Bill Kane, Chief Executive of The Label Printers congratulated the L.I.F.E. (http://tlmi.com/
TLMI explains that their Environmental Leadership Awards (http://tlmi.com/
“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.” Said 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.”
The Label Printers is a Certified Member of TLMI’s L.I.F.E. program. “L.I.F.E. is based on the ISO 14001 standard and includes many of the same elements (continuous improvement, management review, preventive maintenance, corrective and preventive action, etc.),” explains George Tommasi (Director of Human Resources). “We’
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, echoed, “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 L.I.F.E. 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”
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 L.I.F.E. 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: http://TheLabelPrinters.com/
“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.”
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%.
About THE LABEL PRINTERS:
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)
About the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute, Inc.:
TLMI, located in Gloucester, Massachusetts, is a member-driven association strongly committed to providing business solutions that enhance the prosperity of its members and the narrow web tag, label, and packaging industries.
TLMI's goal in creating the L.I.F.E. Program was to offer an audited certification process tailored specifically to the narrow web printing and converting industry.
In addition to the L.I.F.E. program, TLMI offers their members a wide range of reports that focus on key industry indices, real-time economic analysis, and benchmarking metrics – these include a Financial Benchmarking/
TLMI has grown from an original group of 19 founding members to hundreds of supplier and converter members. The organization celebrated their Diamond Anniversary in 2008.
About the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center/Prairie Research Institute:
The Prairie Research Institute, (originally The Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability)