Consolidated Graphics' full service print provider Hickory Printing achieves G7 Master Qualified Printer status at both North Carolina locations in Conover and Greensboro

CONOVER, North Carolina , January 31, 2012 (press release) – Hickory Printing Solutions, a Consolidated Graphics, Inc. company (NYSE:CGX) and full service print provider, announced today it has achieved G7 Master Qualified Printer status at both Hickory locations in Conover and Greensboro, NC, through IDEAlliance, the nonprofit industry organization that develops, educates, and validates best practices in publishing and information technology. Hickory Printing Solutions' G7 Master Qualified Printer designation highlights the company's commitment to quality, consistency and color management.

"Our focus is on providing a high level of quality and expanding our extensive production capabilities to constantly meet the evolving needs of our customers. Acquiring G7 Master Qualified Printer status at both of our facilities reinforces this promise," said Stephen Patton, President of Hickory Printing Solutions. "Having certification at both locations confirms that we are taking the steps necessary to verify color consistency across all presses, giving us a flexibility that makes our clients' lives easier."

Hickory Printing Solutions has been trained to utilize the new G7 methodology and can produce a press sheet to GRACoL (General Requirements for Applications in Commercial Offset Lithography) targets within acceptable tolerances. By achieving the status of a G7 Master Qualified Printer, Hickory Printing Solutions can reliably produce high quality printing with a close visual appearance from proof to press, as well as from press to press. As a G7 Master Qualified Printer, the company will go through a yearly requalification audit to ensure it maintains IDEAlliance calibration and process standards.

Including Hickory Printing Solutions, 59 Consolidated Graphics companies hold the G7 Master Qualified Printer Status, giving the company the distinction of having the most G7 qualified printers in the world.

About Hickory Printing Solutions

Hickory Printing Solutions, a Consolidated Graphics, Inc. company, is a full service print provider. With roots dating back to 1917, Hickory has since increased its product capabilities and expanded its operations to two locations in Conover and Greensboro. Hickory provides value to clients' diverse printing, packaging and fulfillment needs with specialty capabilities such as sheetfed printing, web offset printing, fulfillment and mailing services diecutting, folding and gluing. For more information, visit

About Consolidated Graphics

Consolidated Graphics, Inc. (CGX), headquartered in Houston, TX, is one of North America's leading general commercial printing companies. With 70 printing businesses strategically located across 27 states, Toronto and Prague, and a presence in Asia, CGX offers an unmatched geographic footprint, unsurpassed capabilities, and unparalleled levels of convenience, efficiency and service. With locations in or near virtually every major U.S. market, CGX provides service and responsiveness of a local printer enhanced by the economic, geographic and technological advantages of a large national organization.

Consolidated Graphics' vast and technologically advanced sheetfed and web printing capabilities are complemented by the world's largest integrated digital footprint. By coupling North America's most comprehensive printing capabilities with strategically located fulfillment centers and industry-leading technology, CGX delivers end-to-end print production and management solutions that are based on the needs of our customers to improve their results. For more information, visit

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