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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

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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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The Gallus Labelfire 340 digital press is coming to Hub Labels

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We are proud to announce that we have signed a contract for the new Gallus Labelfire 340 digital label printing press! The press was first previewed at Labelexpo Europe 2015 in Brussels, and it is now scheduled to deliver in Q4 of 2016.

Hub Labels president Thomas Dahbura states, “This is the first digital press I’ve seen that does what I want. It integrates everything from the roll to finished labels – including flexo, screen, digital and diecutting — without secondary operations.” Continues Dahbura, “I was impressed by how much energy and capital has been invested in this system to make it successful from all three partners, Gallus, Heidelberg and Fuji. Finally, while we’ve seen others with excellent resolution of 600×600 dpi, this machine, at 1200×1200 dpi, is just amazing.”

Purchasing one of the first US-bound Gallus Labelfire 340 presses follows a tradition of being an early adopter which was started by Thomas’ parents. Hub Labels has always been on the forefront of advances in the label printing industry. The company was one of the first to introduce four-color process, computer-to-plate technology, digital printing, servo-driven presses, and many other innovations.

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Hub wins the Silver Award for Healthiest Maryland Business Wellness at Work

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On Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, presented a Silver Wellness at Work award to Hub Labels, Inc. in recognition of their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion.

The Wellness at Work Awards took place as part of the 7th annual Maryland Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. Hub Labels, Inc. was one of 42 businesses to receive an award.

The Wellness at Work Awards are sponsored by Healthiest Maryland Businesses, the state’s initiative to support healthy workplaces. Employers may earn a Gold, Silver, Bronze, or On the Path award. To be eligible for an award, businesses are required to establish leadership support for wellness, create wellness committees, survey the needs and interests of their employees, set health improvement goals, and develop monitoring tools to track their outcomes over time.

Launched in 2010 and based at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Healthiest Maryland Businesses helps businesses create customized wellness plans, set wellness goals and monitor progress. Six regional coordinators around the state provide personalized guidance to businesses of all sizes. To date, over 460 businesses have signed on to take advantage of this program.

HCC Awards Management Certificates

HCC Awards Management Certificates

(April 25, 2016)— The Continuing Education Department at Hagerstown Community College awarded the American Association of Management certificate for General Management and Human Relations on April 7 to nine students who completed the seven-course, 49-hour program at HCC’s Valley Mall Center.

Pictured, from left to right, are: Michael Kunkle, Warfordsford, Pa.; Stanley Shoop, Williamsport; Cory Martin, Fayetteville, Pa.; Ed Barkley, Greencastle, Pa.; Ronald Meihls, Hagerstown; Rakem Bey, Hagerstown; Shelby McGinly, Hagerstown; and HCC adjunct faculty member Denny Hartman. Not pictured are Charles Mills, Williamsport, and John Potterfield, Clear Spring.

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Washington County Manufacturers Roundtable

Hub Labels had the privilege of hosting the Washington County Manufacturers Roundtable on March 31st. 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.

Going to work to workout

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By MIKE LEWIS mlewis@herald-mail.com  |  Photos by Kevin G. Gilbert/Chief Photographer

Employers can offer plenty of wellness programs and health checkups, some local experts acknowledged recently, but it’s still a challenge to motivate people to participate.

“We have the same issue, and we’re the health department. That should tell you something,” Mary McPherson, a program manager at the Washington County Health Department, said during last week’s Eggs and Issues session, sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

McPherson was part of an eight-person panel that addressed wellness and workplace issues. And most of the eight said people can take small steps to make big improvements in their health.

For example, start striding up the stairs instead of riding in the elevator. McPherson mentioned one organization that made stairwells more attractive by decorating them with artwork, piping in music and posting reminders about the health benefits of using the stairs.

“It doesn’t need to be big,” she said of efforts to promote health. “Start really small. Have low expectations.”

