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  • Printing Industries of America is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2011 Naomi Berber Award is Cheryl Kahanec. The Berber Award recognizes a woman in the printing industry who has an outstanding record of accomplishments that demonstrate her contribution toward the development of the graphic communications industry; Cheryl Kahanec has been a leader in the industry and has a list of accomplishments that honor the spirit of the Naomi Berber Memorial Award.

  • Ron Davis, vice president and chief economist, Printing Industries of America, has released a financial report focusing on the long term future of print and print markets. The report explores how leveraging multiple functions of print can increase the longevity and viability of a printer’s success in the marketplace.

  • The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) presented the 2011 Harold W. Gegenheimer Annual Achievement Award to John Berthelsen, President and CEO, Suttle-Straus, Waunakee, WI. The Achievement Award was presented by Michael Makin, President and CEO, Printing Industries of America, at the PGSF Board of Directors meeting during GRAPH EXPO 2011 in Chicago, IL. The award was established in 2003 in honor of Harold W. Gegenheimer, former Baldwin Technology Company Chairman. The award is given to an individual for outstanding service and continued contribution to the overall mission of PGSF in the areas of development, education, and sharing knowledge. It represents the highest order of sharing knowledge and promoting education.

  • Printing Industries of America will be holding the next meeting of the Automation Solutions Network at Mimeo.com headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee, January 31–February 1, 2012. For more information on Mimeo.com and the activities for the meeting, visit http://www.printing.org/mimeomeeting.  

  • The Color Management Conference, December 3–6, 2011, in Phoenix, Arizona, will feature a keynote presentation from Axel Kling, senior packaging graphics quality manager, The Coca-Cola Company. Kling will address the importance of color consistency for a consumer product company and delve into how Coca-Cola communicates the brand message company-wide and the crucial role color management plays in ensuring the company’s long-term, sustainable growth and market share. Learn how this consumer brand giant capitalizes on a skillful integration of brand, business, and creative strategies via a color-managed process.

  • The Web Offset Association (WOA), a special interest group of Printing Industries of America, is now accepting entries for the 2011-2012 WOA Print Awards. These awards have 38 categories, from coldset printing on newsprint to coated product catalogs, so any web or offset printer can enter the category of their expertise.

  • Label Printing Industries of America (LPIA), a special interest group of Printing Industries of America, is proud to present the LPIA Innovation Conference, November 9–11, 2011, at the Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans, Louisiana. This conference will equip the label converting, top-sheet, and the package product decoration industry with creative and innovative tactics and techniques. Sessions focus on result-driven information, as well as best practices, insightful tips, and forward-thinking approaches. 

  • Printing Industry of Illinois/Indiana Association (PII) and the Printing Industries of Wisconsin (PIW) recently combined to create a new association that represents 13 percent of the total print market in the United States. The new association, the Great Lakes Graphics Association, represents an area that consists of 3,400 establishments, with more than 118,000 employees and combined annual shipments of nearly $19 billion per year, according to Printing Industries of America's most recent Global Print Atlas. The Great Lakes Graphic Association, to be headquartered in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, will support members and the print industry through state directors in Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin, and will strengthen the regional and national identity and market position of this important industry.

  • Printing Industries of America and the Digital Printing Council reveal the 2011 web2award winners. In its third year, the web2awards is the premier annual award competition that names the best websites in the print/marketing service provider industry. "We are excited to see the new ways printers are implementing online tools," says Julie Shaffer, vice president, digital technologies for Printing Industries of America. "We saw a great deal of creativity and technical sophistication in this year’s entries." 

  • The printing industry reported profits of 1.4% in 2010 compared to a loss of 1.4% in 2009 according to the recently completed 2011–2012 Printing Industries of America Ratio’s Survey. The sluggish economy and slowing print markets pulled down printers’ profitability in 2009, but improving economic conditions helped the print industry pick up steam and reverse the trends in 2010. 

  • Printing Industries of America’s new Integrated Print Forum 2011 will prepare attendees for the future by providing a variety of sessions on the latest technological advancements in the industry as well as how to hire the employees who can take advantage of emerging technologies. Rick Gardinier, Senior Vice President, Chief Digital Officer, and Nicole Milojevic, HR Director at Brunner, will offer valuable insight that has helped Brunner, a top 100 U.S. ad agency, stay ahead of the curve to effectively hire and retain talent in their session, Digital Acumen: How to Hire the Staff of Tomorrow,Today! 

  • The 2011 Color Management Conference, December 3–6, in Phoenix, Arizona explores and addresses the dynamic intricacies of color management via content that is applicable to anyone working in a color managed environment--regardless of experience level. It is designed to provide the “how-to” by way of the latest tools, targets, and techniques—what you need to know and how to get it implemented immediately. 

  • Platt College, Aurora, Colorado, has won the 2011 Print and Graphics Scholarship (PGSF) College Poster design competition. The poster, titled “Get a Scholarship that makes Your Dreams a Reality,” will be given to all colleges and high schools in the United States that have printing and graphic communication programs for the 2011–2012 academic year. This student-designed poster is used to promote the availability of scholarships to pursue a career in the graphic communication industry. The posters will be available in the PGSF Booth #5145 in Education Main Street during GRAPH EXPO in Chicago, September 11 through September 14.

