TAP Takes Home Four 2016 Print Excellence Awards and One “People’s Choice Award” from PIANKO

by Austin Johnson January 27, 2016

Tap Packaging Solutions is honored to announce it was recently awarded four 2016 Print Excellence Awards and one “People’s Choice Award” from PIANKO (Printing Industries of Ohio N. Kentucky).

  • Gold Award: Tortuga 6oz Rum Turtle Carton for Tortuga Imports
  • Silver Awards: SureSport Compression Sleeves for BraceMart, and Brix Bites 3oz Target Box for Brix Chocolates
  • Bronze Award: Papabubble 4 Jar Carton for Papabubble New York

Gold Award: Tortuga 6oz Rum Turtle Carton for Tortuga Imports; “People’s Choice Award” winner at the 2016 PIANKO Print Excellence Awards Dinner

Each year, PIANKO holds its Print Excellence Awards Competition to recognize Ohio and northern Kentucky printers who have demonstrated excellence in 35 categories. This year, member companies submitted close to 500 printed pieces and two out-of-state expert judges ranked them in a regional competition. This year’s judges were Ken Eberhart, Merrick Printing Company; and Jeff Ekstein, Willow Printing.

Silver Award: Brix Bites 3oz Target Box for Brix Chocolates

Printing Industries Association President, Jim Cunningham, stated how impressed this year’s judges were with the overall quality of all entries. “Ken and Jeff are experienced judges and printers whose combined expertise spans more than 50 years in print. Yet, even they were impressed with our members’ incredible work. It’s easy in today’s fast paced world to just get the job done, but our Association members continue to demonstrate the pride and dedication to their craft that has made Ohio and Northern Kentucky printers some of the best in the world!”


Bronze Award: Papabubble 4 Jar Carton for Papabubble New York

Each of the Gold award winners in the regional competition are entered in an association-wide competition for Best of Category and Best of Show prizes that will be awarded in September at the 2016 Grand Ceremony, held in Columbus, Ohio. In 2015, Tap’s Gold winner, Brix Gift Set, was chosen as Best of Northern Region.

Several of the award-winning packages were printed using Tap’s HP Indigo 30000, the very first digital printing press designed for folding cartons. Tap is one of the first in the world to offer customers test marketing, personalization and innovation using the HP Indigo 30000.

“We are proud to be accepting these awards and we are grateful for our strong relationship with HP,” said J. Anthony Hyland, President and CEO at Tap. “Digital printing is leading the folding carton industry into the future.”


Silver Award: SureSport Compression Sleeves for BraceMart

Tap also received the “People’s Choice Award” for the Tortuga box at the 2016 PIANKO Awards Dinner on February 4.

All 45 Gold Award Winners of the 2016 PIANKO Print Excellence Awards were on display, and approximately 115 people voted for the “People’s Choice Award” during the event. Three representatives from Tap were there to accept the award.

“We were surprised and honored to win the ‘People’s Choice Award’ with so many great entries and prestigious printers represented,” said Jordana Revella, vice president of sales and marketing at Tap. “The competition was strong. To win means a lot for us, and speaks to the quality and years of experience our machine operators have.”


Tap Packaging Solutions is an award-winning leading manufacturer of folding cartons, rigid set-up boxes, and high-end presentation packaging for the consumer products industry. Located in Cleveland since 1906, Tap is engrained in the industry and ahead of the game with cutting-edge printing technology. Tap is also proud to be ISO 9001:2008 certified with a multitude of capabilities that include digital and traditional printing, foil stamping, die-cutting and windowing. If you would like to learn how Tap can custom design your brand packaging, check out our personalized Design and Engineering process and contact us.

PIANKO serves nearly 400 commercial printing companies and suppliers to the industry in its service area. The Association provides a broad range of products and services to its membership, including workers’ compensation and product discounts. PIANKO is an affiliate of the national Printing Industries of America, the largest graphic arts association in the world.

Austin Johnson
Austin Johnson