Printing Industry — You are AWESOME!
I am so proud to be associated with the printing industry — and even more so right now! I can not open my email, look at my LinkedIn page, or read twitter without reading how companies are stepping up to provide much needed materials for those working the front lines of this pandemic. Shifting gears, for some in the matter of hours, to providing face shields, masks and other protective equipment. Then, I read about our printers that are stepping up to help those in need — working with the nonprofits that are reaching out with all types of fundraising activities.
Now is the time for us to help you! SGIA, NAPCO Media, PIA, and its affiliates, are all working to ensure that not only can you, the industry, continue to work, but provide you with information and tools to make your workplaces safer, guidance for your employees, and, now most importantly, how to access the funding that has been created by recently passed legislation.
We are creating and offering to the industry sanitation checklists to help you keep your workers safe, information on a daily basis as to state stay in place orders, updates on key employment issues so that you can help your workers know that you are watching out for them.
We just posted information on the new Paycheck Protection Program that was included in the recently passed and signed CARES legislation. You can start to apply tomorrow with your local lending authority, so take a moment to review the information.
So that when this pandemic is over, you can know that not only did you do your part to help stem the tide, but you also worked to keep your doors open afterwards and provide your workers gainful employment. We want to help you look to the future!
Marci Kinter is the Vice President for Government & Business Information for the PRINTING United Alliance. Kinter oversees the development of management resources for the Association and represents the screen printing and digital imaging industries, as well as their associated supplier base, before federal and state regulatory agencies and the U.S. Congress on environmental, safety and other government issues directly impacting the screen printing and graphic imaging industries. She is responsible for directing the activities of not only the government affairs portion of the Association’s activities, but the development and implementation of business resources for the membership.
In 2008, Kinter, in conjunction with colleagues from other printing trade associations, was instrumental in launching the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership program. The SGP Program is a registry system for printing facilities that includes third party verification. The program successfully launched as an independent organization in August 2008.
Kinter is a member of and serves as Secretary for the Academy of Screen Printing Technology. In 2001, Kinter received the William D. Schaeffer Environmental Award for significant advancement of environmental awareness in the graphic arts industry.
Before joining PRINTING United Alliance, Kinter worked for The American Waterways Operators, Inc., the national association for the barge and towing industry.
She holds bachelor’s degree in urban planning from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University.