Western States Envelope & Label is 100 Years Strong
Beyond an ongoing pledge to customer service, innovation and product development, the environment has always been a priority for Western States. Ever since its first years, the company saved paper scraps from its manufacturing process and shipped them back to the mills for recycling. In the early 1990s, Western States developed Recovery and Globe 100—two lines of products made from 100 percent post-consumer waste. Other eco-friendly products are reusable envelopes, and a line of “Please Recycle” products designed to encourage recycling of discarded mail. In 2007, Western States earned Chain-of-Custody certifications from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). “We can now certify that our products originate from responsibly managed forests,“ said Steve Brocker, vice president of sales and marketing. “Our employees deserve all of the credit for implementing the stringent Chain-of-Custody process.”
Western States has developed hundreds of new products within the last decade to improve processing for mailers, graphic options for designers and an industry-leading number of choices for printers—its largest category of customers. Throughout 2008, Western States will be promoting its 100th anniversary to customers and vendors with a special gift—a one-of-a-kind diorama-style letter holder depicting the first manufacturing plant with an early replica of one of the delivery trucks parked in front. Inside each holder are engraved cards, gold embossed labels and gold trimmed envelopes. Western States will also honor 100 years through special print industry advertising initiatives and an anniversary celebration held at each of its five locations.
Western States Envelope & Label has more than 100 million products in stock daily, and also specializes in custom envelope and label production using the world’s most advanced equipment. The Company exceeds its customers’ needs from five full-service locations: Butler, Wis. (headquarters); Madison, Wis.; Erlanger, Ky.; Toledo, Ohio; and Vadnais Heights, Minn.