Briggs & Stratton Takes Top Honors
WHEN BRIGGS & Stratton Graphic Services accepted a complex catalog job from a local non-profit, Pressroom Supervisor Brian Patterson had an inkling it might turn out to be a prize winner. When he saw the quality of the finished product, he felt even more confident.
But it wasn't until the final minutes of the In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association's awards banquet last month that he got the thrilling news: that catalog had been chosen over 34 other Gold winners as this year's In-Print Best of Show winner.
"The heart was pounding," says Patterson, describing his reaction as he and Manager Debbie Pavletich—along with more than 100 other IPMA conference attendees—watched a video showing the judges pick the Best of Show winner. He was on the edge of his seat as he witnessed his shop's piece eke out a very tough victory over a photo book from Brigham Young University. (Watch the video at www.IPGonline.com.)
The "Circle of Life" catalog was printed on a four-color, 23x29˝ Ryobi 754 press and consists of 116 full-color pages, plus a cover. One of the pages folds out into a three-page spread showing an elaborate mural. The Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based in-plant printed 5,000 of the catalogs for its client, SHARP Literacy Inc., which is dedicated to teaching students to read and write effectively and build their vocabularies through the use of visual arts and art history.
The intent of the publication was to eliminate racism by helping children better understand their heritage and the varied cultures that make up the Milwaukee community. The book featured personal stories written by children about their cultural heritage and their family history. It was illustrated with their drawings and photos of bead collages and murals they had created.
"There was a lot of work done with these kids to put this all together, so they really wanted to display it well in a very nice piece," says Patterson.
Bob has served as editor of In-plant Impressions since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited nearly 170 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, co-sponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.