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AccuLink Presented Four PICA Awards

June 10, 2013
The Daily Reflector

AccuLink received four Best of Category awards during the annual PICA Awards given by the Printing Industry of the Carolinas Inc.

Winners were announced at the annual PICA Awards Banquet, held at the Embassy Suites Golf Resort & Spa in Concord. AccuLink won Best of Category awards for:

  • Printer’s Self Promotion — Individual Pieces: 3dUV promo book;
  • Printer’s self promotion campaign: AccuFoil promo;
  • 3-D Printing: MMS Direct, direct mail postcard with 3dUV enhancement;
  • Stationery Products: Paramount Solutions of Jacksonville, Fla., letterhead, envelopes, business cards, note cards.

AccuLink, the 2011 Pitt County Industry of the Year, was founded by Tom O’Brien and Lindsay Gray in Greenville in 1980. The company has 60 employees with clients in all 50 states plus many international accounts.

Since 1966, the PICA Awards have been the premier symbol of excellence for the graphics industry in North Carolina and South Carolina.

The PICA Awards program is open to all printing companies in the Carolinas. This year, the PICA Awards attracted 643 entries from 58 printing companies, along with more than 300 entries from 17 graphic arts high schools and six college graphic arts programs from across the Carolinas.

Only one Best of Category is given in each category. One or more Special Judges Award or Awards of Excellence may be given in each category, limited to no more than one-third of total entries per category.

A panel of out-of-state judges with extensive experience in printing and print production was brought in to examine the work. Each entry was judged on its own merit in a category with similar printed pieces. The judging criteria included: registration, crossovers, clarity and neatness, sharpness of halftones and line drawings, richness and tonal qualities of color, paper and ink selection, ink coverage, difficulty of printing, effective contrast or softness, finishing, bindery, and overall visual impact.

PICA, headquartered in Charlotte, is a trade association representing the graphic communications industry in North Carolina and South Carolina. North Carolina ranks as the 18th largest state print market in the United States with $3.7 billion in sales, 1,410 total printing establishments and 22,111 employees.

South Carolina ranks 29th in the nation, with $1.4 billion in sales, 553 establishments, and 8,522 employees.

The PICA Awards Competition, owned and managed by the Printing Industry of the Carolinas, is an annual event established in 1966 that recognizes and rewards printing and imaging companies who combine fine craftsmanship with technology in order to produce outstanding finished products. The award-winning companies are honored each year at the PICA Awards Banquet.