The eLoupe News – May 5, 2020

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SGIA & PIA Merge to ​Become the Largest, Most Comprehensive Printing & Graphic Arts Association in the Country

On May 1, 2020, the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) and Printing Industries of America (PIA) officially united to bring resources and services together under one roof to best support future industry growth and longevity. SGIA primarily serves the graphics, industrial and apparel decorator segments; and PIA primarily serves the commercial printing segment. Together, members will have access to services across many channels.

Ford Bowers is elevated to President and CEO of the combined organization. Michael Makin, current President and CEO of Printing Industries of America, will become an Executive Vice President of the unified organization, effective May 1. 

Printing Industry Midwest (PIM) eager and excited to see these two organizations combine their resources and talents to sever the printing industry. Details about the merger and combination of services will be announced in the coming months. In the meantime, PIM staff will be happy to answer any of your questions and will inform you of updates as more information is available. 

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How to Support the USPS

Last week, the majority of PIM’s Board of Directors donated to the upcoming social media grassroots campaign to advocate for United States Postal Service (USPS) relief. This campaign is being sponsored by The Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service. While our businesses rely on the health of the USPS, many Americans rely on the Postal Service for their literal health as well. The more than 600,000 U.S. Postal Service employees deserve our thanks for their part in working to keep America healthy. 

How can you help? Contact Members of Congress, the White House and Treasury Department, in support of emergency funding for USPS. 

  1. Go to  and follow the very simple and clear directions; or
  2. For mobile:  text “MAIL” to 52886 and do the same
  3. Post on social media channels and include #thankUSPS

Bring yourself or bring a team and join us on the course!

What a Spring! Most spring events have been rescheduled or switched to virtual events. But PIM’s summer golf outings are still a go! We all need something fun to look forward to so lets PIM made one change to the 2020 golf outings, we be combining the Iowa and Nebraska golf outings into one for PIM’s first annual Midlands Golf Outing! We are excited to see you!

To inquire about golf teams, hole sponsors, raffle prize, special gifts & other sponsorships please contact Kristin Davis at 612.400.6208.

MN Golf Outing – August 6, 2020.  Midlands Golf Outing – August 18, 2020.

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