Best Workplace in the Americas



2017 entries open Tuesday, September 5 and close Friday, November 17.

Printers across the country consistently rank recruiting and retaining qualified employees as one of their key challenges. Although the problem may seem daunting the answer is really very simple -- maintain a successful workforce by providing them a superior work environment.

Printing Industries of America has redeveloped the 2017 Best Workplace in the Americas (BWA) program to streamline the application process and focus Human Relations benchmarking categories to promote companies embracing the most sought-after qualities for today's workforce:

  • Communication & Culture
  • Employee Resources & Benefits
  • Safety & Work Environment

Introducing Safety Shield

Top companies know the importance of focusing on environmental, health, and safety areas in the workplace. The Safety Shield designation is open to 2017 BWA participants for a nominal additional registration fee. You must enter the BWAs to participate in the Safety Shield program.

The Safety Shield designation offers:

  • A cost-effective assessment of your safety programs against OSHA standards based on top violations
  • Ability to quickly and easily denote your dedication to safety when hiring and retaining talent
  • A plaque commemorating your achievement as a Safety Shield recipient

How to Enter 2017 Best Workplace in the Americas and Safety Shield

Any U.S. or Canadian graphic communications company, or supplier to the industry, may enter by downloading and completing the entry form, which will be available soon on this page.

  • Download the entry form and email to BWA [at]
  • Please send your entry through traceable means.
  • Include attachments and supporting documentation.

 For more information or questions, please call (412) 259-1707 or email BWA [at]

Benefits of Winning

Winners Award Ceremony

This year we will celebrate honorees at a luncheon awards presentation at the 2018 President's Conference to be held March 4-6 in San Antonio, Texas.

National and Local Media Promotion

Winners will be promoted extensively to the trade press. A Best Workplace in the Americas winner's logo will be available for use on promotional materials and web sites. Safety Shield winners will also be able to use that logo for promotional materials and web sites. Sample press releases will be provided for winners to send to their local press.

Recruiting and Marketing

Nearly every winner in the Best Workplace program uses the BWA winner's logo in recruiting and/or marketing campaigns. We have been told by newly hired employees at BWA winning companies that they applied to the company because they are a Best Workplace winner. Plus, if you have clients who are socially conscience with their purchases, the Best Workplace award is unmatched in employee relations metrics.

Best Workplace in the Americas Plaque

Winning companies will receive a plaque commemorating their achievement. Winners may purchase duplicate plaques to display in each of their locations.

2016 Recipients


Vox Printing, Oklahoma City, OK

Syracuse Label & Surround Printing, Liverpool, NY


Suttle-Straus, Inc., Waunakee, WI

Phototype Engraving Co., Cincinnati, OH

Disc Graphics, Inc., Hauppauge, NY

Hopkins Printing, Columbus, OH

Mosaic, Cheverly, MD

Transcontinental Robbie Inc., Lenexa, KS


Smyth Companies, LLC, St. Paul, MN

American Packaging Corporation, Rochester, NY

Weldon, Williams, & Lick, Inc., Ft. Smith, AK

Best Workplace:  Small Company

Runbeck Election Services, Inc., Tempe, AZ

SeaChange Print Innovations, Plymouth, MN

Sundance Press, Tucson, AZ

Digital Print Solutions, Richfield, OH

Elk Grove Graphics, Elk Grove Village, IL

Best Workplace:  Medium Company

Boutwell, Owens & Co., Fitchburg, MA

CRW Graphics, Pennsauken, NJ

Midland Information Resources, Davenport, IA

The John Roberts Company, Minneapolis, MN

Communicorp, Inc., Columbus, GA

Tailored Label Products, Menomonee Falls, WI

Allen Press, Inc., Lawrence, KS

GPA Acquisitions Inc., McCook, IL

Mossberg & Company Inc., South Bend, IN

Bang Printing, Brainerd, MN

Royle Printing, Sun Prairie, WI

MBI, Inc., Deland, FL

Best Workplace:  Large Company

SmartPractice, Phoenix, AZ

Inland, La Crosse, WI

Worzalla, Stevens Point, WI

Hammer Packaging, Rochester, NY