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MET Announces New Executive Team Member

Vancouver, BC – MET Fine Printers (MET) is pleased to welcome Lorenzo DeCicco to its team as the new Chief Commercial Officer. An accomplished business leader, strategist and team builder, Lorenzo will be working closely with MET’s executive leadership team as the business takes a bold step forward with significant investments in technology, innovation and customer experience.

Lorenzo draws on several decades of corporate experience as a senior executive with several of Canada’s leading companies,

including 21 years at TELUS where he most recently served as Vice President for TELUS Business in Western Canada. His extensive background in B2C and B2B marketing, and team member engagement have helped companies achieve impressive growth and high performance inside the Canadian marketplace.

“Lorenzo’s many professional skills and rich experience are a great addition to MET, especially as we enter our next growth phase,” said MET CEO Nikos Kallas. “His passion for business and innovation, coupled with his commitment to collaboration and sustainability, strongly resonate with MET’s values. We’re thrilled he’s joined our team.”

A champion for diversity and inclusiveness, Lorenzo is also an active community leader and coach. Among other roles, he has served as one of the founding members of the Canadian Premier League, a professional soccer league designed to remove barriers in the sport and ensure accessibility to all Canadians. He is a strong advocate of continuous learning and has pursued executive education at the Harvard School of Business, UBC Sauder School of Business and Rotman School of Management.

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MET Newsletter May 2020

MET UPDATE

As the world continues to evolve, MET is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of our employees, clients and partners. As an essential business, we are committed to continuing normal business protocol, and have established business continuity plans in each of our offices that include flexible remote work options. We are making every effort to ensure we can provide you with the same timely service you are used to, while offering safe working conditions for our team.

COMMUNITY

We are happy to continue to do our part by supporting local businesses that have shifted their regular product development to help the community by supplying essential items in this difficult time. In partnership with MET, Letterbox Design and Yaletown Distiller we’ve donated thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer to front line workers at the Vancouver General Hospital, the Vancouver Police Department and The Salvation Army Community Services (Calgary). @metprinters

In partnership with our neighbour Oceanking Manufacturing, we were also able to provide the Vancouver Police Department with 500 protective masks. We will continue to make it a priority to partner with other local businesses to help keep the communities safe.

See gracious thanks from the VPD.

NEW PRODUCT

We predict social distancing will be with us for a while, at MET we are offering an array of communication platforms, whether window signage, or floor decals, printed items available are specific to our clients’ needs. One of our new product offerings is an Anti-Microbial Laminate for your printed collateral: whether it be restaurant menus, point of sale packaging, or products that require multiple touches, know that we have the ability to provide a safer experience for your clients. Direct mail is key way to communicate and create brand awareness during this time as everyone is at home and this laminate would be a safe addition.

UNICEF’s CORONAVIRUS RELIEF FUND

A group of creatives and MET have collaborated and embarked on a world-wide initiative with a simple goal to unite global artists and help UNICEF in the fight against COVID-19. MET and VERY POLITE, a creative agency based in Vancouver, are donating 100% of the proceeds to UNICEF’s Coronavirus Relief Fund to help provide urgently needed medical supplies to children and families affected by COVID-19 in countries hit hardest by novel coronavirus. This is a great initiative and allows us to keep helping the community and key organizations during these times.

Click COVID-19 Activity Poster to learn more, purchase posters, and thereby contribute to this worthy cause.

CLIENT SUPPORT & RESOURCES

During this time, we feel it is important to keep our partners informed on any communication updates, and support in brand awareness. MET recently hosted a webinar in partnership with Canada Post discussing communication and brand awareness needs.

Please feel free to click above to view the presentation, and if you have any questions, please let us know. We will continue to offer innovative ways to share information via webinars etc. as we move through this time. If you would like to subscribe to upcoming information sessions, please let us know and we will happily add you to our contact list, info@metprinters.com.

