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In this issue:
National News and Education
January Production Employment
PIPI Survey
Baby Boom Brain Drain
Barnes & Noble Expansion
Federal HR News
Biggest Sales Challenge
Video - Fold of the Week
GLGA Association News
Puttshack MIXer
Membership Tip

Member News
Harper College
Fineline Printing Group
ITU AbsorbTech

National News and Education
January Production Employment Down
Overall printing employment in January 2023 was down -1.7 percent from December, due entirely to a -4.2 percent drop in production employment, as non-production employment was up +4.1 percent. Read more in this data analysis on
Deadline Extended - Very Last Chance to Participate in the Printing Industry Performance and Insights Survey
GLGA's latest Printing Industry Performance and Insights (PIPI) survey needs your help. Answering a few confidential questions will help us build financial benchmarks for printing firms, including different segments.

Printing company leaders, please take the survey and help us develop knowledge that will help you! Would you like to be able to look up your answers to the questions before starting the survey? Please click here for a preview copy of the questions.

The deadline to participate is extended to next Monday, March 20. The reports will be ready later in the spring. Thank you for helping the industry!
Editor's note: the Great Lakes Graphics Association is among 15 regional printing associations partnering to sponsor the PIPI studies. Click here to download previous study reports from the Members Only area of the GLGA website. 
How Barnes & Noble Turned a Page, Expanding for the First Time in Years
After years on the brink of extinction, the book chain is planning to open some 30 new stores this year. Barnes & Noble sales last year grew more than 4 percent. Read more on
How to Counter the Baby Boomer Brain Drain
Experts say there are several reasons why retirements are being delayed and older workers are switching jobs. Here are three. Read more on
Federal HR News Round-Up
The Biggest Sales Challenge No One is Talking About
As it turns out, sales people are struggling with both message and medium. They wonder what to say just as much as they choose between phone, text, LinkedIn, and email communication methods. Read more by Bill Farquharson of The Sales Vault.

Editor's note: Bill is one of the presenters of GLGA's popular monthly Short Attention Span webinar series. 
VIDEO - Fold of the Week
It’s open season on the open gate fold. Trish Witkowski of shows three Open Gate formats that build on each other.
GLGA Association News

TODAY Is the Last Chance to Register for the Illinois Puttshack 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.

Hurry, registration closes at the end of the day TODAY. We must have your registration now so Puttshack's kitchen can do their prep.
Hole-in-One Sponsors
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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. Here's this issue's program:

Preferred partner: Paylocity
Program: payroll services

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
Harper College Hosts Open House
Harper College, Palatine, IL, invites their fellow GLGA members to join them for a complimentary apprenticeship lunch on April 10, 2023. The lunch is hosted by their partner HP Indigo and will feature their new Indigo press. Learn more about the Harper Graphic Arts Apprenticeship Program and how you can build your workforce. Click here to RSVP.
Fineline Printing Group: An Inside Look at Choosing Paper for Your Print Project
Posted on their website blog by Fineline Printing Group, Indianapolis, IN:

Before you begin your project, consider these six questions to help choose your paper. Answering them will help you decide the paper weight and finish. Read more.
Kodak Spotlights KODAK PRINERGY Workflow innovations at the 2023 GUA Conference
Kodak is holding the Graphic Users Association (GUA) Conference again this year after a four-year hiatus in Atlanta, GA, from April 19 to 21. Read more.
ITU AbsorbTech Celebrates 16 Years of Coats for Kids
Posted on LinkedIn by ITU AbsorbTech, New Berlin, WI:

Rounding out our 16th year working with FOX6 Milwaukee, WITI-TV, to support Coats for Kids, ITU AbsorbTech is excited to announce that we helped over 3,500 kids stay warm this winter with a gently used winter coat! Read and see more.
Registration Opens for Xeikon Café North America 2023
Posted on their website by Xeikon America, Elgin, IL:

Xeikon America announced that registration is now available for the company’s annual Xeikon Café North America 2023. It will run from May 9th through May 11th at the Elgin Holiday Inn and Conference Center and the newly-opened Xeikon headquarters facility nearby. 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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