OPIA’s C.J. Graphics Inc., Mi5 Print and Prime Data earn 2016 PIA Premier Print Awards

opiapiaawards4-inThree Ontario Printing & Imaging Association (OPIA) member companies – C.J. Graphics, Mi5 Print & Digital Communications and Prime Data – took home top awards recently in the 2016 PIA (Printing Industries of America) Premier Print Awards.

The companies’ winning submissions to the Ontario Printing & Imaging Association’s Excellence in Print Awards were forwarded, as always, by the OPIA for automatic entry into the prestigious Printing Industries of America’s Premier Print Awards.

The PIA’s Premier Print Awards competition recognizes the highest quality printed pieces in various categories from around the world. Each year, only the most worthy pieces receive Awards of Recognition, Certificates of Merit, and the highest honour – the Benny Award (above).

Jay Mandarino, President of C.J. Graphics (left) with OPIA Judges Myrna Penny and Peter Roehrig from Ryerson University.
Jay Mandarino, President of C.J. Graphics (left) with OPIA Judges Myrna Penny and Peter Roehrig from Ryerson University.

The Benny Award has become a universally recognized symbol for excellence in the printing industry. For more than 60 years, winners of the largest, most acclaimed print competition in the world have leveraged this honour to gain a competitive advantage.

“The OPIA is very pleased to announce how well our membership has fared in this international competition,” the organization added.

Three OPIA members won a Benny Award in the PIA’s 2016 Premier Print Competition.

• C.J.Graphics won two Benny Awards – one for Invitations and one for Cookbooks.

• Mi5 Print & Digital Communications won a Benny for Business and Annual Reports.

Al Monteath from Mi5 Print & Digital Communications receives his award from OPIA Chairman Dave Potje.
Al Monteath (left) from Mi5 Print & Digital, receives his award from OPIA Chairman Dave Potje.

• Prime Data won a Benny in the Customized Variable Data Digital Printing category.

OPIA members also won Awards of Recognition in the 2016 Premier Print Competition as well.

C.J. Graphics won 13 in total, St. Joseph Communications won three and Colour Innovations won one Award of Recognition.

The following OPIA members also won Certificates of Merit:

• C.J. Graphics won 45.

• Colour Innovations won five.

• Ryerson University School of Graphic Communications Management won two.

Chris Burke from Prime Data (left) receives his award from OPIA Chairman Dave Potje.
Chris Burke (left) from Prime Data, receives his award from OPIA Chairman Dave Potje.

• St. Joseph Communications won one.

• TC Transcontinental Vaughan won one

• Welch & Quest Limited won one.

Graphic Arts Magazine would like to congratulate all the winners, as well as the OPIA for their ongoing dedication in helping Ontario printers gain well-deserved recognition nationally and internationally.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.