Buying Power

GLGA members are encouraged to use the Association’s local and national group buying power programs. Often, these benefits offer your company the greatest return on investment. Your company can realize significant savings on products and services that you use every day, plus use discounts on educational training and publications to help your business grow.


Business Equipment and Supplies Education and Training Insurance
Business Services Financial Services Recycling
Certification Programs GLGA Assessment Programs Shipping
Computer Hardware Human Resources Utilities


Business Equipment and Supplies


ITU AbsorbTech. ITU AbsorbTech has partnered with GLGA as a preferred provider for printer towels and other managed rental service programs. We are offering GLGA members two great ways to save – a rebate program for rental services and discount program for direct-purchase services. Visit for more information, or click here for an informational brochure.


Packsize. Packsize allows your organization to gain the ability to make the shipping boxes- even for your large format orders-as your customer’s order is printed, translating into right size packaging at the exact time needed with no over-runs left to gather dust. To learn more visit or contact Mark Engleman at (847) 208-8592.


Staples. Members Save BIG with Staples! Staples Advantage® offers members a discount office products program that will maximize the buying power of members across the nation. Sign up today and take advantage of significant savings—average savings of 55 percent on office product purchases; online ordering and control on order with immediate access to more than 30,000 products; free next day delivery on minimum orders of $30; and easy online return process. For more information, visit Printing Industries of America’s Staples discount page or download the informational flier.

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Business Services


ASI. Members can provide their clients access to a full line-up of branded products—such as writing instruments, trophies and awards, and apparel—through Advertising Specialty Institute. Use ASI to locate suppliers, source products, and sell branded products to clients and prospects, and receive greater supplier discounts. For more information, visit Printing Industries of America’s ASI discount page.



BB Direct. BB Direct now offers all members of GLGA and Printing Industries of America a substantial discounted rate for both the Dun & Bradstreet Business Database and Database Hygiene Services. Learn more about these discounts by visiting Printing Industries of America’s BB Direct discount page.


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Government Print Management. Members receive a sizable discount from Government Print Management, a division of e-LYNXX Corporation on selected services related to the obtaining of work from the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and other government agencies. For more information, visit Printing Industries of America’s Government Print Management discount page.



Mailers Hub. Mailers Hub was created to answer the needs of today’s printer mailers and to provide resources to help them comply with USPS regulations. GLGA members gain access to Mailers Hub’s subscription package at a discounted price. Visit the Mailers Hub discount page at


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Certification Programs


Forestry Stewardship Council Certification (FSC). For printers with $5 million or less in annual sales, the RACG Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody Group Certification is an excellent opportunity to lower your yearly annual audit costs. Total sales can exceed $5 million if there are divisions separately conducting mailing, website development/hosting, fulfillment, etc. To learn more, please contact Joe Lyman at (262) 522-2212.

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National Council for Print Industry Certification. GLGA members save on skill assessments and certification exams for sheetfed, web and flexo press operations from the National Council for Print Industry Certifications, a non-profit, skill standards and certifying organization actively promoting a skilled workforce for high performance organizations in the graphic communications industry. For more information, contact GLGA toll-free at (855) 522-2210.

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Computer Hardware


Apple. Members qualify for preferred pricing on the latest Apple products and accessories. Program benefits include special member pricing on Apple and third-party products; exclusive promotions; complimentary shipping on all orders over $50; free engraving on all new iPod models; Mac customization; and flexible business financing options. Visit the Apple discount page on Printing Industries of America’s website for more information or to take advantage of the savings. Click here to download an informational flier.

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Education and Training


MRA. Through our partnership with MRA, GLGA members receive a 15 percent rebate off the non-member price for all conferences, products and training programs. Contact MRA toll-free at (800) 488-4845.


Printing Industries of America Bookstore. Receive special member discounts on books, videos, CDs and training programs. Click here to browse the PIA online bookstore. (GLGA members, if you do not have a user name and password to the PIA website, please contact PIA Member Central at (800) 910-4283 ext. 770.)

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Printing Industries of America Integrated Learning Center. Receive a special member discount to an annual subscription to PIA’s online training portal. Online classes include Orientation to the Graphic Arts, color management, sales skills and lean manufacturing. For more information, visit iLearning here.

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Financial Services


CardConnect (formerly Marathon Solutions) can save you 20 to 40 percent off existing credit card processing fees. Your exclusive member program provides you with personalized merchant support and enhanced credit card processing solutions. The secure processing gateway has enhanced features including the ability to email receipts directly to your customers. For a free, no obligation consultative savings analysis, contact Tim Hutteger at (913) 543-4242 .

