2015 PICA Awards

2015 PICA Awards

Producing a high quality product is very fulfilling,
recognition from your industry peers is tremendous!

 

On April 16th at the PICA Awards 50th Celebration we gathered with many of our printing peers to celebrate “Accomplishments in Print” for the year 2015. Only one “Best of” may be given in each category. One or more “Special Judges Award” or “Award of Excellence” may be given in each category, limited to no more than one third of total entries per category.

PICA Awards

PICA Awards

A panel of out of state judges with extensive experience in printing and print production was brought in to examine the work. Each entry was judged on its own merit in a category with similar printed pieces. The judging criteria included: registration, crossovers, clarity and neatness, sharpness of halftones and line drawings, richness and tonal qualities of color, paper and ink selection, ink coverage, difficulty of printing, effective contrast or softness, finishing, bindery, and overall visual impact.

Lisa Smith & James Zambrano

Lisa Smith & James Zambrano

5 of our Heritage team members, accompanied by 2 wives (Lisa Smith and Allison Gibson), represented Heritage Printing & Graphics at the 2015 PICA Awards. The evening event was held at the Embassy Suites, one of the poshest hotels in Concord, NC. Their enormous ballroom was filled with 750+ entries, with over 250 printing representatives in attendance.

PICA Awards Reception

PICA Awards Reception

The winning entries were an impressive array of samples from: commercial print, custom packaging, interior and exterior signage, event signs and banners, custom displays and wide-format printing. At the reception, I escorted my wife (Lisa) through the winning entries, explaining the complexities and variations of “Print”, how it’s applied, the equipment needed to produce the impressive samples and how Heritage competes in the industry. She was amazed at the imagery and creativeness of the work, she commented on how expansive the “Print Industry” truly is.

PICA Board Members

PICA Board Members

The Presentation of Sponsored Awards was precluded by the acknowledgement of the PICA Board and the 50 years of service PICA has dedicated to the printing industry and serving our peers. Numerous recognition awards were presented to present and past leaders of PICA amongst a boisterous round of appreciative applause.

The Sponsored Award Winners included:

  • Arzberger Stationers won 5 Best of Category Awards and 5 Special Judges Awards and also won the Athens “Most Creative Use of Paper” award
  • Classic won 13 Best of Category Awards, 20 Special Judges Awards and 7 Awards of Excellence and also won the KBA “Best Catalog” award
  • Heritage Printing & Graphics won 14 Best of Category Awards and 2 Special Judges Awards and also won the FujiFilm “Best Wide Format” award
  • iTek Graphics won 11 Best of Category Awards, 13 Special Judges Awards and 4 Awards of Excellence and also won the Manchester Industries “Best Process Color Printing” award
  • Loftin & Company Printers won 4 Best of Category Awards and 3 Special Judges Awards
  • Mullen Publications, Inc. won2 Best of Category Awards and 2 Special Judges Awards
  • Print Management Group LLC won 4 Best of Category Awards, 3 Special Judges Awards and 1 Award of Excellence
  • ImageMark Business Services won 4 Best of Category Awards, 3 Special Judges Awards and 2 Awards of Excellence
  • Subtle Impressions Inc. won 1 Best of Category Award
  • Westmoreland Printers, Inc. won 1 Special Judges Award and 1 Award of Excellence
Wide Format Floor Graphics

Wide Format Floor Graphics

Our FujiFilm “Best Wide Format” award was in recognition of the project we participated in for Google’s celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We printed and installed 10 portrait murals on the stairs at 6 different historic landmarks in Washington, DC. Click this link to learn more…

Heritage Team

Heritage Team

The official PICA press release announcing Heritage:

PRINTING EXCELLENCE IN THE CAROLINAS RECOGNIZED

Heritage Printing & Graphics, Inc. Announced as
Award Winner in the 2015 PICA Awards

Charlotte, NC — The Printing Industry of the Carolinas (PICA) has announced that Heritage Printing & Graphics, Inc. of Charlotte is an award winner in the 2015 PICA Awards Competition. The announcement was made April 16, 2016, during the 2015 PICA Awards Banquet in Concord, North Carolina, with more than 270 industry professionals in attendance.

