Print Excellence Awards Are ‘Mark of True Craftsmanship’
Blue Ash, Ohio – It may only be February, but 2018 is already proving to be a banner year for Graphic Village and the newest member of the GV family, Multi-Craft.
The two divisions are pleased to announce they recently received a combined total of 16 2018 Print Excellence Awards from the Printing Industries of Ohio • N.Kentucky, an association of over 300 commercial printing companies and suppliers.
- Five Gold Awards
- Seven Silver Awards
- Four Bronze Awards
“Winning even one Print Excellence Award, not to mention a combined 16, is a great honor, and we appreciate being recognized as a leader in our industry,” said Eric Kahn, CEO of Graphic Village. “Even more gratifying are the successes of our clients as a result of work we’ve done for them – that means everything to us.”
“Winning a Print Excellence Award is a mark of true craftsmanship,” said Jim Cunningham, president of the Printing Industries Association.
All regional Gold Award winners are entered into an association-wide competition for Best of Category and Best of Show prizes. These will be announced in September at the 2018 Grand Ceremony in Columbus.
Closer to home, GV’s gold-winning posters were also honored at this year’s Printing Industry Banquet for the Southern Region. “Basketball Player on Black Cover” was named Best Poster. “The Painted Lady” was recognized by industry peers with a People’s Choice Award.
Printing Industries of Ohio • N.Kentucky’s annual Print Excellence Awards Competition recognizes Ohio and Northern Kentucky printers that have demonstrated excellence in 35 categories.
This year, member companies submitted nearly 350 printed pieces, and two out-of-state expert judges ranked them in a regional competition. The judges for 2018 were Ken Eberhart, Merrick Printing Company (Louisville), and Jeff Ekstein, Willow Printing Group (Ontario, Canada).
“Ken and Jeff are experienced judges and printers whose combined expertise spans more than 50 years in print,” Cunningham said. “Yet even they were impressed with our members’ incredible work. It’s easy in today’s fast-paced world to just get the job done, but our Association members continue to demonstrate the pride and dedication to their craft that have made Ohio and Northern Kentucky printers some of the best in the world.”
About Graphic Village
The largest independent print marketing company in Greater Cincinnati, Graphic Village has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, both organically and through strategic acquisitions, allowing it to deepen its relationships with existing clients and expand its portfolio of services.
There were four major acquisitions in the past year alone. EMI Network, a 35-year-old content marketing and creative services firm, joined the Village in February 2017. Everything’s Image, purchased in August, provides apparel decorating services to the advertising specialty industry. Crest Graphics, a Cincinnati-based graphics communications company, became part of the GV family in December. And Multi-Craft, one of the region’s most venerable and respected graphic communications companies, was acquired in January of this year.
About Printing Industries of Ohio • N.Kentucky
Printing Industries of Ohio • N.Kentucky serves over 300 commercial printing companies and suppliers to the industry in its service area. The association provides a broad range of products and services to its membership, including workers’ compensation and product discounts. It is an affiliate of the national Printing Industries of America, the largest graphic arts association in the world.
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