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In this issue:
National News and Education
February Employment
Evolving Workplace
Expect the Best
Industry Survey
Print Apprentices
Video - Fold of the Week
GLGA Association News
Women in Print Excellence Awards
Bags, Beers and Wine
Golf Outings
Membership Tip

Member News
Color Craft Graphic Arts/Komori

Last Chance to Nominate an Exceptional Female Professional for GLGA's Women in Print Excellence Award
Do you know a woman working directly in print or in a vendor role supporting print who deserves recognition for their passion, experience, advocacy and mentoring? Nominate them for GLGA's Third Annual Woman in Print Excellence Award. Click here to read more and to download a nomination form.
LAST DAY - all nominations are due
by end of day on Wednesday, April 26, 2023.

National News and Education
February Printing Employment Essentially Flat
Overall printing employment in February 2023 was up 0.3 percent from January. Production employment was up 0.1 percent while non-production employment was up 0.7 percent. Read more in this data analysis on
The Workplace is Evolving in 2023…Are You Staying Up to Speed?
Employers need to rethink the way they’ve been operating – because the workplace has been evolving at a rapid pace. Read more on

Editor's note: this article includes a look at Artificial Intelligence in the workplace.
Whether You’re the Rabbit or the Hare, Expect the Best and Prepare for the Worst
As you prepare to take your business from your current state to your desired future state, begin with a thoughtful examination of your internal resources: your staff, equipment, technology, and how well you integrate those three areas to solve client problems. Read more by Mike Philie of The Philie Group.
Semper Q1 Online Survey Open for Submissions
The Semper Workforce Solutions Q1 employer survey survey of print, graphics and packaging companies is open. The Semper leadership team analyzes and presents the results from a hiring and retention viewpoint. Click here to read more and take the survey from GLGA member Semper Group.
Hire Print Apprentices Today
Harper College, Palatine, IL, has eight print and graphics students ready to start an apprenticeship with you.

At Harper College, the retention rate for our Apprenticeship programs is 75 percent and graduation rate for Graphic Arts – Print Graphics Apprenticeships is 100 percent.

Harper’s registered apprenticeship programs are unique, flexible instruction programs combining job-related credit courses with structured on-the-job learning experiences. They can help companies improve their strategy for hiring a skilled workforce; fill in a skills gap; increase employee loyalty and reduce turnover; diversify the workforce; reduce recruiting costs; and ensure knowledge of seasoned employees is passed down before they retire.

Grants available to help offset tuition cost of the Registered Apprenticeship program.

For more information, contact Besa Sadiku, Manager of Workforce Initiatives, at (847) 925-6452, [email protected].
Video - Super-Cool Fold of the Week
Trish Witkowski of Fold Factory digs in the archive to find five hexagon-shaped brochures across several different folding families. See more, which features projects by GLGA members Yorke Printe Shoppe and HM Graphics (now Color Ink).
GLGA Association News
MIX It Up with Networking, Bags, Beers and Wine
Join us on Thursday, May 11, 2023, at DMS Packaging in Elk Grove Village, IL, for some for a fun-filled bags tournament. GLGA will provide the boards, the bags, food, beer and wine. Register as a two-person team or as a single player (we'll pair you up). Don’t miss your opportunity to network with friends, meet new ones and have a great time with the industry. Click here for more info and to register.

Three Times the Networking at Three Summer Golf Outings
Fun, food, prizes and camaraderie! Don’t miss the 2023 state golf outings – our most popular networking events of the year. Hope you can join us for one, two or all three!

Registration is now open for all three outings:

Indiana Golf Outing – Wednesday, June 21, 2023, Plum Creek Golf Club, Carmel, IN.

Tenth Annual Chicagoland Printers Scholarship Golf Outing – Wednesday, July 19, 2023, White Pines Golf Club & Banquets, Bensenville, IL.

Wisconsin State Golf Outing – Wednesday, August 9, 2023, Lake Ripley Golf Club, Cambridge, WI
Maximize Your GLGA Membership
Get maximum ROI from your GLGA membership: take advantage of our Group Buying Programs - local and national programs can save you money. Here's this issue's program:

Preferred partner: UPS
Program: discounts on Air and Ground shipping

For more info, visit UPS’s GLGA sign-up page.
Member News
Have some news to share? We want to hear about member company achievements, activities and anything else that's new at your business. Press releases, photos, company e-newsletters, and links to social media posts and blogs welcome! Send your news to Sharon Flick
See more news about and featuring GLGA members posted
Color Craft Graphic Arts Looks Forward to Increased Capacity, Speed and Quality With Purchase of Komori Lithrone G40 advance Press
Komori America has announced that Color Craft Graphic Arts, Manitowoc, WI, has invested in a 40-inch, six-color Lithrone G40. The company is currently undergoing strategic updating in all its production departments under the supervision of its new president and CEO, Gregg Weber. Read more.
From New Tech to New Buildings – What’s Happening at Vomela
Posted on their website blog by Vomela Companies, Elk Grove Village, IL:

Not to be outdone by its sister companies, the VCG Chicago location has been busy expanding their offerings as well. Last fall, VCG Chicago acquired a Manroland R706LV Evolution 28 x 40" press with aqueous coating capabilities. But that's not all! VCG Chicago has invested in advancing their finishing services, too. Read more.
Unboxing Gratitude: Tactive’s Road Trip Themed Client Appreciation Mailer
Posted on their website blog by Tactive, Indianapolis, IN:

At Tactive, we enjoy expressing gratitude to our clients with an annual client appreciation mailer. Our 3D Direct Mailer not only serves as a token of appreciation but also an opportunity to showcase our service areas and creativity. In this blog post, we’re thrilled to share the creative process behind this project with you. Read and see more.
About Us
The Great Lakes Graphics Association is the trade association dedicated to representing the graphic arts industry throughout Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin through education, promotion, and public affairs. It represents approximately 13 percent of the total print market in the United States with its three-state region, accounting for combined annual shipments of nearly $19 billion. Founded in 1886, GLGA celebrated its 135 year anniversary in 2021 and continues to be the oldest print trade association in North America. 

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