10th Anniversary Commemorative T-Shirts Still Available

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REMEMBER THE OOMPA!  You can still order your 10th Anniversary Oktoberfest T-Shirts!

Ink and Drink-January 17, 2019

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Join printing professionals of the Houston Metropolitan area at The Tasting Room at City Centre on January 17th from 6 to 9pm. This is the first of our quarterly Ink & Drink Happy Hours. We'll supply the appetizers, you buy your own drinks (drink specials will be available).

Date: 6/16/2018

2019 Women In Print Luncheon

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Join us at Harold's Restaurant and Tap Room in the Heights on Wednesday, February 13th from 11:30 to 1:00pm for our next Women In Print (WIP) Luncheon.  Our topic is SOCIAL MEDIA BLITZ.  Guest speakers Monika Alters, Associate Professor of Digital Media, University of Houston will be provide an overview of the latest trends in social media for business today while Joy Zehrbach, Vice President, BEB-Business Extension Bureau Joy, will share some real world ideas and results.  There will be a group discussion following the presentation.   Reserve your seat today.

Where: Harold's Restaurant and Tap Room 

Member Fee: $35.00/per person

Non Member Fee: $45.000/per person 




2019 GEA Early Bird Entry Deadline is Jan 25, 2019

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Make An Impression at the 2019 Graphic Excellence Awards Program.
Start gathering your winning entries for the competition.
Save on your entry fees by submitting by the Early Bird deadline of January 25, 2019.

The Printing Museum is Open for Business

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The Museum of Printing History was founded in 1979 by Raoul Beasley, Vernon P. Hearn, Don Piercy, and J. V. Burnham, four printers with passions for preserving their vast collections and sharing them with the community. The Museum was chartered in 1981 and had its official opening in 1982 with Dr. Hans Halaby, Director of the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany, cutting the ribbon. In 2012, the Museum rebranded as The Printing Museum.


The Printing Museum demonstrates the enduring impact of printing by exploring the intersections of the history, art, and technology of the craft.


Through innovative, dynamic, and hands-on programming, The Printing Museum seeks to engage the public in the interpretation of its permanent collection.  The museum strives to empower individuals and society by encouraging creative self-expression, as well as critical discourse and debate, and by providing for the exploration of how print and digital media work in tandem to influence our present-day lives.

Featured in the July 2006 issue of Texas Highways, the Museum was described as "a honeycomb of intimate gallery spaces…with a stunning collection of objects and artifacts devoted to the history, science, and art of printing.” The portrait of the Museum concludes with the observation that "printed text may be taken for granted these days, but a visit to the [The Printing Museum] somehow makes it seem magical once again.”

Wayzgoose. What Is It?

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A wayzgoose (or wayz-goose, waygoose or wayzegoose) was at one time an entertainment given by a master printer to his workmen each year on or about St Bartholomew's Day (24 August). It marked the traditional end of summer and the start of the season of working by candlelight. Later, the word came to refer to an annual outing for the staff of a printing works or the printers on a newspaper.

In modern times, the tradition has been adopted by large publishing and educational sales companies in The United States. 
Be on the lookout for more information on our first annual, PIGC Wayzgoose coming in August! 

Top 4 Best Practices of High Performance Print Sales Organizations

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A key challenge currently facing print and marketing service providers is finding and applying the right mix of best practices to increase sales staff performance. While many firms are experts at improving profitability through manufacturing efficiencies, establishing the right processes to increase sales growth are often elusive. InfoTrends conducted a research study to identify the best sales practices of printing companies that were experiencing sales growth

Keypoint Intelligence - InfoTrends research study Best Practices of High-Performance Print Sales Organizations surveyed over 250 print service providers and conducted telephone interviews with 22 executives of printing companies to uncover the strategies and tactics that high-performance firms followed for managing the sales process, developing and training sales staff, building the right sales force, developing competitive compensation plans, and leveraging the best sales tools for supporting reps.

The majority of survey respondents were owners or company executives that managed sales staff or oversaw the sales organization. Many also reported performing sales duties.

