May 26, 2015
Sorry I haven't written...


Summer is just around the corner as is  evident with temperatures rising, proms & graduations, picnics and out of town visitors. 2015 has been a busy time for our members - new buildings and beginnings, saying goodbye to some revered industry icons, purchases of new technology and opportunities for growth. Some things change, some things stay the same :)

It's also been a busy time around PPI "World HQ" as we kick into high gear! (you can read more about all below) 

- PrintROCKS student poster design scholarship competition exploded with amazing entries and winners. 
- 125 FREE Entries into the 2015 Premier Print Awards (Benny's)... Saving members $12,500! 
- PrintROCKS #8 is OPEN
- Addition of New PPI Partners to save businesses and individuals money, increase company profits
- Networking and fundraising events in Portland and Seattle raising over $10,000 and bringing together almost 200 individuals celebrating PRINT.
- MORE upcoming events in June with EFI & August with Daniel Dejan & Trish Witkoski
- FREE (or discounted) studies, reports and resources to bring MORE value to those PPI serves. 
- LOTS of upcoming database work, social media outreach and added resources on our website:

Last week I attended the  PIA Print Leadership Summit
in Minnesota along with many successful print and communication professionals around the U.S. I was inspired by the emphasis on marketing, sales, customer-oriented business models as the focus for the future.

Have you pulled out your record player?
ONE of the BEST conversations I had was with Jack Sloughton, 
Sloughton Printing Co.   Los Angeles. OK - he has had some of THE coolest clients. Name the album, he's printed the jacket. We've seen what was old, come back. #neversaydie. 

I  will write more in our PRINTLANDIA blog in the coming weeks and be better about writing, but if you'd like to chat about the conference or see the slides from any presentation, drop me a note, give me a call! That's why we're here :)


Cheers - 

Jules Van Sant
Executive Director
PPI Association - The NW Visual Communication Industries Assn





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!




2015 Tournament Bowling & Constructive Cocktails 
Brought Out Teams and Competitive Spirit!
All agreed on one thing... Their team was the BEST!
The winning team was PREMIER PRESS! 
Congratulations to all the players! The tournament was a 
BIG WIN for the Ed Trust. Thank you for your donations.


And the winning team once again was DCGOne... but ONLY by ONE PIN! Litho Craft was a CLOSE second. 
Congrats! Game well played.
Everyone really came through with almost $9000 raised for
Thank you ever yone!

We Have WINNERS...
of the 2015 PrintROCKS! Student Poster Contest!!!
111 entries in all!
Fabulous designs were entered in the 2015 PrintROCKS!
Student Poster Contest!
We applaud everyone for their talent. 
Winners were awarded cash scholarships: 
1st Place - $500, 2nd Place - $250, and 3rd Place - $100 provided by:
To support the Ed Trust's poster contest program and WhyVizComm 
print career  education program please DONATE today.
All winners will be showcased at the PrintROCKS! Awards Dinner 
on October 2nd, 2015 in Tacoma, Washington 
and will receive national social media recognition.
HIGH SCHOOL: 1st Place - Annie Thomas, South Eugene High School;  
2nd Place - Emeri Joe Dingal, Admiral Arthur W. Radford High School;  
3rd Place - Kelsie Burke, Admiral Arthur W. Radford High School;  
Honorable Mention - Alicia McFarland, Gladstone High School.

COLLEGE: 1st Place - Katy Nault, University of Oregon;  
2nd Place - Lindsay Mitchell, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo;  
3rd Place - Lauren Klammer, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo;
 Honorable Mention - Niamh Cavanagh, Whitworth University
EDUCATION - Webinars, Networking & Conferences 


SEATTLE Constructive Cocktails & Conversations

Sponsored by EFI 

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

Let's kick off summer with a Print revival session. Join us for some CONSTRUCTIVE COCKTAILS! We'll do some networking and happy hour w/ food hosted by EFI, open to all in the Print & Visual Communications community.

Joining us for the CONVERSATION is Gavin Chapman, Business Management Systems - Specialist, bringing his expertise, wit and insight on mailing, fulfillment and how to continually improve processes and increase profits.

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



PORTLAND Constructive Cocktails & Conversations - Sponsored by EFI

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

Location: Bridgeport Brewery, Portland

Let's kick off summer with a Print revival session. Join us for some CONSTRUCTIVE COCKTAILS! We'll do some networking and happy hour w/ food hosted by EFI, open to all in the Print & Visual Communications community.