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COVID-19 A MESSAGE FROM MET FINE PRINTERS

Help ensuring the health and safety of our people, clients, and business partners is our top priority right now. Given the growth in the number of cases of COVID-19 in North America, and continued uncertainty around the world, we are undertaking additional measures to protect our employees, their families, our clients, partners and communities. We value your business and our goal is to ensure that we continue to provide you with a high level of service through these unprecedented times.

We continue to monitor information from official health organizations, and plan for business continuity given the changing scenarios. Below are some of the steps we have taken.

Delivering and Maintaining Service to You
We realize that business has to continue as usual where possible, which includes continuing to provide you with the level of service that you expect and require. We have taken steps to ensure that the timeliness and quality of that work remains unaffected. We have invested in technology to ensure that our office team can work remotely and our production team is available to produce.

We will tailor our approach to communications to meet your specific needs and policies. We have many options to deploy, and can adapt with you as circumstances change. We are able to host meetings remotely via videoconference, WebEx or conference calls. If you have any questions or concerns about your specific projects, please reach out to your relationship partner.

Ensuring a Safe and Clean Environment
We have made it a priority to monitor our team for COVID-19 symptoms, while also regularly communicating Health Canada’s guidance and providing reminders on the established steps to take to stay safe and avoid spreading the virus. Additional cleaning protocols, including increased office sanitation efforts in our office reception and common areas, are in effect.

Our existing policy asks those who feel unwell to work from home or to rest until they are fit to be at the office. We have enhanced this policy and now ask any employee who experiences symptoms of COVID-19 or who has come into contact with someone awaiting test results to work from home and to follow Health Canada recommendations. This includes self-isolation for those who have contracted the virus or come into contact with someone who has tested positive, or who have returned from travel from a country that public health officials have deemed to be high risk.

We have also taken the initiative to order and install a fever detection thermal radiometry camera in our office. This will assist in detecting fever and any signs of health issues. If a guest is flagged they will be denied entry and any employees will be sent home to monitor their health.

Further, we have put restrictions in place for any non-essential business travel including all travel to highly affected countries and a 14 day mandatory quarantined period for our employees traveling for personal reasons.

Ensuring business continuity
As part of our emergency preparedness and our normal business protocol, we have established business continuity plans in each of our offices that include flexible remote work options and training. We are making every effort to ensure that we can provide you with the same timely service you are used to, while providing safe working conditions for our team.

Our relationship with you is important. This is an unprecedented time for everyone, and we ask you to stay connected with us and let us know if there is anything we can do to assist you at this time.
Respectfully,

Nikos
President
MET Fine Printers

 

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MET Wins at the 2019 Canadian Print Awards

“Vancouver, BC – MET Fine Printers (MET) has once again taken top honours at the Canadian Print Awards, winning 8 awards for printing excellence and environmental ingenuity. MET’s work was recognized with 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze Awards in a variety of categories, showcasing its craftsmanship in both Offset and Digital Printing.

This year’s honours include:
Gold Award, Books – Utah Jazz Yearbook
Gold Award, Books – The Kita
Gold Award, Specialty – Wilmar Book
Silver Award, Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Company
Silver Award, Books – Sergio Castiglia
Bronze Award, Books – Future of Wellness
Bronze Award, Brochures & Booklets – Epochs History
Bronze Award, Brochures & Booklets – Vancouver House

““Receiving this level of industry recognition is an incredible honour. We’re delighted to share it with the amazing clients with whom we collaborate,” said MET President Nikos Kallas. “Bringing creativity to life through Print is MET’s passion and we’re continually inspired to do so, thanks to our clients’ vision and our shared commitment to excellence.” Now in its 14th year, the Canadian Print Awards are organized by PrintAction magazine to celebrate creativity and innovation in Canada’s printing industry. This year, 113 awards were presented in five program sections. Winners were determined by a panel of independent industry experts.

About MET

MET strives to lead the world with the finest innovative communication experiences. Our communications arsenal extends far beyond the print: we solve problems, generate opportunities, create content, and share results. MET’s focus is on the big picture and encompasses four key service channels: print; digital storefronts; mixed media, e.g. virtual reality; and augmented reality projects. Based in Vancouver, BC, MET takes pride in being a zero waste, carbon neutral and FSC-certified company.

