we installed the Ef/Radius platform. This software changed the way we operate. The main purpose of the Ef/Radius platform is to measure the shop floor data. This allows us to better evaluate our true costs of the jobs we produce. Before this system was implemented, my job was very tedious. I’m so thankful we work for a company that continues to invest in the latest technologies!

Thanks Mark for your time!

To learn more more about how Hub Labels SHARP Certification, you can read more about the event on our blog.

Labels For A Cause

Hub Labels Supports Labels For a Cause

Hagerstown, MD [June 24, 2020] Hub Labels has partnered with several local breweries, wineries and distilleries to support a large array of projects for a cause. These projects range from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Black Lives Matter, Black is Beautiful and Relief for Hospitality Workers.

Cushwa Brewing Company has undertaken a number of these projects, including an India Pale Ale called All Together which provides relieve to hospitality workers in Washington County, Maryland. Marcus Thomas, Cushwa Brewing Company Co-Owner, said, “All Together is a worldwide, open-ended beer collaboration created to raise support for the industry we love so much. It’s an effort to raise awareness and provide relief, even in the smallest way, to those who are struggling in the hospitality industry.” Recently, Cushwa announced their partnership with the Black is Beautiful campaign which was started by Weathered Souls Brewing Co in Texas. This campaign brings awareness to systematic injustice, racial inequalities and to promote change in law and policy. All proceeds from the can sales will go towards supporting ACLU of Maryland.

McClintock Distillery, located in Frederick County Maryland, reached out to Hub Labels to supply labels for their hand sanitizer, which is donating many of the bottles to emergency responders, retirement communities, assisted living facilities and other high-risk communities in the state of Maryland. Thomas Dahbura, owner of Hub Labels, was eager to help out a local business and provided the labels below the normal rates. “Supporting our community is important. We see a lot of our customers in positions to make an impact in our community and when they bring these projects for a cause to us, we are eager to help. It may seem like a small thing to provide a business a label, but those labels represent the message and ideals of that brewery, winery or distillery. It is important to me that we provide beautiful, high quality labels for every job, support other local business owners, and promote a message of change and optimism.”

In Baltimore Maryland, owner of Charm City Meadworks, James Boicourt, said that the decision to switch to producing hand sanitizer was an easy one for his business. Charm City Meadworks shares a likeminded mentality with Hub in that they work every day to contribute and give back to their local community. This is something needed now more than ever from businesses who can make a difference.

“Hub Labels’ will continue to make meaningful partnerships with local business owners. No matter how small the project may seem, we know these efforts are making a difference to so many,” stated Thomas Dahbura. “I tell my employees to make things happen. Don’t sit on the sidelines. Engage and offer your support. Working with businesses on these projects for a cause does just that. We make stuff happen at Hub!”

To learn more about Black is Beauty or participate in the movement, please visit

If you would like to read about more Hub Label partnerships, please read the latest article published on L&NW.


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Linerless Label Silicon Applicator

Hub Labels Acquires New Linerless Adhesive Coater from ETI

Hub Labels, a market-leading label manufacturer located in Hagerstown Maryland, is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of a new silicone & hot melt adhesive coater from ETI Converting Equipment to support the linerless label market segment. Hub Labels is the only print facility in the United States to have two silicone & hot melt adhesive coaters to create linerless labels which are ideal for skin pack trays. The second coater provides additional security for their linerless customers through machine redundancy, increased flexibility and market leading technology to deliver superior linerless labels.

“Hub’s original coater was purchased in 2009 when Hub Labels partnered with Ravenwood Packaging to install the first linerless label coater in the United States, introducing the linerless technology from the UK,” stated Jesse Hood, Hub’s Quality & Continuous Improvement Director. “It has been 10 years since the original coater was purchased. We had specific challenges we wanted to solve with a new coater. The equipment by ETI did just that.”

“After spending time with Hub Labels in their facility and learning more about their linerless label operation, we believed ETI could improve the overall quality and productivity of their coating line,” commented Richard Hoffmann, ETI’s United States Sales Manager.  “ETI adapted its industry leading Cohesio technology to specifically address coating weight, coating uniformity and finished roll quality.” ETI incorporated its pattern hot melt adhesive roll coater technology in line with its direct roll silicone coating station for this linerless label application. The existing coater uses multiple slot dies to apply stripes of adhesive. The ETI adhesive coater can apply stripes of adhesive, as well as any pattern or shape in register with printing for other linerless label applications. The new coater produces more uniform adhesive stripes and a more controlled coat-weight across an entire job. Hub also found that the slot die system of their original coater can have a tendency to drag and build-up adhesive which can leave a glob of glue on the web. This new ETI coating technology reduces both jamming and adhesive build-up on customer’s linerless applicators.

