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In this issue:
National News and Education
2022 Print Shipments
BMI February Barometer
IL Mandatory Paid Leave
Reporting to OSHA
Empower Your Managers
Sales Tip of the Week
Video - Fold of the Week
GLGA Association News
PIPI Survey
Puttshack MIXer
Membership Tip

Member News
Priority Press
Mid America Paper Recycling

It's Time to Send in Your Entries for the 2023 Graphics Excellence Awards
The judges are flying in next Tuesday, and it's time to send in your entries for the 2023 Graphics Excellence Awards competition!

Click here for all the info to help you confidently take the plunge. Hurry, we must make sure your pieces are on the table when the judges arrive!
Get the recognition your great work deserves!
National News and Education
Hooray! 2022 Shipments Outpaced 2021
December 2022 printing shipments came in at $6.97 billion, down from November’s $7.10 billion. But January-to-December shipments for 2022 came in at $83.47 billion, an improvement over 2021’s $82.05 billion. Read more in this data analysis on
Book Manufacturers’ Institute Releases Industry Barometer Survey Results for February
The Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI) released the February results for its monthly survey on capacity and lead times for soft cover and hard cover books. This month’s survey also featured an update to the questions, factoring in both digital and offset printing methods. Read more.
Illinois Governor to Sign Legislation Providing Mandatory Paid Leave for All Workers
Employers should ensure that management is informed and appropriately trained on the Act’s requirements, and should ensure that their policies and procedures are compliant with the Act’s provision prior to January 1, 2024. Read more by GLGA member Lindner & Marsack.
To Report or Not Report an Injury or Illness to OSHA
Are you overreporting workplace safety incidents in your OSHA filings? Learn how to know what’s reportable and what’s not and download our helpful OSHA Recordkeeping Decision Tree. Read more by GLGA member McClone.
Change the Tempo of Your Business by Empowering Your Managers
Business leaders are always searching for ways to improve their reliability, dependability, and trust in all they do with their customers. One way to do this is to empower your managers and help them to lead your valuable workforce. Read more by Mike Philie of The Philie Group.
Sales Tip of the Week: The Opportunity Filter
Last week, I talked about the importance of filtering out the undesirable customer and focusing instead on your sweet spots through ruthlessness and strict bias. I thought this week, I would give you a system for doing that. Read more by Bill Farquharson of the Sales Vault.

Editor's note: Bill Farquharson is one of the presenters of GLGA's popular monthly Short Attention Span webinar series.  
VIDEO - Super-Cool Fold of the Week
Trish Witkowski of Fold Factory will show you 3 different ways to fold a Petal Fold, and the shapes can it take. In the process, she’ll talk about how panel order greatly affects the user experience as well. For specs, click here.
GLGA Association News
Latest Printing Industry Performance and Insights Survey Needs Your Input
Our February 2023 Printing Industry Performance and Insights (PIPI) survey will help build financial benchmarks for printing firms, including different segments.

Please take a few minutes to answer the survey questions. Printing company leaders, please take the survey and help us develop knowledge that will help you!

All data will be kept confidential. Deadline to participate is Monday, March 13. The reports will be ready later in the spring.
Mix, Mingle and Putt at Illinois' Networking MIXer
Break the winter blahs! Join us on Thursday, March 16, 2023, at Puttshack in Oak Brook, IL, to celebrate print. Hear a print inspired speaker, network, enjoy delicious heavy appetizers and a round of mini-golf. Meet first in the private dining room and then experience Puttshack’s upscale, tech-infused mini golf experience. Speakers start at 5:15 p.m. Click here for more info and to register.
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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 on the services that you may already use in your business every day or new services that could help your company grow. Here's this issue's program:

Preferred partner: NuMark Credit Union
Program: financial services

As a non-for-profit financial cooperative, NuMark can offer higher dividend rates on deposit accounts and charge lower rates on loans. Visit or call (800) 846-0963.
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
Priority Press Hosts Direct Mail MasterClass
Posted on LinkedIn by Priority Press, Indianapolis, IN:
Need fresh ideas for mail formats? Then, plan to attend Priority Group’s Direct Mail MasterClass. Read more.
Snow Sculptor Celebrates Reading with Worzalla
Posted on their website blog by Worzalla, Stevens Point, WI:
Tuesday, February 7, the date that the snow sculpture was created at Worzalla, marked the last day of National's Children's Authors and Illustrators Week. Read more.
Mid America Paper Recycling Names Kathleen Stark Controller
Mid America Paper Recycling, Chicago, IL, has appointed Kathleen Stark to its leadership team as Controller, a new position, effective February 6. Ms. Stark joined Mid America Paper Recycling after a 26-year financial career. Read more.
HEIDELBERG’s Print Media Performance & Training Center Adds More Classes
Addressing the dire need for training for new and seasoned print industry professionals alike, HEIDELBERG USA launched its Print Media Performance & Training Center at its North American headquarters in Kennesaw, GA in May 2022. The company offers its training free of charge to participants. Read more.
Robert Welford Appointed as President of Xeikon
Robert Welford joined Xeikon in September 2018 when he took over the management of Research & Development. As the new president, he will further leverage these competencies and his solid background in the printing industry. 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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