Nearly 70 members of the Lithographers Club of Chicago, plus representatives of Fuller Grafix and Sakurai USA, Inc. braved the rain to participate in a lively, informative and entertaining evening at Sakurai’s USA’s North American Headquarters in Schaumburg on Thursday, February 26, 2009.

A year after officially announcing the intention to consolidate production of water-based inks, INX International Ink Co. recently opened a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Homewood, a southern suburb of Chicago.  A larger facility than the ones INX closed in Kalamazoo, MI, and in nearby Elk Grove earlier this year, Homewood offers 80,000 square-feet of space and an interesting slice of history to go with its address at 1000 Maple Drive in the Prairie Landing Business Park.

Conference Creates BIA ‘Resurgence’ SCHAUMBURG, IL—By all accounts, the BIA Mid Management Conference held here April 28-29 was an “overwhelming success,” according to the Binding Industries Association. The meeting, which was extolled as a “critical step in the resurgence of the association,” was attended by more than 117 people. Most of the guests participated in two days of sessions that covered topics ranging from lean operations to environmental requirements to selling fulfillment services—all issues posed to impact bindery operations in significant ways. The conference was hailed as a definitive event for trade binderies, graphic finishers, looseleaf manufacturers and suppliers to those industries. “There

SEWICKLEY, PA—March 18, 2008—The Binding Industries Association (BIA) is pleased to announce that James R. Niesen, former executive director of the BIA, is the inaugural inductee into the BIA Hall of Fame. Jim will be inducted during the 2008 BIA Mid Management Conference April 28-29, 2008 in Schaumburg, IL. Under his leadership, the BIA expanded its membership worldwide, oversaw the creation of The Binding Edge magazine, expanded the prestigious Product of Excellence (POE) competition, organized Bindathons throughout the U.S., Canada, and England, and significantly increased member services and programs. “I can’t think of a more fitting occasion to honor Jim

PITTSBURGH—February 20, 2008—The Binding Industries Association (BIA) has finalized the key sessions at its Mid-Management Conference which will be held April 28–29, 2008 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Conference Center in Schaumburg, IL. This meeting will be the first international mid-management conference in over seven years. The conference targets the mid-management of graphic finishing, information packaging, custom loose-leaf manufacturing, trade binderies, and the suppliers to those ind ustries. Some of the sessions at the conference include: Regional Trends in Binding & Finishing, Lessons in Leadership—The HR Side of the Business, Lean Manufacturing, Being Green—Customer Expectations & The Impact to Your Business, and a

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