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August 1, 2002
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MACtac's pressure sensitive materials were used in the USPS's "Greetings From America" stamps.
MACtac, a worldwide supplier of pressure sensitive label materials located in Stow, Ohio, recently participated in the contract award for the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) series of 50 "Greetings From America" self-adhesive stamps. This was the USPS's first issue of a pane of 50 stamps in 10 years.

The "Greetings From America" 34-cent stamps were issued concurrently in every state and feature flora, fauna and points of interest from each state. The designs, illustrated by artist Lonnie Busch of Franklin, N.C., reflect the retro large-letter postcards of the 1930s and 1940s that were used to advertise cities, states or tourist attractions. The new stamps serve a similar purpose and promote patriotism as well as tourism. Utilizing the printable features of MACtac's liner, the USPS used the backs of the 50-stamp panes to list each state's bird, flower, tree and capital city, and the date each entered the Union.

"MACtac is proud ... to be a part of promoting patriotism through commemorative stamps, especially an issue recognizing each of the 50 states," said Catherine Heckman, the company's printing products business manager.

As a qualified supplier for the USPS's commemorative stamps, the company has provided materials for a number of pressure sensitive stamps. Last November, MACtac's PSA material was used in over 310 million stamps for the September 11th "United We Stand" series for vendible booklets. The stamps were designed by Terry McCaffery, manager of the USPS Stamp Development Division, and feature Old Glory, with the words "United We Stand" across the bottom of the design.

More recently, MACtac participated in saluting the 200-year anniversary of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point by providing the self-adhesive construction for a bicentennial commemorative stamp featuring the academy's coat of arms.

MACtac is a leading supplier of PSA materials that offer solutions for a range of industries, including printing, graphic design, packaging, digital imaging, photographic, assembly engineering, medical and communications. The company is a subsidiary of the Bemis Co., Inc., a North American flexible-packaging supplier. MACtac has manufacturing and distribution facilities in 14 countries.

For more information on MACtac's pressure sensitive label materials, contact the company at 4560 Darrow Rd., Stow, OH 44224-1898; phone 330-688-1111; fax 330-688-2540; or visit www.mactac.com.

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