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SGIA has signed on as an Association Partner for the inaugural InPrint USA, the Industrial Print Show, held in Orlando, Fla., April 25-27, 2017. The InPrint show focuses on connecting manufacturers who use print as a key component of the manufacturing process with leading brands in the fields of industrial specialty, screen, digital, inkjet and 3D technology print solutions.

In this latest PIXchange, recently named NPES President Thayer Long addresses some of the uncertainty, and opportunity, surrounding Graph Expo 16, given its nearly two-decade run in Chicago. While there may be fewer attendees hailing from the Midwest, the show will attract printers from the Southeast who may not have attended before.

For the first time in more than 20 years, Graph Expo 16 will not be located in Chicago. The annual printing industry superfest will take place in the North Hall of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., from Sept. 25-28. Even though Graph Expo 16 isn't centrally located from a geographical standpoint — as it would be in Chicago — Thayer Long, president of NPES-The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies, expects the show to enjoy a strong Southeast regional draw.

The longest consecutively family-owned general commercial printing company in the United States, Lawton Printers, has rebranded as Lawton Connect to reflect its expertise in integrated marketing communications and customizable solutions that extend beyond print. Watch President and CEO Kimberly Lawton Koon describe why the venerable shop changed its name, what new markets it's targeting, where our industry is headed and how she is plans to continue her rich family legacy.

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