TLP Manufacturer of the Year, Tailored Label Products Manufacturer of the Year

TLP Earns 2013 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Grand Award

New business growth, community involvement, and operational excellence propel the company to its second MOTY grand award recognition in 9 years

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. (Feb. 28, 2014) — Tailored Label Products (TLP), a Menomonee Falls-based manufacturer of high-performance product labels, tags and die-cut adhesives, has won the 2013 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Grand Award (MOTY) which recognizes Wisconsin manufacturers for exceptional innovation, philanthropy, commitment to customer satisfaction, and job creation.

This marks the second time that TLP has won the award; it previously won in 2005.

TLP earned its award in the small company category, open to manufacturers with 1 to 99 employees. The award winners, selected from among 34 total nominees in four size categories, were revealed Feb. 27 at a black-tie banquet at The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.

“I am absolutely honored that TLP has been recognized with this very prestigious award for a second time. This achievement is a testament to our innovative manufacturing processes and dedicated team of professionals, without whom this would not have been possible. I thank them all from the bottom of my heart,” said Tailored Label Products CEO Mike Erwin. “On behalf of our entire organization, we are very grateful to our customers, business partners, and our community for having played such a huge role TLP’s continued success over the past 30 years. We are happy share this honor with them.”

In the award ceremony, it was noted that TLP’s application stood out to the judges since it clearly and concisely demonstrated TLP’s operational excellence and dedication to continuous improvement. The judges felt these two categories showcased Tailored Label’s strong corporate leadership, one that is not afraid to invest in new technology, process improvement, and developing employees.

TLP is continually recognized as one of Wisconsin’s best workplaces. In addition to the MOTY award, TLP has also received such distinctions at Best of the Best Workplaces of America and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Top 100 workplaces awards for several years running. “Building upon our employee’s strengths and talents is imperative to the growth and success of our organization”, said TLP President Jeff Kerlin.

A heavy focus on Community involvement was another factor the judges considered. The company’s ‘Touching the Lives of People’ program, established in 2007, started out as the team name for a cancer run and has now expanded into a company-wide culture that has employees asking, “when, where, and how can we help?” TLP employees are committed to giving back to the community through a combination of both financial contributions and volunteer time. The company routinely donates their own manufactured products in the form of graphic design services, stickers, decals, labels, promotional magnets, static clings, signs, and other products.

TLP produces high-performance labels, UL/CSA labels, custom labels, die cut adhesives, short run and long run labels and unique bonding solutions. Headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wis., and with a location in Suwanee, Ga., the 90 dedicated employees at TLP produce custom-engineered labels around the specific demands of their customers’ applications.

That dedication to customer needs prompted a surge in new business, which was in part what helped TLP secure the award. The company added a record number of new customers in 2013, which follows its trend of adding 100 or more new accounts every year for the past five years.

About the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award
In its 26th year, the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year program recognizes manufacturers of all sizes and industries for their contributions to the state. The award winners were picked by an independent panel of judges from industry, education and the public sector and focused on how each company’s contributions helped drive Wisconsin’s economy.

The accounting and advisory firm of Baker Tilly, the law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, and the business association Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce sponsor the Manufacturer of the Year awards program.

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About Tailored Label Products Inc. (
Celebrating its 30th year anniversary, 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. TLP is headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wis., and has additional manufacturing facilities in Suwanee, Ga.

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