Tailored Label employee Jason Clark prints labels at the company’s Menomonee Falls facility.

TLP Cited in BizTimes Article – Manufacturers Navigate Tightening Job Market

Waukesha County manufacturers navigate tightening job market

Business in Waukesha County
by June 12, 2017, 1:00 AM

Tailored Label employee Jason Clark prints labels at the company’s Menomonee Falls facility.

Tailored Label employee Jason Clark prints labels at the company’s Menomonee Falls facility.

If you looked only at the job figures, it would seem Waukesha County manufacturing was in a slump for much of 2016. The county’s manufacturing industry averaged a year-over-year decline in employment of more than 2.6 percent, even as private sector employment was up more than 1.5 percent on average.

The Waukesha County picture is an exaggerated version of trends visible at the state level, and more recent data suggests the industry has rebounded to begin adding jobs again. But asking why employment in an industry that makes up about 20 percent of the county’s jobs was down as much as 3 percent at one point draws a number of different answers.

For starters, manufacturing itself faced challenges last year, especially for companies in heavy industries or those tied to oil and gas. Many business leaders also point to the presidential election, suggesting uncertainty about the direction of policy leads people and companies to hold on to their money.

Don Lavrenz, president of Sussex-based control manufacturing and system integration firm The Industrial Companies Inc., said after several years of growth, his firm saw a decline last year, which he attributed to factors like the election, oil and gas weakness, and a strong dollar.

“I think it was just a culmination of circumstances that made the situation worse,” Lavrenz said.

Initial unemployment claims were up almost 2.7 percent across all industries in Waukesha County, but remained below 2014 levels. Statewide, initial claims were down 2.1 percent. There also were six mass layoff notices filed with the state totaling 571 jobs, up from three notices for 176 jobs in 2015.

Harley-Davidson Inc. and Quad/Graphics Inc., two major manufacturing employers in the county, both faced challenges from industry trends. But Harley’s Pilgrim Road plant was spared from a round of layoffs in August, and Quad’s consolidation efforts have generally brought work to Wisconsin. Quad chief executive officer Joel Quadracci has spoken often about the challenges of finding employees to fill open positions.

Lavrenz said despite the dip in sales, The Industrial Companies had its best year ever for new customer acquisition, which he said might be the result of companies struggling to find engineering staff.

An increasingly tight job market is also among the explanations for the dip in job numbers. Unemployment rates have been on a steady decline – Waukesha County was at 2.6 percent in April and has been below 4 percent since mid-2015 – and older workers are retiring, leaving companies complaining that it’s difficult to find workers. With a dwindling pool of talent available, many companies are instead turning to automation to grow their business and keep up with demand.

“The amount of automation that people are using now, compared to plant tours that I did 10 years ago, it’s just night and day,” said Tim Casey, director of economic development at the Waukesha County Center for Growth.

When the Waukesha County Business Alliance asked its Manufacturing Executive Council members for their insights, the response was that tough hiring conditions mean employment is flat or down, even as production and sales grow.

“Job growth figures aren’t always the most accurate measure of that (growth),” said Amanda Payne, vice president of public policy at WCBA. “Companies are investing in technology and finding ways to be more innovative using automation, because the labor market is so tight that there simply aren’t enough people.”

Jeri Meyers, senior regional vice president at Brookfield-based QPS Employment Group Inc., agreed the labor market is getting tighter. She said the most drastic change has been the increase in pay rates, particularly over the past year. In the past, companies looking to make themselves more attractive would increase hourly pay by a quarter per hour.

“Now what has happened is it’s jumping by a dollar,” Meyers said.

Waukesha County manufacturing wages, already some of the highest in the state, have averaged a 2.6 percent year-over-year increase since the start of 2015, compared to 0.9 percent statewide and 0.2 percent in Milwaukee County.

Meyers said QPS regularly charts where jobs are available and from where people are traveling to fill those jobs. The farther west a company is located, the harder it is to staff entry-level candidates, she said.

Finding employees may be one challenge, but keeping current employees is also increasingly important.

“Right now, it’s a candidate market where they could leave a job and find a job the next day,” she said.

Among other things, employee retention requires employers to greet employees at the start of a shift, know and use employee names, and hold cookouts or raffles for staff, Meyers said, adding it sometimes requires education to make clients understand what they have to do to retain staff.

“I’m sure there’s plenty of companies who never had meetings about how to keep people happy on the floor,” she said.

