Spear USA, specializing in pressure-sensitive labels for beverage markets, earnedÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â Select Status recognition from Anheuser-Busch, Inc. (A-B) as part of A-B’s quality system for suppliers, it was announced by Kevin Miles, operations manager for Spear USA-Fulton. To earn this status, the first of two levels in the AB quality system, a supplier demonstrates an understanding and implementation for each of the standards within the quality system. This system is composed of nine categories with 56 standards within them. The second level is Certified Status.
“Our employees have worked very closely with representatives from A-B’s Baldwinsville brewery to earn this prized recognition,” Miles said. ” We are honored to have achieved this milestone for our facility and for our company.”
The announcement of the achievement was made recently at a ceremony for all Spear-Fulton employees. A-B Baldwinsville’s Steve McCormick, Sr. Plant Manager and Debra Dunham, process manager, presented certificates of achievement to each Spear employee in attendance and a plaque to Miles.
“What a great day! I’m pleased to be here representing all of Anheuser-Busch as part of your Select Status celebration, ” Dunham said in her address to Spear employees. “It was almost three years ago we started on the journey of quality systems improvement. Your pursuit of quality has resulted in today’s special recognition of Select Supplier Status, recognizing the Fulton plant ‘for developing and implementing effective quality systems’. This recognition means that you demonstrate the effective use of quality systems and tools every day in the production of plastic labels for the A-B breweries. So, what does Select Status mean? Here are a few statistics:
” You are one of 70 A-B supplier locations to achieve this award over the past 14 years. You are recognized by A-B in a ‘Select’ group among 170 different packaging supplier locations.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â You are the first original Spear label plant to achieve this award. You are important to A-B servicing our twelve domestic breweries.
“For those wanting to know what it takes to be in the “Select Status” class, here are some examples of quality results: An impressive safety record for lost time and recordable accidents; Fulton is the only Spear plant to exceed 1000 days without a lost time injury.
“Reductions in A-B defects, especially with staying on liner, label curl and creasing issues, and, downtime to our fillers. Assurance of completed annual training for all employees related to safety and job standard operating procedures. I could add to this list, but I think you can see why Fulton is a Select Status Supplier.
“It is a privilege to see the improvement take place in your facility, to see how employees are involved to continuously improve and to see the enthusiasm among all of you. I, too, am excited by your success.”
Spear-Fulton prints 100% of the clear plastic, self-adhesive labels used on Bud Light LimeÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â® which sold 7 million cases in the first two months in the market, McCormick said. The Fulton facility also prints clear labels for AB’s BudLightÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â®, Bud Light SelectÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â® and Land SharkÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â® brands.
Ohio-based Spear USA produces film pressure-sensitive labels for the beverage and personal care markets. Spear is the third company to occupy the Fulton plant that originally opened in 1871 as the Morrill Press, a flexible packaging company. The plant was sold to Sonoco Flexible Packaging during the 1990’s and operated under that banner until December of 2003. Spear-Fulton has 50 full-time employees. Spear currently operates 31 printing presses across six facilities in North America (4), Europe and Africa. Printing processes include flat bed screen, rotary screen, UV flexographic, gravure, hot stamping and combination printing. All Spear facilities are registered to the ISO-9001 standard. For further information, visit www.spearsystem.com.