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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.


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.

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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.


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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Visit Hub Labels At Booth #B7175 At The 2016 IPPE

The 2016 IPPE will be even larger having surpassed 456,000 net square feet of exhibit space and more than 1,250 exhibitors. IPPE will be held Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 26-28, 2016, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga. Hailed as the largest annual trade show for the poultry, meat and feed industries, the show focuses on Innovation – bringing together buyers and sellers of the latest technology of products and services to make your business successful, Education – learning from the experts in free- and fee-based world-class programs beginning Jan. 25, 2016, on topics that cross industry interests, Global Reach – attracting over 7,000 visitors from 103 countries, and Networking – meeting new and rekindling old relationships with leaders across the industries.


  • Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

In today’s competitive business environment, companies need to look at other options when buying their packaging materials and understanding the difference between price vs. true cost.

Are any of the below areas affecting your company:

  • Packaging Design
  • Packaging Cost
  • Production Cost
  • Cash Flow
  • Packaging Waste

If any of these areas ring true to you, we have an option that you may want to hear more about. If you will be attending the show and would like to hear why many companies are switching to Linerless Labels, please contact John Doyle at 301-671-2262 or jd@hublabels.com and let him know when you would be available.

Please stop by Booth #B7175 to see a live demonstration of the equipment used for automated applications. Plus, check out The Ultimate Packaging Solution!


The International Production & Processing Expo is a collaboration of three shows – International Feed Expo, International Meat Expo and the International Poultry Expo – representing the entire chain of protein production and processing. The event is sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), and the American Meat Institute (AMI) and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association  (USPOULTRY).

For more information about the 2016 IPPE, go to www.ippexpo.org.

Maryland MEP Names Hub Labels October 2015 Manufacturer of the Month

MDMEP_LogoColumbia, Md. – Maryland MEP (MD MEP), a non-profit committed to growing and strengthening Maryland manufacturing, has announced Hub Labels as its October 2015 Make it in Maryland program’s Manufacturer of the Month recipient.

Founded in 1978 by Bud Dahbura and his wife, Mary, Hub Labels has more than 35 years of printing, manufacturing and converting label material expertise. The Make it in Maryland program is Maryland’s first and only program dedicated to manufacturers within the state to showcase companies, demonstrate the value of manufacturing within Maryland and highlight manufacturing successes.

“It is a great pleasure to have an established organization like Hub Labels as part of MD MEP’s Make it in Maryland program, supporting our programs and services,” said Brian Sweeney, Executive Director of Maryland MEP. “Hub Labels has displayed a passion for manufacturing high quality and sustainable label materials, and delivers top-notch products and services to its Maryland-based clientele. It is a pleasure to recognize the company’s good works and efforts by naming Hub Labels our Make it in Maryland program’s Manufacturer of the Month for October 2015.”

As a leader in its industry, Hub Labels serves a variety of markets including beer, wine and spirits, beverage, direct mail, food, health and beauty, household products, linerless, promotional, industrial and shipping. Specializing in every type of custom label printing imaginable, Hub Labels’ presses are able to produce high-quality and pressure-sensitive roll labels, clear film labels, sheeted labels, fanfold, continuous laser, roll wrap, tag and specialty labels quickly and affordably. The organization is dedicated to partnering with customers to meet strategic goals by providing creative, innovative and sustainable label options. In prime market segments, pressure-sensitive labels, linerless labels and direct mail, Hub Labels’ products are found in 70 percent of mid-Atlantic households on food, beverage, beauty and household products.

Hub Labels operates daily using solid, sensible business practices to deliver superb customer service and top quality products. The organization’s dedicated sales and marketing staff are always listening to the voice of the customer, which helps drive innovation to deliver new label products to the market on a regular basis. Current projects include development of a “no label-look,” decoration for beverage containers, high opacity inks for clear containers and slide-able sleeves on vacuum packed food products.

In addition to the specialized products it provides, Hub Labels is very involved with the local community. From the top down, the organization values the local community with nonprofit sponsorships, monthly community events and employee involvement in programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and Adopt-A-Highway. Additionally, Hub Labels was awarded the 2014 Going Green Business Award and the 2013 Maryland Green Registry Award for outstanding contributions to environmentally responsible and sustainable business practices.

“Hub Labels joined MD MEP’s Make it in Maryland program in May of 2014, finding value in the many benefits the program provides, from Business-to-Business purchasing to partnership development with other businesses within the State of Maryland,” said Caitlin Barnhart, Marketing Assistant at Hub Labels. “MD MEP has played a pivotal role in Hub Labels adaptation to the ever-changing demands of the market and our involvement has allowed us to continue building strong relationships with businesses in our state and community. Hub Labels has also provided us assistance with our energy projects and regularly attend our Lean Peer Group meetings.”
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Hub Labels Expands Use of AVT 100% Inspection & Quality Control Solutions


Hod-Hasharon, Israel & Hagerstown, Maryland, USA – Hub Labels, one of the most prestigious and diversified manufacturers of pressure-sensitive labels, linerless labels & direct mail pieces in the United States, is expanding its use of inspection and quality control solutions fromAVT, the world leader in print inspection, print process control, and quality assurance. The expansion chiefly involves AVT’sHelios, a market-leading solution for 100% inspection and quality assurance in label and narrow web printing.

For Hub Labels, the announcement not only represents trust in AVT’s inspection systems but also growth in its own overall business needs: After originally installing Helios on a pair of its labeling lines two years ago, Hub Labels is now adding the solution to three existing lines as well as two newly purchased ones. The uptick in overall output from the new lines, combined with the increased efficiency yielded by AVT’s solutions, will result in a sharp surge in production capabilities for the Hagerstown, MD-based manufacturer.

For manufacturers such as Hub Labels, the ability of Helios to immediately detect developing defects – thereby decreasing overprinting and reprinting – can significantly reduce waste and production costs. In fact, since its original AVT Helios installation, Hub Labels has clocked material waste as low as 2% even while running 400 feet of web per minute. The resulting boost to overall productivity and efficiency is often instant and dramatic; Hub Labels estimates its own output has risen an impressive 15%.

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Lean Manufacturing Andon System

Andon LightsOur production team noticed a need for converting employees to signal and receive help during production. After doing some research into different types of equipment that would work best for our needs, they decided on Lean Manufacturing Andon. In manufacturing, Andon systems provide visual feedback to the plant floor. Andon systems indicate line status, show when assistance is needed (e.g. supervisor or maintenance calls), and empower operators to stop the production process for quality issues.

This new communication tool would:

• Bring immediate attention to problems as they occur in the production
• Provide a simple and consistent mechanism for communicating
information on the plant floor.
• Encourage immediate reaction to quality, down time, and safety
• Improve accountability of operators by increasing their responsibility for
“good” production and empowering them to take action when problems
• Improve the ability of supervisors to quickly identify and resolve
manufacturing issues.

After deciding on the Andon system, the next step was to figure out how to create and implement this system at Hub. The exterior boxes were built out of wood and painted gray. Maintenance handled all of the mechanical wiring within the boxes and added the switches to each converting machine. There are two switches per machine, that way employees can signal if they need assistance from the Finishing side or the Shipping side during production.

Great job team for implementing a cost effective and time saving solution for our production team!