Fitness “is part of our culture” at Hagerstown’s Hub Labels, according to Pam Kunkle. She’s the human resource manager at the company, which offers a fitness room, classes and other wellness opportunities for employees. But she stressed the label printer’s culture has been built one step at a time over the course of years.

She told fellow employers at the session that motivation “is going to be one of the most difficult challenges you’re going to have. … You have to keep at it. You can’t give up.”

Katherine Smith, representing the American Heart Association, said the ideas do not need to be complicated. Instead of taking doughnuts to the routine meeting, she suggested, take doughnuts and fruit. Instead of stocking soft drinks, provide soft drinks and water.

The idea, she said, is to provide people with opportunities to make healthier choices.

Panelists also talked about incentives employers can offer to boost wellness.

For example, Andy Bruns, president and publisher of Herald-Mail Media, said the company offers wellness screenings and checks. As an incentive, he said, employees receive insurance discounts for participating in the screenings as well as making healthy choices, such as quitting smoking.

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The panelists detailed resources that are available to help people pursue healthier lifestyles.

• Bruns spoke about healthy washingtoncounty.com, a collaboration involving The Herald-Mail and Meritus Health. The site, which can be used by anyone, allows people to track their weight, blood pressure and exercise levels. It also offers information about health issues.

• Kunkle, of Hub Labels, said the company has been encouraging employee health for years. The company has a fitness room and helps offer classes, from workouts to yoga. A farmers market comes to the company to sell fresh foods.

• McPherson, of the health department, said the agency is working on a walking plan for the area. She said Washington County is home to many walking trails, including those in city, state and national parks. “We just need to get people out using them,” she said.

• Smith, representing the Heart Association, said the organization offers what it calls Workplace Health Solutions, a variety of tools designed to improve employees’ health. She stressed the importance of wellness programs, noting that “80 percent of cardiovascular disease is preventable.”

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Hub Labels is Moving from Good to Great with Dupont™ Cyrel® Fast Easy Plates

Hub Labels is expanding on their continuous innovation philosophy by going from good to great with Dupont Cyrel® Fast Easy Plates. This new plate technology platform simplifies the prepress process, which results in increased productivity and consistency.

The immediate benefits to our Hub Labels’ customers can be seen from the examples below, the new plating system is able to produce a much more vibrant image, capable of picking up the tiniest details. In the example label, the honeycomb has a much more vibrant color to it and the gradients fade off gradually into the surrounding image. With up to 4,000 DPI, the image quality is unmatched. “I’ve been with Hub Labels for almost six years, the amount of technological advances we have adopted within the past few years is enormous. This new plate technology is another one of those advances and it will definitely help our customers make a visual impact in their marketplace,” notes the Graphics Supervisor at Hub Labels.

From the beginning in 1978, Hub Labels has always been on the cutting edge of quality, productivity and sustainability. This expansion is part of an on-going effort by Hub Labels to drive progress and innovation on the manufacturing floor.. Thomas Dahbura, President of Hub Labels, believes in continuously driving best practices and involves every single employee in Lean Manufacturing & visual management. As a Lean company, Hub Labels is always looking at ways to make improvements to their processes to create more value for their customers, the most recent example being the installation of Dupont Cyrel® Fast Easy Plates.

Dupont Cyrel® Fast Easy Plates provide many needed benefits to the Hub Labels production process. Featuring flat top dots, which are built directly into the plate, helps the job come up to color quickly. These plates also provide excellent solid ink density with reduced impression, no bounce and superb fade to zero. “As they should be, brand owners are very particular about color and their overall brand consistency. To help maximize color consistency for our customers, we had to run spot colors to get the results they were looking for. Now we are seeing these new plates quickly come up to color so bright and vibrant, we hope to eliminate this extra step in the near future,” notes the Purchasing Manager at Hub Labels.

With the installation of the Dupont Cyrel® Fast Easy Plates, Hub Labels also wanted to keep company wide sustainability goals in mind. This new workflow provides a superior environmental profile by eliminating all solvents and aqueous solutions from the plate room.

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