To test the new coater, Hub Labels partnered with Shenandoah Valley Organic (SVO). SVO saw the difference right away with the new label rolls. “You can actually hear the difference as the glue stripes release more easily from the silicone stripes as the labels pull through our Ravenwood label applicator,” stated Rich Baughman, Director of Technology at SVO. “We’ve worked with other linerless manufacturers in the past, and typically we end up throwing a portion of our labels away because as we got closer to the core, there would be too much adhesive and the labels would not release from the silicone. The adhesive is much more even on the rolls and results in less waste. There is also no build-up of glue on our equipment guillotine, which equates to an increase in efficiency due to less downtime. It has been a huge success for our production team.”

Hoffmann adds, “When we heard Hub Labels’ customer was very pleased with the quality of the finished rolls coming off our coater and how well they worked with their label applicator, we were thrilled!” The new equipment features a coat-weight monitoring system that can read both film and paper substrates. The monitoring system also allows for a specific recipe to be created for each customer and job so the precise coat-weight that is demanded for each application can be easily met. The new coater uses the same silicone and adhesive as the original coater to ensure there are no unforeseen issues due to unknown materials.

“The labels produced by the new ETI coater are incredible,” states Thomas Dahbura, owner of Hub Labels. “The ETI coater uses less silicone which is now barely seen on top of the artwork compared to the thicker, glossy silicone stripes from the original coater. We’ve also found that the rolls produced are extremely flat which equates to no more jamming of linerless applicators and no waves in the label rolls. Here at Hub, we are always looking for ways to do better, be better and thrill our customers. We will continue to reinvest in our company, to expand our capabilities and deliver beautiful custom labels.”


About ETI: ETI Converting Equipment designs and builds custom-engineered web converting, printing and coating equipment used in the manufacturing of pressure sensitive label products, as well as linerless labels. Its patented technologies create a more efficient production process and depending on the application, substantial material costs savings for its clients. ETI is recognized worldwide as a leader and pioneer in helping to develop and bring to market environmentally friendly labeling solutions. For more information, please visit the company’s website at


About SVO: Shenandoah Valley Organic (SVO) was founded in 2014 by Corwin Heatwole, a life-long farmer who wanted to revolutionize his industry by creating a process that ensures farms are sustainable and profitable for the next generation. Headquartered in Harrisonburg, VA, SVO is an organic meat company that prides itself on treating farmers with dignity and respect, as well as having the highest standards for raising animals. Through SVO’s Farmer Focus Business Model, farmers are true partners: they receive fair compensation for their hard work and have the freedom to make decisions for their own businesses. SVO’s deep commitment to farmers, animals, and environmental stewardship results in high-quality, clean label, organic products—ensuring a healthy source of nutrition through the most humane, clean, and safe processes possible. For more information, please visit the company’s website at 


About Hub Labels: Hub Labels, Inc is a manufacturer of pressure sensitive and linerless labels.  Hub is able to provide superior quality and service with our robust and modern fleet of flexographic printing presses, and a flexographic-digital hybrid Heidelburg/Gallus Labelfire press with expanded color gamut that is unmatched in the industry for image resolution and color.  Hub is dedicated to staying abreast of the latest packaging trends and building long-term relationships with customers, vendors and suppliers. At the heart of Hub are the people, who are driven by five key principles: Safety, Sustainability, Innovation, Service and Community. For more information, please visit the company’s website at


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Hub Labels Partners With Maryland Thermoform

Hagerstown, MD [May 6th, 2020] – Hub Labels announced a recent partnership with Maryland Thermoform, a Baltimore based manufacturer of plastic packaging, products and components, who began production of medical personal protective equipment (PPE) for our country’s essential workers.

Maryland Thermoform recently began manufacturing reusable PPE Face Shields and Aerosol Intubation Boxes, both of which are used to protect healthcare professionals. Maryland Thermoform asked if Hub Labels could produce a label that would showcase that their PPE masks are manufactured in Maryland. “Hub Labels has a sterling reputation as an honest, high integrity manufacturer that treats their team and their customers alike”, commented Carl Livesay, Vice President of Operations at Maryland Thermoform. “We value partners that recognize their team as assets to the business. Every member of the team at Hub Labels is singularly focused on delighting the customer. We feel like our business is important at Hub Labels. The label designed by your [Hub Labels] team is distinctive. It makes a statement and it is easy to spot. We receive compliments every day referencing the way the product looks and performs. Our PPE Face Shields are in the harshest COVID-19 environments. They are worn by the strike teams, special emergency response teams and emergency room teams. We are very proud that our product helps people return home safely to their family and friends.”

