Western Graphics Named Best Workplace in the Americas

Saint Paul, MN -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/20/2005 -- Western Graphics of Saint Paul, Minnesota has been awarded the designation Best Workplace in the Americas 2005 for their exemplary human resources practices. Begun to specifically honor printing companies that provide a superior work environment, this year marks the fifth year of the Best Workplace in the Americas program.

A panel of highly respected U.S. and Canadian HR professionals with decades of experience in the graphic arts industry reviewed the submissions. All of the winning companies actively show their employees that they care about their work environment, their personal goals and ambitions, as well as the needs of the company. Applicants were judged on eight criteria: Management Practices; Work Environment; Training and Development Opportunities; Financial Security; Work-Life Balance; Recognition and Rewards; Health and Wellness Programs; and Workplace Health and Safety.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the industry as a company that offers a superior workplace,” said Tim Keran, President and CEO. “We have a great culture because of our employees.”

Michael Makin, President and CEO of PIA/GATF, agrees. “Best Workplace in the Americas winners routinely recognize that success is generated in many ways, and importantly, through their employees. Congratulations to Western Graphics.”

PIA/GATF owns the Best Workplace in the Americas Awards. Headquartered in Sewickley, PA, PIA/GATF is the world's largest graphic arts trade association representing an industry with more than 1.2 million employees. It serves the interests of more than 12,000 member companies.

Western Graphics employs 75 people and is the leading digital printing company in the Twin Cities producing more than 5 million digital pages per month. The company also offers traditional prepress, offset printing, and bindery services. Value added service offerings include: online ordering, database management, variable data printing, fulfillment, warehousing and distribution services. Recent announcements include expanded mailing capabilities and programs for 1:1 marketing campaigns.

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