  • President Obama has signed a bill into law that amends the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The bill not only provides much needed added flexibility and discretion to the Consumer Product Safety Commission to implement this law, it also excludes children's books and paper-based printed materials from onerous third-party testing and certification requirements now in place for any and all products marketed to children under 12 years of age. 

  • Dr. Jerry Waite, professor of technology, College of Technology, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, has been named the ninth recipient of the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) Educator of the Year Award. This award recognizes excellence in educational instruction for graphic communication and printing. The award will be presented at the Teachers Conference, Sunday, September 11 during GRAPH EXPO in Chicago.


  • Printing Industries of America has name the 2011 Education Awards of Excellence academic and industry recipients, Patrick Klarecki and Professor Dr. Rajendrakumar Anayath, respectively. The awards are presented annually to an academic representative and an industry representative in recognition of outstanding contributions to education and training in the graphic arts.

  • The Ben Franklin Honor Society (BFHS) and the Order of the Black Leaf Society merged after it was agreed that there is a good deal of similarity between the two honor societies. They share the same goals of promoting the industry, sharing knowledge, and providing scholarship support. Merging will better help these societies reach these goals and help to advance the graphic arts community. “Membership of the Ben Franklin Honor Society (BFHS) is a true cross section of printing industry executive leadership,” says Ted Ringman, chairman BFHS. "It is with great pleasure that we welcome the members of the Order of the Black Leaf to join the BFHS and further broaden the scope of the Honor Society."

  • Printing Industries of America has released more information about the eight technologies recently selected to receive a 2011 InterTech™ Technology Award. 

  • Pittsburgh, PA, July 27, 2011—The Binding Industries Association (BIA) a special industry group of Printing Industries of America, is pleased to announce the election of Chris Eckhart, President, Eckhart & Co. to the position of Chairman.

  • Printing Industries of America has announced the recipients of the 2011 InterTech™ Technology Awards. The technologies receiving this prestigious award have been judged as truly innovative and expected to have a major impact on the graphic communications industry.

  • TAGA, The Technical Association of the Graphic Arts, begins the summer with a new president, and a number of new board members who are key industry and academic leaders from the ranks of the top companies and technical universities in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

  • Printing Industries of America has announced the results of the 2011 Premier Print Awards, which can be viewed at www.printing.org/ppawinners2011. More than 2,700 entries were submitted for the June 2011 judging of the Premier Print Awards, the world's most prestigious international print competition. 

  • The Ben Franklin Honor Society of Printing Industries of America is calling for nominations for the 2011 Frederick D. Kagy Education Award of Excellence. Middle schools, high schools, or junior/community colleges with graphic communications programs are encouraged to enter and possibly attain extra funds to bolster their programs.

  • Printing Industries of America seeks to honor a business leader who has surpassed their obligations and a woman who personifies the Naomi Berber school of thought and excels in her field of graphic communication with the Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award and the Naomi Berber Memorial Award, respectively. 

  • Printing Industries of America’s newest booklet, Best Practices for Print Automation by James E. Harvey, executive director of the CIP4 Organization, helps printers take their first steps toward automation in the pressroom. This booklet collects valuable advice gleaned from Automation Solutions Network meetings and shares it with an audience interested in JDF-enabled process automation. 

  • Integrated Print Forum 2011 contains a dynamic array of sessions designed to provide clear strategies for printers on critical and timely topics, including social media, mobile applications, modern day staffing, and new innovations in direct mail marketing. This event takes place October 24-25 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is an engaging forum where printers and industry experts will come together to discuss the current trends and innovations in the printing industry.

  • Mark your calendar! The 2011 GASC/Printing Industries of America Teacher’s Conference is quickly approaching. September 10-12, educators from around the country will descend upon Chicago, IL, to attend this one-of-a-kind event.

  • The Binding Industries Association (BIA), the preeminent organization for the graphic finishing and custom loose-leaf manufacturing industry, announced today its 2011 Product of Excellence Awards (POE) winners. From around the world, companies submitted their best work to be judged against that of their peers. 

  • Printing Industries of America has sent a letter to the White House in response to the Obama Administration's Executive Order to cease the printing of the Federal Register. In Obama's announcement, he equates the printing and mailing of the Federal Register as a stack of "expensive doorstops" and "stupid spending" that "doesn't benefit anybody." By dismissing print as "pointless waste" that "no one reads," one may infer a negative perception of a stalwart industry or mistakenly assume that printed material is a dying and irrelevant relic. Printing Industries of America hopes to inform the current presidential administration about the importance of print in this economy.

  • The 2011 Web Offset Awards winners were announced and featured at the 2011 Offset & Beyond Conference. Members of the SNAP (Specifications for Newsprint Advertising Production) committee judged a variety of web-offset-produced pieces on the degree of difficulty to print; registration; folding, binding, and finishing; and the overall craftsmanship. Pieces that met the high standards of the competition were rewarded with the highest designation in the web offset industry.

  • Offset & Beyond, presented by WOA and Printing Industries of America, showcased the best the offset industry had to offer--strategies, solutions, and tactics--presented by industry leaders and experts, discussing the current environment of the market as well as a look at what the future holds in the dynamic world of traditional and integrated print.