COVID-19 (Coronoavirus) Resources

Many members have contacted us with questions about how the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is impacting their operations. Others are looking for potential partners for outsourcing work. GLGA has compiled these resource pages with links to information, education and useful downloads to help you and your staff during this emergency.

Please click on a section to be taken to the web page for those resources. Be sure to check back as we are adding new links daily.



Information on Essential Businesses

Image provided courtesy of the Printing and Imaging Association of Georgia

Updated – March 25, 2020

Over the past few days the Association has been working with the governors’ offices in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin to determine the status of printers during “Stay in Shelter” (IL), “Stay at Home (IN), and Safer at Home” (WI) Executive Orders. It should be noted that the language used in all three executive orders mirrors one another.

Please note that printers are not specifically listed as an “essential business” in the executive orders. However, if your company is a vendor, supplier or provides other support to an essential business that is required for the essential business’s operation, then your business is exempt. Additionally, if your company is engaged in “mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery and pick-up services” you are also exempt from the executive orders. To view a list of what is essential, please click here.

The printing industry continues to be a major supply chain vendor to Critical Infrastructure Industries outlined by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and are essential for the continued function of the economy in this time of crisis. We realize each company will manage these orders in their own way and we encourage each to practice safe guidelines that have been spelled out by the United States Center for Disease Control. Please feel free to download the template letter drafted by GLGA that can be used to provide your employees and the authorities if there is ever an issue as to your status. *Please note, the list in the letter is not exhaustive. It will be your responsibility to edit appropriately to suit the needs of your facility. Additionally, if you provide products and/or services to a printer that is a supply chain vendor to essential businesses, you too are exempt. Looking for a letter to your customers and vendors? Please feel free to download the the template letter by clicking HERE.

As we move forward, the Association will continue providing the industry with information on proposed legislation and education on how to navigate during this extremely difficult event. As always, please contact us directly at (262) 522-2210 if you have any questions or need assistance in any way.

Joseph Lyman
Great Lakes Graphics Association
Phone- 262-522-2212

Upcoming Webinars

These GLGA webinars are FREE for 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

  • Thursday, April 23, 2020: COMING SOON – A free webinar for members on the latest outlook for the economy and print. PIA’s Center for Print Economics and Management is developing a profile of the likely path of the economy and print markets over the next 12 months. The findings will be discussed in the webinar and also made available in an upcoming Flash Report. Topics covered will include GDP, print sales, print profits, industry structural and operating changes, and business strategies. Stay tuned for the registration details.

FREE COVID-19 Webinars:

Latest Issues of E-Newsletters

Latest Issues of E-Newsletters

GLGA publishes our Currents e-newsletter on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month via our Constant Contact e-mail service. This e-newsletter has industry news; HR information; sales and marketing information; links to events and PIA industry reports; and member news. If you would like to be added to this mailing list or are looking for a copy of a previous issue, please contact Sharon Flick.

Currents – April 7, 2020
Currents – March 24, 2020
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March 10, 2020
Currents –
February 25, 2020
Currents –
February 11, 2020
Currents – January 28, 2020
Currents – January 14, 2020

GLGA publishes our Weekly Calendar of Events e-newsletter every Monday morning via our Constant Contact e-mail service. This digest has information with registration links for upcoming programs, events and webinars.  If you would like to be added to this mailing list, please contact Sharon Flick and specify which state version (or versions – we have one for each of our three states) you would like to receive.

Illinois Weekly Calendar – April 6, 2020
Indiana Weekly Calendar – April 6, 2020
Wisconsin Weekly Calendar – April 6, 2020



Phishing Scam Alert

We have had reports today from some members that they have received a suspicious email, supposedly from the chairman of our Board of Directors. Please be advised that this IS a phishing scam. It was not authorized by GLGA, it was NOT sent by Kirk Larsen, and we are not looking for gift cards for any charitable donations.
Here is the text of a typical email:

From: Kirk Larsen <>
Sent: Friday, March 6, 2020 12:57:02 PM
To: <your email address>
Subject: GLGA

How are you doing today? I need your Assistance, are you available? I’m out of town. Can you please handle this for me on behalf of the Association.
Great Lakes Graphics Association, needs Gift cards for donation to Veterans Hospice care unit across the community. Kindly confirm if you can help out.
~Kirk Larsen
GLGA strongly recommends that you DO NOT reply to this email. Delete it.