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GLGA offices will be closed on Monday, May 29, to observe the Memorial Day holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 30.
In this issue:
National News and Education
April Employment
Paper's GHG Emissions
Chicago Direct Marketers
Video - Fold of the Week
GLGA Association News
GEAs Celebrations
Golf Outings
Latest PIPI Report
Upcoming Webinars

Workforce Development
Job Board
Member News
ITU AbsorbTech
Branded by Woods

Registration Deadline is Friday for the GEAs Celebrations!
OUR REGION'S BIGGEST NIGHT! Join us on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, for a celebration of the excellence of the crafts of printing, finishing and packaging. The Graphics Excellence Awards Celebrations will be held at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee, WI, and a new location, the Stonegate Conference Center in Hoffman Estates, IL.

Come see all of this year's Best of Category and Best of Division winners, and cast your vote for your favorite for the People's Choice Award. We present the awards for the Women in Print Excellence, Best of Category and Best of Division locally, capping off the evening with the announcement of the night’s top awards. Who has won Best of Show????!

Hurry, deadline to register is this Friday, May 26, 2023. We need to let the caterer know how much food to order.

For more information, contact Debra Warner at (414) 213-8329 or [email protected].
National News and Education
April Printing Production Employment Down Slightly, Non-Production Up
Overall printing employment in April 2023 was down -0.2 percent from March. Production employment was down -0.8 percent while non-production employment was up 1.1 percent. Read more in this data analysis on
Biomass Basics: Clearing the Air About Paper’s GHG Emissions
It takes only a little high school science, sound data and a bit of common sense to separate the truth from the blizzard of activist rhetoric posing as climate change “studies.” Read more by Two Sides North America.
Chicago Direct Marketers SIG To Host First Virtual Meeting
The Chicago Association of Direct Marketing has announced the formation of a new Special Interest Group (SIG) within the Chicago chapter of the American Marketing Association. The new group - the Direct Response Marketing SIG - will provide education and networking following CADM's recent dissolution.
The SIG's first virtual meeting will be held on Thursday, May 25, and the topic will be Augmented Reality. Attendees must be AMA members. To apply to join the SIG or to register for the meeting, please click here. For more information, please contact Greg Ward or Blair Mignois, AMA Chicago Direct Response SIG heads.
Video - Super-Cool Fold of the Week
Something cool arrived at the Foldfactory PO Box, and it’s a unique hybrid format, a clever combination of the Long Triangle Fold and a T-Cross that Trish Witkowski has never seen before. Let’s take a closer look. For specs, click here.
GLGA Association News
Summer Golf Outings Are Filling Up Fast!
The 2023 state golf outings are shaping up to be the don't-miss events of the summer! Hope you can join us for one, two or all three!

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

Sponsorship opportunities are available at all three outings! For more info, contact Sharon Flick.
Latest Printing Industry Performance and Insights Survey Report Available - FREE for GLGA Members
The results from the March 2023 Print Industry Performance and Insights survey are now available as a pdf download for GLGA members. The report provides benchmarks and ratios to assess your firm’s performance and plan a path forward. The report includes income statements and cost categories as a percentage of revenue, balance sheets and related ratios, and cash management indicators, and includes actionable thoughts for you and your management team. Thanks to all who participated in the survey.

Download your free copy of the report from the Members Only area of the GLGA website by clicking here.

(Editor's note: requires a log-in to the GLGA website. If you do not have one, GLGA members can quickly register for your own by clicking here.) 
Upcoming FREE Member Webinars
Workforce Development
GLGA Resume Bank: Experienced Production Artist
GLGA would like to help share the word about industry professionals who are job hunting. GLGA president Joe Lyman was recently contacted by an experienced production artist/graphic designer in the Chicago area. "I am looking for something long term where I can make a big impact as part of a team/teams." Click here to view or download a pdf of the resume.
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
ITU AbsorbTech named a 2023 Top Workplace
ITU AbsorbTech has been recognized as a Top Workplace by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for the fourth consecutive year. Read more.
Branded by Woods Celebrates Collaboration with Number 15
Posted on LinkedIn by Branded by Woods, Holland, IN:

When you choose to work with us, you are choosing someone that cheers for you the whole way! Number 15 is the new “hot spot” in Louisville. We were thrilled to be asked to handle some of their gift shop products. Read and see more.
JohnsByrne Unboxes Value Added Packaging
Posted on LinkedIn by JohnsByrne, Niles, IL:
Value Added Packaging with summertime essentials! Watch us unbox our Maker's Mark VAP - made of sustainable, FSC certified Kraft stock. 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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