The PICA Awards competition is celebrating its 50th season and continues to be one of the largest printing contests in the nation.

This year, the PICA Awards attracted more than 630 entries from 47 printing companies, along with more than 125 entries from 5 graphic arts high schools and 7 college graphic arts programs from across the Carolinas.

Heritage Printing & Graphics, Inc. won 14 Best of Category Awards and 2 Special Judges Awards. Only one “Best of” may be given in each category. One or more Special Judges Award or Award of Excellence may be given in each category, limited to no more than one third of total entries per category. Heritage Printing & Graphics, Inc. also won the FujiFilm “Best Wide Format” award.

A panel of out of state judges with extensive experience in printing and print production was brought in to examine the work. Each entry was judged on its own merit in a category with similar printed pieces. The judging criteria included: registration, crossovers, clarity and neatness, sharpness of halftones and line drawings, richness and tonal qualities of color, paper and ink selection, ink coverage, difficulty of printing, effective contrast or softness, finishing, bindery, and overall visual impact.

Brent Thompson

Brent Thompson

For more information, call Brent Thompson at
Heritage Printing & Graphics at 704-551
0700

Since 1931, The Printing Industry of the Carolinas, Inc. (PICA) has been dedicated to advancing the success of the Carolinas’ printing and imaging industry. Working together with Printing Industries of America, the world’s largest graphic arts trade association, PICA provides training, resources, and a voice of advocacy on both a state and national level.

PICA is a trade association representing the graphic communications industry in North and South Carolina. North Carolina ranks as the 18th largest state print market in the United States with $3.5 billion in sales, 1,326 total printing establishments and 21,187 employees. South Carolina ranks 32nd in the nation, with $1.2 billion in sales, 525 establishments, and 7,776 employees. PICA is headquartered in Charlotte, NC. For more information, visit www.picanet.org.

The PICA Awards Competition, owned and managed by The Printing Industry of the Carolinas (PICA), is an annual event established in 1966 that recognizes and rewards printing and imaging companies who combine fine craftsmanship with technology in order to produce outstanding finished products. The awardwinning companies are honored each year at the PICA Awards Banquet.

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Kevin Smith
Marketing Manager
Heritage Printing

FujiFilm Award Presentation

FujiFilm Award Presentation

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Retractable Banners and Backdrops in Charlotte

Retractable Banners

We are always trying to improve; every person that works at Heritage Printing is directly charged, by Joe Gass himself, with “Thinking Outside the Box.” Regardless of your position, title or salary, everyone is trying to find ways to improve the production process, ergonomics, customer service or equipment we work with.

Heritage always wants to get better!

Recently, a measurable improvement was made by upgrading one of our vendors! Not only is our product line better, we ran a cost study and actually lowered prices on our retractable banner stands. What could be better than an improved product line at better rates for your customers? It’s a WIN, WIN.

Retractable Banners

Last year I asked a local convention center “How many conventions & trade shows are held in Charlotte annually?”

The reply was: “We hosted 32 conventions and trade shows, 9 assemblies, 14 consumer shows and 393 local events in 2104!”

That’s a total of 448 events held at one single Charlotte event venue in the year 2014. That intrigued me so much that I researched further and found Charlotte’s Got a Lot, and according to their information, there are 88 different event venues in Charlotte.

charlottesgotalot

Kevin Math

Let’s do some simple math:

88 venues x 448 events = 39,424 events in Charlotte in 2014!
I’m sure that all 88 venues did not host 448 events, but even if each one only hosted half as many:
88 venues x 224 events = 19,712 events in Charlotte last year.
If they only hosted ¼ of the 448 approximated events from 2014, the estimated total would still be almost 10,000 events:
88 venues x 112 events = 9,856 events in Charlotte!

How many events have you attended and NOT seen Retractable Banners?

Retractable Banners

That’s what makes this so much better, all those event vendors need high quality banners and backdrops and Heritage Printing now has them better than before and at lower prices.

