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  • The 2012 Printing Industry Financial Executives (PIFE) Annual Conference will take place April 1–3 in St. Louis, Missouri. The PIFE Annual Conference is designed for anyone with financial oversight at a graphic communications company looking for practical ways to reduce operational costs and improve their customers' experience and satisfaction through process improvement. It is ideal for executives and managers playing a vital role in driving financial excellence.

  • Printing Industries of America is now accepting nominations for the 2012 InterTech™ Technology Awards. These awards honor the development of technologies predicted to have a major impact on the graphic communications and related industries. 

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  • Create your very own conference at Offset & Beyond, June 4—6, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. Select from the variety of topics offered to customize your experience and meet your needs.

  • Printing Industries of America has obtained Department of Labor Wage/Hour statistics for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 fiscal years. These numbers reveal key enforcement data on a number of parameters. A breakdown of the statistics can be found on Printing Industries of America’s website here

  • Printing Industries of America, which formed in 1887, is pleased to announce that 2012 marks its 125th anniversary as an association. To help celebrate this milestone, a new logo and webpage have been created. The webpage will highlight not only the history of the organization but also the future of print and Printing Industries. Video and audio pieces featuring industry experts will be developed to capture their view of print’s past and its future. Celebrations will take place throughout the year, including one at Printing Industries of America’s booth at GRAPH EXPO 2012.

  • Printing Industries of America is proud to announce that the 2012 Binding Industries Association (BIA) Annual Conference will be taking place June 4–6, 2012, in St. Louis, Missouri. This signature conference is designed to bring together management from trade binderies, graphic finishing, information packaging, custom loose-leaf manufacturing, and the suppliers to those industries. This conference will provide companies with the resources, tools, and insight they need to succeed in the future. 

  • Printing Industries of America is now accepting entries for the 2011 William D. Schaeffer Award. This award recognizes an individual’s focus on advancing environmental awareness and action in the graphic communications industry. The deadline to enter is February 17, 2012, and is open to all members of the industry. An entry form can be found here

  • Printing Industries of America will be holding the 2012 Continuous Improvement Conference April 1–4, at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.

  • Printing Industries of America proudly announces the recipients of the 2011 Best Workplace in the Americas Awards. A total of 33 graphic arts companies were selected by a committee of distinguished HR experts from within the industry. The program is designed to recognize graphic arts companies for their outstanding human relations efforts which contribute to a successful workplace.

  • The Great Lakes Graphics Association (GLGA), the organization created from the merger between the Printing Industry of Illinois/Indiana Association and the Printing Industries of Wisconsin, recently installed a new Board of Directors to equitably represent members in Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. The following individuals will serve on GLGA’s Board of Directors through the end of 2012:

  • Printing Industries of America is pleased to announce that Michael Marcian Sr., is the 2011 Lewis Memorial recipient. The Lewis Award pays homage to business leaders who have gone far beyond standard obligations to become a significant force in shaping the business of printed communications; Marcian has been a leader in the industry and has a list of accomplishments that honor the spirit of the Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • Recognize Your Employees This Holiday Season
    Now through December 31, purchase Employee Recognition Awards for you staff for half off the price.

  • Printing Industries of America’s 2012 Employee Recognition Calendar serves as a reference for Human Resources personnel, identifying various positions to celebrate throughout the year. Companies can create their own employee recognition events and use the Employee Recognition Program as its recognition vehicle. 

  • Printing Industries of America is pleased to announce the election of its 2012 Officers and Board of Directors. The installation ceremony took place on November 13, 2011, at Printing Industries' Fall Administrative Meetings held in Miami Beach, Florida. 

  • Eight industry leaders were formally inducted into the Ben Franklin Honor Society of Printing Industries of America at a black-tie induction and awards ceremony held November 11, 2011, at Printing Industries’ Fall Administrative Meetings held in Miami Beach, Florida.

  • The Binding Industries Association (BIA) is pleased to announce that entries are now being accepted for the 2012 Product of Excellence Awards. This contest recognizes outstanding craftsmanship in the binding, graphic finishing, and custom loose-leaf manufacturing industry.

  • Industry's Three Leading Associations Leverage Expertise to Provide Graphic Communications Execs with Latest Market Intel and Business Management Tools

  • The first Integrated Print Forum, held at Printing Industries of America’s headquarters in Pittsburgh, proved to be an innovative and successful new program in the printing industry. With a combination of hands-on lab experience and keynotes from internationally known speakers, the program brought together representatives from both the industry and the local Pittsburgh community. Attendees were able to experience cutting-edge techniques demonstrated in the lab that can propel customers’ campaigns to the next level and bring in new business. Sessions focusing on social media, mobile apps and websites, augmented reality, new business strategies, and dynamic printing fleshed out this groundbreaking program. 

  • 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.