PIA & GAA Join Forces


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Printing Industries Alliance (PIA) & the Graphic Arts Association (GAA) have announced a consolidation that forms one of the largest regional trade associations for the printing industry in the U.S. The combined organization will launch officially on January 1, 2023 as the Print & Graphic Communications Association (PGCA).

Several years in the making, the merger was approved this summer by the 2-groups’ boards of directors & finalized by a vote of the members, in the fall. The plan got “zero no votes” from PIA members. Combining the 2-bases gives PGCA 430 members in one of the world’s top markets for print & graphic services.
  • PIA represents printing companies & related businesses in New York State, northern New Jersey and northwestern Pennsylvania.
  • GAA’s region spans Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware.
PGCA’s headquarters will be located at PIA’s present office in Amherst, NY—a suburb of Buffalo. The group will be led by co-presidents Timothy Freeman, currently president of PIA, and Melissa Jones, president of GAA. Both say the response from their members to the idea of a merger was favorable from the start, given the trend toward consolidation that has been reshaping the industry.

GAA members now can access PIA’s extensive range of services in insurance, employee benefits and human resources management. PIA members can tap GAA’s expertise in environmental safety & health.

PGCA’s debut as a combined organization will be at the 2023 Franklin Event on Thursday, March 30, 2023 in New York City, featuring the presentation of the 2023 Franklin Award for Distinguished Service—the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the graphic communications industry. For further information, visit 2023 Franklin Event - Printing Industries Alliance

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