The study found that high-performance print sales organizations follow clearly-defined sales strategies, hold their sales staff accountable, and continually adapt their organizations to keep pace with ever-changing market conditions. Here are four common best practices reported by survey respondents that experienced double-digit sales growth.

Strong Sales Management Practices
High-performance print sales organizations have a strong sales management structure that is focused on developing and following best practices for enhancing staff productivity, hiring the best sales talent, improving sales staff skills, coaching sales reps, holding staff accountable for sales results, and growing sales through new and existing customers. Successful print sales organizations also provide their sales reps with clear directions and guidance for targeting profitable markets with best applications.

Sales Resources Balanced Between New Business & Current Account Development
Winning new business and capturing repeat work from existing customers are essential for the success of printing businesses. High-growth firms understand that repeat business alone will not spark significant growth, so they take action to develop new business. The top responsibility of sales reps at high-growth firms is new business development. Although new business development is essential to sales growth, nurturing existing customer relationships is also important for sales expansion. High-growth firms report that reps also focus their time on account management, responding to requests for proposals, writing proposals, and handling quote requests.

Ongoing Sales Training and Development
High-performance sales organizations realize that sales force training is critically important to the sales effort. When asked to identify their top sales management challenges, respondents most commonly cited developing the skills of sales reps and training new reps. Pricing pressures rounded out the top three, but it is interesting to note that high-growth respondents considered pricing to be less of an issue than overall respondents.

-Keypoint Intelligence

2018 Graphic Excellence Awards SOLD OUT AUDIENCE

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Houston, TX-Oh what a night!  The 32nd Annual, Printing Industries of the Gulf Coast Graphic Excellence Awards Gala played to a SOLD OUT audience.  This year's theme, "POWER - Print Offers Winning & Effective Returns", was held at the beautiful Ballroom at Bayou Place.  The 15,000 square feet facility was transformed into a Super Hero showcase of the most exciting work being created and printed in the Gulf Coast region.  Over 260 entries were submitted this year and competition for the coveted "Best of Show" award (the BEST of the BEST) was fierce.

Sponsors for the event included Bosworth Papers, Canon Solutions America, Clampitt Paper, CRON-ECRM, Fuji, Heidelberg, Kodak, LSS Digital, MBM, Mohawk, Olmsted-Kirk Fine Paper, Prisco, Planning Solutions, Premier IMS, Sprint Bindery, Standard Finishing Systems, Tecnau, The Steward Organization, Top Level Ink, Veritiv, and Xerox.

The Grand Champion of the event was Discpro Printing & Graphics and Vela Custom Book Makers for their show-stopping piece called Fisher Island Portfolio. 

Speedy Printing - Katy Freeway wowed with their Butterflies Festival entry that took home the Judges choice Award.  This is an honor the judges bestow based on a piece that represents an original design and technically challenging to produce.  It may not have been a Best of Category piece, but it is one the judges recognize for the uniqueness.  Best use of Paper went to Mittera Houston for The Haskkason Book and Alliances' Nobelus Sleeking piece won the Best Use of Ink.

Be on the lookout for updates to our website with a complete listing of every winner from the big show last night, and thank you to our sponsors for supporting such a fun and exciting evening.  Congratulations to everyone that participated.  



Premier Print Award Final Entry Deadline

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About the Premier Print Awards

The Premier Print Awards Competition recognizes the highest quality printed pieces in various categories from around the world. Each year, only the most worthy pieces receive Awards of Recognition, Certificates of Merit, and the highest honor--the Benny statue. The Benny has become a universally recognized symbol for excellence in the printing industry. For more than sixty years, winners of the largest, most prestigious print competition in the world have leveraged this honor to gain a competitive advantage.

