SOURCE: Schawk, Inc.

December 19, 2006 08:00 ET

Schawk Named a "Best Workplace in the Americas"

Second Award of 2006 to Recognize Company's Outstanding Human Relations Efforts

DES PLAINES, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 19, 2006 -- Schawk, Inc. (NYSE: SGK), one of the world's leading providers of digital brand image management solutions to the consumer products packaging industry, announced today that it has been named a "Best Workplace in the Americas" by the Printing Industries Association of America (PIA) and the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF). The Company has been recognized three previous times by the PIA and GATF. The Best Workplace awards program recognizes companies that commit to investing in their workforce by creating an environment in which employees thrive professionally through sound human relations practices.

This is the second award Schawk received in 2006 recognizing the Company's outstanding human relations practices. Earlier this year, Schawk was named a "101 Best and Brightest Company to Work For in Chicago" for the second consecutive year. Additionally in 2006, Schawk was named to the Forbes 200 Best Small Companies list for the third consecutive year and was recognized by Crain's Chicago Business as one of the top 25 fastest growing public firms in Chicago.

This recent honor by the PIA of America and the GATF recognizes Schawk in the Large Company Best Workplace Category for its outstanding human relations efforts in the graphic arts industry. Companies were evaluated and judged on the criteria that employees look at when evaluating a current or prospective workplace, including management practices, work environment, training and development opportunities, recognition and rewards, workplace health and safety, health and well-being programs, financial security, and work-life balance.

"As a service provider, there is nothing more important in the delivery of solutions to our clients than our people," said David A. Schawk, president and chief executive officer. "Our ability to attract, grow and retain the best and the brightest is a result of our commitment to providing a work environment that nurtures our people's talents and responds to their needs."

"We are delighted with this recent recognition as a Best Workplace in the Americas," said Jennifer Erfurth, vice president, human resources at Schawk, Inc. "It demonstrates our commitment to our employees and reaffirms that Schawk's employee relations practices are being singled out by the industry as exceptional."

Schawk, Inc., headquartered in suburban Chicago, is a leading supplier of electronic digitized high resolution color graphic services, brand consulting and design and an array of digitally-based workflow solutions, all aimed at bringing enhanced value to its clients. Schawk provides these advanced services for the food, beverage, and consumer products packaging, point of sale, and advertising and retail markets. For more information about Schawk, visit

PIA/GATF: The Printing Industries of America (PIA)/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF) is the world's largest graphic arts trade association representing an industry with more than 1.2 million employees. Located in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, the consolidated organization serves the interests of more than 12,000 member companies. PIA/GATF, along with its affiliates, delivers products and services that enhance the growth, efficiency and profitability of its members and the industry through advocacy, education, research and technical information. For more information about PIA/GATF visit

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