Printers Strike Gold in Canada

QUEBEC CITY—Dramatic Cirque du Soleil performers and acrobats provided visual stimulation matching the masterful winning entries of the Sappi Fine Paper North America 2005 North American Printer of the Year Gold Awards at an ceremony held at Quebec’s historic Military Drill Hall.

A select group of North America’s premier printers were named winners in the competition’s eight categories. The eight winners were chosen from the 47 Silver Award winners in this year’s field of more than 2,100 entries.

The Sappi Printer of the Year awards competition recognizes printer excellence and innovation for work done on Sappi coated papers.

“The importance of the quality of print should never be underestimated,” said Jonathan Leslie, Sappi Limited CEO. “With so much alternative media available, both printers and papermakers must be totally committed to creating the best products they can, so that print remains a value-added form of communication.”

Any work printed in the United States or Canada during 2004 was eligible for the competition. Entries are required to use one of Sappi’s paper products as their dominant stock.

The 2005 Sappi North American Printer of the Year Gold Award winners are:

* Annual Reports: Kirkwood Printing, Wilmington, MA

* Books: Hemlock Printers, Burnaby, BC, Canada

* Brochures: Sioux Printing, Sioux Falls, SD

* Calendars: The Carlson Print Group, Bloomington, MN

* Catalogs: Arandell Corp., Menomonee Falls, WI

* General: Hemlock Printers, Burnaby, BC, Canada

* Magazines: Quebecor World St. Cloud, St. Cloud, MN

* Printer’s Own Promotion: Quality Printing, Anderson, IN

The Gold Award winners will represent North America in the Sappi International Printer of the Year celebration this fall in China, competing against category winners from Central and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. From this elite field, judges will select the nine individual recipients of the Sappi International Printer of the Year awards.

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