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  • 10 Nov 2022

Syracuse Label wins TLMI Converter of the Year

TLMI (Tag and Label Manufacturing Institute) has named Kathy Alaimo, Co-CEO of Syracuse Label & Surround Printing the recipient of Packaging Impressions “Converter of the Year” award for 2022. The award – which recognizes a member of the package printing industry who has made extensive contributions, and who has continually demonstrated an unwavering commitment to TLMI – was awarded at the organization’s Annual Meeting held recently in Phoenix, AZ.

Alaimo has been a leader in the package and label printing industry during her 41-year tenure at Syracuse Label. Her influence is deep rooted in TLMI as well, serving as the Technical Committee’s co-chair, as well as providing other significant contributions throughout the years.

In addition to the “Converter of the Year” award, Alaimo also accepted the “Calvin Frost Elevation Sustainability Award” and a “Best-in-Class Award” in the 4-Color Flexographic, Primary Label Category on behalf of her company.

'I am humbled and thrilled to be awarded this prestigious honor from TLMI.  I have been so fortunate over my career to be surrounded by supportive and engaged team members,” said Alaimo. “Many thanks to all our employee owners and my friends at TLMI.

In June of this year, Alaimo was instrumental in the merger of Syracuse Label and Macaran Printed Products (Cohoes, NY). The new organization will provide enhanced development and manufacturing capabilities, incorporating state-of-the-art label technologies and innovation, along with improved economies of scale. The merger brings together 165,000 square feet of manufacturing space, $65 million in annual sales and 175 employee-owners. The new business will be led by Alaimo and industry veteran Nick Van Alstine (Macaran) operating as co-CEOs, and industry veteran Tom Sargent as president.

'After meeting Kathy at a TLMI event some 25 years, it didn’t take long for us to become fast friends, even though we were competitors at the time,” said Nick Van Alstine. “Her well-deserved Converter of the Year award comes as no surprise to me. I’m proud of our great friendship, and how that friendship led to the merger of our companies for a stronger, brighter future together.'

Two additional awards from TLMI

In addition to the “Converter of the Year” award, Syracuse Label also received the “2022 Calvin Frost Elevation Sustainability” Award and a “Best-in-Class” award for 4-color Flexography Prime label printing.

The “Elevation Award” recognizes a company that has implemented robust in-house sustainability programs, and that consistently demonstrates a commitment to progressive sustainability practices across a range of areas.

The “Best-in-Class” award was given to the Syracuse Label’s entry for Susquehanna Brewing’s Blueberry Hard Seltzer. The label was chosen from hundreds of applicants for its’ degree of technical difficulty and demonstrated use of Flexography printing. By virtue of this award, this specific entry will go on to compete in the 2022 International World Label Awards.

'Congratulations to Kathy, and to the entire staff at Syracuse Label,' said Tom Sargent, president of the Merged Companies. 'These awards further illustrate our shared values of common cause and common culture, and help to reinforce the collective vision of the merged companies of providing ‘brand custodianship’ to our customers and the marketplace'


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