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C Kerr-2014-SkillsUSA-GC-ChampWebChandler Kerr, a student at Center for Applied Technology North in Anne Arundel County, won the gold medal in the National SkillsUSA Graphic Communications competition last weekend. He is the 1st Maryland student to win gold in the event. Chandler also set a new record for most points ever scored in the competition.


PGAMA Sustainability Spotlight: EU Services

EUServicesLogoSustainability for the printing sector is often defined in terms of product, process, and envelope. Taken together, these terms provide a useful "road map" of sustainability for a company’s activities, products and services. All of these elements are important when defining sustainable printing operations.

  • Product includes the design aspects and input material management to create the product.
  • Process includes all manufacturing steps (e.g. prepress, press and postpress) involved with converting raw materials into a finished product including process by-products (e.g. solid wastes, air pollution and wastewater) that have an environmental, health and safety impact.
  • Envelope includes all the manufacturing support activities and includes the building, grounds, utilities, employees, and other functions at an individual site.

In the third installment of PGAMA’s Sustainability Spotlight we sat down with Art Simpson, Executive Vice President, Tom Loudon Vice President of Print Operations and Ian Pitcairn, Vice President of Operations at EU Services to talk about the evolution of their commitment to reduce the environmental impact in terms of product, process, and envelope at their Rockville, MD plant.


2014 Maryland State SkillsSA Graphic Communications Champion Crowned

2014MDStateSkillsGCWinnersPrint is alive and well, and being enthusiastically embraced by a new generation, based on the excitement observed during the 41st annual Maryland State SkillsUSA competition held Saturday, April 5th.

The winners of the 2014 Maryland State SkillsUSA Graphic Communications Competition are:

1st Place: Chandler Kerr, Center of Applied Technology North, Instructor Michael Born
2nd Place: Ben Schurch, Frederick County Career & Technology Center, Instructor John Augustine
3rd Place; Britnee Reece, Carroll County Career and Technology Center, Instructor David Hutchison

“We’re proud to be a part of the graphic communications competition every year and provide an authentic environment for students to compete in . . .” said Gary Habicht, president, Printing Specialist Corporation and PGAMA board member.


2014 Ratios Survey-Participate and Earn a FREE Report!

Ratios CoverThe 2014 Ratios Survey is now open and accepting participants. For more than 90 years this study has been the leading financial benchmarking tool for the printing industry. Each year 15 volumes are developed from a survey of more than 400 printing firms. Participation is FREE and entitles you to one FREE Ratios Volume of Choice.

There are four ways you can participate in the Ratios:

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  • Have Margolis Partners complete it for you (Download PDF form, complete company background info and order form (pages 6, 7, and 16) and mail along with your company's fiscal-year financial statements and year-end General Ledger Trial Balance to Margolis Partners LLC. $150 fee applies. )
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Energy Supplier Clean Currents Ceases Operations

Options Available for PGAMA Members

Metromedia Energy LogoOn January 31, 2014 Clean Currents Green Energy Solutions, headquartered in Silver Spring, MD, announced that they have exited the retail electricity market place. All customers will be transferred back to utility default service effective immediately. With the recent jump in wholesale electric prices due to the extreme weather this winter, Clean Currents was unable to meet contract-pricing obligations in place with existing customers.

The extreme weather has forced utility default rates higher but there are still savings opportunities available with energy suppliers structured to sustain sudden uptakes in the energy markets.

PGAMA partner Metromedia Energy Inc is available to help members identify solutions through their Power Shop pricing program. Please contact Tom Gussen by phone at (732) 440-0031 or by email at tjgussen@mmenergy.com to discuss your energy supplier options today.


Printing Industries of America Announces 2014 Officers

pia logoPrinting Industries of America is pleased to announce the election of its 2014 Officers and Board of Directors. Through their instrumental involvement in Printing Industries of America and their local organizations, these individuals have displayed a passion for driving the industry forward. The installation ceremony took place on November 17, 2013, at the Printing Industries’ Fall Administrative Meetings held in Chicago, Illinois.