Even with higher wages and a focus on retention, some employers still find it tough to fill open positions, and Meyers agreed those companies are especially forced to turn to automation.

“People are automating in whatever instances they can,” Payne said, noting some have specialized processes that don’t lend themselves to automation, but companies will find portions of production where they can use more technology.

Brian Sprinkman, president and chief executive officer at Waukesha-based brewery tank and equipment maker W.M. Sprinkman Corp., said his company is researching automation options, but ideally wants to use a combination of technology and an increased workforce.

“Our business is growing at a pace faster than the rate at which we can find skilled manufacturing employees,” he said, noting stainless steel sanitary welding is a bit of a niche skill set. “We could afford to bring on several workers right now, if the right candidates presented themselves.”

Companies are increasingly finding they need to bring on people who lack the skills they’re looking for and use internal training to help them acquire the right skills.

“We’re more than happy to hire and train,” said Michael Graf, president of New Berlin-
based commercial printer Letterhead Press Inc.

Jeff Kerlin, president and chief executive officer at Menomonee Falls-based Tailored Label Products Inc., said his company uses that formula, looking for people who will be a cultural fit and then exposing them to a variety of job functions so both the employee and company get an idea of where the person will fit best.

“Not rocket science, but this process is actually working pretty well for us,” Kerlin said, adding openings are posted internally first and the company searches its organizational chart for opportunities to promote from within.

He said many new employees come to the company through a referral by a current employee. While the challenge of finding new employees hasn’t necessarily reduced the overall headcount at Tailored Label, Kerlin said it has delayed making desired additions.

“It continues to be a difficult proposition to grow our workforce, but that’s nothing new,” Graf said.

He said “a good share” of Letterhead’s growth over the past 15 years has come from automation.

“We’re always trying to automate more; we just have to,” Graf said.

Tailored Label has added more technology to be cost effective and offer new capabilities to customers, Kerlin said.

“As a side benefit, we’re finding that this new technology is very appealing to the younger employees,” he added, noting even those who would be considered “non-skilled” take to it “almost naturally.” “This new technology often requires far less operator ‘finesse’ than the former analog technology that takes an operator years to become fully proficient with.”

Automation and new technology don’t always mean lost jobs. Meyers said many clients find they’re able to take on more business when they automate and headcounts stay the same.

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TLP Press Contact: 
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TLP received 6th consecutive 2016 Best Workplace In the Americas Award

TLP Earns 6th PIA “Best Workplace in the Americas” Award

TLP received 6th consecutive 2016 Best Workplace In the Americas AwardMenomonee Falls, WI12-05-2016 – Tailored Label Products of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin and Suwanee, Georgia has been awarded the designation, Best Workplace in the Americas 2016, for its exemplary human resources practices.  This marks the 6th consecutive year that Tailored Label Products has received recognition from the Printing Industries of America as a Best Workplace. PIA created the BWA awards to specifically honor printing companies that provide a superior work environment.

A panel of highly respected HR print industry professionals judged the applicants on eight criteria: Management Practices; Work Environment; Training and Development Opportunities; Financial Security; Workplace Health and Safety; Work-Life Balance; Recognition and Rewards; and Health and Wellness Programs.

Michael Makin, president and CEO of Printing Industries of America, agrees.  “Best Workplace in the Americas winners routinely recognize that success is generated in many ways, and importantly, through their employees. Congratulations to Tailored Label Products.”

For more information about the Best Workplace in the Americas Awards, contact Adriane Harrison at 412-259-1707, aharrison@printing.org or see www.printing.org/bwa.

About Tailored Label Products (TLP) 
Tailored Label Products, Inc. (TLP) is a custom manufacturer of high-performance labels, tags, and die-cut adhesives. TLP provides custom engineered adhesive and label solutions for the electronics, automotive, aerospace, industrial, biomedical, medical equipment, hydraulic fluid and power industries. For more information, contact TLP at 800.727.1344 or visit www.tailoredlabel.com.

TLP Press Contact: 
Larry Harvey
262.345.6404
lharvey@tailoredlabel.com
tailoredlabel.com

 

Source: Printing Industries of America.

Tailored Label Products Adds Suwanee, GA Plant to its ISO 9001Certification

TLP ISO 9001 Certificate

TLP ISO 9001 Certificate

SUWANEE, Georgia, November 12th, 2016 – Durable label and die-cut adhesive manufacturer Tailor Label Products announced today that the company’s Suwanee, GA plant has now achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification. This demonstrates TLP’s ongoing commitment to providing customers with exceptional levels of quality products and services. TLP had originally secured ISO 9001 certification for its Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin plant in 2003.

