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WPT Announces Winners Of The 6th Annual Freddies

Press release from the issuing company

WASHINGTON, DC – The Worldwide Printing Thermographers Association (WPT) has announced the winners of its Sixth Annual Excellence in Thermography Contest – the FREDDIEs. The FREDDIE award recognizes companies for their use and application of the thermographic (raised printing) process on items including business cards, envelopes, letterheads, social announcements, folders, posters, promotional materials, invitations and more. This year’s contest drew nearly 500 entries in 19 categories from companies engaged in the thermographic printing process across the United States and in the United Kingdom. Anderberg-Lund Printing Company won the 2003 FRED NICOTERA AWARD for “BEST OF THE BEST” for Excellence in Thermographed Products Other Than Business Cards, Letterheads or Invitations. The Anderburg-Lund winning entry was a six-CD box set printed for the Microsoft Corporation. FREDDIE awards were awarded to the following companies*: Anderburg-Lund Printing Company – St. Louis Park, MN Artco – Rexburg, ID AWT California – Burbank, CA Business Card, Inc. – Tullahoma, TN Carlson Craft - North Mankato, MN Checkerboard Limited – West Boylston, MA Dewberry Engraving Company – Birmingham, AL DOT Thermography, Inc. – Addison, TX Flashcards, Inc. – Austin, TX Hodgins Engraving – Batavia, NY Ink & Paper Magic Makers, Inc. – Arlington, TX Jansson – Milford, MA McPhersons – Sunman, IN Northeast Thermography – Wallingford, CT NU-ART – Bedford Park, IL The Perfecta Press – Sudbury, England Regency Thermographers – Waynesboro, PA Team Concept Printing & Thermography – Carol Stream, IL Utley Brothers, Inc. – Troy, MI West Texas Printing – Brownwood, TX Entries were judged at the WPT headquarters in Washington, DC based on: (a) Quality of Thermography including color control, (b) Printing Excellence including design and registration, and (c) Use of Thermography as it enhances the piece overall. Entries were also judged on the number of colors involved as well as the use of additional processes such as embossing, foil stamping, die-cutting, engraving and lithography. Any company involved in the thermographic process was eligible to enter. The 19 award categories included excellence in thermography for: business cards, envelopes, letterheads or personal stationery; social announcements or invitations; foil stamping; and self-promotional work. All entries were displayed by category at the WPT annual conference which was held in Phoenix, Arizona. The Excellence in Thermography Contest is appropriately named the “FREDDIE” to honor Fred Nicotera, who is known within the industry as the Father of Thermography. Fred’s contributions to the thermography industry span 45 years. He started in 1945 as a jogger at the end of thermography machine and retired in 1995 as the founder and president of Faust Thermographic Supply, Inc., one of the industry’s largest powder manufacturers. Fred developed many products and processes that continue to benefit thermographers worldwide. His numerous contributions to the industry have linked his name forever to excellence in thermography.