B.C. printers Hemlock and BP Media earn Sappi Printer of the Year Awards

Sappi North America, a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper, packaging products and dissolving wood pulp, has announced the 11 Gold Award winners of its final North American Printer of the Year Competition. Regarded as one of the world’s most respected accolades of excellence in printed communications, the award recognizes superior innovation and creativity in print for work produced on Sappi papers. The 2018 winners were chosen as the most outstanding from over 1,500 entries. Hemlock Printers of Burnaby, British Columbia won gold in the Brochures category, while BP Media of Richmond B.C. won the in General category. We congratulate the management and staff of both Canadian companies on their achievements.

Patti Groh.

“Over the last 20 years, we’ve received more than 50,000 individual entries from over 8,500 North American printers. We’ve seen some of the most innovative and inspiring printing in our industry,” said Patti Groh, Director of Marketing Communications at Sappi North America. “We want to thank all of our printing partners for their enthusiasm and dedication to the craft of printing. While this marks the end of our Printer of the Year program, we’re excited to bring new resources to the market for printers and creatives for many years to come.”

Classic Color, a world leader in pre-media, digital artistry and innovative printing, is Sappi’s 2018 Printer of the Year. Based in Broadview, Illinois., this shop was selected for the book Baron Wolman Presents: The Rock & Roll Revolution, featuring photographer Baron Wolman (best known for his work with Rolling Stone photographing concerts in the late 1960s). The book, designed by Ogilvy Chicago, highlights his collection of images shot during this pivotal time in the music industry. Printed on Sappi Opus Gloss Text, the book features candid photos of some of America’s greatest rock stars.

A panel of print professionals selected the winning entries based on the overall impact of the piece, degree of difficulty in printing techniques, and technical excellence. Entrants competed in a variety of categories including Books, Brochures, Direct Mail, Activated Print and Catalogues. The companies above represent the Gold Winners of this year’s competition. To ensure the highest possible standards and integrity, this year’s judging panel was comprised of judges from recognized printing institutions and trade professions. They included: Lauren Elliot, Principal of Wicked Good Print Production; Ken Lantz, SVP and Director of Print Operations at FCB Health Network; Dr. James K. Tenorio, Professor Emeritus in the Cross-Media Graphics Management Program at University of Wisconsin-Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University; and John Tenwinkel, Program Manager at Shutterfly.


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.