August Employee Spotlight

Hub Labels is excited to share our second Employee Spotlight, featuring Arnold Crouse, our material planner of 20 years and teammate for 40. We set a few minutes aside to sit down with Arnold and ask him a few questions on his experience and relationship with Hub.

Being with Hub for a solid 40 years, you must have a variety of experiences here at Hub. What are all the jobs that you’ve had throughout the years?

Arnold: I started out as a converter, printer and shop supervisor when we moved into our new building (that we are currently in). Then I was a shift supervisor when we started 2 shifts along with Dave Mosser, at that time we alternated on 1st & 2nd shift. Then I became the production supervisor, and then became Material planner for the last 20 years.

You’ve been a loyal member of our team at Hub since the beginning stages of the company: What are some your most memorable moments at Hub? Business and non-business related, or both.

Arnold: Traveling to El Salvador back in 1987 for Bud Dahbura’s cousin to help them with training their supervisor in San Salvador. I was there for 3 weeks learning their process. I got to see what they were printing for local businesses, like food products, carnival tickets, clothing etc. It was fun & interesting to experience their culture and ways of living! Another time was back in mid 90’s going with Thomas to Milan, Italy for a few days to learn about heat sensitive inks for a local ribbon making company for how they transferred their patterns & colors on their ribbons. Again learning Italian culture and learning the basic principles of how to print on paper with these heat transfer inks.”

What has been your favorite part about working at Hub Labels?

Arnold: Having the background & experience to share with the departments to give them the information they need to process the orders for our customers and the camaraderie and relationships I have built over these past 40 years at Hub Labels. Also, giving back to the community non-profit organizations though volunteering with United Way, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, and Adopt a Highway are a few I have supported over the past years.

What has changed about Hub since you started working here?  

Arnold: Wow, many things from how things were done 40 years ago which was mostly by memory and learning and adapting to the different printing technologies and software to track physical inventory to processing orders and purchasing. Going to an all-in-one productivity software package from EFI back in 2014 and also seeing how printing presses have advanced over the many years I have been at Hub.

To read the previous edition of our employee spotlight with Mark Smith, visit this link here.

To learn more about the latest printing technologies here at Hub, check out our latest article here!

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: https://www.healthiestmdbusinesses.org/

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