Progressive Leadership For All
Strong, low-key leadership at CL&D Graphics and TLMI has earned Mike Dowling packagePRINTING's TLMI 2004 Converter of the Year Award.
TLMI IS A strong association, thriving on the active involvement of a wide range of industry leaders that in many ways represent its past, present, and future. It is made up of both supplier and converter companies that run the gamut from small entrepreneurial start-ups to large established companies.
Keeping the association on a solid financial foundation, while meeting the needs of such a diverse membership is no easy task. It requires farsighted leadership that focuses on the needs of all its members—large and small, new and old.
Mike Dowling, president of CL&D Graphics, has contributed his innate skills throughout more than a decade of leadership involvement in TLMI. While working with others on the Finance Committee, the Board of Directors, and as president, Dowling has helped keep TLMI on its growth path of success.
Away from TLMI, he has guided his company to the forefront of the industry, recognized by his peers as a state-of-the-art, progressive converter of labels and flexible packaging products. For his contributions to TLMI and the industry in general, Mike Dowling has been selected as the TLMI Converter of the Year.
Label industry start
Mike Dowling was exposed to the printing industry at an early age. His father, Brian, started the family-run business in 1978 as Custom Label & Design in Oconomowoc, Wis. The company started with one Webtron 650 press in a building that measured about 5,000 sq. ft. At that time, the popular thinking was "How are we going to fill this place up?"
Well, that apparently wasn't much of a problem. Today, the original Custom Label & Design has evolved into two companies, CL&D Graphics and CL&D Digital, with three facilities and 14 presses. And the original 5,000 sq. ft. facility that was in need of "filling up" has grown to 125,000 sq. ft.