Chairman of the Board—Jeff Ekstein, Willow Printing Group, Concord, Ontario
Jeff Ekstein has been an Officer on the Printing Industries of America’s Board and a member of the Executive Committee since 2011. He currently serves as a Premier Print Awards judge, has served as the Education Committee Chairman from 2009–2011, and is a current Finance Committee member. Ekstein is committed to giving back to the industry and helping set the direction for its future. In addition to his involvement in Printing Industries of America, he has served as Co-Chair of the Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council (CPISC), CPIA Government Affairs Committee Chair, and long-time Director of Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA) as well as their Past Chair. He is a recipient of the CPIA Distinguished Service Award for excellence, achievement, and dedication to the printing industry and was named as one of the Top 20 Most Influential Printers in 2010, as voted in PrintAction Magazine. Ekstein’s local affiliate is the Ontario Printing and Imaging Association.


Did You Know PGAMA Is On LinkedIn?

LinkedInDid you know PGAMA has "members-only" groups on LinkedIn?  That's right, in addition to all of the great content you can find here on your association's website, you can also launch and participate in discussions on a range of interesting and informative discussions with your colleagues and peers from across the region on LinkedIn.  There are groups for PGAMA, Printing Industries of America, Print Grows Trees and the PGAMA Sales and MArketing Network.  Whatever your interest, there's a conversation going on. Log in to your LinkedIn account and use the search box to find "PGAMA". Once you find our group, simply click the yellow "JOIN" button on the right hand side to join the group.  We review all join requests regularly and will confirm your access promptly.  This is a "members-only" benefit so be sure your PGAMA membership is in good standing.  We look forward to LinkingUp with you on LinkedIn.  


Kodak Begins Trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

Screenshot 2013-11-01 13.45.59Eastman Kodak Common Stock began trading on Friday, November 1, 2013 on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)  “This is an important moment for the new Kodak,” said Antonio M. Perez, Kodak’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are pleased to once again be listed on the NYSE. The change in our symbol reflects that we are a new company that is focused on business-to-business products and services, well-capitalized and firmly committed to delivering value to our shareholders and innovation to our customers.”

“We’re delighted to welcome the new Kodak to the NYSE community,” said Duncan Niederauer, CEO, NYSE Euronext. “Kodak is an outstanding B2B technology company, and we’re excited to partner with them for their long-term growth and success. The company’s listing on the NYSE underscores our strong momentum in technology listings and the value of our brand and innovative market model. We are proud to be a small part of Kodak's historic turnaround, and look forward to serving the company and its shareholders in the years ahead.”

The new Kodak is a global technology company offering breakthrough solutions and professional services in the packaging, graphic communications and functional printing markets. Kodak leverages its technical expertise to drive change in the industry, with products like high-speed KODAK PROSPER Presses and Imprinting Systems, KODAK FLEXCEL Systems packaging solutions, and KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plates.

Kodak builds on its direct sales by partnering with other innovators, and in recent weeks, has formed key collaborations, including with Bobst in the packaging market. Kodak also has joint initiatives with Timsons for digital printing and with UniPixel and Kingsbury for the production of functionally printed touch-screen sensors.

Upon Kodak’s emergence from Chapter 11 restructuring on Sept. 3, 2013, the then-outstanding stock of the company was cancelled, and the company issued new common stock that has been trading since that time under the symbol “EKOD” on over-the-counter venues. Upon listing on the NYSE, the new common stock will cease to be quoted on over-the-counter venues.


