Monday, September 21, 2009

Plum Grove Printers and its sassy sister division Freakin’ Genius Marketing named winner of Nine 2009 Graphic Design USA Awards

Hoffman Estates, Il. Freakin’ Genius Marketing and Plum Grove Printers are proud to announce that nine award winning designs were chosen from over 8,000 entries as winners in the art and design category.

Sponsored by NewPage Corporation, The 2009 Graphic Design USA Award Certificates were distributed by Awards Director Rachel Goldberg and Publisher Gordon Kaye.

“We are extremely proud of our design team lead by Creative Director Linda Bond with designers Lisa Olivero and Robert Frank. Every member of the team brought home at least one award,” said Plum Grove Printers CEO Peter Lineal. “Great design gives our clients more effective marketing with higher response rates, better branding and greater long-term impact.”

Freakin’ Genius Managing Partner Lori Gertz added, “Great design doesn’t necessarily mean pretty but it always means effective. These entries won awards because they work to reach the client’s goals of effective return on investment, that’s key in every one of the designs we create.”

The award winning entries were:
1.Spiritual Care Collaborative – Spiritual Care Collaborative Logo (Logos, Trademarks and Symbols)
2.Association of Professional Chaplains – Healing Spirit – Spring 2009 (Publication Design)
3.Association of Professional Chaplains – Membership Brochure (Brochures and Collateral)
4.Association of Professional Chaplains – Professional Chaplaincy – Reaching New Heights-2010 Logo (Logos, Trademarks and Symbols)
5.Freakin’ Genius Marketing, A division of Plum Grove Printers, Inc. – Pocket Folder & Business Card (Corporate Branding)
6.JCYS Northwest Family Center – 2009 Summer Camp (Direct Mail and Direct Response)
7.Chicago Crime Commission – Ambassador for Safety Public Election Campaign (Direct Mail and Direct Response)
8.D & S Communications – Time Out Brochure (Brochures and Collateral)
9.Strategic Learning Initiatives – 2008 Annual Report (Annual Reports)

About Plum Grove Printers and Freakin’ Genius Marketing:

Both firms were awarded a total of 9 graphic design awards for work on behalf of their clients, including several well-known national charitable and not-for-profits.

Located in Hoffman Estates, Plum Grove Printers, has over 30 employees, and is a full-service business printer providing art and design services, printing services, copying, bindery and mailing services. The firm has 4 designers on staff; 6 printing presses including a one-color letterhead press, a 4-color web (roll) press, a 5-color large format press, and a digital press; a complete bindery; and an addressing and mailing department. Founded in 1980, the firm, which was recently honored by the state as one of only two Green Friendly Printers in the state of Illinois has been active in the community through their charitable grants program and involvement in chambers of commerce and other organizations. For more information, contact Plum Grove Printers at 847-882-4020.

Freakin’ Genius Marketing is a Sassy new strategic marketing division of the 29-year old printing company. Freakin’ Genius Marketing uses a four step customer-centric operating model that helps clients achieve the measurable results they expect from their marketing. Clients improve their results and control costs by knowing who to market to and how to market to them. Freakin’ Genius Marketing’s expert Strategic Planning delivers branded messaging from idea through execution in conjunction with 5-Star Marketing Solutions that address unique client needs. For more information, contact Freakin’ Genius Marketing at 847-882-4234.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Unemployed? Seek Relief at Your Print Shop

Peter the Printer Offers Free Resume and Business Card Printing to the Unemployed

In the face of mounting economic uncertainty, Hoffman Estates-based Plum Grove Printers is offering some relief to the unemployed: free business card and resume printing. The 29-year old firm offers 100 custom business cards, 50 resumes, 50 pieces of blank stationary, and 50 blank envelopes to the unemployed through the Career Assist program on its website,

"Unfortunately, this program has been very popular," said founder and CEO Peter "the Printer" Lineal. "Here in the printing industry, we see how the hard times in American economy have touched everyone's life. People have been really hurting with unemployment. Our business has managed to weather the storm, and we're happy to give back to the community and take some of the sting out of the job search process."

Users can typeset business networking cards online and upload their resumes. There is no charge unless the user requires shipping.

Lineal hopes his Career Assist can be a model for other printers around the country, and has promoted it through trade associations.

"We want other printers to take this model and apply it to their local communities. Free resume and business card printing can mean alot for someone caught in the downsizing, with a mortgage and family."

Plum Grove Printers specializes in full color printing, digital printing, direct mail, bindery, and mailing. The firm was founded by Peter Lineal in 1980 near Chicago, IL, and has been repeatedly recognized as one of the Top 100 North American Printers by Quick Printing Magazine. Plum Grove Printers also operates a chain of self-service custom printing websites at In December 2008, Plum Grove Printers received Illinois' highest environmental award, the Governor's Pollution Prevention Award, recognizing its comprehensive green-friendly printing program.