Hub celebrates business with Perdue Farms

Representatives from Perdue Farms and Hub Labels gathered Wednesday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating their new business relationship. Written by Katiann Marshall
Hub Labels of Hagerstown celebrated the addition of a new press Wednesday morning due to its new business with Perdue Farms.
Thomas Dahbura, president of Hub Labels, said the relationship between the company, a custom manufacturer of pressure-sensitive and linerless labels, and Perdue is part of its new business strategy of doing business with other Maryland companies.
“Perdue is a Maryland company and for years, we’ve wanted to do business with Perdue and this opportunity allows us to,” Dahbura said.
Hub Labels’ 110,000-square-foot facility is off Shawley Drive in Hagerstown.
Perdue Farms is the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness, based in Salisbury, Maryland. Perdue Foods is a major chicken, turkey and pork processing company in the United States.
This launch from Hub Labels is known as the “Made in Maryland” campaign.
“Maryland businesses doing business with other Maryland businesses,” Dahbura said. “There’s a sense of pride about being a Maryland company. So instead of buying something from Indiana or Texas, why not do business locally.”
Linerless labels are pressure-sensitive labels that do not have a liner or backing paper. The labels are wound on a roll that has had a release coating applied to the front of the face stock to prevent the adhesive from sticking on the label below.
This technology is a new project for Perdue, according to Dahbura.
“It’s new packaging technology rollout for Perdue, so there’s a lot of cool pieces of innovation here with this. We’re using linerless labels and Perdue is using this technology called vacuum seal, vacuum pack. That preserves the product for a longer period of time. The only way to decorate it is by using linerless labels,” Dahbura said.

Hub Labels is one of two companies in the U.S. that produces linerless labels and was the first company in the country to use that technology, according to Dahbura. He said he is happy to see the new technology starting to take off.
“It has started to come to fruition. You’ve got companies like Perdue using it … a lot of fish companies, Blue Apron. … A lot of companies are starting to adopt it,” Dahbura said. “When you get a company like Perdue to adopt this technology, it’s legitimizing the technology. It’s mainstream now. It has taken us about seven years to line this sort of business up because not a lot of people knew about it.”

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.  

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.

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.

Gallus Labelfire Delivery!


We are excited to announce the arrival of the Gallus Labelfire DCS 340 Digital/Flexo Hybrid Press, which will be operational in March of this year. This is the second press in the U.S. and tenth worldwide, combining the latest in digital printing technology with the additional benefits of conventional printing.
On the digital side, it comes with the latest inkjet technology with 7+ colors and 1200 dpi resolution (best available in our industry), plus three flexo conventional print units. This new digital press is geared towards shorter runs and also has the ability for variable text and image personalization. The Gallus Labelfire will complement our full service, one-stop solution to existing customers as well as nurturing new customers, especially in the craft beer/spirits and food markets, where private branding and specialization are critical to their success. We are extremely excited to offer this new technology to our customers to help them grow their brand.
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When Work Works Nomination


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!

Leading Edge Award Nomination


Hub Labels was recently nominated for the Leading Edge award through the Washington County Chamber of Commerce. We were up against some tough local competitors, Antietam Cable Television and Truck Enterprises Hagerstown. Congratulations go to Antietam Cable Television on winning the award but we are still very honored to have been nominated.

Manufacturers Roundtable

Hub Labels had the privilege of hosting the Washington County Manufacturers Roundtable on December 6th with a focused discussion on LEAN Manufacturing. Local companies discussed how the implementation of LEAN Manufacturing has benefited their companies and employees.

These meeting are held to facilitate networking between manufacturers and companies. It also helps manufacturers learn and create supplier and customer relationships, and it gives them a platform to discuss policy and legislative issues.

Tribute to Champions of Maryland Manufacturing

Hub Labels, Inc. has been nominated by the Washington County Department of Business Development to the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland for its 2016 Champion of Maryland Manufacturing Yearbook in the category of “Increasing Growth through Visionary Leadership” with an emphasis on “Employing an Inclusive Workforce.”

All Champions will be featured in the 2016 RMI Champions of Maryland Manufacturing yearbook which will be distributed to the nominees, state legislators, the media and educators as part of RMI’s efforts to enhance the image of the manufacturing industry.

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Several companies in the 4-State promote wellness in the workplace

Written by Nina Kapur | nkapur@whag.com
Companies across the four-state find that it’s important to promote healthy lifestyles and wellness in the workplace. Encouraging employees to be active during the day leads to higher levels of productivity and job satisfaction.
Hub Labels – a label printing company based in Hagerstown – took home silver this year by winning the Wellness in the Workplace Award at the Annual Maryland Workplace Health and Wellness Symposium.
“Wellness, to me, is more than just exercise and fitness,” Thomas Dahbura, the president of Hub Labels said. “It’s also your spiritual wellness and how happy you feel about who you are. So, some of the cool things we do are outreach programs in the community.”
Hub Labels volunteers at local elementary schools and other locations around the community. There’s an entire committee of employees dedicated to workplace wellness initiatives. Initiatives include volunteer work, exercise classes every Tuesday and Thursday, and even healthy cooking classes. “They [employees] have to make the choice to change their lifestyle,” Pam Kunkle, the HR Specialist and Head of the Wellness Committee said. “We provide everything that we can for them to be able to do that.”
Ten years ago, the office gym opened. It went from a small room to a complete workout space. Employees said this changes their attitudes and motivation. “We work a lot,” Carrie Aaron, the HR Manager said, “To provide an outlet to employees to release some positive energy definitely helps the moral of our employees.” Kunkle said moving forward, she would like to see more healthy cooking classes and healthy vending machines pop up around the office.
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