January marked the 40th year Heritage has been in the printing business. Heritage was established in 1977 in the Gass family garage in Leonardtown, Maryland by Allen and Margaret as Gass Printing Service. In 1988, following six years of service in the United States Navy, their son Joe, along with his brother Steve, purchased the company and re-branded it as Heritage Printing & Graphics.
In 2017, Heritage expanded the business to include their sister company, Heritage Custom Signs & Displays located in Charlotte, NC and Waldorf, MD. Heritage serves local and national customers with commercial printing and wide format custom signage.
Best of Show
Heritage Printing joined PICA in 2008. The PICA Foundation was formed as a charitable organization to promote education in the printing industry in North and South Carolina. In 2008, Heritage began submitting projects and winning awards at the annual banquet. The 2017 PICA awards banquet marked Heritage with over 40 awards, including the Mac Papers Best of Show.
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.
Heritage Printing & Graphics, Inc. won 30 Best of Category Awards, 12 Special Judges Awards and 3 Awards of Excellence. Only one “Best of” may be given in each category. One or more Special Judges Award or Award of Excellence may be given in each category, limited to no more than one third of total entries per category. Heritage Printing & Graphics, Inc. also won the Gutenberg Award, Domtar Best Printer’s Self Promotion, Lindenmeyr Munroe Best Presentation Kit, Xerox Best Printing Division A (1 to 9 Employees) & the Mac Papers Best of Show award.
The Printing Industry of America (PIA) has announced that Heritage Printing & Graphics, Inc. of Charlotte, NC & Waldorf, MD is an award winner in the 2017 PIA Awards Competition, winning three “Bennies” and four Certificates of Merit.
The announcement was made September 10, 2017, during the Print 17 Awards Banquet in Chicago, Illinois, with more than 300 industry professionals in attendance. The PIA Awards competition is a national competition with numerous countries represented, including: United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and Mexico.
The Benjamin Franklin trophy, aka “Bennie” is awarded to the individual printing category winners. A panel of judges with extensive experience in printing and print production was brought in to examine the submitted 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.
Heritage and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce joined to celebrate the newly renovated facility in Charlotte. The expansion over doubled the footprint of Heritage and provided their wide format division to upgrade numerous printing and processing equipment and add many new staff members to Heritage Custom Signs.
Heritage Custom Signs, a division of Heritage Printing & Graphics, is purposely located close to a USPS hub, major logistics providers, and the Charlotte International Airport for expedited logistics. Heritage can manufacture signs, banners and displays and easily ship to 30 east coast states within two days and overnight to almost any location in the world. The renovated production facility is over 14,000sf of sign manufacturing excellence!
We recently entertained the Charlotte Chamber President, Bob Morgan at our revamped facility. Here is their memo and the video from the tour: http://heritageprintingcharlotte.com/videos/a-passion-for-printing.php
“When Joe Gass and team opened their first Charlotte production facility in 2009, they had no idea how quickly they would grow from a small “mom and pop shop” to an award-winning business that now occupies close to 10,000 square feet near Charlotte’s bustling airport. Chamber CEO and President Bob Morgan took a tour to see the transformation firsthand.”
About Heritage Printing
Heritage Printing & Graphics is a Veteran owned and operated commercial printing and event signage company with an outstanding reputation for producing high quality products with exceptional customer service.