Subject: PIA Update: July 12

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Thursday, July 12, 2018
Printing Industries of America Adds Konica Minolta Business Solutions to National Buying Program

Printing Industries of America is pleased to announce the addition of Konica Minolta Business Solutions to its National Buying Program. Building on the existing partnership of the two organizations, Konica Minolta will now offer considerable discounts to PIA members on more than two dozen of its bizhub and Accurio digital production printers. 

“For many years, Konica Minolta has been associated with Printing Industries of America—as a member, as a sponsor, and most recently, as a Premier Partner. We have shared some great strides within our industry, and now Konica Minolta is excited to share discounted, master agreement pricing for all PIA members on our groundbreaking AccurioPress technology,” said Hampton Hale, Director, Business Intelligence Services with Konica Minolta Business Solutions, USA.

“Adding Konica Minolta to the National Buying Program roster fortifies our commitment to providing Printing Industries of America members with valuable benefits to enhance their growth potential and profitability,” said Michael Makin, President and CEO of Printing Industries of America. “This partnership demonstrates the shared vision of PIA and Konica Minolta toward the evolution and continued success of the printing industry.”

Konica Minolta sales representatives working with PIA members will be able to access the discounted pricing upon verification of membership status. The agreement is effective as of July 1, 2018. For more information about membership in Printing Industries of America, please visit For more information about the numerous digital production printer options offered by Konica Minolta Business Solutions, please visit

Recognize your company's passion for people — enter the Best Workplace in the Americas awards today!

Printing Industries of America is pleased to announce the 2019 Best Workplace in the Americas (BWA) awards are now open for submission! The BWA awards reward commitment to quality and excellence, passion for success, and recognize a safety-focused environment, honoring companies that embrace the most sought-after qualities for today’s workplace:
  • Communication & Culture
  • Employee Resources & Benefits
  • Safety & Work Environment
Companies that know the value of focusing on environmental, health, and safety areas in the workplace can also enter—for a nominal additional registration fee—to receive the Safety Shield designation (You must enter the BWAs to participate in the Safety Shield program).

Enter the Best Workplace in the Americas award program today and stand among the most distinguished print industry leaders by human resources standards.

Visit our website for more information about the BWA program, including a series of videos featuring own very own Adriane Harrison, Director of Human Relations explaining what it takes to be recognized as the Best of the Best!

Battling back on the newsprint tax (a.k.a. tariffs on uncoated groundwood paper imported from Canada) is a key lobbying priority and next week is a pivotal moment in this advocacy campaign. On July 17th, the International Trade Commission (ITC) will hold a hearing to determine whether to keep harmful tariffs on this critical raw material. Will you help us ensure that decision makers on Capitol Hill and in the Trump Administration hear loud and clear that Print Powers America?

You can help in three ways:
Sign our online petition and ask employees, customers, and other stakeholders to the same. Tell the ITC that trade law should not be used to harm the domestic print and publishing industry employing over 600,000 workers.

Urge your Senators and Representative to co-sponsor the PRINT Act (S. 2835/H.R. 6031). More than a quarter of Senators have signed on to this bipartisan bill and the House bill is gaining momentum. This bill would suspend current tariffs until a study is conducted on the economic consequences of such tariffs on the print and publishing industry.

Become a Print Powers America supporter today! Help us to continue waging important legislative, grassroots, and public affairs battles on behalf of your company and the industry by joining your peers to make a corporate contribution to Print Powers America. Working together we can amplify Printing Industries of America’s legislative advocacy and increase our chance of success.

Supporters of Print Powers America are passionate about the dynamic world of today's print industry and its ever-evolving future. They know that decisions made in Washington, D.C. impact their bottom line and the trajectory of the entire industry. Please join us in taking action on this important issue and supporting Print Powers America today!
PIA Supports 2018 National Competition for Graphic Communications

Printing Industries of America contributed to yet another successful national graphic communications contest at the SkillsUSA Championships held June 26–28 in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition to helping conduct the national competition, Printing Industries of America sponsored a breakfast for competitors and took them on a tour of a local print facility.

The graphic communications contest required students to evaluate and create digital files, solve production planning scenarios, print on digital presses, diecut on sheetfed offset presses, fold work to specifications, participate in an oral interview, and take an online test to assess their overall graphic communications knowledge. There were also new demonstration areas for wide-format inkjet printing and press simulation software.

The contest was held in the vast Kentucky Exposition Center, concurrent with contests in 100 other vocational areas. Only winners of state graphic communications contests were eligible to compete.

The 2018 high school medalists in graphic communications:
Gold—Julia Meassick, Carroll County Career & Technology Center (Westminster, MD)
Silver—Christina Crosby, Upper Valley Career Center (Piqua, OH)
Bronze—Kylie Normandin, Davies Career and Technical High School (Lincoln, RI)

The college/postsecondary medalists:
Gold—Cheyanne Kasmierski, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology (Lancaster, PA)
Silver—Anna Marie Coronado, Salt Lake Community College (Salt Lake City, UT)
Bronze—Sotheara Ly, Riverside Community College (Riverside, CA)

SkillsUSA is a nonprofit association representing students and advisors in trade, industrial, technical, and health occupational education. The annual Championships recognize the achievements of career and technical education students and encourage them to strive for excellence and pride in their chosen occupation.

Upcoming Webinars — FREE to PIA Members

How to Ease the Pain of Change
Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT
The printing industry is changing—customer demands, growth products, technology, and continuous improvement efforts. The truth, though, is that people struggle with change. It's human. It's natural. But you can't let those natural human reactions to change hold you back. Find out how to ease the pain of change and help your team accept and embrace change more quickly—with lasting results.
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How High Can You Go? How to Manage Legal and Illegal Drug Use In The Workplace
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT
In this era of legalized marijuana and an ongoing opioid crisis, how can companies manage employees that may be using these or other drugs? Learn how to recognize impairment and implement policies that may reduce risk and create a safer work environment.
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6 Reasons Why Companies Should Consider An ESOP
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT
Outlining the usage and often overlooked benefits of an ESOP for shareholders of privately owned companies. Understand why and how to use an ESOP as a partial or complete exit strategy or liquidity event, while dispelling common misconceptions.