June 10, 2015
Looks like we made it!
( It's ok to sing along )
I hope the end of spring is bringing new excitement into your life, business and communities. My last week has been filled with graduations, parties, tears of joy and sorrow as kids move on to new challenges and opportunities. So, too, our industry (as have many) has been coping with changing landscapes as paper & print wrestle with digital communications to drive business, brands, messaging, and customer engagement. 

But we're drying those tears as we see young people embracing paper in new ways! Check out the THEATER IN A BOX (ok - who's picking up this idea and custom printing these!!!). Then see how high school graduate, Erinne Paisley, made more than a fashion statement while wearing her pre-calculus notes in support of Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai and the importance of education. 

You don't think these two are discussing how print kills trees, do you? :) Paper and Print seem to be enjoying a resurgence: per the World Print Communications Forum. After 5 years of recession, catalog mailings grew in 2013 to $11.9 billion - the best level since 2007. Forests in Portugal have grown 60 percent in the latest 100 years... 

choose print
Start spreading the word... Check out all the NEW RESOURCES from CHOOSEPRINT.COM to EDUCATE your clients. Help them graduate into a renewed understanding of the benefits and true environmental impact that results from the work we do. Help them be successful. 

Carpe Diem. .. and Don't forget to wear sunscreen!
Jules Van Sant
Executive Director
PPI Association - The NW Visual Communication Industries Assn



Call for Entries - COLLECT YOUR BEST!

PrintROCKS! has tremendous reach  and we're here 
to expose the BEST PRINT IN THE WEST... 
and Nationally!

Time to gather all your best and get your entries in for the 
2015 PrintROCKS! Awards. Categories are posted.
Deadline July 15, 2015!
Open to ALL involved in the design and production of extraordinary print 
produced* in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon & Washington. 
*(between June 2014 - June 2015)

Don't wait. ENTER NOW!

What NOT to wear... 
Fashion Fails!

Need to freshen up your safety posters? PPI Members can download hi res files of these two posters for FREE!
Just click the poster, sign into our site and access in the member archives on ppiassociation.org

PPI & our Constructive Cocktails host, EFI, invite you to Seattle's & Portland's BEST networking.

Evening of brews, bites, and powerful conversation with  Gavin Chapman and EFI. Gavin brings a deep passion and understanding of all things "Print, Mail & Fulfillment". Join us...

Seattle @ Pyramid Brewery - Wednesday, June 10 - Register
Portland @ Bridgeport Brewery - Thursday, June 11 - Register
 *** Cheers!  ***

Wage & Benefit Survey OPEN! 

  Free Report for all who participate
($250 savings)
The "Wall Street Journal" recently published an article on trends in national wages and the reasons why wages were not growing as fast as economists expected.  Based on unemployment rates, the 2.6% increase for the first quarter 2015 was considered low. This is interesting information, but how does it help a manager/supervisor know what a "fair" wage might be for a six-color press operator? In Seattle?  Anchorage?  Boston?


The Wage & Benefit Survey produced by PPI may not provide macro economic predictions, but it provides information based on industry peers sharing information. The publication furnishes key figures about wages, policies, and benefits for our industry. Read rest of this PRINTLANDIA blog post HERE.



Download the pdf questionnaire HERE -- DEADLINE July 15. OR email jules@ppiassociation.org for the online data entry link available later this month. 

HR Tools: Valuable & Relevant


These are FREE to members! Calendar the next 2 dates & RSVP. We discuss national, regional & state specific laws. We take requests too!

Moderated by Jim Kyger, Asst. VP of HR at Printing Industries of America 


REGISTER November 4 >> HERE 



OSHA Interpretation Letters Clarify Recording and Reporting Rules


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a number of interpretation letters clarifying the updated recordkeeping and reporting rules that went into effect on January 1, 2015. The letters provide the following guidance...  Read more at PPIAssociation.org


Looking for a complete resource to review your policies to ensure they are current based on your state's new / pending medical and recreational marijuana laws? This comprehensive guide from PPI partner Vigilant Counsel for Employers will give you a HUGE head start!  CLICK HERE to download



MONTANA -- Prohibits an employer from requesting personal social media online passwords or usernames. 


HAWAII -- Act 19 (HB 940), which restricts the use of electronic smoking devices, or e-cigarettes, in all locations where smoking is illegal.


WYOMING -- Law relating to payment of wages is amended to provide that wages due an employee who quits shall be paid as scheduled for regular payroll

The OSHA Job Safety and Health: It's the Law poster, available for free from OSHA, informs workers of their rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. All covered employers are required to display the poster in their workplace. Employers do not need to replace previous versions of the poster.  CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD

Revised FMLA forms are now available
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has finally released new Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms. These are available on the DOL's FMLA website. 




Participate in the Ratio Studies 

And Receive a FREE Report


  Get the 2015 Ratios Report for FREE by participating in the survey .   Click here  for more information and to get started: you'll find a new user guide, a reformatted survey form that is easier to complete, a "how to use the Ratios" recorded webinar, and a new infographic. 


FINAL Deadline extended to June 15, 2015




virtual proofing solution for member companies to use  at  no additional cost.   

