March 2017
Al Hillman
Al Hillmann selected 2017 graphic arts industry leader of the year

Minneapolis - The Printing Industry Midwest (PIM) announces Al Hillmann, President, Standard Dynamics, Inc., Burnsville, MN, has been selected the 2017 Graphic Arts Industry Leader of the Year. Hillmann will receive the award at PIM's annual Star of Excellence Awards Banquet on April 27, 2017, at the Sheraton Minneapolis West.  (scroll down to see event info and link to register)

Hillmann was selected to receive this award by past recipients based on his knowledge and expertise of print products and services expertise that he offers the industry. He also served on the PIM Board of Directors.

"Al Hillmann has been an active and respected participant in our industry for many years," said Gary Garner, Chairman, GLS/Next Precision Marketing. "The selection committee is pleased to recognize his effort as this year's Graphic Arts Industry Leader of the Year."

Hillmann bought Standard Dynamics, Inc. in 1983, and has grown the business to include finishing and print production equipment and solutions. He and his wife, Victoria, have three grown children of which two, Joe and Lizzie, are currently involved in the business.

PIA Applauds Passage of the  Postal Service Reform Act

Warrendale, Pennsylvania
March 17th, 2017

Printing Industries of America (PIA) and its member companies today applaud the passage of H.R. 756, the Postal Service Reform Act, by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The legislation, which would bring desperately needed financial modernization to the United States Postal Service (USPS) was sponsored by Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Mark Meadows (R-NC), and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and was reported favorably out of committee by a bipartisan voice vote.

"PIA commends the hard work of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and congratulates lawmakers on achieving the first step toward meaningful postal reform in the 115th Congress," said Michael Makin, PIA President and CEO. "PIA member companies are in constant innovation mode to offer new techniques that make the mail more relevant to consumers. A viable USPS offering affordable, predictable rates is a critical delivery partner for print. H.R. 756-a true bipartisan compromise supported by industry, labor, and USPS-would provide necessary stability for USPS."

"Equally as important, H.R. 756 addresses and corrects unrealistic financial burdens placed on USPS-ultimately protecting taxpayers from a potential government bailout of the mail system."

"PIA now looks to the full U.S. House of Representatives to urgently pass this much needed postal reform and modernization legislation." 

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PIM's biggest event of the year!

Thursday, April 27th, 2017
Happy Hour at 4:00 pm
Dinner at 6:00 pm
with ceremony to follow

Sheraton Minneapolis West 
12201 Ridgedale Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55305

Tickets are now available for "The Star of Excellence Awards," the most prestigious symbol of printing excellence throughout the Midwest. Here's your chance to build relationships with over 300 high level decision makers in the print industry.   Thank you to Veritiv for being the signature sponsor of the Star of Excellence!
30th Annual PIM Education Foundation
Walleye Fishing Tournament
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Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Cedar Shore Resort
on the Missouri River
Oacoma, SD

Calcutta & Rules Meeting - Friday, May 12, 2017 - 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 

One Captain and one teammate per boat.  To register click on the "Register now" button, select captain, and to add teammate, click add and select teammate. 

MN Legislative Weekly Update

March 13th - March 17th

This week marked the second committee deadline set for Friday, March 17th at midnight. The second deadline "is for committees to act favorably on bills, or companions of bills, that met the first deadline in the other house" as stated in Joint Rule 2.03. These deadlines, like the first, "do not apply to the House committees on Capital Investment, Ways and Means, Taxes, or Rules and Legislative Administration, nor to the Senate committees on Capital Investment, Finance, Taxes, or Rules and Administration."

On Monday, the House took up HF 5 (Davids) regarding the regulation of premium subsidy program data practices, and the creation of a state-operated reinsurance program. Several amendments were introduced in order to make the bill broader in its scope, such as the H0005A19 amendment by Representative Clark Johnson. This amendment, which failed to pass on a vote of 54-77, would have included the MinnesotaCare buy-in plan as part of the bill. After a lengthy debate over reinsurance, and the health care crisis more generally, the bill did pass on a vote of 78-55.

