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Inventor of Hazmat flip placard retires at 95

CHICAGO, Ill. — The distinguished career of 95-year-old Abe Samuels of Labelmaster is coming to an end.

Samuels is retiring, Labelmaster announced, after 40 years with the company.

Samuels was the developer of the Spacemaster flip placard system that allows trucks and tankers to easily display signage that indicates the presence of dangerous goods (DG) on board, so critical to alert first responders to any potential hazards if an accident occurs. His design  was simple and flexible – and that’s the beauty of it. In addition to working every week, he also travelled on business while in his mid-90s.

The Spacemaster that Samuels developed went on to become the standard in the industry used by most of the top carriers.

Labelmaster said that they will hold a retirement celebration for Samuels on May 26.

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