Many of the orders we receive are what we categorize as “Hair on Fire” requests. For a collection of reasons:

  1. Vendors arrive at their event venue in Charlotte and their banner is either missing
  2. Displays are broken
  3. They forgot them all together

Our ability to manufacture a retractable banner in our Charlotte sign shop and deliver it to your event venue is unmatched. Our expedited services include our immaculate customer service.

No other sign shop in Charlotte is as dedicated to making your event banner purchase stress free as we are here at Heritage Printing. We go the extra mile to make you look good at the event without all the drama. From your initial contact to the delivery of your banner, we make getting a retractable banner easy and stress free.

Retractable Banners

We provide 100% In-House Printing and direct shipping to our customers!

With all these events, the need for banners and backdrops is higher than ever. That’s why we are here, we make almost any type of banner or backdrop imaginable, specializing in Step & Repeat banners (the most popular for photo and video backdrops).

Step and Repeat Banners

Step and repeat banner stands and fabric backdrop displays have become an essential part of every company’s branding campaign. At every convention and trade show that’s hosted in Charlotte (and across the nation) you will see a plethora of fabric and vinyl step and repeats. Step and repeat banners and backdrops are popular because they positively position your brand to the thousands and possibly millions viewers, both at the event, on social media and via TV viewers when broadcasted.

Smartphones empower anyone to capture and post
immaculate images to social media in minutes.

Step and repeat banners are often used as photograph and video backdrops at interviews, sporting events and press conferences. Adjustable banner stands and retractable banners are a favorite choice for many growing businesses because of their portability, ease of use and value.

Step and Repeat Banners

We specialize in Step and Repeat Banners

  • Our In-House capability means we eliminate the middleman
  • Work directly with a Heritage Printing project coordinator from beginning to end
  • Our staff are wide format printing experts
  • We are strategically located for expedited shipping
  • Local delivery to Charlotte event venues
  • Experienced manufactures of custom trade show displays
  • We employ several graphic artists to help with any design needs

You never get a second chance at a first impression!

Your trade show booth is a direct reflection of you, your business and your products. If you show up with outdated signage, old & inaccurate displays it makes your competitor look even better. When at an event, your direct competition is usually directly across the aisle, obsolete marketing materials gives them an advantage over you!

We offer a grab bag of trade show booth signage and marketing materials, from brochures to 3-D Hanging Structures, we know how to make your booth command more attention and be remembered. We make your banners and backdrops with your company logo to form an impressive background for your booth.

Retractable Banners

We print a variety of unique backdrops to represent specific products or specific events. The fabric backdrop is easily replaced on the same banner stand. Retractable banner stands are the most popular; we make more Retractables than any other event signage item we produce. Impressive and easy to travel, a retractable banner is a must have for regular tradeshow vendors.

3 Tips for a Successful Trade Show

  1. Show up early
  2. Wear comfortable shoes
  3. Use VIBRANT Marketing Materials from Heritage Printing

Kevin Smith
Marketing Manager
Heritage Printing

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Effective Communication with Annual Reports

Effectively communicate with your board, shareholders and the critical members of your staff with Annual Reports printed at Heritage Printing in Charlotte.

Your annual report is your presentation on performance and stability and direction for the future. Trust Heritage Printing in Charlotte  to make your annual report impressive!

Annual Reports Charlotte, NC

Why Heritage?

We are the experienced, professional commercial printers serving the Charlotte, NC market with high quality  and exceptional customer service. From your initial call to long after your annual reports are delivered, you will be thankful you chose Heritage Printing, we make commercial printing easy, and printing your annual reports is our speciality.

Effectively and efficiently convey your data in the most appealing an professional manner, we offer stitched presentation folders for the absolute best annual report available (page count dictates if stitched presentation folders are an option).

Impress everyone with a high quality annual report, printed to perfection!

Your continued success may ride on your report, make that the most impressive report possible, we have lots of options and offer graphic design services too.

Heritage Printing provides 3 critical aspects of your annual report:

#1 Design

#2 Print

#3 Delivery

Let us make the process of printing and mailing your next Annual Report stress free. From start to finish our project coordinators will help you avoid landmines and create an amazing annual report that you will be proud to present.

Annual Report Printers Charlotte NC

Kevin Smith
Marketing Manager
Heritage Printing

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