This service provides each company that signs-up access to one project folder for their company. Members can add files, invite clients and staff, and use the robust capabilities of Remote Director, including annotation and approvals of color accurate soft proofs. To get started just email 


  On Demand Dr Visits - No Co-pay!

It's warming up! Allergy season is here, bugs are biting and the sun is burning. Teladoc is just a phone call away to treat allergy symptoms, skin conditions and more! Employers & Employees - This will save you time and money, reduce employee absence - everybody is happy!! 

 Check out this NEW benefit HERE. More info? Email Alan Justin  or call (716) 907-5500 


Taking more credit cards these days? 

Better for cash flow, but the fees are killing you? PPI has partners standing by to give you a no obligation free analysis of what you could save in the MEMBER BENEFITS programs we offer! EMAIL for a QUOTE


PPI MEMBERS! Save $95 MORE off the annual member list price of $295. Start certifying your employees in a growing number of areas, including: Press room (digital, large format & offset training, data management, marketing, sales, lean, intro to graphic arts, process improvement, 5S and Teamwork, Color management, Photoshop.... 


The list goes on! Save additional $95 if you contact 

JULES@PPIASSOCIATION.ORG today to ask about iLearning!



Classic Video Series


Did you know that PPI Members have access to video training on offset & web presses, maintenance and troubleshooting, OSHA, warehousing and more? At $19 each, this could save you thousands! 


Check them out!


EDUCATION - Webinars, Networking & Conferences 


SEATTLE Constructive Cocktails & Conversations

Sponsored by EFI 

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 
Time: 4 -7 pm 
Location: Pyramid Brewery, Seattle

 Event is open to both PPI Members and not yet members.





Date: Thursday, June 11, 2015  
Time: 4 - 7pm  

Location: Bridgeport Brewery, Portland

Event is open to both PPI Members and not yet members.



SALES - What do you need? A SIMPLE PLAN

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Time: 12pm PT


Join MySimplePlans.com Chief Instigator, Laura Posey, as she shares the secrets the top 20% know that crush the competition and keep them earning more than everyone else. No charge!



Why LED-UV? Webinar Presentation 

Web based conversation lead by Chris Travis, Director of Technology, KBA

Date: Monday, July 20, 2015

Time: 9 - 10am PT

Why LED-UV? Very low energy costs to power LED-UV; a savings up to 50% in power consumption and energy costs versus conventional UV dryers.

* Is LED-UV ready for you?

 * Why should I use LED-UV over other energy curable processes?

 * What about Tradtional UV and Optimized UV (H-UV, HR-UV, LE-UV)?

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:Owners, CEO's, Sales, VP Operations, Pressroom Managers & Press Operators



SAVE THE DATES: August 26 / 27 

Daniel Dejan, Sappi Paper & (youtube sensation) Trish Witkoski, Fold Factory

with their ACT NOW! song & dance about the integration of print & digital in your business. 
Stay tuned for more information on this LIVE TOUR in Portland & Seattle! 


PrintROCKS! Party of the Year

Date: Friday, October 2, 2015 
Location: Hotel Murano, Tacoma, WA

We'll be sure to let you know when tickets go on sale. 

In the meantime...  ENTER TODAY!  






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Graph Expo 2015 

Date: Sunday, September 13, 2015 to Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Location: McCormick Place, Chicago, Il

This year the world's Graphic Communications Industry will convene in the largest print market in the world to rejuvenate, energize and find the trending business solutions and exciting new profit opportunities. At the "Transform" themed GRAPH EXPO 15, spanning the realms of Print, Online and Mobile, you will experience the full spectrum of equipment, products and services.


Leading manufacturers and suppliers will be exhibiting at the show-many of them showcasing newly released products, technologies and services.   More Information  


Pacific Printing Industries Educational Trust - Learn more about the Trust and how they support YOU! You can visit the website page, too.

Pacific Printing Industries Educational Trust - 

Learn more about the Trust and how 

they support YOU!
 You can visit the website page, too.

Pacific Printing Industries Educational Trust  
is a non-profit charitable organization. Focused on education and related activities, the "Ed Trust" was created to help the visual communications industry ensure a continuous supply of motivated and skilled candidates at every level, from press operators to managers and CEOs, capable of powering the our industry into the future.

The Ed Trust depends on donations from PPI member companies. 


  • PPI Member benefits can save you money and expand your resources. Here is the latest list of benefits.
  • The first hour of PPI Consulting Services is FREE... Strategic Planning, Sales, Branding/Marketing, and Operational Excellence.
  • PPI brings the news to YOU! Bookmark our website newsfeeds: Association & Industry News and Health & Safety.
  • The Pacific Printing Industries Educational Trusts support programs that attract young people to careers in printing. Would you like to get involved?
  • When you win a PrintROCKS! award you win national exposure. Your winning entry is automatically entered in the  American BENNY Awards (aka the Premier Print Awards). 2014 Winners were sent off this month to compete!
  • PPI gives member companies extensive Human Resource tools.
  • You can have VALUABLE EXPOSURE to PPI Members & Friends by advertising on our website, including social media and print promotion of your services.

There is much more PPI can do for you.

Take advantage of membership!

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  Jules Van Sant
PPI Executive Director, Pacific Printing Industries Association
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