January 17, 2018
Serving Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Kern, Ventura & Clark Counties
It's Time to Reward the Ideas, Solutions & Achievers of our Industry!
Now Accepting Entries for the 2018 Print Excellence Awards

If you want to gain recognition for the remarkable work you produce, all you have to do is to enter your best pieces into our regional printing competition, the Print Excellence Awards. You will gain the perks of one of the most powerful promotional tools your business can have to show off your capabilities; the creativity and efficiency of your employees; and a testimony that could secure new clients.

Winning one of the following awards confirms that quality, efficiency, and high standards are your company’s goals. 

Best of Show • Best Use of Paper • Best Execution of Ink • Best Design • Best Crossover 
Best Combo of Printing & Finishing • Best Mixed Technologies • Best of Category 
Award of Excellence • Certificate of Merit

Participating is easy! Simply click here for instructions.

"It’s great to be recognized for the wonderful work we do and for the people we’ve got back at the shop doing a great job, day in and day out.”

– Brian Campbell, Lithographix, Inc. 
Please contact Kristy Villanueva at 323.728.9500, ext. 215, if you have any questions or, visit the Print Excellence website for additional information and to download the entry form.

Sponsorships are available. If you would like to become a sponsor of this event, click here. The Print Excellence Awards will be presented at the annual Graphics Night on Friday, April 13, 2018, at the Pacific Palms Resort in Industry Hills.
Superior Graphic Packaging wins Best of the Best for "Best Workplace in America" Awards!
Congratulations to member Superior Graphic Packaging for the highest honor in this awards program.

In the Best Workplace In The Americas program, companies were evaluated on policies and benefits in the following areas: Communication & Culture, Employee Resources & Benefits, and Safety & Work Environment.

For 17 years, the Best Workplace in the Americas award has acted as an acknowledgement of printing industry excellence in human resources practices. Judged by an anonymous panel of human relations professionals from the printing industry, the BWA awards show that companies of any size can excel in their commitment to employees.

This year's honorees will be celebrated at a luncheon awards presentation at the 2018 President's Conference to be held March 4-6 in San Antonio, Texas. 
10 Marketing Ideas for Printers
A new year ushers in new opportunity. Be the catalyst for growth. Embrace, refine and rejuvenate your sales and marketing efforts. Following are some of my all time favorite (and effective) marketing suggestions for printers.

1. Print newsletter
Your ability to retain customers has the greatest impact on growing sales. An informative company newsletter is one of the best ways to make that happen. It’s long been proven: Skip print, results go down. Use print, results go up. Print is taken seriously and breaks through even where e-media do not. That’s why a company newsletter is critical for customer retention. It is also effective at creating demand for your services through education and, perhaps most importantly, promoting your brand as a thought leader. Content is king. Produce and distribute one at least every 90 days. 

Drop off your unused paper tomorrow and Friday at Advantage, Inc. in Anaheim!
Your paper donations are very much needed by teachers and students with graphic communications or arts programs. It's no secret that these programs run practically without a budget; therefore, they need help from industry to secure the paper needed to continue training their students and our potential future workforce. 
Thursday, January 18th or Friday, January 19th 
From 9:00 am – 2:00 pm 
Advantage, Inc.
1600 N. Kramer Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92806 
How are these materials distributed to instructors? Instructors are invited to pick up needed paper and office supplies from Advantage, Inc. on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Distribution starts at 9:00 a.m. and there is hardly ever surplus left behind. Please do not bring any chemistry supplies, film or equipment . If you have surplus equipment, please notify Kristy Villanueva at 323.728.9500, Ext. 215.
Happy 312 th Birthday to Benjamin Franklin!
Founding Father and Master Printer Benjamin Franklin will be celebrating his 312 th birthday at The International Printing Museum. He's even bringing along some of his Colonial friends like George Washington, Abigail Adams, and Thomas Jefferson! Party attendees get to print Colonial souvenirs, learn about Benjamin Franklin's life from the man himself and, of course, eat cake! 
Celebrate With Ben!
The International Printing Museum
Carson, CA
Seating for the show is limited. It is highly advised to reserve seats beforehand.
$10 Students & Seniors
$12 General Admission
10 am to 3 pm Ongoing Activities
11 am and 1 pm Franklin Shows
2:15 pm Colonial Q & A with Founding Fathers 

Nominations Now Open for the William D. Schaeffer Environmental Award
Printing Industries of America is seeking eligible candidates for the 2017 Schaeffer Environmental Award. Established in 1990, this award is named for environmental pioneer and researcher Dr. William D. Schaeffer (1922-2003). Dr. Schaeffer was known and widely respected for providing environmentally sound activities for the graphic communications industries and a rational perspective for those who develop environmental regulations for the industry.

Candidates will be judged on how their actions benefited the industry in the areas listed below. It is recommended that a candidate has demonstrated activity in a number of criteria, with significant accomplishments in at least one.

  • Education
  • Public Relations
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Compliance Assistance
  • Regulatory Issue Involvement
  • Pioneering Efforts

Nominations must be postmarked, faxed, or emailed by February 28, 2018. For more information about the award or to view a list of past recipients, CLICK HERE >>
Gourmet Chocolate Company Uses Packaging to Deliver a Premium Experience
For Washington, DC-based chocolate maker, Harper Macaw, their product packaging represents a focus on sustainability, but also provides an experience that is high-end and luxurious. Every part of the packaging provides a memorable sensory experience, while also being either recyclable or compostable. The video below is part of our Packaging Innovators series. Take a look! Learn More >>
Source: Paper + Packaging Board January Newsletter
Quote of the Week
Lucky people get opportunities; Brave people create opportunities; And winners are those that convert problems into opportunities.