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Welcome to Currents, the Great Lakes Graphics Association's weekly e-newsletter, bringing you information and education you can use to run your businesses. Currents is published every Tuesday.

In this issue:

National News and Education

July Shipments

Multisensory Packaging

NLRB 2023 Decisions

Maximizing HR

TikTok-ing The Internet

Sales Rep Onboarding

Video - Cardboard Keyboard

GLGA Association News

Illinois Women in Print

Customer Care MasterClass

Next PIPI Study

Membership Tip

Member News

Fredman Bag

The National Group


National News and Education

July Shipments: Down, Down We Go

In a year that continues to surprise, July 2023 printing shipments came in at $7.04 billion, down from June’s $7.40 billion. Read more in this data analysis on

Multisensory Packaging Trends Elevate Consumer Engagement

Here are seven ways to use sensory cues on your packaging to entice shoppers and ensure more sales. Read more in this article on written by Michelle Leissner of GLGA member H & H Graphics.

Post-Labor Day Wrap Up: What NLRB’s 2023 Decisions Mean for Employers

In the weeks surrounding Labor Day 2023, the National Labor Relations Board overturned precedent with decisions and rules significantly impacting both union and non-union employers. Here of some of the most critical so far in 2023. Read more on the National Law Review.

7 Best Practices for Maximizing your HR Department

The continuing tight labor market means that competition is stiff, both for hiring as well as retaining current team members. Here are some best practices that can help you get the most out of your HR efforts. Read more by GLGA member McClone.

TikTok-ing The Internet

Marketers are asking how TikTok is keeping audiences engaged longer in a way other social networks just aren’t. Read more by Hiebing.

7 Hacks to Improve New Sales Rep Onboarding

Too many organizations see learning as an event, not a career-long process. So once the onboarding phase is complete, training stops and sales reps are expected to figure things out on their own. Read more on LinkedIn by Lauren Bailey of Factor 8.

Video - Cardboard Chaos Unveils Cardboard Wurlitzer Keyboard

Ernest Packaging and Signal are back in the design studio for our latest instrument challenge, a Classic Cardboard Wurlitzer Keyboard! This garage sale special is about to be torn down and rebuilt to reimagine the classic instrument's distinctive look. See more.

GLGA Association News

Illinois Women in Print Networking Lunch Is NEXT WEEK!

Please join GLGA for our next Women in Print networking lunch, which will be on Thursday, October 5, 2023, at Harper College in Palatine. IL.

Let’s collaborate and celebrate the contributions of women in the printing industry. Our special guest is Stef Querry of CE Printed Products. Try your hand at our new Inspirational Women trivia contest – you could win a prize!

For more information or to register, please contact Sharon Flick at (262) 201-4730 or [email protected]. Registration deadline is this Friday.

Women in Print

Virtual MasterClass Focuses on Customer Service with Care - Class Starts Next Week!

GLGA is teaming up with the Americas Printing Association Network to offer a virtual masterclass with Debbie Nicholson of Think To Ink! The workshop runs six consecutive Tuesdays starting October 3, 2023, through November 7, 2023. For more information or to register, please contact Sharon Flick at (262) 201-4730 or [email protected].

Upcoming October 2023 “Printing Industry Performance and Insights” Study

In our next study, we aim to explore this question: “What are effective ways for printing companies to brand their firm as a good place to work?” We hope to provide printing company leaders with actionable knowledge to help them fill their workforce gaps. Read more, and watch for the survey to open soon.

Editor's note: the Great Lakes Graphics Association is among 15 regional printing associations partnering to sponsor the PIPI studies. GLGA members can download reports from previous studies for free from the Members Only area of the GLGA website.

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

on our LinkedIn networking group page.

Fredman Bag Employee Spotlight: David Ziegman

Posted on their website blog by Fredman Bag, Milwaukee, WI:

In our second installation of our Employee Spotlight blog series, we highlight Production Manager David Ziegman. David joined us in 2007 and his 16-year journey led him to his current role of Production Manager. We sat down with David and asked him a few questions. Read more.

The National Group Exhibits at Business Expo

Posted on Facebook by The National Group, Lafayette, IN:

Thank you Greater Lafayette Commerce for a great day at the Business Expo! 😃. Click here to see their photo gallery.

GAFCO's Vintage Mural Painting Is Looking for Its Next Home - Free

Click photo to see enlargement.

From Mary Pat Quinn Headley, Graphic Arts Finishing Company, Melrose Park, IL:

My dad, Bob Quinn, former owner of Graphic Arts Finishing (GAFCO), said that this mural was hung at their first location in Chicago, when they were in Printers Row.  He believes this painting was purchased in the 1960’s or late 1950’s. The mural with frame is 102” x 35”.   


If anyone would like to have it, they should contact me and we can make arrangements to have it picked up. Contact Mary Pat via email.

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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