November 1, 2005 - Concord Litho, one of the country’s largest independent printers, won Best in Show and a dozen printing excellence honors at the 24th annual Tyler Awards ceremony held October 26 in Manchester.
Out of its 13 submissions, Concord Litho won 12 awards for its printing for regional and national clients, ranging from Vermont-based Applejack Art Partners, whose large-format poster won Best in Show, to TV Guide, whose magalog product introducing its bigger format size was a hit with the judges.
“Our customers rely on us for the quality of their printed materials, and these awards speak to that trust,” says CEO Peter Cook.
Sponsored by the NH Graphic Arts Association, the H. James Tyler Awards recognize print excellence, quality, and innovation in 23 different categories, with entries from printers throughout the state. Concord Litho dominated the five categories it entered (winning all first places): Magazines, Catalogs & Calendars; Posters & Art Prints; Web Printing (Heat Set); Specialty Printing and Packaging; and Invitations, Announcements & Greeting Cards.
Printing That Looks – And Smells – Great
Among the most interesting winners was a product Concord Litho produced for New York-based agency EastWest Creative that smelled as good as it looked (Specialty Printing and Packaging category): A Warner Home Video Charlie & the Chocolate Factory DVD insert. The piece was folded to look like a “Wonka Bar” and infused with a true-to-life smell of chocolate, thanks to a coating of special varnish. The piece was printed on a web press that has extensive inline finishing capabilities (meaning the press can print, fold, die-cut and even glue the piece in one pass through the press).
Concord Litho, which prints more than a billion greeting cards a year, also won first and second place for boxed greeting cards produced on behalf of Massachusetts-based agency THD for the American Lung Association and for membership cards for the St. Jude Shrine. Best in Show honors -- and first place in the Posters & Art Prints category -- went to Concord Litho for its production of a 38-by-40-inch poster titled “Mandarin” for Vermont-based Applejack Art Partners and its Posters & Prints division. Featuring a striking orange flower, the poster was printed with fade-resistant inks on a 7-color KBA large-format sheetfed press.
Another standout at the awards was a 10.5-inch-by-4-foot Moon Phase poster for New York City publishing company Davis-Delaney Arrow. Run on Concord Litho’s 7-color KBA large-format sheetfed press, the poster features intricate trapping, metallic inks, and gloss and matte varnishes. The posters are available at retail stores and online at www.lunarcalendar.com.
“We’re very proud of the men and women of Concord Litho who take special care of all our customers’ work, day-in and day-out,” Cook says. “Their talents make this kind of recognition a reality. And we congratulate our customers who now have more award-winning promotional pieces to showcase.”
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