RR Donnelley to Acquire Consolidated Graphics


Acquisition Further Expands RR Donnelley's Digital Print, Commercial Print, Direct Mail, Large and Grand Format Printing, Packaging, Print Management and Integrated Communication Solutions Offerings

CHICAGO and HOUSTON, Oct. 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company (NASDAQ:RRD) and Consolidated Graphics, Inc. (NYSE:CGX) jointly announced today that they have signed a definitive agreement by which RR Donnelley will acquire Consolidated Graphics, a provider of digital and commercial printing, fulfillment services, print management and proprietary Internet-based technology solutions. The agreement has been unanimously approved by each company's Board of Directors.

Under the terms of the transaction, Consolidated Graphics shareholders will receive a combination of $34.44 in cash and a fixed exchange ratio of 1.651 RR Donnelley shares for each outstanding share of Consolidated Graphics they own or $62 per share based on RR Donnelley's closing share price on October 23rd. This consideration represents a transaction value of approximately $620 million, plus the assumption of Consolidated Graphics' net debt.


Get Ready for Obamacare

The YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare2014 is coming–are you ready for Obamacare? Join the YouToons as they walk through the basic changes in the way Americans will get health coverage and what it will cost starting in 2014, when major parts of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” go into effect.  Written and produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation this animated explanation is narrated by Charlie Gibson, former anchor of ABC’s World News with Charlie Gibson and a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Creative production and animation by Free Range Studios.

The YouToons first appeared in the 2010 animated movie, "Health Reform Hits Main Street" which explained how the health reform law would work.  To view the YouToons episode, The YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare: Health Insurance Changes Coming Your Way Under the Affordable Care Act, simply click HERE.



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For almost two decades, she has been on the front lines leading change at some of the imaging industries key companies including Agfa and Pantone. Alexandra’s work with various technology and media startups has allowed her to hone skills that harness the power of new technologies and apply them to existing business plans and infrastructures. Her overall experience and networks in various media, graphic, digital imaging, printing, publishing, online, design, photo, video and mobile communications industries has given her insider’s expertise of how these technologies affect the industries that power today’s changing media landscape. Alexandra delivers the experience, content, and edge that empower content strategies her clients employ or seek to implement.

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Print Grows Trees Now Available in Softcover

PGT SC Cover AmazonHave you ever wondered how many trees are harvested for paper compared to wood used for lumber, homebuilding or furniture in the United States?  Why is a demand for printed products so valuable to our environment?  Do we really have more trees today than ever?  What is the most recycled, reusable and renewable resource on the planet?  The latest edition of Print Grows Trees - The Book, has just been released in a softcover edition with newly updated images, data and industry statistics answers those questions and more.  The book is part of the Print Grows Trees education campaign that uses facts to show that print on paper actually helps to grow trees and keep our forests from being sold for development. By connecting the dots between print and the private landowners who own almost 60 percent of U.S. woodlands, “Print Grows Trees” challenges the widely held belief that by using less paper, trees will be saved.  The eighty page book provides detailed information about forest growth in North America, recycling rates for paper products and tells the story behind tree farmers and privately-held forest owners to paint a comprehensive picture of the important role a healthy demand for printed products has on the health of the environment and the renewal of America's forestlands.  Single copies of the book are available to PGAMA members FREE upon request and may also be purchased in quantities at a deeply discounted rate.  The book will also be available from Amazon.com in the coming weeks. Retail price: $15.95


PGAMA Brings Print Grows Trees To PRINT 13

Printing Industries of America LogoPRINT 13 is all about the latest innovations in digital, offset, and hybrid technologies. This annual tradeshow takes place September 8–12, 2013, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Printing and Graphics Association MidAtlantic and Print Grows Trees will join Printing Industries of America with plenty of resources, experts, and live demos at Printing Industries of America Booth #4855.  Take a break and visit Print Grows Trees at booth #4855

You'll find loads of great resources, new ideas and if you're quick, a complimentary copy of the new Print Grows Trees softcover book.  So visit Printing Industries of America’s booth at PRINT 13

              •    Learn about our resources
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              •    Meet and talk to our experts

See a preview of the Printing Industries of America booth by visiting www.printing.org/print13.


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