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The Label Printers honored again for sustainability efforts

December 4, 2012

Complementing its TLMI award, the converter was recently awarded the State of Illinois’ Governor’s Sustainability Award.

Aurora, IL-based The Label Printers has won two prestigious awards for their efforts in making the company’s operations more environmentally sound and sustainable. The company has won TLMI’s (Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute) Environmental Leadership Award and also the State of Illinois’ Governor’s Sustainability Award.

Bill Kane, chief executive of The Label Printers, congratulated the LIFE [Label Initiative For the Environment ] team (George Tommasi, Gina Ries, and Dawn Tesch) for all of their efforts.  “What started out as a day of dumpster diving [to find and categorize waste] is now a successful program, and a real achievement.”

“The Governor’s Sustainability Award is presented to organizations in Illinois that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through outstanding and innovative sustainability practices that will also save money and help the economy.”  Says Manohar Kulkarni, ISTC [Illinois Sustainable Technology Center] director, “These businesses and organizations have shown that it is possible to create and maintain conditions under which people and the environment can exist in productive harmony, and fulfill the social and economic requirements of present and future generations.”

Gina Ries, quality assurance supervisor, thought about what these awards mean to the company.  “The thing that struck me is that it’s nice to win awards – but it really shows the commitment and teamwork of the employees. And it’s also nice to have something like this to offer to our customers.”

Dawn Tesch, purchasing expediter, adds, “The Sustainability Team couldn’t have achieved these prestigious awards without the help and dedication from each and every employee.” She also felt that the company was mindful of the fact that it is important to continually make improvements in the sustainability program.

Lori Campbell, chief of operations, also takes great pride in these accomplishments, but points out, “Even though these are company awards, I’m very proud of the LIFE team specifically, because they’ve taken something from ground zero and made an impact within the first year.”  Campbell feels that winning both awards has set the company apart in a very positive way.  “Lots of companies talk about being “sustainable” and “environmentally friendly” – but these awards help us demonstrate that our people walk the talk.  And that’s of value to many of our customers.”

Says Ries, “I was thinking when we went to the ISTC Awards presentation, that this is where it started.  When we were first researching how to put together our sustainability program, we took some ISTC seminars – and now, after just our first full year with our LIFE program, we’re winning awards. I thought that was pretty cool.”

The Label Printers Sustainability Policy and current Dashboard may be found on the company’s web site at

“We’re not a Fortune 500 company,” Campbell points out.  “But our program and the awards that we’ve won demonstrate that everybody can make a difference – and that’s encouraging.”  She adds, “Being good stewards of our resources, winning awards, and saving money – all at the same time – that’s a triple whammy.”

Some of the results of TLP’s L.I.F.E. Program:
28 tractor-trailer loads of material have been diverted from landfill and have instead become Waste-to-Energy (W2E) feedstock for coal-fired power plants.
Water use has been reduced by 41%.
VOC emissions have decreased by 49%.

The Label Printers, Aurora, IL, started in business in 1967, manufacturing simple label constructions in a 1,000 square foot space, with 1 employee, serving the local Chicago market.

Today, the company has evolved into one of the 100 largest converters in the United States.  The Label Printers owns and operates two facilities in Aurora, Illinois, manufacturing and distributing labels and packaging products to thousands of customers in 25 countries around the world. The company’s packaging products are certified to ISO 9001 standards, and their quality is backed up by their 99.6% Quality Acceptance Rating.

The Label Printers is a member of NASPO (North American Security Products Organization), CACP (Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy), TLMI (Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute) and the FTA (Flexographic Technical Association).

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