2019 Wage and Benefit Survey

The 2019 GLGA Annual Wage and Benefit Survey is open for participation. The 2018 survey had 510 participating companies and included compensation reporting of more than 18,000 employees. It is the largest and most reliable industry wage and benefit survey on the market.

This year’s program will feature an exciting new enhancement, a secure online portal to view your year-over-year data. Previous years’ participants have requested this feature, and this year it is available.

To participate in the 2019 GLGA Wage and Benefit Survey through the online portal, please click HERE. Every member will need to register initially to set up their account by scrolling down to the “Register” area, pick the Great Lakes Graphics Association as their affiliate from the dropdown feature and use the password GLGA. To participate via a fillable form PDF that can be faxed, mailed or emailed, please click HERE. The download function will be an arrow pointing down in the top right-hand corner of the screen.

Please contact Debra Warner at (262) 439-8992 or dwarner@glga.info if you have any questions.

2019 GEAs Top Winners and Pictures

GLGA President Joe Lyman presents the Best of Show plaque to Kristopher Gasch of Fey Printing.


The 2019 Graphics Excellence Awards Celebrations were held on May 22, 2019. In addition to presenting plaques to our Gutenberg Best of Category and Best of Division winners, we announced our top honors:

Best of Show: Fey Printing, Wisconsin Rapids, WI, for Ritz-Carlton Reserve Box in the Cartons and Containers category.

1st Runner-Up: VISOgraphic, Inc., Addison, IL, for LED UV – the next generation of litho printing / VISOgraphic Look (and Feel) Book  in the They Said It Couldn’t Be Done category.

2nd Runner-Up: Specialty Print Communications, Niles, IL, for Canon Solutions America Océ ProStream 1000 Inkjet Press Possibilities Catalog in the Product Catalogs (4 or more colors) category.

Best of Illinois: ABS Graphics, Itasca, IL, for 2019 ABS Desk Calendar in the Diaries and Desk Calendars category.

Best of Indiana: The National Group, Lafayette, IN, for Don’t Gamble With Your Next Printing Project in the Media Kits category.

Best of Wisconsin, N.E.W. Printing, Appleton, WI, for Dentsply Sirona Catalog in the Service Catalogs (4 or more colors) category.

Addison People’s Choice – VISOgraphic, for LED UV – the next generation of litho printing / VISOgraphic Look (and Feel) Book  in the They Said It Couldn’t Be Done category.

Milwaukee People’s Choice – Philipp Lithographing Co., Grafton, WI, for Anheuser Busch Clydesdale Standee in the Large Format Printing category.



Please click here for the Addison photo album.

Please click here for the Milwaukee photo album.

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

Upcoming FREE Member Webinars

These webinars are FREE for GLGA members:

These PIA webinars are FREE for GLGA members (Getting the member discount when you register online requires a log-in to the PIA website. If you don’t have one, call PIA Member Central at (800) 910-4283 ext. 770 or email membercentral@printing.org.):

Inaugural ColorUp Digital Boot Camp an Overwhelming Success

The Great Lakes Graphics Association and GLGA member company Color Ink, Inc. partnered to host a one-of-a-kind digital boot camp on June 2-5, 2019 at the Color Ink facility in Sussex, WI. Nineteen individuals from print facilities from across the country participated in the event with attendees rating their overall experience a five out of five.

Tearing a page from the success Color Ink has experienced with digital production print over the past decade, the event showcased a variety of digital printing and finishing platforms in a “real world” production environment. The boot camp helped industry professionals understand digital production print, make choices on purchasing equipment, implement it in their facility and sell it in the marketplace.

Some of the most progressive vendors and suppliers in the digital print market sponsored and actively participated in the event. This included FujiFilm, Komori America, North American Plastics, Zund USA, GPA Specialty Substrate Solutions, Konica Minolta Business Solutions/MGI, Agfa, Neenah Paper, Precision Graphics and CWT Worktools USA.

The idea for a digital boot camp sprang from a lunch meeting between Todd Meissner, president of Color Ink and Joe Lyman, president of the Great Lakes Graphics Association this past fall. Both believed an event hosted in a print facility where attendees experience a “deep dive” to learn from an experienced print owner could be a huge success. This idea is confirmed by Vance Kapalczynski, president of GLGA member company American Printing, who attended the event. Kapalczynski said, “The extremely open approach of Color Ink and their staff offered attendees an unfiltered opportunity to have questions answered and further build on a resource network to assist in making the best decisions for their respective companies.” Joe Olivo, president and co-owner of Perfect Communications, also agreed, saying, “Attending the ColorUp Digital Bootcamp was a great investment. Being able to see a variety of digital production processes under one roof coupled with the open discussions among participants and presenters allowed me to gain perspective that would be almost impossible to obtain in any other setting.” Finally, boot camp attendee Joey Dixon, vice president of operations at GM Direct Marketing, said, “Most conferences you get to see equipment or software run in a controlled environment. However, we were able to hear and see both sides of the equation, the supplier side and the in-shop, day-to-day real-world side. The ability to see and ask questions of Color Ink operators and staff as they go through the set-up and running projects was priceless.”

More ColorUp Digital Boot Camps will be held in the future, with one tentatively planned for May 2020.