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February 13, 2019
Printing Industries of America to Bureau of Labor Statistics: “Print is Still Here. We’re Just Evolving Faster Than Ever.”
Printing Industries of America released the following statement by Michael Makin, President & CEO, today in response to the Bureau of Labor Statistics unit of the U.S. Department of Labor announcement that commercial printing, screen printing, and print support activities for printing have become “too small or too concentrated to be tracked” in the Current Employment Statistics database.

“Printing Industries of America is disappointed – but not surprised – to learn of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ announcement that the agency would no longer track jobs related to commercial print, screen printing, and support activities for printing. The disappointment is shared by the approximately 800,000 workers in the printing, packaging, and publishing industry who go to work every morning knowing that their jobs are relevant to the nation’s manufacturing economy.

So relevant, in fact, that just last week PIA’s Center for Print Economics and Management released its 2019 State of the Industry Report forecasting a favorable year ahead with total print revenues increasing around 1 to 2 percent and printers’ profits holding at historic growth levels. This encouraging news demonstrates the staying power of print even in the face of challenges emanating from postal rate uncertainty, tariff and trade policy impact, and a multitude of “go paperless” initiatives. 

The lack of surprise relates to the fact that Printing Industries of America has urged the Bureau of Labor Statistics multiple times over a number of years to revise its outdated definition of the printing industry. Print has and will continue to evolve as a media and printers will continue to transition with a diverse mix of processes, products, and ancillary services. With such divergence, which has occurred at a rapid pace since the Great Recession of 2008, “old” jobs give way to new human resources needs in the industry. Unfortunately, the BLS has demonstrated it is less than interested in keeping up with the times and in collaborating with PIA on modern industry definitions that would more accurately reflect that print is alive and thriving as a key manufacturing sector. Simply put, it is the BLS data as collected that is irrelevant, not printing and graphics communications jobs.

While PIA’s Center for Print Economics and Management is not directly impacted by the BLS’ decision to end industry data collection, it is concerning that public policy decision makers often rely on BLS data when shaping workforce development and training programs. According to the Printing Industries of America's recent Legislative Priorities Survey, finding qualified, skilled workers to fill open and newly created positions remains a major problem for printing companies of all sizes. Therefore, PIA will extend yet another offer to the BLS to encourage the agency to rethink its attitude toward the printing industry and to possibly reintroduce a new category of “commercial print” using a modern, real-world definition that better reflects the industry’s economic value.”

Congratulations to the 2019 Best Workplace in the Americas Honorees!
Please join us in congratulating the 2019 Best Workplace in the Americas (BWA) award program honorees! The Best Workplace in the Americas designation is bestowed upon a company that demonstrates a commitment to its employees and exhibits the dedication and hard work necessary to be recognized as a leading workplace in the printing industry.

For nearly two decades, the Best Workplace in the Americas award has been an acknowledgement of printing industry excellence in human resources practices. Judged by an anonymous panel of human relations professionals from the industry, the BWA awards show that companies of any size can excel in their commitment to employees in the areas of Communication & Culture, Employee Resources & Benefits, and Safety & Work Environment. Those who are noted with the additional Safety Shield designation have also received special recognition in the areas of environmental, health, and safety.

This year's honorees will be celebrated at a luncheon awards presentation on March 4, 2019 during the 2019 President's Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

Winners of the Best of the Best designation include:

American Packaging Corporation *Safety Shield Designation
Rochester, NY
Churchville, NY
Story City, IA
Columbus, WI
DeForest, WI

Communicorp, Inc. *Safety Shield Designation
Columbus, GA

Hopkins Printing*Safety Shield Designation
Columbus, OH

Midland Information Resources*Safety Shield Designation
Davenport, IA

MOSAIC *Safety Shield Designation
Cheverly, MD

SeaChange Print Innovations
Plymouth, MN

Suttle-Straus *Safety Shield Designation
Waunakee, WI

Windsor, ON

Winners of the Best Workplace designation include:

Boutwell, Owens & Co., Inc.
Fitchburg, MA

CJK Group *Safety Shield Designation
Brainerd, MN
St. Cloud, MN
Palmdale, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Brimfield, OH
Madison, WI
Chelsea, MI
Hanover, PA
Hanover, NH
Waterbury, VT
Boston, MA

