MWCC Members Tour Hub Labels

Hub Labels Hosts MWCC Quarterly Conference

Hub Labels hosted the Quarterly Conference of the Maryland World Class Consortia (MWCC) on March 6th at their facility in Hagerstown, Maryland. The MWCC is a non‐profit organization built and sustained through the involvement of state and local government, expert practitioners and service providers, and a diverse collection of member companies (manufacturing, aerospace and defense, engineering, financial service firms, health care providers, commercial and food products, and many others). With a focus on lean business practices, participation in the MWCC enables businesses to share experiences, leverage the power of support networks, learn from peers and accelerate cultural transformation.

Jesse Hood, Hub’s Continuous Improvement Manager, talked to the attendees about a project Hub initiated to boost employee engagement – the Shingo Insight Assessment – a tool that measures an organization’s culture. Michael Myers of the Business Improvement Group presented on his experience with Toyota Kata. The presentations provided great insight into the challenges and exciting growth in the manufacturing industry. By coming together and sharing experiences, members are able to find innovative solutions to common problems that they can use when they go back to their facilities. The goal is to change the culture and perception of how companies do business from an old, antiquated thinking to a modern, lean and green approach.

After the presentations, attendees of the MWCC meeting were invited to take a tour of Hub Label’s 110,000 square foot facility. Hub Labels takes great pride in embracing lean manufacturing through the use of eco‐friendly water‐based and UV inks, recycling of a liner paper waste and decreasing their environmental impact and carbon footprint.

To learn more about the Maryland World Class Consortia, please visit their website.

Hub Labels installs a MPS press for Linerless Labels

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Hub Labels Hosts International Visitors

We hosted some of Heidelberg’s customers from Japan to showcase the Gallus Labelfire 340! The customers really enjoyed seeing the latest digital printing technology and learning how it’s raising the bar in label printing with best-in-class 1200 dpi image quality, digital white, color enhanced cold foil, variable printing and much more!

Watch this video to learn more about HUB Labels and our Labelfire at Heildelberg Connect.

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, Originally Published:

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.”

Dahbura said the partnership between his company and Perdue will allow Hub Labels to add additional presses.

“When we talked to Perdue about their growth strategy, they are looking at expanding this product line, expanding the use of linerless, so this is going to be one of three presses that we are able to justify the investment in because of Perdue,” Dahbura said.

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.
Check out the video for more information!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsRkDOTXyVU

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.