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In this issue:
National News and Education
Printing Outlook 2023
Paper Shortages
Pathways to Change
Inclement Weather
Green Guides Comments
Video-Cardboard Sessions
GLGA Association News
FREE Member Webinars
Next PIPI Survey
Membership Tip

Member News

It Could Be YOU Up on That Awards Podium!
Enter the 2023 Graphics Excellence Awards! This annual competition honors superb craftsmanship in the design, creation and production of top-quality printed material.

Want to compete but don't know how to get started? The Beginner's Guide to the GEAs

For more info, please contact Debra Warner at (414) 213-8329 or via email at
National News and Education
Printing Outlook 2023—Back In Black
Digging into the results of our Fall 2022 Business Outlook Survey for the our annual Printing Outlook 2023 report, they showed an industry that is indeed “back in the black.” However, new challenges other than the pandemic plagued print businesses in 2022, and new challenges are on the horizon. Read more on
What Are You Telling Your Customers About the Paper Shortage?
The height of the pandemic is behind us. The supply chain is moving again. Why are paper prices still so high and paper still in short supply? How do you explain it to your customers? Read more by Heidi Tolliver-Walker on
Take the Survey: What Are YOU Telling Your Customers
Heidi is looking for printers to take a quick 3-question survey about preferred alternatives when traditional paper stock is not available. Responses are confidential. The survey results will be summarized in a future article on Click here to take the survey.
Broken Systems Can Provide a Pathway to Change
Those with systems, processes, and procedures that were designed for a time that once was, no longer support the competitive advantage the company once had. Read more by Mike Philie of The Philie Group.
Is It Compensable? Missing Work Due to Inclement Weather
While it may be rare that an inclement weather event prevents employees from reporting to work or causes businesses to close, what if that does happen? Is the time during which employees were scheduled to be at work but could not be due to poor weather conditions compensable? Read more by GLGA member Ogletree Deakins.
Two Sides Submits Green Guides Comments to FTC
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission recently announced its intent to review its Green Guides (Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims), asking for public comment to determine if the Guides should be retained and, if so, how they can be improved. Two Sides responded, telling the FTC that the Guides are needed now more than ever, and provided several recommendations for improvement. Read more.
VIDEO - Cardboard Sessions # 11
Welcome to Cardboard Sessions, a jam format music series that brings musicians together to play cardboard instruments built and designed by the creators of Cardboard Chaos. You will love His Eyes Have Fangs. Their unique sound is extremely dynamic full of explosive modulations, dark tones, visceral beats and complex melodic guitar overtones topped off with soft retro vocal melodies. Read and see more.
GLGA Association News
Upcoming FREE Member Webinar

Short Attention Span webinars are held on the second Thursday of every month. Want to stop trying to remember if you’ve registered for the next one? Email Sharon Flick to register for the entire 2023 series.
February 2023 PIPI Study Is Coming – Building Financial Benchmarks
Industry financial benchmarks help in budgeting, making strategic decisions, and finding a path to high performance. So, we are excited about the February PIPI survey, which will build financial benchmarks for printing firms. But there’s more to the story: we will build those financial benchmarks for different segments in our industry, such as commercial digital printers, commercial sheetfed printers, label printers, web printers, and others.

The survey will open on February 13. Printing company leaders, watch for your survey invitation and please complete it. Help us develop knowledge that will help you!

Download your free copies of past PIPI report from the Members Only area of the GLGA website by clicking here. Need a log-in to the GLGA website? Register quickly by clicking here.
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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
Kodak to Showcase the KODAK PROSPER ULTRA 520 Press at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2023
Kodak will showcase its latest technology for high-speed digital production printing and end-to-end workflow management at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2023 (February 27 to March 2, Lucerne, Switzerland). Read more.
Komori America Sees Significant Growth in Packaging Sector
Komori’s firm focus on meeting the needs of packaging printers is validated by having more than 50 percent of press installations during the last fiscal year firmly rooted in the packaging sector, which is a 15 percent increase over the previous year. Read more.
Xeikon’s SIRIUS Technology Is Paving the Way in High-End Book Production
The first public showing of Xeikon's SIRIUS technology will take place at Hunkeler Innovationdays in Switzerland. 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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