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MET’s Sales Team is Growing

Vancouver, BC – MET Fine Printers (MET) is pleased to welcome two new members to our stellar sales team. Beginning this month, Jeff Crossley and Jonathan Riggs will bring their sales and customer service talents to MET, further fuelling our commitment to expand and elevate our clients’ brands.

Jeff Crossley, Senior Account Executive
A top performing sales executive in the printing industry for almost 20 years, Jeff has significant management and sales expertise to his credit. His relentless approach to customer experience, relationship building and solving challenges has consistently helped to grow businesses and deliver strong results.

Jeff has worked with a wide variety of organizations, including manufacturing companies, large retail chains, ad agencies, and Crown corporations. He will be working primarily with MET’s clients in Metropolitan Vancouver.

“Having known MET for many years, I developed a great deal of respect for the MET team and the integrity of the Kallas family,” says Jeff. “I’m very pleased to join the company, especially with the upcoming move to a new facility and MET’s state-of-the-art equipment—it’s an exciting time.”

Jonathan (Jon) Riggs, Account Executive
Most recently the Wine Director for the Nook group of restaurants in Vancouver, Jon is thrilled to bring his extensive customer service experience to MET.

A veteran of the hospitality industry, Jon has held various positions for such notable restaurants as Bishop’s, The Flying Pig group, and the aforementioned Nook group; he’s also worked in operations management for multiple catering companies.

“It’s inspiring to work with MET’s attention to detail and their leading edge products, such as their commercial print services and environmental progressive processes,” says Jon. “I’m looking forward to working with the entire MET group to both support and build their top-tier clientele in Vancouver and beyond.”

About MET

MET strives to lead the world with the finest innovative communication experiences. Our communications arsenal extends far beyond the print: we solve problems, generate opportunities, create content, and share results. MET’s focus is on the big picture and encompasses four key service channels: print; digital storefronts; mixed media, e.g. virtual reality; and augmented reality projects. Based in Vancouver, BC, MET takes pride in being a zero waste, carbon neutral and FSC-certified company.

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MET Fine Printers wins their 39th Benny

The Printing Industries of America (PIA) has announced the results of the 2019 Premier Print Awards, the world’s most prominent international print competition. This prestigious competition spans 15 countries across the globe and is symbolized by the Benjamin Franklin “Benny” trophy, the most highly-coveted and recognized awards in the print industry. To be honored with a Premier Print Award, submissions must exhibit truly superior production quality and exceptional craftsmanship.

This year, over 2,200 entries were submitted, with 111 awarded the coveted Best in Category honors. Metropolitan Fine Printers continues their proud tradition as one of North America’s most awarded printers by earning its 39th “Benny” for their work on the impressive Costa Palma Brochure, winning Best in Category in Digital Printing—Novelty Books. An additional five Awards of Recognition and nine Certificates of Merit rounded out MET’s collection of awards for another successful year at the Premier Print Awards.

“This is a great honor for MET and our valued clients. It is an example of the impact and result we can create when collaborating with our partners on bold, innovative ideas. We look forward to what the future holds.” – Nikos Kallas, President

Congratulations to the team at MET and a huge thank you to our amazing clients who trust us to champion their brands and deliver their communication needs every day.

About MET
Based in Vancouver, MET is a leader in the printing world as a zero waste, carbon neutral company. MET strives to lead the world with the finest innovative communication experiences. MET is a proud recipient of 39 Benjamin Franklin “Benny” Awards, Premier Print Awards.

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New State-of-the-Art Vancouver Headquarters

Metropolitan Fine Printers (MET) is pleased to share news about its new Vancouver headquarters and manufacturing plant.

MET Vancouver’s new digs

East Vancouver has always been MET’s home; it’s where the company started and where it wants to stay. Scheduled to open in fall 2019, the new headquarters is a stone’s throw away from Vancouver’s downtown core, in the heart of one of the city’s most dynamic neighbourhoods.

