Top honors in this year's TLMI Label Awards went to G-3 Enterprises, the California converting company run by third generation members of the Gallo family of wine fame. The award, along with the dozens of other winning label prizes, was announced at the annual meeting of the Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute, held October 8-11 in the JW Marriott Resort in Orlando, FL, USA. The event was also a joint congress with members of FINAT, the European label association.
The session was extremely well attended. Members and their guests numbered at least 450, making the gathering one of the largest in the institute's long history.
This year's annual meeting witnessed the changing of the guard among the institute's leadership. Scott Pillsbury, president of Rose City Labels, concluded his two-year term as chairman. He is succeeded by John Hickey, president of Smyth Companies.
The Supplier of the Year Award for 2006 was presented to Cindy White, president of Channeled Resources Group. White has served TLMI as a director and Communications Committee chair, as well as a member of various other committees. "Not only is she leading a highly successful company to even greater heights, Cindy has found the time to give generously to her industry and her community," says Hickey. "Her energy and insight have contributed greatly to TLMI's success, and we are pleased to recognize her many contributions." (Channeled Resources is having a good year: Chairman Calvin Frost received the Stan Avery Lifetime Achievement award in September at Labelexpo.)
TLMI also presented two Environmental Leadership Awards, this year to Plastic Suppliers and to Ricoh Electronics. The awards recognize the leadership efforts of member companies that have demonstrated a commitment to good environmental practices in a variety of areas, including reducing solid waste, expanding a recycling project, recovery of waste or energy, implementing a clean technology or process, and implementing an education program.
The award for Innovative Technology was presented to Plastic Suppliers was recognized for extruding film from resins made from the starch of corn. EarthFirst PLA film is compostable and meets sustainable packaging initiatives.
Ricoh was honored for developing a total environmental management system throughout its corporate culture. The company was recognized for instituting practices and principles that conserve natural resources and reduce pollution, and for...