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PIA Celebrates 125 Years!

The Printing Industries of America (PIA) is pleased to announce that 2012 marks its 125th anniversary as an association. To help celebrate this milestone, a new webpage has been created, which highlights the history of the organization and the future of print and the printing industry through video and audio pieces featuring industry experts.

"It's important to look at our history to not only see what we've accomplished, but to learn from our past," said Michael Makin, CEO of Printing Industries of America. "This association has grown and evolved over the years to nurture printers as they've embraced change in the industry, and we're excited to look back and explore our rich history. There’s certainly a lot of information to glean from the past 125 years."

PIA was born out of a constitutional convention held in Chicago, IL, to help assuage the printing industry's competition and labor problems. Established as the United Typothetae of America, the association defined a mission that it still carries to this day: exchanging information and assisting each other where necessary. Over the past 125 years, PIA has grown to provide state-of-the-art research, hands-on training and economic insight, and has helped to campaign about the value of print.

PIA’s anniversary celebration will share the storied history of how the organization has evolved into to what it is today, as well as key insights into what it will become in the future. PIA’s year-long celebration will include celebrations at trade shows such as GRAPH EXPO 2012. If you have a memory or comment you want to share, contact Dan Tallarico at dtallarico@printing.org or include the hashtag #PIA125 on social media.

For more information or to view the special 125th anniversary content, visit www.printing.org/125years.