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PIAS Announces 2017 Graphic Awards Winners

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Press release from the issuing company

Welch Printing Company of Louisville, Kentucky Wins Best of Show Award

Nashville, TN – The Printing Industry Association of the South, Inc. (PIAS) announced the winners of its 2017 Graphic Awards at a special presentation on June 13, 2017, during the PIAS Annual Convention at the Hilton SanDestin Beach Resort in Destin, Florida.

The PIAS Graphic Awards competition, held annually, is designed to recognize and appropriately honor those responsible for the creation, design and production of top-quality printed materials; those which have impact, appeal and effectiveness as sales/marketing, communications or educational medium.

Entries were submitted in one of four divisions:  Printers with less than 25 employees; Printers with 25 to 75 employees; Printers with more than 75 employees; and Trade Houses specializing in Binding & Finishing Services.  The judges determined which would receive: the coveted Best of Show Award; one of four Best of Division Awards; mounted certificates for Best of Category; or unmounted certificates for Award of Excellence.  One special award winners was also decided for the best Self-Advertising piece.  In total, 453 awards were presented this year, including: 145 Best of Category awards; and 453 Awards of Excellence; in addition to the Self-Promotion Award, Best of Division, and Best of Show awards.

The PIAS Graphic Awards Competition is judged by a panel of 3 experts using a point system. A printed piece must earn a certain number of points based on set criteria to receive an Award of Excellence. The judges evaluate each entry based upon the following criteria: degree of difficulty; quality and technique of reproduction; excellence in creativity, design, typography and general layout; and, if appropriate, unusual applications such as special effects, etc. The entry receiving the highest composite score within each category will receive the Best of Category Award. After judging is completed for each category within a division, all of the Best of Category winners from that division are grouped together and judged again to determine which entry is to receive the Best of Division award. After judging is completed for all divisions, all of the Best of Division winners are grouped together and judged again to determine which entry is to receive the top honor - the Best of Show trophy.

The trophy winners are:

BEST OF SHOW:

Welch Printing Company of Louisville, Kentucky for the “Mind. Body. Courage. Community Report”

BEST OF DIVISION – PRINTERS WITH LESS THAN 25 EMPLOYEES:

Tru Color Litho of Nashville, Tennessee for “Leading into Legacy Annual Report”

BEST OF DIVISION – PRINTERS WITH 25 TO 75 EMPLOYEES:

Welch Printing Company of Louisville, Kentucky for the “Mind. Body. Courage. Community Report”

BEST OF DIVISION – PRINTERS WTIH MORE THAN 75 EMPLOYEES:

Lithographics, Inc. of Nashville, Tennessee for “Wonders & Rainbows – Shinique Smith”

BEST OF DIVISION – TRADE HOUSES –  BINDING & FINISHING SERVICES:

McGraphics, Inc. of Nashville, Tennessee for “McGraphics 30th Anniversary Invitation”

SELF ADVERTISING AWARD:

Hot Graphics Printing of Memphis, Tennessee for their “HOT Monthly Campaign”

The overall winners, by state and city, are:

ALABAMA

BIRMINGHAM

Precision Graphics, for:

      2 Awards of Excellence and 1 Best of Category award

BOAZ

BPI Media Group, for:

15 Awards of Excellence, and 2 Best of Category awards 

ARKANSAS

JONESBORO

Master Print Group, for:

3 Awards of Excellence and 1 Best of Category award 

LITTLE ROCK

Arkansas Graphics for:

2 Awards of Excellence 

Democrat Printing & Lithographing, for: 

8 Awards of Excellence and 2 Best of Category awards

Magna IV, for:

7 Awards of Excellence and 1 Best of Category award

KENTUCKY

LEXINGTON

Harp Enterprises. for:

      9 Awards of Excellence and 1 Best of Category award 

LOUISVILLE

Gateway Press, Inc. for:

6 Awards of Excellence and 2 Best of Category awards

The Merrick Printing Company, for:

47 Awards of Excellence and 7 Best of Category awards

Welch Printing Company, for:

29 Awards of Excellence, 5 Best of Category awards, 1 Best of Division award and 

1 Best of Show award

LOUISIANA

BATON ROUGE

Baton Rouge Printing, for: 

27 Awards of Excellence and 4 Best of Category awards 

MISSISSIPPI

BILOXI

Knight-Abbey Commercial Printing & Direct Mail, for: 

48 Awards of Excellence and 16 Best of Category awards

RIDGELAND

Hederman Brothers, for: 

10 Awards of Excellence and 8 Best of Category awards

TENNESSEE

CHATTANOOGA

Arcade Beauty, for:

4 Awards of Excellence and 1 Best of Category award

Starkey Printing Company, for:

23 Awards of Excellence and 7 Best of Category awards

TPC Printing & Packaging, for:

12 Awards of Excellence and 2 Best of Category awards

LEWISBURG

Lewisburg Printing Company, for:

13 Awards of Excellence and 8 Best of Category awards

MEMPHIS

      Hot Graphics Printing, for:

22 Awards of Excellence, 6 Best of Category awards and 1 Overall 

Self-Promotion award

      Mercury Printing Company, for:

2 Awards of Excellence and 1 Best of Category award

NASHVILLE

Ambrose Printing Company, for:

4 Awards of Excellence and 1 Best of Category award

Arena Imprints, for:

4 Awards of Excellence and 1 Best of Category award

Bindtech, for:

7 Awards of Excellence and 2 Best of Category awards 

ColorStream Digital, for:

18 Awards of Excellence and 13 Best of Category awards

Falcon Press, for:

15 Awards of Excellence and 2 Best of Category awards

Lithographics, Inc., for:

26 Awards of Excellence, 13 Best of Category awards and 1 Best of Division award

Marshall & Bruce Company, for:

8 Awards of Excellence and 5 Best of Category awards

McGraphics, Inc., for:

6 Awards of Excellence, 4 Best of Category awards and 1 Best of Division award

Parris Printing, for:

14 Award of Excellences and 1 Best of Category award

Randall House Publications, for:

6 Awards of Excellence

Tru Color Litho, for:

49 Awards of Excellence, 28 Best of Category awards and 1 Best of Division award

PIAS is a graphic arts trade association representing more than 300 member companies in their seven state region: Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

 

 

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