With Smead’s FasTab™ Hanging Folders, no assembly is required

HASTINGS, Minn. (March 27, 2007) — Do you consider stacking important papers in piles because the thought of making hanging folders with plastic tabs is overwhelming? Do you suffer anxiety about plastic tabs popping off and attacking you at your desk? Does the mere thought of filing induce nausea? If these symptoms sound familiar, you may be suffering from Plastic Tab Avoidance (PTA), a condition that affects millions of office workers worldwide. If left untreated, massive disorganization may occur. But there is help available. Smead’s new FasTab™ Hanging Folders eliminate the need for plastic tabs to label your important files.

FasTab eliminates the pesky, multiple-step process of labeling new hanging folders with plastic tabs. Simply grab a folder, label or hand write on the sturdy, built-in tab and place it in your drawer. With the reinforced, 2-ply tabs built-in, you no longer need to worry about plastic tabs popping off. And with FasTab’s patent-pending design, there is no need for traditional label slots. As a result, the hanging folder can be constructed from a continuous sheet and provides greater surface area for the adhesive along the rod—reinforcing the point of stress. This makes for a much stronger, more durable folder that’s built tough and lasts longer.

“Organizing your file drawer doesn’t get any simpler than FasTab Hanging Folders,” said Jim Riesterer, Smead Vice President of Marketing. “Smead learned that the process of inserting plastic tabs was a major hang-up for a majority of office workers so, we created a quicker and more convenient option that eliminates the stress and hassle from getting organized.”

Smead’s FasTab Hanging Folders were developed as the result of extensive consumer research that found 75% of those surveyed believed it’s either a major or minor hassle to label a hanging folder. And 50% complained about plastic tabs falling off the folders. To address these concerns, Smead created FasTab—the first, all-in-one hanging folder that provides the cure for PTA and promotes a more organized office.

FasTab Hanging Folders are available at major office supply stores throughout the United States and later through leading contract stationers and stationery wholesalers in the U.S. and in Canada.

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Smead,, is a worldwide leader in office filing products and records management systems. For more than 100 years, Smead has brought a spirit of innovation and integrity to keeping businesses and home offices organized. Headquartered in Hastings, Minnesota, Smead is a privately held, woman-owned business offering 5,000 organizational products with more than 2,600 employees in 14 manufacturing plants located across North America and Europe, including its Smead-Europe operations in The Netherlands.