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GLGA offices will be closed on Friday, April 7, 2023, to observe the Good Friday holiday. We will reopen on Monday, April 10, 2023.

In this issue:
National News and Education
BMI March Barometer
Corrugated and Solid Fiber Box
Paper and Deforestation
Sales Tip of the Week
Video - Fold of the Week
GLGA Association News
2023 Women in Print Excellence
Free Member Webinars
Safety Update
Bags, Beers and Wine
Golf Outings
Membership Tip

Member News
Crossmark Graphics /
Koenig & Bauer

National News and Education
BMI Releases Industry Barometer Survey Results for March 2023
The Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI) released the March results for its monthly survey on capacity and lead times for soft cover and hard cover books. In looking at digital printing, the average hard cover capacity rose to 65 percent, up from 59 percent. Read and see more.
Corrugated and Solid Fiber Box Manufacturing Establishments—2010–2020
According to County Business Patterns, in 2020 there were 1,086 establishments in NAICS 322211 (Corrugated and Solid Fiber Box Manufacturing). This category saw a net decrease of 20 percent since 2010. Read more in this data analysis on

Facts are Stubborn Things: The Truth About Paper and Deforestation
The fact is that sustainably produced North American paper products are not a cause of deforestation, no matter what some ENGOs say or how many times they say it. Read more by Two Sides North America.
Sales Tip of the Week: How to Look Incompetent
You wouldn't think something like an outgoing voicemail message would kill a potential sale, but it can AND YOU WILL NEVER KNOW ABOUT IT. Read and see more by Bill Farquharson of the Sales Vault.
VIDEO - Super-Cool Fold of the Week
This week on, it’s all about the Twist Fold, which can be intimidating at first, until you understand how you can manipulate it. Read and see more.
GLGA Association News
Nominations Are Open for GLGA's Third Annual 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.
Upcoming FREE Member Webinars
Keep Up-to-Date on OSHA Changes at GLGA's Safety Update
Would you be prepared for a surprise OSHA inspection? Have your incident rates gone up due to injuries? With the recent rise is OSHA enforcement, now is a good time to be proactive and be prepared moving into the new year.

GLGA is hosting a Safety Update on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at FUJIFILM in Hanover Park, IL. Attend this program to learn about the latest changes in OSHA regulations impacting printing operations. Our presenter is Roger Paveza of GLGA member Vista Safety Consulting. Fujifilm will provide a tour of their demonstration facility directly following the session. Click here to register.
Enjoy After-Work Networking at GLGA's First Bags, Beers and Wine Tournament
Join us on Thursday, May 11, 2023, at DMS Packaging in Elk Grove Village, IL, for a fun-filled bags tournament. GLGA will provide the boards, the bags, food, beer and wine. First, second and third place teams all win prizes. 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.

Registration is Open for Indiana and Chicagoland Printers Golf Outings; Wisconsin's to Open Soon
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:

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.

Registration will open soon:

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: Printers Disability Trust
Program: disability insurance coverage

For more info, visit their website.
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
Project Spotlight: Tactive Customer Appreciation Mailer
Posted on their blog by Tactive, Indianapolis, IN:

The Challenge:

Every day, the Tactive team helps our customers wow their most important audiences with engaging physical marketing campaigns. When it comes time to thank them for trusting us, we like to go all out. So, what does a tactile marketing company send as a thank-you gift? Read and see more.
BAG MAKERS Hires Frankie Gashler as Regional Business Development Manager
BAG MAKERS, Inc., Union, IL, the promotional product industry’s leading imprinted bag supplier, welcomes Frankie Gashler to the sales team as a Regional Business Development Manager. Read more.
Crossmark Graphics Doubles Productivity With Its New Ipress 106 K PRO Blanker
Posted on their blog by Koenig & Bauer:

To continue their strong growth, the management team of Crossmark Graphics, New Berlin, WI, is always seeking new investments. This past winter the firm decided to boost its postpress department even further with a new Ipress 106 K PRO die cutter from Koenig & Bauer, which has arrived in early February 2023. Read more.
Fujifilm Announces Availability Of Its Revoria™ Toner Production Presses In North America
Fujifilm’s North American Graphics Communication Division is pleased to announce the N.A. launch of the company’s latest print innovation: the Revoria Press™ PC1120, a high-end, toner production color press, and the Revoria Press™ E1 Series, a monochrome, toner production press suitable for both office use and professional on-demand printing. Read 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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