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Pictorial Re-Certified FSC Compliant By Smartwood

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

Carlstadt, NJ, January 24, 2006 – Pictorial Offset Corporation, the largest privately-owned, single-facility commercial printer in the United States, proudly announces that it was recently re-certified by SmartWood for its Forest Stewardship Council Chain-of-Custody certification. The SmartWood division of the Rainforest Alliance performed the re-certification audit and observed the practices in place at Pictorial’s purchasing, warehouse and shipping departments. A review of the records from the past year, a tour of the facility and interviews with key purchasing and compliance officers were also included in the audit. Special areas of excellence were noted in the inventory tracking and documentation processes of Pictorial. Gary Samuels, Managing Partner of Pictorial, said of the audit, “It was a very easy audit for us. We had originally been certified in 2004 and have enjoyed a dramatic increase in business from being certified this past year.” Pictorial has dual certification by the International Standards Organization (ISO) for both quality (9001:2000) and environment (14001:2004) and has had them since 1998, when it was the first commercial printer in the world certified to an integrated ISO 9002 and 14001 management system. Continuing, Samuels said, “With the ISO processes in place, we already had strong experience with documentation and process compliance. Just last year we trained over 100 of our people in the processes of Forest Stewardship Council’s Chain of Custody. We are fully committed to our quality and environmental sustainability programs, and this re-certification is another measure of that commitment.”




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