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PIAS Announces 2020 Graphic Awards Winners; Welch Printing Company of Louisville, KY Wins the Best of Show Award

Press release from the issuing company

Nashville, Tenn. – The Printing Industry Association of the South, Inc. (PIAS) is announcing the winners of its 2020 Graphic Awards Print Competition. The winners are usually announced at the Awards Banquet during the PIAS Annual Convention in Destin, FL in June, but due to COVID the event was cancelled this year.

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 20 employees; Printers with 21 to 60 employees; Printers with more than 60 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, 262 awards were presented this year, including: 89 Best of Category awards, 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 in Louisville, Kentucky for “Constellation Magazine”

BEST OF DIVISION – PRINTERS WITH LESS THAN 20 EMPLOYEES:
ColorStream Digital of Nashville, Tennessee for “Admissions Automation is Out There”

BEST OF DIVISION – PRINTERS WITH 21 TO 60 EMPLOYEES:
Welch Printing Company in Louisville, Kentucky for “Constellation Magazine”

BEST OF DIVISION – PRINTERS WTIH MORE THAN 60 EMPLOYEES:
TPC Packaging in Chattanooga, Tennessee for “NARS Extreme Effects Eyeshadow Packaging”

BEST OF DIVISION – TRADE HOUSES – BINDING & FINISHING SERVICES:
McGraphics, Inc. of Nashville, Tennessee for “Nissan Express Service Package”

SELF ADVERTISING AWARD:
Graphic Creations in Knoxville, Tennessee for their “Customer/Prospect Self Promo Packet”

The overall winners, by state and city, are:

ALABAMA

BOAZ
BPI Media Group, for:
10 Awards of Excellence and 2 Best of Category awards

ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK
Democrat Printing & Lithographing, for:
6 Awards of Excellence and 1 Best of Category award
Magna IV, for:
7 Awards of Excellence and 3 Best of Category awards

GEORGIA

Marietta
Gutenberg’s, for:
7 Awards of Excellence and 4 Best of Category awards

KENTUCKY

LEXINGTON
Harp Enterprises. for:
24 Awards of Excellence and 5 Best of Category awards 

LOUISVILLE
Derby City Litho for:
3 Awards of Excellence and 2 Best of Category awards
The Merrick Printing Company, for:
31 Awards of Excellence and 8 Best of Category awards
Welch Printing Company, for:
39 Awards of Excellence, 17 Best of Category , 1 Best of Division award and
1 Best of Show award

LOUISIANA

BATON ROUGE
Baton Rouge Printing, for:
15 Awards of Excellence and 1 Best of Category award

MISSISSIPPI

RIDGELAND
Hederman Brothers, for:
11 Awards of Excellence and 9 Best of Category awards

TENNESSEE

CHATTANOOGA
Arcade Beauty, for:
1 Awards of Excellence and 1 Best of Category award
Starkey Printing Company, for:
22 Awards of Excellence and 6 Best of Category awards
TPC Printing & Packaging, for:
22 Awards of Excellence, 2 Best of Category awards, and 1 Best of Division award

KNOXVILLE
Graphic Creations for:
5 Awards of Excellence, 2 Best of Category awards and 1 Overall Self Promotion award

NASHVILLE
Arena Imprints, for:
6 Awards of Excellence and 2 Best of Category awards
Bindtech, for:
3 Awards of Excellence and 1 Best of Category award
ColorStream Digital, for:
22 Awards of Excellence, 15 Best of Category awards and 1 Best of Division award
McGraphics, Inc., for:
5 Awards of Excellence, 3 Best of Category awards and 1 Best of Division award
Parris Printing, for:
18 Award of Excellences and 4 Best of Category awards
Randall House Publications, for:
5 Awards of Excellence and 1 Best of Category award

PIAS is a graphic arts trade association representing more than 250 member companies in their seven state region: Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

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