The eLoupe News – May 31, 2022

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PIM News & Updates

The New PIM Connect Library Is Here

The PIM Connect Library has moved to a new user-friendly platform. The Library is now easier to use and finding the resources you need will be faster and more simple than ever before. Find webinar recordings, regulatory and legislative updates, financial templates, survey results, and more! Just go to the PIM website, login to your member portal, and click on Connect Library on the menu.

2022 Star Awards Banquet June 22

It’s almost time for the annual PIM Star Awards. The evening begins with a social hour with refreshing drinks sponsored by Midland Paper and tasty appetizers sponsored by FUJIFILM North America Corporation. Do not forget to view the 2022 Best of Category Winners during this time and vote for the People’s Choice Award sponsored by Bremer Bank. Enjoy a delicious dinner before we kick off the show and announce the 2022 Star Awards winners! Who will win Best of Show and People’s Choice, find out on June 22, 2022.

Thank you to Lindenmeyr Munroe the 2022 Signature Sponsor and all our 2022 Star Award Sponsors for helping us celebrate all night!

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Register for the Banquet.

Mailers Hub News

In this issue…

  • PMG Repeats Familiar Themes in NPF Address. As the story goes, only he can clean up the mess he found.
  • Seeking Equilibrium – Commentary. Attention is needed on the cost side of the ledger, not just the revenue side.
  • PRC Issues Instructions for Proposed CET Changes. The PRC wants issues resolved before the USPS proceeds.
  • And more…

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Learn more about PIM’s Partner LB Carlson, click here.

Minnesota Printers Must Comply with New Frontline Worker Pay Law

Minnesota Print Workers May Receive “Hero Pay”

On April 29, 2022, Governor Walz signed the Frontline Worker Pay Law. This law allows certain workers to receive a state-funded bonus payment for working during the pandemic. These funds are intended to thank these workers for showing up and providing critical services that allowed Minnesota to continue to function during the COVID-19 emergency.

What Must Print Companies Do?

Post the Notification

Printing is a business sector within manufacturing. So, Print Employers must notify workers that they may be eligible for the bonus payment. Let your employees decide if they are eligible to apply.
Printers must post and/or provide a paper or electronic copy of the notice to all workers. The notice may be found at

More information, FAQs and a link to the sign-up can be found at the Minnesota Frontline Worker Pay website:

If you have questions regarding this, contact Ben Dally (, 612-400-6207) or Kris Davis (, 612-400-6208).

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Did you get your 2022 guide yet?

PIM’s 2022 Print Buyers Guide & Membership Directory is a resource for print decision makers across the country. It is designed to showcase our members and assist business professionals in finding printers and print suppliers to help complete projects. Make sure your office has a copy (or two or three)! If you have not received a copy or would like additional, email Ben Dally.

Learn More About the Guide.

View Online Flipbook.

Two New PIPI Reports on Marketing & Revenue Growth

Two new PIPI reports have been released. The first is on Marketing Planning, Sales Team Management, & Social Media Usage. The second is titled “Is Your Firm Growing Like Others In The Printing Industry?” Read these reports below or you can find them on the new PIM Connect Library.

Marketing Planning.

Revenue Growth.

Learn more about PIM’s Partner Impact Power Solutions, click here.

The Sales Vault Weekly Sales Tip

Are your sales down? Are YOU down? In This weeks’ sales tip, Bill answers those questions with questions of his own.

Live Zoom Workshop line-up:

  • May 17: Time Management Basics Class
  • May 19: Sell like Geico
  • May 24: LinkedIn: What to Post
  • May 26: Getting to the Next Level

The Sales Vault is a sales program bought to you by Bill Farquharson. One Vault feature is a live weekly workshop. Care to try one out for free? Email Bill and he’ll give you access to one workshop or one video replay. Click here to see full list of upcoming events.

Minneapolis “Paper & Print Pop-Up” Event

June 13, 2022 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Day Block Event Center

This one-of-a-kind in-person event features an exceptional lineup of the latest printing and finishing techniques, free craft beer, and gourmet pizza, as well as some of the hottest papers and print samples around – which designers can take home by the armful! On had to share their knowledge will be experts from Sappi, Xerox, Nobelus, Sylvamo, Canon, Kurz / H+M, Bolger Printing, and Ecofoil, a 100% recyclable metallized foil board which will make its American debut here.

More information here.

Learn more about PIM’s Partner Federated Insurance, click here.

PIM Education Foundation Awards $13,000 in Scholarships

The scholarships go to students pursuing print/graphic/media careers in 2022. Congratulations to:

  • Ally Chan of Excelsior, MN – Freshman (Georgetown University – Washington DC) – Ally is the child of an IWCO Direct parent
  • Ari Hytti of Roseville, MN – Junior (University of Wisconsin – Stout – Menomonie, WI)
  • Jennifer Osufsen of Aurora, MN – Student (Mesabi Range College – Eveleth, MN)
  • Alecia Posener of Iron Mountain, MN – Student (Mesabi Range College – Eveleth, MN)

Tax deductible donations to the PIM Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 corporation, make possible the distribution of scholarships each year to students preparing for a career in the printing industry. For more information on how to donate, contact Kristin Davis.

PIM Workforce Development Opportunities

PIM Employers can select resumes to be forwarded to you and can provide information about your openings so that job seekers can find you free of charge. If you are looking for a new job, you can also review job openings and confidentially post your resume for potential employers to download. Review more at PIM Employment Referral


Rollem Highlights the Insignia Die-Cutter featured Live at the June Amplify Event

The inaugural Amplify event brings print finishing and embellishments to the forefront. Showcasing the brands, products, and processes raising the standard for foil and coatings, diecutting, folding and gluing, binding, direct mail, and more.

“Our team is very excited to be back for in-person demonstrations and conversations at the Amplify event in Minneapolis. For vendors and printers alike, the time has come to look at new equipment developments, see it in person for the first time and examine the under the hood equipment design. The Insignia has been so successful and adapted by a really diverse client base. We know the attendees of Amplify will appreciate the in-person opportunity to learn more about the wealth of features and fast ROI the Insignia affords”, states Susan Corwin, Director of Marketing for Rollem International.

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