The facility will house MET’s executives, sales and production teams as well as its core manufacturing plant. A perfect fusion of old and new, modern design is contrasted with vintage, exposed wood beams and brick walls. Multiple office and meeting spaces will facilitate efficiency and
collaboration.

The finest equipment

During the past year, the MET team scoped the international market to find the best equipment available. The company’s technical experts tested the latest technologies to ensure everything acquired not only meets MET’s rigorous standards and requirements, but also enables the company to keep pushing beyond its unsurpassed quality.

“We’re excited to bring this new technology and a state-of-the-art printing facility to Vancouver,” said MET President Nikos Kallas. ”We look forward to collaborating with our clients and industry colleagues to continue to raise the bar for excellence and innovation.”

About MET

MET strives to be a world leader in providing clients with the finest communications experiences. We see ourselves as your cross media communications partner, combining our unparalleled printing expertise with MET’s cutting edge technologies to elevate your brand.

While MET remains Canada’s most awarded printing company, our communications arsenal extends far beyond the printing press. We solve problems, generate opportunities, create content, and share results. Our focus is on the big picture and encompasses four key service channels: print, custom storefronts, mixed media (e.g. virtual reality) and augmented reality projects.

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MET strikes Gold at the Canadian Printing Awards

Vancouver, BC – MET Fine Printers (MET) was honoured to step onto the winner’s podium at the recent 13th annual Canadian Print Awards in Toronto, taking home top prizes, including “Best in Show,” at the prestigious industry event. MET was recognized with six awards in a variety of categories for its stellar print design and printing:

· Best in Show for Vancouver One
· Gold award/marketing collateral for The Butterfly Book
· Gold award/books-digital for Bosa Book Key Cover
· Silver award/books – softcover offset for Oakridge Flipbook PUR book
· Silver award/specialty project for The Butterfly Book
· Silver award/most environmentally progressive printing project for Montecristo magazine

“We’re grateful for this industry recognition of our work and especially to our clients for the opportunity to create these award winners,” said MET President Nikos Kallas. “Thanks to their trust and collaborative spirit, we’re able to continually push the printing envelope to produce fresh, exciting and effective communications experiences.”

The Canadian Printing Awards are organized by PrintAction magazine and its parent company Annex Business media to celebrate the creativity and innovation of Canada’s printing industry. This year, more than 250 people gathered in Toronto for the presentation of the awards in five program sections: Industry Achievement, Print Design, Printing, Technology and Environmental Printing. Winners are determined by an independent panel of industry experts.

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37th and 38th Benny

Printing Industries of America (PIA) has announced the results of the 2018 Premier Print Awards, the world’s most prominent international print competition. Nearly 3,000 entries were submitted for judging and only 127 were awarded the coveted Best in Category honors, or as they are more affectionately known, the Benny’s.

Maintaining their position as Canada’s most awarded printer, MET Fine Printers earns their 37th and 38th Benny’s and multiple category awards for this year’s submissions. The stunning Butterfly book and the beautifully executed Vancouver One book, were selected for the prestigious Benjamin Franklin “Best of Category” Awards in the novelty books and binding categories respectively.

 The Premier Print Awards are symbolized by the Benjamin Franklin “Benny” trophy, one of the most highly-coveted and recognized awards in the print industry, the competition spans 15 countries across the globe. To be honored with a Premier Print Award, submissions must exhibit truly superior print quality and exceptional craftsmanship.

“This is a compliment to MET but mostly to our valued clients and the trust they give our team. It reinforces our will to push through and literally rise from the ashes of the April 25th fire when our Vancouver office and press room were compromised. We’ll continuously strive to push beyond our client’s expectations as we always have and ultimately deliver the communications pieces that create enduring memories…”

About MET: MET Fine Printers leads Canada’s in Premier Print Award wins – garnering 38 Benjamin Franklin Awards for bespoke quality and environmental excellence. MET prides itself to be a Zero Waste, Carbon Neutral company, based in Vancouver BC. MET strives to lead the world with the finest innovative communication experiences. Congratulations to the team at MET and heaps of thanks for our amazing clients who trust us to champion their brands.

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