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In observance of Earth Day on April 22, the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association honored 30 member companies receiving its 2019 Sustainable Business Recognition Award. The annual program recognizes companies’ initiatives in the previous year that reduced their environmental footprints or improved business efficiency and employee safety and health.

To meet these goals, the Sustainable Business Recognition Award program encourages SGIA member companies to integrate practices including recycling, joining the SmartWay program for efficient shipping and transportation, and initiating employee wellness programs.

“The Sustainable Business Recognition program puts the spotlight on companies who have demonstrated a commitment to sustainable practices. Sustainability is not just about the environment — it’s also about employees’ well-being and creating efficiencies that can improve a business’s bottom line,” says Marci Kinter, vice president, government and business information for SGIA. “With each year, we continue to see innovative ideas for energy and waste reduction and safety awareness, and 2019 was no exception.”

“Green business is Global’s ideal. We know that manufacturers can have a disproportionate effect on local ecology — therefore, our philosophy is the pursuit of constant mindful improvement,” said Jan Weyrich, Director of Operations, Global Products Inc., a 2019 award recipient. “Every year we strive to refine our processes by focusing on one target area of our business and examining it from every angle, tracking both our efficiency and sustainability, and coming up with new ways to excel and reduce our impact on the environment.”

SGIA congratulates all the 2019 Sustainable Business Recognition Award Recipients: Albert Basse Associates; Allnex USA; Atlas Screen Printing; Aurora Specialty Textiles Group; Beacon Promotions; Blanc Display; Designtex; Evolution Automotive; FloorSignage; Global Products; Inteplast Group World-Pak; JN White Associates; Jones Print Technology; Lawson Screen and Digital Products; LEM Products; Modernistic; Nameplates For Industry; NGS Printing; Night Owls Print Shop; Orbus Exhibit & Display Group; Phunkshun Wear; Picture This Advertising; Print Equipment; Shepard Exposition Services; Spectrum Marketing Services; Stahls’ Transfer Express; Stratojet USA; Surrey Digital Printing; The Cedarstream Co.; and Wythken Printing.

The 2020 Sustainable Business Recognition Award application period will be open from November 2019 through January 2020.

SGIA is a trade association for the leaders of the 21st Century printing industry. SGIA members are bold, driven, creative and riding a wave of technology and innovation. In addition to providing high-quality information and educational resources designed to help move the printing community forward, SGIA produces the leading trade shows PRINTING United (Dallas, Oct. 23-25, 2019) and Graphics of the Americas (Miami, Feb. 27-29, 2020).For more info, visit SGIA.org

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