ISO 9001:2008 certification confirms that TLP’s Atlanta facility has met all the ISO standards and requirements for the company’s Quality Management System.

Jeff Kerlin, President & CEO, remarked  “Obtaining ISO certification is a rigorous process that requires months of preparation, reviews and audits. Achieving high levels of customer satisfaction and establishing processes for continuous improvement are important components of the ISO 9001:2008 certification process and align with the TLP’s commitment to excellence in the delivery of products and services.

“A great effort was put forth by our quality department and team at TLP Atlanta to earn the proud distinction of ISO 9001:2008 certification. We will continue to improve upon the delivery of label products and services to our customers in the southeastern United States as we seek to exceed customer requirements and expectations”, noted Kerlin.

About ISO 9001:2008
The ISO 9001:2008 quality management standard was developed and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and establishes an effective quality management program for manufacturing and service companies.

About Tailored Label Products (TLP) 
Tailored Label Products, Inc. (TLP) is a custom manufacturer of high-performance labels, tags, and die-cut adhesives. TLP provides custom engineered adhesive and label solutions for the electronics, automotive, aerospace, industrial, biomedical, medical equipment, hydraulic fluid and power industries. For more information, contact TLP at 800.727.1344 or visit www.tailoredlabel.com.

Press Contact: 
Larry Harvey
262.345.6404
lharvey@tailoredlabel.com
tailoredlabel.com

Governor's Worksite Wellness Award

Tailored Label Products (TLP) Named a Governor’s Worksite Wellness Award Winner

Governor's Worksite Wellness AwardTailored Label Products (TLP) of Menomonee Falls, WI, has been named a silver level award winner for the Governor’s Worksite Wellness Award in the medium company category. The designation, from the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, recognizes companies across the state that are committed to improving employee wellness.

“At TLP, wellness is an important part of our culture.  Our Wellness Committee continually works hard to provide employees with new and engaging opportunities to improve their physical and mental wellbeing,” said Nicole Richard, Director of Human Resources. “We are proud that our wellness initiatives are creating a healthier, happier workplace.  We are honored to receive recognition among other great companies.”

The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness was reestablished in 2012 and identified worksite wellness as a key area of focus in promoting good health in the state. Studies have shown that employee health affects a company’s bottom line in many ways, including decreased healthcare costs, increased productivity and better morale.

Applications for the Worksite Wellness Award are evaluated on criteria that include:

•    Program infrastructure
•    Health education
•    Health screening and disease prevention and management
•    Physical activity and nutrition components
•    Tobacco use policies
•    Alcohol and other drug policies

“A company that cares about its employees’ health is often seen as a better place to work. Those companies save money by retaining workers who appreciate the benefit of a wellness program and they can attract new employees in a competitive market,” said Jon Morgan, worksite wellness coordinator with the Wisconsin Chronic Disease Program.

The Wisconsin Worksite Wellness Award uses evidence-based criteria deemed essential for a successful worksite wellness program. Baseline requirements include having commitment from senior management, maintaining a wellness team that meets regularly, offering educational materials and presentations on a variety of wellness topics, offering health risk assessments and promoting physical fitness and healthy eating.

A full list of award winners can be found here.

TLP Bring Your Children to Work Day 2016

Tailored Label Products (TLP) employees brought their children to work this week to get a hands on opportunity in a manufacturing environment. They were able to see what their parents do, find out about the science that goes into making a label, and learn about what it takes to be a great team member at work.

New FDA Standards for Unique Device Identifier Labels


Most industries around the world have strict labeling standards and regulations, but almost nowhere are the specifics of labels more scrutinized than in the medical industry. Each and every piece of equipment that is used to facilitate the treatment and care of a patient needs to carry a label. And the slightest deviation from stipulated standards can result in strict penalties.

To improve patient safety, modernize device postmarket surveillance and encourage medical device innovation, the FDA’s Unique Device Identifier labels policy was created. This policy requires a unique device identifier (UDI) to be included on device labels and packages by device labelers.

The table below outlines key compliance dates in the UDI final rule.

