Ira Jackson, president of Perfect Image, was appointed to the board of directors of Georgia Humanities in November 2017. Georgia Humanities is the nonprofit organization and cultural state leader that ensures humanities and culture remain integral to the lives of Georgia citizens.
VoyageATL magazine recently interviewed Perfect Image president Ira Jackson for their series featuring Greater Atlanta’s most inspiring entrepreneurs and independent businesses. At the helm of Perfect Image since 1991, Ira has unique insights into the commercial printing industry. Read the article here…
In November 2015, Perfect Image was formally inducted into the Atlanta Business League (ABL) Business Hall of Fame. This distinction recognizes African-American-owned businesses that have continuously operated for 25 years or more, and whose entrepreneurial endeavors have paved the way for others to follow.
Since 1991, Ira Jackson has owned and operated Perfect Image, a progressive commercial printing company in Atlanta. Not only has Jackson’s industry seen epic technological shifts, but so, too, has Jackson shifted through dramatic cultural times and changes. Read the Rhodes College article here…
In 2008, Perfect Image upped its longstanding commitment to environmental sensitivity by achieving formal certification from the Forest Stewardship Council, which sets global standards for responsible forest management. FSC uses the power of the marketplace to protect forests for future generations. Perfect Image’s certification allows the company to extend FSC-certified papers and greener solutions to its clients. From quality control to protecting the environment and maintaining a high-functioning hybrid print manufacturing environment, Perfect Image is one of the only printers of its size operating with such an extensive portfolio of disciplined programs in place to ensure client satisfaction.
To build a first-class culture of quality control and continuous improvement, in 2008 Perfect Image began sponsoring Six Sigma Training for its employees who lead the company’s service, production and manufacturing processes.
A critical advancement for Perfect Image and its clients was the company's decision in 2004 to reconfigure its all-offset-lithographic operation to a more versatile, hybrid-manufacturing platform that incorporates variable digital printing. Perfect Image recognized that print buyers needed the ability to quickly and more economically produce materials with variable data – for example, personalized materials to individuals – which is still achieved today through variable digital printing. Building up to this advancement, in 2003 Perfect Image began operating a filmless environment, taking all artwork direct-to-plate. The company was ahead of its time with this advancement as well, eager to join the technology revolution with the ability to make printing plates digitally, without the use, expense and complexities of traditional graphic arts film.
In 1993, Perfect Image adopted the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9002 Quality Control System. The systems model for quality assurance in production and servicing is a formalized discipline applied system-wide at Perfect Image to ensure consistent top quality in everything that is produced. This advancement was extremely rare for a mid-sized commercial printing company.
By the early 1990s, Perfect Image had completely eliminated alcohol solvents from its chemistry. This initiative was driven by the company's desire to become a responsible, environmentally sensitive commercial print provider, and as part of its larger initiative to adopt evolving technologies that would bring greater quality, speed and efficiency to Perfect Image clients' growing needs.
In 1991, Perfect Image became a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) with the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (GMSDC), and was subsequently named the Council's Supplier of the Year. The GMSDC assists certified MBEs in contributing to global supply chains and facilitates partnerships with corporations and governments seeking MBE services. The GMSDC is the state of Georgia's leading small business development and supplier diversity organization. Certification, which is granted to emerging firms to promote and strengthen universal understanding of the value of minority supplier development, requires that a firm be headquartered in Georgia, and owned, operated and controlled by 51% ethnic minority owners, along with other stringent criteria.
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