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July '17

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14 • July 2017 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S GPA Kicks Off 2017 Print & Design Contest Chicago-based specialty substrates manu- facturer GPA announces the launch of its 2017 Print & Design Contest. Now in its 12th year, the contest is designed to pay tribute to outstanding work done by graphic arts pro- fessionals who produced printed materials using GPA substrates. New to this year's contest is a reduced submission requirement, which the company says will lower the barrier to entry and allow more complex and costly pieces the chance to compete. There is no entry fee, and participants are encouraged to submit as many entries as they like. To be eligible, submissions must be from an actual job or promotion printed on a GPA substrate within the past year. Entries that do not win Best of Category or Best of Show will be eligible for the "Award of Distinction," which recognizes six entries that made a lasting impression on the judges. Entries are being accepted now through Oct. 20. To enter or learn about official con- test rules and requirements, visit http://contest.askgpa.com. AAA Flag & Banner Wins Printing Award Los Angeles-based AAA Flag & Banner, a full-service design, print and installation company, announces that it was recently recognized by the Printing Industries Association of Southern California at its annual Print Excellence Awards ceremony in early April. The award was earned in the "They Said It Couldn't Be Done" category. The company's winning project was its transformation of the iconic Wolfsonian building's lobby into a display of contemporary Dutch design featuring patterns from artist Christie van der Haak. AAA Flag & Banner's work at the Wolfsonian required overcoming a variety of obstacles, including inclement weather and challenging wall dimensions and textures. In order to accomplish the project, AAA Flag & Banner's team combined the use of promo decals, art walk on the floor, show floors on the ramp, and its 3M Envision series wrap for the exterior. The final transformation was featured through June. Minuteman Press Franchise Wins Graphic Design Services Award The Minuteman Press franchise in Flemington, New Jersey, owned by Jason Jacobus, has won the award for 2017's best graphic design services from the Hunterdon Happening, a consumer publication in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. After submitting his application for the award, Jacobus says he reached out to his customers and asked them to vote for his company. "We notified our customers and put it out there on Facebook and email as well," he says. "Not only did they vote, they replied back with words of gratitude and encouragement. Some even placed orders!" Jacobus says he and his team were thrilled when notified that they had won. "This award means we are doing things right," Jacobus says. "We treat every customer like they are our biggest client. It doesn't matter if they are spending $100 or $5,000 on an order. They all get personalized customer service. To win based on votes almost exclu- sively from our customers makes us feel like we are on the right track." SMI Sign Systems Honored by Maryland Manufacturing Partnership Frederick, Maryland-based SMI Sign Systems, makers of custom interior, exterior, ADA-compliant and wayfind- ing signs, as well as offering sign program management services, announces it has been named "Manufacturer of the Month" by the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The Manufacturing Extension Partnership is a non- profit organization whose goal is to support and grow the state's manufacturing base by providing compa- nies with resources and services toward that goal. In its monthly newsletter, the MEP notes that SMI Sign Services serves the Maryland, Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia markets, primarily, with its signs. However, it offers manufacturing and sign program management services nationally.

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