The day started with a 3am wake up call. All packed and ready to go headed out the door at 4am BWI-DFW first leg.
DFW-flight was on time and off to Montrie to meet Jody Shifler-the event organizer, Mark and Linda Power along with Luke and Brianna from the Adaptive Sports Center http://www.adaptivesports.org
Off to Crested Butte 2 hour drive.
Arrived Crested Butte and all is well. Met all the athletes and got briefed by the ASC staff about the exciting week to come finished off with Pizza and water.
Crested Butte is at 8880 feet. Nothing to mess with so water and NO booze. Skiing is one thing but mountain biking at this altitude should be exciting. The highlight of the briefing was finding out that one of the rides is a 2-1/2 mile hill climb and 1,000 feet of climbing. That will be a record for me and at this altitude should be interesting.
Monday is planned to get our bikes checked out and out for an easy 10 mile ride in the low country. Low country is above 9,000 feet. Ill be working on getting used to using the go pros and adding footage to my diary.
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.
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!
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.
The Gallus Labelfire 340 combines the latest digital printing technology with the benefits of conventional printing and further processing technology and is raising the bar in label printing. The capabilities are endless!
Projects can easily be customized with text or graphics.
Long & Short Runs
This press has the ability to handle both long and short run digital printing which helps keep your project on schedule.
High Quality Printing
Industry standard is for flexo printing is 300 dpi, the digital press is 1200 dpi. *dpi – dots per inch
Print on Demand
Ability for a faster reaction time; including last minute art and quantity changes.
Less Inventory Stock
Instead of printing large amounts at a time, digital printing allows you to print what you need, when you need it.
Since there is not a minimum quantity requirement; you are able to test new markets cost effectively.
Interested in adding special effects to your label? Choose from silver or gold cold foil to make your package stand out.
Still interested in learning more about our Labelfire? Let us know how we can help!
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.
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.
Click Here for more information on the Tribute to Champions of Maryland Manufacturing
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.
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.
Interested in learning more about this amazing press and all its capabilities? Click Here to check out the video!