TLMI Calvin Frost Elevation Award Winner

Hub Labels Wins Calvin S. Frost Elevation Award

Hub Labels, Inc has been recognized as the 2020 winner of the TLMI Calvin S. Frost Elevation Award. This award is earned by a TLMI member company that is leading the industry with fully formed, publicly stated sustainability goals, strategies, and executions that are improving multiple aspects of sustainability. Award recipients demonstrate significant, measurable, environmental benefits as a result of projects, products, or programs that go beyond regulatory requirements.

The TLMI Calvin S. Frost Elevation Award is one of three awards, alongside the Trailhead and Journey Award, that make up the TLMI Frostie Awards. According to TLMI, “The [Frostie] awards recognize association members that have consistently demonstrated a commitment to progressive environmental practices across a range of areas including solid waste reduction, recycling, waste or energy recovery, the implementation of new ‘clean’ technology and/or processes and the implementation of an educational program.”

“TLMI recognized that Hub Labels was one of the first TLMI members to become Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) certified and that the company recycles and diverts all of its waste from landfill. Hub is also currently working with partners to secure renewable energy and to assist their suppliers with their own sustainability goals.”

Thomas Dahbura, President of Hub Labels, said “This is an honor personally since it was with Cal during my tenure on the board that he introduced the TLMI initiative which I thought was something pretty special. I’m grateful that my team has embraced the commitment and the passion that Cal put into this program and that we have been recognized for our accomplishments.”

About Hub Labels Sustainability Initiatives

In 2019 Hub Labels went 100% landfill free. This was a big accomplishment that took years of hard work and planning company wide. The plan now is to keep moving forward and find new ways to innovate and improve our environmental sustainability as a company.

Right now those efforts include using environmentally responsible materials and manufacturing procedures like printing with eco-friendly water-based and UV inks, recycling inks, liner waste, and water, and repurposing corrugated cardboard for packaging purposes.

We also have innovative packaging technologies that we are avidly trying to pioneer, such as linerless labels as a packaging solution which reduces overall liner waste by 50%. Even smaller initiatives such as using a chevy volt as our company car are important to us. Our finger is on pulse with everything regarding sustainability. It is an exciting time to work with Hub Labels as the packaging industry hurdles in to a more sustainable future.

Read more about the Calvin Frost 2020 award winners.

December 2020 Employee Spotlight: Cory Martin, label converting supervisor

Employee Spotlight: Cory Martin, Label Finishing Dept

Hub Labels is excited to share our December Employee Spotlight featuring Cory Martin, the label finishing supervisor. We set a few minutes aside to sit down with Cory and ask him a few questions on his experience and relationship with Hub.

How long have you been at Hub? What year did you start?

I started in July of 2000, it’s been 20 years and counting now.

In order, what are all the jobs you’ve had at Hub in your time here?

I started out here at Hub in the shipping department then moved into supervisor position for the press room. Worked 1st shift, 2ndshift, 3rd shift, and a weekend shift as well throughout the years. I also worked in the Tooling Department for a while before becoming the Supervisor for the Finishing Department.

What are some your most memorable moments at Hub? Business and non-business related, or both. (i.e. a piece of equipment you remember being installed, a memorable community event or company social, etc etc) 

I guess I would have to say seeing the new DCS press being delivered and unloaded. Also getting the two new finishing machines’ from Gonderflex. It was such a good feeling seeing us updating equipment and keeping up with technology.

What is your favorite part about working at Hub Labels?

“Family” this is an extension of my family and have always felt that way. The community projects that we get to be involved into and seeing the difference that we are making in the lives of others.

Being able to make change within and seeing the good that comes out of it.

What has changed about Hub since you started working here?

So much has changed over the years. One big change has been our involvement in lean manufacturing and learning about the 5s (Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, Sustain). The implementation of lean manufacturing here at Hub led to the reduction of “Waste” throughout the plant.

Also, I was impressed with our system upgrade to EFI and all the other upgrades on how we capture data from our processes to be certain we are following best practices. There is always something exciting happening at Hub.