Partnering with local companies and helping local organizations is a vision that Hub Labels and Maryland Thermoform share together. Thanks to Maryland Thermoform, Hub Labels was able to donate a number of PPE masks to the Maugansville volunteer fire company located very near to Hub’s headquarters. Carl Livesay added, “Maryland thermoforms choses to do business with as many Maryland companies as possible and we insisted that everything was manufactured in the USA. We pay a small premium for higher quality and better service because it is worth it. In addition to Hub Labels, there are five other companies in Maryland making or providing components used in the manufacturing of our PPE Face Shields. We are very proud to report that the PPE Face Shields are manufactured in Baltimore City. The foam used in our PPE Face Shields is manufactured in Baltimore City. The Face Masks used by our team are manufactured in Ellicott City. The boxes used for shipment are manufactured in Baltimore City. The gloves, hand sanitizer, tape, plastic bags and pallets also come directly from Maryland companies.”

As an essential part of the food supply chain Hub Labels has expanded hours of operation to meet the high demand of label orders. Every necessary precaution is being taken to ensure the safety and well-being of the Hub Labels family.


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Color Models & Matching

Color Matching

Color matching is the process of transferring a specific color from one technology to another. This can become difficult when two different technologies utilize different color modeling tools. For example, many digital displays use an RGB color system to create a particular color whereas many printers use CMYK to print colors.

In order to overcome gaps in technology using different color modeling tools, technicians can use standardized color spaces or spot color matching to match colors.



The RGB color model is a color model mainly used in display technologies that use light, so things like computer monitors, tv screens, video games, and digital cameras. The colors red, green, and blue are combined together at different intensities to create millions of colors across the video display screen. RGB color model is additive which means as colors continue to be added the result becomes lighter. The full combination of red, green, and blue produces white.


The CMYK color model is a color model used in printing. Also known as a 4-color printing process, the CMYK color model uses different combinations of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black to produce any color for print. Unlike RGB, which is additive, CMYK is subtractive. This means the CMYK color model combines color in order to cover up a white background which the opposite of what the RGB model does.


PMS is a color model that stands for Pantone matching system. The model is based on over one thousand standardized ink colors. Unlike the RGB and CMYK color models, which require mixing different colors to achieve a desired result, the PMS color model uses inks that have already been created before the printing process begins.

Pantone printing is often used for spot coloring. This is when a specific color is needed in a printing process that the typical CMYK process cannot produce. This is because sometimes with certain combinations of colors, the CMYK process can only assign so much ink to create the colors. For example, if a particular print needs three colors that all require a mixture of cyan, the CMYK process might not be able to assign each the color the appropriate amount needed. This is where Pantone coloring comes to print the spot color that is needed.

PMS printing is also great for printing deep and brilliant monochromatic colors and is particularly a strong choice for color matching specific colors such as a color from a logo. Its limitations arise when printing designs that require four or more colors or printing photographs.

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Hub Labels at ANA D.C.

We had such a great time at the 2020 ANA D.C. Conference. If you stopped by our booth or grabbed one of our sticker sheets it was nice meeting you! If you missed us or want another sticker sheet just send Don Andersen an email at

Here are some photos we took from the conference!

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Inks & Finishes


UV Screen-Printing Inks


Ink that is best for paint reproduction

Label Gloss

Ink that adheres to most types of labels for various products.

Rotoprint Roto-gloss

This ink is designed for labels that are running on rotary presses.

Special Effect Inks

Fluorescent Effects

UV fluorescent ink is made from a powder that will react with certain substances under the right conditions to radiate the effect.

Glitter Inks

Inks that contain glitter particles. Light reflects off of platelets located throughout the ink to give off the effect.

Pearlescent Effects

Similar to the glitter effect, pearlescent effects are achieved by pearlescent particles throughout the ink reflecting light off of different surfaces of the platelets.

Phosphorescent Effects

This effect is created from a phosphoric powder that will store light energy and re-emit it over a period of time.

Slate Effect Ink

These inks are for the printing of slates and scrapers. They are textured with a resistance to scratch.

Thermochromic Effects

These inks change color based on what temperature they experience.

UV Chrome

UV screen ink that creates a reflective metallic surface to emulate chromium.

Embellishments & Finishes 

Label embellishments and finishes aren’t just for looks; they also play an important role in maintaining the integrity of the label. Different labels face different sorts of conditions based on what products they are applied on. For example, a label applied to an ice cream container in a freezer is going to undergo different stresses than a label on a peanut butter jar sitting on a shelve.

There are three main finishes to choose from and they are lamination, varnish, or UV coating. With each of these there is typically an option to add a gloss or matte finish as well.


Lamination involves taking a film material and applying it over the label to provide extra protection. This is best used for labels that will face moisture or exposure to light.


A varnish is a clear liquid coating that can be applied to an entire label or just parts of a label to create a unique visual presentation. They are cheaper than laminates but do not last as long.

UV Coatings

UV Coatings is varnish that is cured by UV light during the printing process. UV coatings are a higher cost than