TLMI Eugene Singer Awards Announced


GLOUCESTER, MA | The Tag and Label Mfrs. Institute (TLMI) recently announced the winners of the prestigious Eugene Singer Award for Management Excellence. One of TLMI’s highest honors, this award recognizes excellence in business management measured and defined by an established set of growth and profitability ratios through the participation in the TLMI Management Ratio Study.

The Singer Award is given annually to four narrow web converting companies; each company within a certain sales range category. The 2011 TLMI Eugene Singer Awards were given to the following companies at the association’s recent Converter Meeting in Phoenix, AZ:

Coast Label Co., Fountain Valley, CA, won in the small company category (annual sales of less than $6 million) for the fourth time. Company president Craig Moreland, says, “…After winning the Singer Award for the third time in 2010, I challenged my team to try to achieve what I dubbed the “Triple Crown.” I wanted [us] to become ISO 9001:2008 certified, L.I.F.E. certified, and win the Eugene Singer Award—all in the same year. It was a lofty goal and I’m proud to report that the Coast team achieved our goal…and I believe that the desire to put in the hard work that created that result can be directly attributed to our being active in TLMI.”

Kopco Graphics, Fairfield, OH, won for the mid-range company ($6–$14 million) category. This is also Kopco’s fourth Singer Award. Company president and CEO Walter Zeek, says, “…. Although the award is mainly driven by financial performance, the real driver of the results come from the employees and the hundreds of decisions made each business day. Our employees have taken great pride and ownership of their jobs which is the reason the performance over the past four years has continued to exceed the prior year.”

The Label Printers, Aurora, IL, won for the medium company ($15 - $35 million) category. This is the company’s third Singer Award. Chief of operations Lori Campbell says, “We are thankful to TLMI for offering the Ratio Study as a member benefit; I view it as the real prize here. It provides us with the roadmap for where to focus our efforts….”

Consolidated Label, Longwood, FL, won for the large company category (greater than $35 million). President Joel Carmany says, “We are honored to win the Singer award for the 10th year running. It is truly a culmination of a tremendous team effort over many years. The award represents a constant reminder to keep growing and improving our entire company.”

“TLMI would like to congratulate this year’s Eugene Singer Award Winners, says TLMI president Frank Sablone. The fact that the winning companies have all won the Eugene Singer Award previously only reinforces the true value our converter members get out of participating in the Ratio Study. The ability to benchmark your company’s performance metrics against other companies in your size range, in addition to the rest of the industry, is something that no other label association offers.”

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