APRIL 30, 2017

 Salem One a Top Award Winner in the 2016 PICA Awards

Charlotte, NC — The Printing Industry of the Carolinas (PICA) has announced that Salem One of Winston‐Salem is an award winner in the 2016 PICA Awards Competition. The announcement was made April 29, 2017, during the 2016 PICA Awards Banquet in Concord, North Carolina, with more than 270 industry professionals in attendance. The PICA Awards competition is celebrating its 51st season and continues to be one of the largest printing contests in the nation.

“Through the work our outstanding team at Salem One and our trusted client relationships, we continue to be the most decorated Printer across the widest variety of products in the Carolinas, and from what I can tell, across the Country”, said Salem One President Phil Kelley Jr.

This year, the PICA Awards attracted more than 670 entries from 53 printing companies, along with more than 170 entries from 7 graphic arts high schools and 6 college graphic arts programs from across the Carolinas.

Salem One also won the Sun Chemical Best Packaging award for the third straight year. Overall Salem One had 6 items nominated in 5 of the highest level Sponsored Awards including, Best Packaging, Best Process Color, Best Wide Format, Best of Division D and Best Flexographic Printing. In addition, Salem One won 13 Best of Category Awards, 13 Special Judges Awards and 5 Awards of Excellence; had 6 separate products nominated for 5 of the Highest Level Sponsored awards

 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.

For more information, call Logan Shoaf of Salem One at (336) 744‐9990. 

Since 1931, The Printing Industry of the Carolinas, Inc. (PICA) has been dedicated to advancing the success of the Carolinas’ printing and imaging industry. Working together with Printing Industries of America, the world’s largest graphic arts trade association, PICA provides training, resources, and a voice of advocacy on both a state and national level.

PICA is a trade association representing the graphic communications industry in North and South Carolina. North Carolina ranks as the 17th largest state print market in the United States with $3.48 billion in sales, 1,282 total printing establishments and 19,877 employees. South Carolina ranks 32nd in the nation, with $1.2 billion in sales, 496 establishments, and 7,415 employees. PICA is headquartered in Charlotte, NC. For more information, visit

The PICA Awards Competition, owned and managed by The Printing Industry of the Carolinas (PICA), 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.