Corporate Communications Group
Upper Marlboro, MD

Digital Print Solutions
Richfield, OH

Disc Graphics, Inc. *Safety Shield Designation
Hauppauge, NY

GPA *Safety Shield Designation
McCook, IL

Graphic Visual Solutions
Greensboro, NC

Hammer Packaging *Safety Shield Designation
Rochester, NY

La Crosse, WI

Kendall Packaging Corporation
Jefferson, WI

MBI Direct Mail, Inc.
Deland, FL

Cincinnati, OH

Ripon Printers *Safety Shield Designation
Ripon, WI

Royle Printing
Sun Prairie, WI

Runbeck Election Services, Inc.
Phoenix, AZ

Smyth Companies, LLC *Safety Shield Designation
St. Paul, MN (HQ)
Wilmington, MA
Green Bay, WI
Egg Harbor, NJ
Minneapolis, MN
Austin, MN
Phoenix, AZ
Bedford, VA
Austin, MN
Rochester, MN

Steinhauser Incorporated
Newport, KY

Syracuse Label & Surround Printing *Safety Shield Designation
Syracuse, NY

Tailored Label Products
Menomonee Falls, WI

The John Roberts Company
Minneapolis, MN

Transcontinental Robbie, Inc. *Safety Shield Designation
Lenexa, KS

Vox Printing *Safety Shield Designation
Oklahoma City, OK

Weldon, Williams & Lick, Inc.
Ft. Smith, AR

Worzalla *Safety Shield Designation
Stevens Point, WI

For more information about the Best Workplace in the Americas program or Safety Shield designation visit or you may contact Adriane Harrison, Director of Human Relations at 412-259-1707 or

Don't Miss this SWEET DEAL!
This week take $50 off your President's and Continuous Improvement Conference registration when you use 
promo code SWEET50!
At the 2019 President’s Conference, you'll discover:
  • What it takes to attract and retain younger talent to the industry
  • Tactics to create a constant flow of innovation
  • New approaches for adding new customers and growing sales
  • Success stories from other industry owners/leaders, along with new sales compensation ideas, strategic thinking, and cyber security
All in a great desert setting with plenty of opportunities for you to network with your peers.

What's in store for you at the 2019 Continuous Improvement Conference?
  • Develop a roadmap to protect your company’s survival
  • Discover how the concepts and tools of Lean manufacturing are implemented in printing companies and other custom manufacturers
  • Hear case studies by printing companies revealing their advanced approaches to cutting costs and becoming more productive
  • Get advice and inspiration from nationally-known authorities in operational excellence.
  • Learn what is required of execs to lead a cultural transformation
Surrounded by like-minded professionals who want to make a difference in their organizations!

Getting Started In CI: 
Three Metrics You Need To Improve Customer Satisfaction And Operational Effectiveness
Thursday, February 14, 2019, 2:00pm to 3:00pm

While there is great interest in continuous improvement (CI) in the printing and graphic arts industry, most small companies struggle to implement Lean manufacturing and CI initiatives. In this session we will explore three key metrics that will allow companies of all sizes to simply and effectively get started on their journey towards improved customer satisfaction and operational effectiveness. This webinar is being presented in support of the 2019 Continuous Improvement Conference, the only annual industry event focused on helping companies pursue operational excellence with Lean manufacturing and other management approaches.

All Printing Industries of America webinars are FREE to members and $29 to non-members. An archive of previous webinars can be found in the iLearning Center at, To learn more about becoming a member of PIA, visit
TAGA Keynote Jeff Gomez Hosts Ask Me Anything for Student Ambassadors

We are excited to share with you the first of a four-part video series featuring TAGA Student Ambassadors and Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment. In this lively chat, the TAGA Student Ambassadors had the opportunity to ask Jeff anything—from how he got to where he is today to some of his favorite brands he’s worked with to insights into his unique process for creating story worlds.

Make sure you register today for the 2019 TAGA Annual Technical Conference and hear Jeff Gomez present his exclusive keynote, Immersive Media: The New Language of Enchantment.

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