From El Salvador to Hagerstown, Maryland
Bud Dahbura, a mechanical engineer, and his wife Mary founded Hub Labels in Hagerstown, Maryland in 1978. This was their second company, the first being located in El Salvador after Bud identified a market opportunity in Central America.
After several years of label success in El Salvador, Bud and Mary realized the country was on the verge of civil war and decided to move back to Hagerstown. In the mid 1970s, Bud resumed his work as a mechanical engineer and also started a small label operation in a local storefront, which Mary ran during the day.
They started with a single press, which soon turned to two and then four presses, with a growing number of employees. After growing out of two locations, Bud and Mary built their first dedicated facility in the mid 1980s. Bud continued to work as an engineer and moonlighted at Hub Labels for several more years before moving to Hub Labels full-time. The existing location on Shawley Drive has been expanded four times to its present size of 110,000 square feet and the number of presses has grown to over twenty.
Hub Labels has always been on the forefront of advances in the label printing industry, having been among the first to introduce four-color process, computer-to-plate technology, digital printing, servo-driven presses, and many other innovations. The customer base has grown from a handful in the 1970s to over 650 active customers today, with several multinational accounts and customers based all over the US. While Hub has grown to be one of the largest label companies in the US, it steadfastly maintains its family-owned tradition and dedication to quality and service that has made it one of the industry’s success stories.