Don McDaniel, the founder of MPI Label Systems, headquartered in Sebring, OH, died December 9 of an undetermined cause. He was 73.
A US Army veteran of the Korean War, McDaniel held several sales jobs in his youth, eventually landing a position with Salem Label Co. in 1956. In 1968 he started Macco Products Inc., a pressure sensitive label printing business which later became MPI Label Systems. At one point the company was the largest privately held label printer in the US, and today has seven plants throughout the nation. McDaniel entered semi-retirement in 2002.
A long-time member of the Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute, McDaniel was the 1987 TLMI Label Printer of the Year. He was a collaborator in the creation of They Built An Industry, a history of the pressure sensitive label business by Bill Klein.
He is survived by Elizabeth Ann (Vernon), his wife of nearly 50 years, and his six children and