Sappi North America Announces Winners of Final Printer of the Year Competition

Eleven North American printers recognized for creativity and technical excellence

BOSTON (November 13, 2018)Sappi North America, Inc., a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper, packaging products and dissolving pulp, today announced the 11 Gold Award winners of its final North American Printer of the Year contest. Regarded as the world's most respected accolade of excellence in printed communications, this award recognizes superior innovation and creativity in print for work produced on Sappi papers. The 2018 winners were chosen as the most outstanding print submissions from over 1,500 entries.

"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, 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 the 2018 Printer of the Year. Based in Broadview, Ill., this printer 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 the 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.

Longtime judge Ken Lantz, SVP, Director of Print Operations at FCB Health Network, remarked: “It was such a close competition this year for the overall winner. ‘Baron Wolman Presents: The Rock & Roll Revolution was the complete package. The printing of the photography was flawless and the use of varnish and UV coating on the cover made you feel like you were holding a vinyl record album.”

More details about the Gold winning entries along with a full listing of the Silver winners can be found here.

A panel of highly regarded 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 Catalogs. The following companies represent the gold winners of this year’s competition.

Gold Award Winners of Sappi's North American Printer of the Year, 2018



Company Name

Location of Company


Gold & Printer of the Year

Classic Color

Broadview, Ill

Activated Print


Geographics, Inc.

Atlanta, Ga.



Hemlock Printers Ltd.

Burnaby, B.C.

Catalogs – Web


Nahan Printing, Inc.

St. Cloud, Minn.

Catalogs - Sheet


Adams Lithographing Company

Chattanooga, Tenn.



Dreamworks Graphic Communications, LLC

Glenview, Ill.

Direct Mail


Sandy Alexander, Inc.

Clifton, N.J.



BP Media, Inc.

Richmond, B.C.

Magazines – Sheet


Brilliant Graphics

Exton, Penn.

Magazines - Web


Panaprint, Inc.

Macon, Ga.

Printers Own Promotion


Classic Color

Broadview, Ill.

To ensure the highest possible standards and integrity, this year's judging panel was comprised of judges from recognized print institutions and trade professions, including: Lauren Elliot, Principal of Wicked Good Print Production; Ken Lantz, SVP, 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.

Sappi's North American Printer of the Year winners will continue to gain increased visibility with current and potential clients by being featured on Sappi's Printer of the Year Online Resource. This unique and searchable database for designers, print buyers and corporations provides information about the award-winning printers and their capabilities, printing equipment and location. The database is available here.

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About Sappi North America, Inc.

Sappi North America Inc., headquartered in Boston, is a market leader in converting wood fiber into superior products that customers demand worldwide. The success of our four diversified businesses – high quality Coated Graphic Papers, Dissolving Pulp, Packaging and Specialty Papers and Casting and Release Papers – is driven by strong customer relationships, best-in-class people and advantaged assets, products and services. Our high quality Coated Graphic Papers, including McCoy, Opus, Somerset, and Flo, are the key platform for premium magazines, catalogs, books, direct mail and high-end print advertising. We are a leading manufacturer of Dissolving Pulp with Verve, which is used in a wide range of products, including textile fibers and household goods. We deliver sustainable Packaging and Specialty Papers for luxury packaging and folding carton applications with our single-ply packaging brands, Spectro and Proto, and for the food and label industries with our specialty papers, LusterPrint and LusterCote. We are also one of the world’s leading suppliers of Casting and Release Papers with our Ultracast, PolyEX, Classics and Neoterix lines for the automotive, fashion and engineered films industries. Customers rely on Sappi for high technical, operational and market expertise; products and services delivered with consistently high quality and reliability; and, state-of-the-art and cost-competitive assets and innovative spirit.

Sappi North America is a subsidiary of Sappi Limited (JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with more than 12,000 employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries and customers in over 150 countries.