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PIA Names Winners of 2011 Best Workplace

December 2, 2011
PITTSBURGH—A total of 33 graphic arts companies were named recipients of the 2011 Best Workplace in the Americas Awards by Printing Industries of America (PIA). The winners were selected by a committee of human resources experts from within the industry. The program is designed to recognize graphic arts companies for their outstanding human relations efforts that contribute to a successful workplace.

“Since 2000, the Best Workplace program has recognized industry leaders from small, medium, and large firms in the graphic arts industry for their outstanding human relations practices,” noted Jim Kyger, PIA assistant vice president of HR. “While every company that entered this year’s competition has HR programs they should be proud of, the Best Workplace program recognizes outstanding accomplishment.

“The program stands out as one of the most stringent HR awards programs available today in any industry with over 300 metrics. The program is an excellent way to give employers instituting innovative yet cost-effective HR programs the recognition they deserve.”

Entries are judged on the following criteria: management practices, work environment, training and development, recognition and rewards, workplace health and safety, health and wellness, financial security and work-life balance.

A total of 14 companies received the coveted designation Best of the Best, while 19 earned Best Workplace honors.

• Best of the Best category, small companies (up to 100 employees): Elk Grove Graphics, Elk Grove Village, IL; Hopkins Printing, Columbus, OH;  Indexx Inc., Greenville, SC; and Newman Printing, Bryan, TX.

• Medium-size companies (101–250 employees): Communicorp Inc., Columbus, GA; Disc Graphics, Hauppauge, NY; Midland Information Resources, Davenport, IA; Royle Printing, Sun Prairie, WI; and Suttle-Straus, Waunakee, WI.

• Large companies/multi-plants (251+ employees): American Packaging, Rochester, NY; Edwards Brothers, Ann Arbor, MI; Flower City Printing, Rochester, NY; SmartPractice, Phoenix; and Weldon, Williams and Lick, Fort Smith, AR.

• Best Workplace category, small companies: The Castle Press, Pasadena, CA; Century Box, Methuen, MA; Commercial Letter, St Louis; e-LYNXX Corp., Chambersburg, PA; Fusion Paperboard U.S., Hebron, KY; Good Printers, Bridgewater, VA; Label World, Rochester, NY; Tailored Label Products, Menomonee Falls, WI; and Vox Printing, Oklahoma City.

• Medium-size companies: Boutwell, Owens & Co., Fitchburg, MA; Mosaic, Cheverly, MD; Robbie, Lenexa, KS; and Great Lakes Integrated, Cleveland.

• Large companies/multi-plants: Courier Corp., North Chelmsford, MA; Hammer Packaging, Rochester, NY; The John Roberts Co., Minneapolis; Smyth Companies, St. Paul, MN; Times Printing, Random Lake, WI; and Valassis Communications, Wichita, KS.
 

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