TRAXIUM, LLC Print Companies Recognized for Print Excellence

Growing company, based in NE Ohio, brings home gold, silver, and bronze awards

STOW, Ohio (January 14, 2019) – TRAXIUM, LLC – parent company to marketing and commercial printing companies in Ohio and Michigan – is proud to announce they were recently awarded ten (10) 2019 Print Excellence Awards from the Printing Industries of Ohio • N.Kentucky.

Each year, Printing Industries of Ohio • N.Kentucky holds the Print Excellence Awards Competition to recognize Ohio and northern Kentucky printers who have demonstrated excellence in 35 categories. The competition, consisting of entries from participating regional printers, is judged by two out-of-state expert judges that rank submissions within each category; the three best category entries are awarded coveted rankings of Gold, Silver, and Bronze. This year’s judges were retired printer and longtime Premier Print Award judge, Michael Klyn (North Carolina); and Jeff Ekstein, Willow Printing Group (Ontario, Canada).

Printing Industries President, Jim Cunningham, stated how impressed this year’s judges were with the overall quality of all of the entries. “Michael and Jeff are experienced judges and printers whose combined expertise spans more than 75 years in print. They were impressed with our members’ incredible and creative 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!”

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 2019 Grand Ceremony, held in Columbus, Ohio.

TRAXIUM, LLC – parent company to commercial printers Great Lakes Integrated, Watt Printers, Printing Concepts, and Newhouse Printing – won the following awards: 3 Gold Awards 2 Silver Awards 5 Bronze Awards

TRAXIUM, LLC is thrilled with their success in the first year of participating in the Print Excellence Awards. Kostika Radivoj, vice president of sales Cleveland, described this recognition as, - “…a true testimony of close collaboration in showcasing our client’s creative talent combined with our team’s expertise and craftsmanship. Our clients range from small, local startups to global brands, and print medium is an effective way to meet their marketing communications objectives. We are honored to have been entrusted by our clients to make their brand vision come to life”. Printing Industries of Ohio • N.Kentucky serves over 300 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. Printing Industries of Ohio • N.Kentucky is an affiliate of the national Printing Industries of America, the largest graphic arts association in the world. For complete information on Printing Industries of Ohio • N.Kentucky and Printing Industries of America, please visit For more information on TRAXIUM, LLC, visit

TRAXIUM, LLC, is redefining the printing and marketing communications industries by uniting branding, customer insight and data analysis, marketing, printing, manufacturing, and distribution services into a unique and innovative communications platform - fueled by a strong corporate culture with forward-thinking, strategic, and compassionate expertise.

The company was founded in 2014 by George Schmutz, owner and CEO, when he acquired Printing Concepts, Inc., a full-service commercial printer specializing in offset and digital printing, headquartered in Stow, Ohio. In 2016, TRAXIUM added to its award-winning services by acquiring Newhouse Printing, located in Dover, Ohio, and McKinnon Printing, an Akron, Ohio-based commercial printer. In Oct. 2017, TRAXIUM expanded its portfolio and acquired its first marketing company, Galapagos, LLC, a Michigan-based marketing agency that specializes in the banking industry. Acquisitions in 2018 included Great Lakes Integrated and Watt Printers, commercial printers from Cleveland, Ohio. For more information on TRAXIUM, LLC,visit



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