Late Wednesday evening, the Senate reconvened to take up HF 5. Several amendments were offered, and ultimately rejected, throughout the lengthy debate. The closest vote of the night came when Senator Lourey's A15 Amendment narrowly failed on a 33-33 vote, with Senator Jensen being the lone member to cross party lines. The Amendment would have offered a MinnesotaCare buy-in option for greater Minnesota outside of the seven-county metro area. The bill did ultimately pass on a 37-29 vote, and will now head to Conference Committee as soon as the bodies name their respective delegates.
On a more general level, health care bills continued to be the focus of the legislature with numerous healthcare-related bills being heard in both the Senate and the House. Additionally, several press conferences have been held this week, such as the Republican Press Conference on HF 5 and the Democratic Press Conference on HF 5, both held on Monday prior to the House Floor Session. There was also a press conference held Tuesday regarding the reform proposed for the Prior Authorization process for drug therapies.
The House and the Senate also debated and passed several other bills during each of their sessions on Thursday. The Senate took up the noncontroversial SF 662 (Rosen: Practice of dentistry exemption for certain students of dentistry establishment), and SF 151 (Newman: Motor vehicle forfeiture provisions modification for inclusion of more than one vehicle owner), both passing unanimously on votes of 64-0 and 65-0, respectively. The Senate also took up HF 234 (Baker Public Utilities Commission regulation of municipal electric utilities and rural electric cooperatives amended), which involve a more moderate debate and ultimately passed on a vote of 39-26. The House took up and thoroughly debated HF 1478 (Loon: Unrequested leave of absence provisions modified), ultimately passing the measure on a vote of 71-59.

In addition to the second deadline occurring on Friday, the Governor also released his updated March 2017 budget , which can be found with the original budget on the Minnesota Management and Budget website. 

_Print is Key_  10th Annual Print Showcase graphic 2017

Thank you to the supporters and participants of Print Showcase!

PIM would like to thank Laird Plastics for being the exclusive sponsor for PIM's Print Showcase  "Print is Key" 2017.  Their support made this event possible.  Laird will be our exclusive sponsor again in 2018 -  mark your calendar for Thursday, March 1st, 2018 at Surly Brewing.

Print is Key was a huge success.  Feedback from exhibitors was extremely positive, with most saying they are looking forward to returning next year.

Our 2017 Exhibitors:

BCT Heartland
Daily Printing
Dunwoody Print Serivces
J - C Press
Minnesota Label
Mittera Group
Nahan Printing
Packsize International
Priority Envelope
The John Roberts Company
Nahan Printing
Packsize International
Priority Envelope
The John Roberts Company

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Safety & Environmental

OSHA Posting Requirement
Beginning on February 1st, 2017 through April 30th, 2017, employers with 11 or more employees are required to post a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses (Summary OSHA 300A) that occurred in 2016 (not the OSHA 300 Log). The OSHA 300A form must be displayed in a common area wherever notices to workers are normally posted. Copies of the OSHA forms 300 and 300A are available at OSHA inspectors will review these forms during an inspection. If you have questions regarding this requirement or any other safety or environmental topic, contact Paul Gutkowski at 612-400-6205.
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Thursday March 30th, 2017
8:30 AM to 11:30 AM CDT
PIM's Office -  Nokomis Room

This course is about the tools, terms and application of the EOS/Traction model. The EOS model for improving companies has been around for more than a decade, and its results have been tremendous.

PIM Quality Mail Preparation Specialist Certification Program (CQMPS)
(two day training course)
8:30 AM -4:30 PM CDT
PIM's Office -  Nokomis Room

This unique course is designed to give students a thorough overall knowledge of postal service regulations and their relationship to both mailpiece design and postage costs.

Special Thanks to our GRAPHIC NEWS Sponsors
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