Important 2018 Dates

  • February 2018 - Premier Print Awards entry system opens
  • April 20, 2018 - Early-bird Premier Print Awards entry deadline
  • May 18, 2018 - Premier Print Awards final entry deadline
  • June 1, 2018 - Premier Print Awards judging
  • July 20, 2018 - Deadline for 2018 Premier Print Award proofs
  • August 3, 2018 - Deadline for advertisement in the 2018 Premier Print Awards Supplement
  • September 4, 2018 - Deadline to RSVP for the 2018 Premier Print Awards Gala Featuring the InterTech(tm) Technology Awards
  • September 30, 2018 - 2018 Premier Print Awards Gala Featuring the InterTech(tm) Technology Awards in Chicago, IL

Benefits of Winning a Premier Print Award

  • An invitation to the Premier Print Awards Gala Featuring the InterTech(tm) Technology Awards--Best of Category winners receive a complimentary ticket
  • Inclusion in the Premier Print Awards Supplement distributed to 10,000 print buyers
  • Exposure to the media with a press release from Printing Industries of America
  • A Benny statue, certificate, or plaque to proudly display
  • Industry recognition
  • A self-promotion kit to help endorse the win
  • Premier Print Award imagery to display on your promotional pieces
  • Recipients of the Premier Print Awards have been known to use their win as leverage in the industry. Receiving an award in the competition will show your customers that you are among the elite in the industry. And your employees can feel proud knowing they work for a highly regarded company.



Premier Print Awards Team

Mike Packard, Manager, Sponsorship & Logistics, mpackard@printing.org.

Become a Sponsor

Contact Printing Industries of America to find out how you can get in front of the best printers in the world. Build a personal relationship through face to face networking. You will also gain visibility through PIA national marketing campaign and communications vehicles to over 7,000 member companies as we promote the Premier Print Awards. Download the sponsorship brochure at the bottom of the page to review all your opportunities.

Thank you to the following companies who graciously support the Premier Print Awards.

10-10 to Celebrate 10

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Save the date for our 10th Annual PIGC Oktoberfest on October 10th! There will be BEER, FOOD GAMES and More!


2019 Graphic Excellence Awards

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Save the date for the premier print event of the year, the 2019 Graphic Excellence Awards Gala. Each year the Printing Industries of the Gulf Coast's Graphic Excellence Awards Competition recognizes the best in technology, and craftsmanship from the regions printing, imaging, finishing, and creative community.

Our gala attracts over 300 people each year. Come and see how our amazing Gulf Coast Printing Community can push the envelope on superb quality, inspiring detail, and output in imaginative ways.


2018 Graphic Excellence Awards Rules and Judging Process

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This annual statewide and regional competition affords a unique opportunity for you to recognize your customers and the superb craftsmanship of your employees. The pieces entered in the competition will represent the finest printed material produced by the leading printers, finishers and designers in this region of America.

Who Can Enter?

The Competition is open to any graphic arts firm (designer, printer, finisher, or converter) or in-plant graphics operation located in the service area of Printing Industries of the Gulf Coast. The entrant must have produced a majority of the piece(s) entered or be sure and list the company that did (this is for the benefit of designer firms and finishing businesses that would like to enter particular pieces in the print categories). Finishing and imaging firms may enter in those categories that best define the process or processes incorporated in the printed piece, such as Foil Stamping and Die Cutting or Digital Imaging. Entries must have been produced during 2017.

How Many Pieces Can Be Entered?

There is no limit on the number of pieces that a company can enter in the 2018 Graphic Excellence Awards Competition.

Entry Fee

There is a $35 entry fee for each piece entered by a PIGC member by the Early Bird deadline of February 9, 2018. The cost for entries by non-members by the Early Bird is $60. From February 10 -16, 2015, the fee is $40 per entry for PIGC members and $70 for non-members.
Payment must accompany the entry.

How to Submit Entries

Please submit two copies of each entry. An Entry Form (this form may be copied) must accompany each entry. Additional forms may be obtained by calling Printing Industries of the Gulf Coast at (713) 522-2046 or (800) 448-5930, or download the form from our web site at www.pigulfcoast.com.
Attach the order form (or a copy) to two identical copies of each entry. (One entry form + two samples.) Do not send two different pieces unless the category calls for multiple pieces, then you must submit two copies of each piece in the series.