Compliance Date Requirement
1 year after publication of the final rule (September 24, 2014) The labels and packages of class III medical devices and devices licensed under the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act) must bear a UDI. § 801.20.
Dates on the labels of these devices must be formatted as required by § 801.18. Data for these devices must be submitted to the GUDID database. § 830.300.
A 1-year extension of this compliance date may be requested under § 801.55; such a request must be submitted no later than June 23, 2014.
Class III stand-alone software must provide its UDI as required by § 801.50(b).
2 years after publication of the final rule (September 24, 2015) The labels and packages of implantable, life-supporting, and life-sustaining devices must bear a UDI.  § 801.20.
Dates on the labels of these devices must be formatted as required by § 801.18.
A device that is a life-supporting or life-sustaining device that is required to be labeled with a UDI must a bear UDI as a permanent marking on the device itself if the device is intended to be used more than once and intended to be reprocessed before each use.  § 801.45.
Stand-alone software that is a life-supporting or life-sustaining device must provide its UDI as required by § 801.50(b).
Data for implantable, life-supporting, and life-sustaining devices that are required to be labeled with a UDI must be submitted to the GUDID database. § 830.300.
3 years after publication of the final rule (September 24, 2016) Class III devices required to be labeled with a UDI must bear a UDI as a permanent marking on the device itself if the device is a device intended to be used more than once and intended to be reprocessed before each use. § 801.45.
The labels and packages of class II medical devices must bear a UDI.  § 801.20.
Dates on the labels of these devices must be formatted as required by § 801.18.
Class II stand-alone software must provide its UDI as required by § 801.50(b).
Data for class II devices that are required to be labeled with a UDI must be submitted to the GUDID database.  § 830.300.
5 years after publication of the final rule (September 24, 2018) A class II device that is required to be labeled with a UDI must bear a UDI as a permanent marking on the device itself if the device is a device intended to be used more than once and intended to be reprocessed before each use. § 801.45.
The labels and packages of class I medical devices and devices that have not been classified into class I, class II, or class III must bear a UDI. § 801.20.
Dates on the labels of all devices, including devices that have been excepted from UDI labeling requirements, must be formatted as required by § 801.18.
Data for class I devices and devices that have not been classified into class I, class II, or class III that are required to be labeled with a UDI must be submitted to the GUDID database.  § 830.300.
Class I stand-alone software must provide its UDI as required by § 801.50(b).
7 years after publication of the final rule (September 24, 2020) Class I devices, and devices that have not been classified into class I, class II, or class III that are required to be labeled with a UDI, must a bear UDI as a permanent marking on the device itself if the device is a device intended to be used more than once and intended to be reprocessed before each use.  § 801.45.
Compliance dates for all other provisions of the final rule.  Except for the provisions listed above, FDA requires full compliance with the final rule as of the effective date that applies to the provision.
Source: http://www.fda.gov

Anatomy of a UDI Label

A UDI is a unique numeric or alphanumeric code that consists of a device identifier (DI) and a production identifier (PI) and all UDIs are to be issued under a system operated by an FDA-accredited issuing agency.

Anatomy of an UDI Label

The Unique Device Identifier (UDI) Rules & Regulations 

  • The DI is mandatory and identifies the labeler and the specific version of a model of a device
  • The PI is a variable portion of the UDI which can include the lot or batch number when a device was manufactured, the devices’ serial number, the devices expiration date and the date the device was manufactured.
  • The UDI labels should be readable – both by humans and by computers
  • The device manufacturers will be in charge of marking their equipment with UDI labels and it is the duty of the label creators or facilitators to upload device information to the Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID) for unrestricted access by healthcare stakeholders.
  • The GUDID which is supported by the UDI labels will allow doctors to be able to download instructions and guidelines of device use and make the most of features and functionalities for optimum patient care.

How Does Tailored Label Products Play Its Part in the UDI Revolution?

Tailored Label Products has been the gold standard in the world of labeling for years. Accurate, capable of withstanding harsh environmental conditions and always legible, vibrant and durable. Our products have been used on vials, devices and containers for the medical industry.  Our capabilities and technical expertise allow us to meet UDI rules and regulations by printing labels with the right construction for the application and required information for UDI correctly included.

Also to help maintain the integrity of the unique IDs in the supply chain, TLP offers advanced features such as a dual label verification system that allows a technician to remove the first layer of the label for documentation, while a duplicate label will remains on the product.  With variable data capabilities, specific, unique information regarding each device can also be printed onto each label.

Have a UDI Label Question? TLP can help!