Awards & Contests

Gemini Award1. OSHA Recognizes Gemini’s Safety Practices at Texas Plant 

Gemini Incorporated employees at the manufacturing facilities in Taylor, Texas were recently honored with OSHA’s Safety and Health Recognition Program (SHARP) Award at a recognition ceremony. This is Gemini’s third facility to receive SHARP status, joining the company’s Minnesota and Iowa locations.

The SHARP program recognizes employers who operate an exemplary safety and health management system. Acceptance into SHARP by OSHA singles an employer out as a model for worksite safety and health. Only an elite group of businesses ever attain SHARP status.

“This is a great accomplishment and one that is further confirmation that Gemini takes company safety seriously,” said Gemini President Fred Oss. “This is a big award, perhaps one of the biggest you can achieve in the area of safety.”

According to Jet Tran, Gemini’s Safety and Environmental officer, the credit for the award goes to employees and the commitment they have demonstrated toward safety. “We believe safety is our responsibility both in and out of the plants, and we’re continually looking for ways to improve,” Tran said.  “We are very appreciative of the support and assistance by the people at Texas OSHA.  The input and resources they have provided us with have helped Gemini develop an effective and comprehensive safety program.”

At its Texas facilities, Gemini manufactures cast letters, flat cut metal letters, and Formed plastic letters.

2. NEC Wins Two 2010 DIGI Awards

NEC Display Solutions of America received two DIGI Awards for excellence in digital signage at Pei Wei Restaurants and Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

NEC-1The Pei Wei project was recognized in the “Retail Roll-out, National” category, and it featured the installation of 486 digital menu boards at 162 locations. Each location included two 46-inch displays showcasing the menu and branding, while a third display allowed for a design specific to each restaurant.

The Raleigh-Durham airport won for “Best Digital Signage Deployment for Transportation.” Nearly 400 NEC large format displays are operated from a central location at the airport. They were selected for their durability, low failure rate, ability to adjust to ambient light, and easy maintenance and operation.

NEC-2“Winning two DIGI Awards is a distinct honor for our company,” said Mike Zmuda, director of Business Development for NEC Display.  “Our work with Pei Wei and Raleigh-Durham reveals the unique requirements of every digital signage deployment and how forward-thinking organizations are changing the visual landscapes of their venues to improve the customer experience.”

3. OSRAM’s Ambient Light Sensor Wins Product of the Year

Electronic Products magazine has named the SFH 5712 digital ambient light sensor from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors a Product of the Year for 2010. Electronic Products reports on important developments in products and product technology for electronics engineers, providing the latest technology news for more than 123,000 subscribers.

“Each year, the editors of Electronic Products select what they feel are among the most significant of the thousands of new products introduced during the year,” said Managing Editor Bryan DeLuca. “It is our way of recognizing excellence in product development.”

OSRAM-AwardThe SFH 5712, one of only twelve products selected for Electronic Products’ 35th annual Product of the Year awards, is a low-voltage digital ambient light sensor that converts light intensity to digital signal output capable of direct I2C interface, detecting ambient brightness in the same way the human eye does. It is the only ambient light sensor that closely matches the sensitivity of the human eye. It is also the only sensor that offers not only standard I²C data rates, but also high-speed rates of up to 3.4 MHz.

This is OSRAM Opto Semiconductors’ second Product of the Year award.  The company also won a 2007 Product of the Year Award for the OSTAR® LE UW E3B 1000-lumen Extreme High Brightness LED.

All winning products can be viewed at:

4. Apply for the SGIA’s 2011 Sustainability Recognition Award

SGIA is acknowledging new and improved sustainability programs in companies across the industry with its 2011 Sustainability Recognition Award. The recognition encourages SGIA members to adopt sustainable business practices and make a strong commitment to implementing those practices into the workforce, and winning the award showcases a company’s dedication to sustainability.

To apply, download ( the application form and email it to Brian Condon, SGIA’s government affairs associate, at [email protected]. Applications may also be mailed to:

Sustainability Recognition Award

Specialty Graphic Imaging Association

10015 Main Street

Fairfax, VA 22031

The application deadline is February 15, 2011.