2017-2018 Board of Directors New Leadership

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Congratulations to Trevor Tully of Southwest Precision and Gaylyn Devine of TLS Graphics; as they have been elected to serve as Printing Industries of the Gulf Coast Board of Directors President and Vice President for the 2017/2018 term!

Recycle Day is November 15

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It's that time of year again, bring in your electronics to recycle
Date: 6/8/2017

Turn In Your GEA Entries Now

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Start gathering those amazing creations 
Date: 6/5/2017

New PIA Website

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Check out the new Printing Industries of America website!  It looks awesome and is an excellent resource center.  Click here to take a tour.
Date: 6/4/2017

UV Offset Versus LED-UV Offset Printing

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QUIZ: Test Your Knowledge About UV Offset Versus LED-UV Offset Printing

Do you think you’re well-versed on the differences and pressroom requirements that exist between UV sheetfed offset printing and the rapidly emerging LED-UV technology?

Read more by clicking here

Date: 6/3/2017

Convenient, Affordable Training

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New to the PIA website is an Integrated Learning Center.  It's a virtual workshop portal, featuring online courses developed and led by industry expert instructors. Our courses are available 24/7, taken at your own pace, wherever you have Internet access! With an ever-expanding lineup of workshops, there will be courses to help professionals in prepress, production, customer service, sales, marketing, safety, and general management.  Click here and check it out!

Date: 6/2/2017

Printing Industries of America Seeks Speakers for 2018 Color Conference

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Pittsburgh, PA--Printing Industries of America is currently seeking dynamic speakers for its 2018 Color Conference to be held January 13-16, 2018 at the Hyatt Mission Bay in San Diego, CA. Programming for the 2018 Color Conference focuses on color management for graphic communications and brand integrity. Potential speakers are invited to propose topics for either keynote sessions for the general audience or very detailed color-centric topics in breakout sessions. The primary audience for this event includes brand managers and designers, color management practitioners, and print production professionals. There is a growing emphasis on inkjet printing and packaging for the 2018 program.  Read more here...

CST Co. Strategic Alliance Partner

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CST Co. - Founded in the booming economy of 1927, CST has served the collection needs of business and industry through times of prosperity and periods of deepest depression. Through the years, it has become recognized as one of the most successful and respected commercial collection agencies in America.

CST Co. is a full-service commercial collection agency with over 81 years of experience in the personal handling of accounts worldwide. Bad debt recovery percentages are increased not only through personal collection services, but also by pre-collection services and programs that monitor marginal accounts

CST numbers among its clients many of the nation's major corporations; more than 80% of the Fortune 500 corporations are regular CST clients. CST is endorsed by numerous national trade associations for use by their members. The firm is a charter member of the select group that belongs to the Collection Agency Section of the Commercial Law League of America. In fact, CST Co. was issued the 2nd Certificate of Compliance by the CLLA.

Your local contact is Sam Lianthong at (800) 777-1278 or (214) 558-3258 (cell).

PI-Gulf Coast Has Partner for Computer and Network Services

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Can you afford to have yor company's network down? Time is money and for every minute your network is down, you are losing money. What about data security? How are you insuring that customer information is secure from hackers and online predators?

PI-Gulf Coast is now offering members a new discount program on an extensive menu of computer and network support services at tremendous savings.

We have teamed with Mark Frederick & Assoicates to bring their top-notch service to you. Whether its PC rerpair to designing, building and maintaining networks, Mark Frederick & Associates provide prompt, on-site services. And they won't leave until the work is done to your satisfaction.

Even if your company is confident all the right firewalls and virus detectors are in place, running maintenance and securtiy checks will ensure your system is fully functional at all times. Get rid of unnecesary programs that may be clogging up space and leaving you exposed to hackers. And if you are storing critical client data (who isn't), you can be confident that it is safe and secure.

To find out their compete lost of services and all the technologies they support, along with pricing, call the PIGC office at 713-522-2046 or 800-448-5930 or drop us a line at info@pigc.com.