The eLoupe News – November 12, 2019

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2020 PIM Scholarship Application Are Now Available

Completed scholarship applications due April 1, 2020

Printing Industry Midwest’s (PIM) Education Foundation wants to help the our future leaders. Each year the Foundation awards students scholarships to help them pay for their tuition. PIM’s Education Foundation is now accepting applications for 2020 – 2021 school year. PIM Scholarships are available to students pursuing a two or four year degree in Graphic Communication related majors. The applicant must reside in the state of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota or North Dakota.

Learn More.      Application Form.      Donate to PIM’s Education Foundation.

Printing Industry Essentials Training Kickoff

The inaugural Printing Industry Essentials pre-employment training course kicked off on October 21, 2019 at the Avivo Training Facility in Minneapolis. This groundbreaking training program is being paid for by the not-for-profit organization Minneapolis Pathways, who awarded a grant to PIM’s community training partners, Avivo & Goodwill/EasterSeals. This grant assists those who reside in Minneapolis with a pathway leading to employment in the print industry. Many PIM members are participating in the course, sharing the value of working in the print industry! GLS Companies in Brooklyn Park, MN was the first of six planned tours. Click “Learn More.” below to find out what else PIM is doing to assist in workforce solutions for the print industry.

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Celebrate the season at PIM’s Mingle Jingle

December 10  | 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM  | Urban Growler Brewing Company

PIM is hosting our annual Mingle Jingle at Urban Growler Brewing Co., a local Minnesota brewery, for an evening of networking and biding on Silent Auction items. Enjoy bidding on the silent auction donated by PIM members! Proceeds from the auction will go to the PIM Education Foundation. This foundation awards over $15,000 in scholarship to students pursuing careers in graphic communications. Come celebrate another great year and grab a drink with PIM and the print industry!

Learn More.      Register.

Be Prepared at Work and at Home

December 18  |  9:30 AM to 1:30 PM  |  PIM Office

PIM’s American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Training course teaches your associates basic first aid and life saving skills. Your company should always have first responders that knows what to do in emergencies and how to protect your workforce. Upon class completion, attendees will be certified for 2 years in American Red Cross CPR, AED & First Aid Training.

Learn More.   Register.

Come Play 3 Hours of Unlimited Golf with Industry Peers

February 20  |  4:00 PM to 7:00 PM  |  TOPGOLF

For the second year in a row, PIM’s Young Professionals (YP) will be hosting a fun networking event at TOPGOLF. Come play three hours of unlimited golf with your industry peers. Appetizers along with soda, iced tea, coffee will be served and cash bar will be available. You do not need to be a golfer or worried about February’s cold weather because TOPGOLF is a great activity no matter you golf experience and weather.

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Paper in the News: Non-Wood Paper and Verso Interest

An Oregon paper mill company has successfully created a new, non-wood paper product that uses agricultural waste to produce paper. The West Linn-based Willamette Falls Paper Company made its first non-wood paper product using pulp from wheat straw fibers. The new product uses 10% of fibers which are collected from the shaft of the wheat and broken down into microscopic fibers, which are then used to make both coated and uncoated paper. The mill is expected to start making its new product available to customers by the end of November. In other paper news…Atlas Holdings appears to be interested in possibly acquiring Verso, North America’s largest coated printing and writing paper producer, according to contacts and SEC filings.  Filings show that in September, Atlas and Blue Wolf Capital together invested about $2.8 million to acquire 246,097 shares of common stock in Verso. Contacts claimed that their ownership share in Verso could now be at least 10%.

Sadie Hagen
Author: Sadie Hagen