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Glendening tours Hub Labels plant

June 17, 1998|By GUY FLETCHER

by JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer

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Glendening speaks at Hub Labels

MAUGANSVILLE - Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening officially kicked off his re-election campaign this week with a Wednesday stop at Hub Labels to promote his administration's efforts.

But he touched off a tiny war of words by claiming that a state program that assisted the company's growth would be eliminated by Republican challenger Ellen R. Sauerbrey.

Glendening, who was joined by his wife, Frances Anne Glendening, and Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, toured the Shawley Drive plant, observing various machinery and processes, and chatting with workers.

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He then spoke briefly in the company's lobby before dozens of employees, who were joined by local elected officials, business leaders and other Glendening supporters.

"This is an absolute success story and that's why we wanted to come here," Glendening said.

Gov Glendening tours Hub LabelsLast year the state approved a $200,000 loan through the state's Sunny Day fund to help fund an expansion and training program at Hub Labels, a company that manufactures pressure-sensitive labels.

The company, which started 20 years ago in Hagerstown, has since grown into a modern plant of more than 100,000 square feet, involving many members of the Dahbura family.

Glendening praised the Dahburas for their efforts in making the commitment to seeing their business grow.

"More than anything else, this is what makes this country so special," he said.

Without mentioning a name, Glendening said his "far right" opponent wants to see the program eliminated.

But that was denied by Sauerbrey spokesman Jim Dornan in a telephone interview.

"It's just a total fabrication," he said.

Dornan said Sauerbrey wants to see the Sunny Day fund continue as a means of developing economic growth and jobs in the state. But she opposes its use as "political bribery" to garner support, he said.

"Ellen wants to use it for the purposes it was meant to be used for," Dornan said.

Glendening ticked off numerous accomplishments during the past four years, including cutting taxes, lowering the welfare rolls and efforts to fight crime.

He also said the quality of life in Western Maryland and other parts of the state is being protected through his Smart Growth initiatives aimed at combating suburban sprawl.

"We cannot lose this by the constant sprawl, the subdivisions that eat up open spaces," Glendening said.

Glendening reiterated his opposition to slot machines, which Democratic challenger Eileen M. Rehrmann has supported placing at state horse racing tracks.

Hub Labels president Bud Dahbura said he was glad the governor wanted to use his business to highlight the administration's efforts.

"It was an honor to have him with us," Dahbura said.

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