NorthStar Credit Union (formerly Oak Trust Credit Union). NorthStar Credit Union is a full-service, not-for-profit financial institution. Unlike banks, which are profit-driven and report to shareholders, we put our members’ best interests first in all that we do. We give back to our members in the form of higher dividends, competitive loan rates and low to no fees when compared to other financial institutions. Our members have convenient access wherever, whenever they need us. In addition to our Chicagoland branch network, members have access to over 50,000 surcharge-free ATM’s worldwide, over 5,000 Co-Op shared branches and mobile banking. Visit or call (800)983-6828.


Printing Industry Credit Bureau/CheckIt Company. The Great Lakes Graphics Association Buying Power has partnered with the Printing Industry Credit Bureau and CheckIt Company, part of Professional Credit Management Associates, Inc., to provide collection and credit risk assessment services. PICB and CheckIt offer a discounted rate for GLGA members with a free initial consultation; handle ‘fair debt’ and ‘fair credit’ complaints; and have a dedicated staff knowledgeable about our industry. Visit their websites at, or contact Andrea Schlack at (847) 265-0400.


Printers 401k. Member companies can eliminate their fiduciary exposure, reduce their administrative responsibilities, save time and money while providing a strong and proven 401k plan. Learn more from Joe Trybula, Diversified Financial Advisors, at (800) 307-0376 or

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GLGA Assessment Programs


Business Assessment Program. GLGA has teamed up with Carlson Advisors, one of the nation’s premier print industry consulting firms, to offer member companies a one-day Business Assessment Review. The review, the first of its kind in the industry, provides GLGA members with an overview of the areas of their business they want to improve. For more information, please download this informational flier.


Environmental Assessment Program. Four environmental consultants have partnered with GLGA to offer an environmental assessment program to help you understand your compliance with regulatory issues. The assessor will tour your plant, review your records and make recommendations for improvement. The Members-Only cost ranges from $500 to $1000 depending on the size and complexity of the facility. For more information, click here for an informational flier.


Safety Audit Program. GLGA has partnered with four safety consultants to offer a safety audit program that is convenient, affordable and effective. During the audit, the cosnultant will review your safety programs and employee training manuals; assess safety data sheets; ensure documentation is compliant; and provide verbal direction on how to improve. The Members-Only cost is $200 plus mileage. For more information, click here for an informational flier.

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Human Resources


Caliper. GLGA/PIA members receive discounted services from Caliper on employee hiring and development services. For more information, visit Printing Industries of America’s Caliper discount page.


MRA. Through our partnership with MRA, GLGA members have access to many invaluable HR resources, including the free Info Now Line 24/7 with professional advice on questions ranging from HR compliance to complex employee issues; free webinars; free monthly HR Digest newsletter (view issues online through the Members Only section of our website); and a 15 percent rebate on every MRA service, product and training.


Semper International LLC. Semper provides quality printing professionals on demand – both temporary and fulltime workers – and with discounts for GLGA members. In the Chicago Metro area, call (312) 920-0000, or click here for an informational flier.

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McClone. GLGA has partnered with McClone as an endorsed provider for Insurance and Risk Management solutions to GLGA members. For more than 50 years, McClone has featured specialization in protecting organizations within the printing industry. We can provide all insurance products or services needed by GLGA members, including Commercial Property and Casualty; Employee Benefits; Group health insurance & Health Care Plans; Group life, disability and dental plans; Financial Services; and Voluntary Benefits. For more information, please call Adam Terrell at (262) 754-9300.

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Printers Disability Trust. Printers’ Disability Trust offers Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, and Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance coverage. These plans are underwritten by Standard Insurance Company. For more information, visit

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American Paper Recycling. GLGA and American Paper Recycling have partnered to provide members a 2 percent Rebate Bonus on recycling in Illinois and Indiana. Contact derrick Duncan at (708) 601-6448 to learn how much you are eligible to receive. Click here to download an informational flier.


RAM Recycling. GLGA and RAM Recycling have partnered to provide members a 2 percent Rebate Bonus on recycling in Wisconsin. Contact Tony Duckert at (414) 315-0300 or to learn how much you are eligible to receive. Click here to download an informational flier.

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FedEx. FedEx offers significant savings on select FedEx Express and FedEx Ground shipments. The average member saves more than $650 on parcel shipments and more than $3,800 on freight shipments (LTL) annually. For more information, visit Printing Industries of America’s FedEx discount page or download this informational flier.


UPS Freight®. Take your business to the next level with GLGA and UPS Freight. As a GLGA member, you have access to the GLGA/UPS Freight Savings Program – a member benefit program that provides you with discounts on a wide variety of LTL freight shipping solutions. The GLGA/UPS Freight Savings Program allows you to save on UPS Freight’s wide distribution network, reliable service and advanced technology, enabling you to reach more customers than ever before. To take advantage of this exclusive GLGA member benefit, contact the UPS Freight Association Team at (866) 443.9303 or to enroll and get started!/p>

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Lower Electric. Lower Electric offers significant savings on electricity, natural gas and energy-related services. Call Bill Schloss at (847) 272-0700 for details.

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