Joining us for the CONVERSATION is Gavin Chapman, Business Management Systems - Specialist, bringing his expertise, wit and insight on mailing, fulfillment and how to continually improve processes and increase profits.

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



SAVE THE DATES: August 26 / 27 

Daniel Dejan of Sappi Paper & Trish Witkoski of Fold Factory

LIVE and on 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!  







    _______________________   CONFERENCES  _________________________



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 for:

  • Wide Format Inkjet Printing
  • Package Printing & Converting
  • Commercial Printing
  • Mailing & Fulfillment
  • Corporate/Education/Government Printing Centers/In-Plant
  • Manufacturing/Industrial Printing
  • Transactional Printing
  • Quick/Small Commercial Printing
  • Book Printing/Publishing
  • Newspaper Printing/Publishing
  • Photo Imaging
  • Marketing/Creative Services/Media/Print Buying

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



*NEW* EXPANDED COC Savings for small & large firms!
FSC Logo

COC / RACG Program welcomes all levels


Although not as in high demand as in past years, we continue to see FSC Chain of Custody Certification as a requirement of many educational institutions, as well as other organizations concerned about our forests.  

For many print providers, the cost and discipline required in order to be part of the supply chain is difficult to justify, but that may no longer be true. As a member of PPI, REGARDLESS of your company size, we can provide technical support (control forms, logo approval, and planning) as well as the audit through well-recognized agencies (Rainforest Alliance or SCS) for a single fee at discounted pricing - including travel and FSC fees.

So if you are currently enrolled in FSC's Chain of Custody program, or contemplating FSC certification, contact Jules at PPI.  We'll be glad to outline our "Small Group" program as well as our just created "Large" printer program, and provide you significant savings!



Participate in the Ratio Studies 

And Receive a FREE Report


Printing Industries of America's 2015 Ratios Survey is in full swing. This annual financial benchmarking study is a core member benefit. 



Based on feedback from Ratios users, PIA has changed the survey to better serve the modern printer who runs multiple processes and offers various ancillary services. So, if you are a 100 percent sheetfed establishment; a sheetfed, digital, finishing, and ancillary services establishment, a Trade Binder, a Converter and digital printer, or a Packaging Manufacturer, this survey IS for you! 


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. 


Deadline is June 1, 2015



Amazing Things Happen 
When You Have Great People

Sam Boren of WCP Solutions has spent his life furthering the field of graphic communications. Last month, his tireless efforts were recognized by all who love and admire him at WCP Solutions when they celebrated his retirement. 
To honor Sam's tremendous contributions to the industry, WCP funded a $1,000 Pacific Printing Industries Educational Trust scholarship in his name.
 CONGRATULATIONS, Sam!  Thank you for the passion you brought to your work each day  and for the positive impact you've had on all your print industry friends.  


The Ed Trust is YOUR TRUST. It serves the region's print community and works to ensure that future generations carry forward the vision and leadership of people like Sam Boren.

Support the Ed Trust with donations to continue their career education programs, scholarships, and youth outreach. Consider an endowment or monthly donation - small amounts can add up to big results.

Print's Voice 15 Capitol Hill Fly-In 

Brings Graphic Communications Industry Concerns To Congress

Registration is now open for Print's Voice 2015. Members of event co-hosts NPES and Printing Industries of America, together with key supporting associations and their members, will convene in Washington, D.C., June 2-3, 2015, where they will bring graphic communications industry business concerns directly to their elected representatives in Congress. Read more from WhatTheyThink




Domtar paper because retro ad  

Did you know that print industry  regional news is consolidated for you on our website? No kidding!
National news, too. Click and read all about it.








Summer is approaching and not everyone's focus is safety. Consider what these guys must have been thinking...


Safety Stupidity Caught on Camera
Safety Stupidity Caught on Camera




Attention all Suppliers & Digital/Graphic Designers!
Did you know you can advertise on

What is the most effective use of your marketing budget? 

Effectively targeted advertising that reaches your customers AND endorses you as a 

reliable and valuable business partner. PPI gives you that unique opportunity!


The PPI website is rich in content, updated daily, is relevant, and is easy to navigate. 

Take advantage of how hard we work to connect you to the membership.





New Two Sides 

Myth-Busting Infographic



Two Sides North America has released a
new engaging infographic that presents key facts about the relationship between paper and sustainable forestry. The infographic can be downloaded for free by clicking here. The PDFs are in print-ready format for those who want some new artwork for customer areas, or you can re-size the JPEG in a lower resolution for posting on your social media feeds. 

Click. Share. Bust Some Myths.



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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