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B.C. Printers Strike Gold in Sappi Competition

June 8, 2011  By

Two B.C. printing companies have received Gold Awards from this year’s Sappi North American Printers of the Year competition. Hemlock Printers and Blanchette Press received a Gold Award in the Digital and General Print categories respectively. The competition revolves around print produced on Sappi stocks; more than 2,100 entries were submitted this year.

Blanchette Press’ submission faced many different formats, from media guides to brochures to calendars. Titled Original 16 and produced for Great Western Brewing, Blanchette Press’s production garnered the following kudos from judge Bill Garno, of the Rochester Institute of Technology: “It was a very clean piece, photography was great, separations were done well and the piece was printed flawlessly. Very clean, no mistakes and it had a great visual impact in the contrast of the colour printing and good use of the whiteness of the paper.”

Blanchette press also won a silver in General and Magazines (sheetfed) as well as bronze awards in Annual Reports, Brochures and one in Printer’s Own Promotion.


Hemlock’s submission, a portfolio of photographer Peter Schafrick, featured a short cover and a design which can be read backwards and forwards.

“When you get into the book, the images just popped. They literally came off the page. Consistent in colour, lots of coverage and they did not shy away from the heavy saturation of colour,” said judge Lauren Elliott of Wicked Good Productions. “Creatively, it has a nice overall impact as well as superb execution.”

Gold Award recipients receive up to $20,000 to support marketing initiatives.

Toronto-based CJ Graphics won a silver and a bronze award in the Brochures category. Mississauga-based Somerset Graphics won a silver and a bronze award in Magazines (sheetfed) category. St. Joseph Communications won a bronze in the Magazine (web) category.

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