Print-Tech Inc., a premier, full-service commercial and digital print provider based in Ann Arbor, has acquired First Impression Printing, also of Ann Arbor. Print-Tech serves clients in small companies as well as in Fortune 500 companies, in Ann Arbor and throughout southeastern Michigan and beyond. With this acquisition, the company is now able to serve all former customers of First Impression. Once the owners of First Impression made the decision to retire, they chose Print-Tech for the recent acquisition, in large part because of its excellent reputation as a print provider that focuses on client needs, as well as its compatible capabilities. click Read More below for additional detail
When the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), part of the U.S. Department of Labor, announced recently that commercial printing, screen printing and print support activities have become “too small or too concentrated to be tracked” in its Current Employment Statistics database, there was an uproar in parts of the industry. Michael Makin, President & CEO of Printing Industries of America, shot back with a missive expressing his disappointment, citing forecasts for print revenue growth, and noting PIA’s multiple attempts to get BLS to revise its outdated definition of the printing industry.
“Print has and will continue to evolve as a media, and printers will continue to transition with a diverse mix of processes, products and ancillary services,” he wrote. “Unfortunately, the BLS has demonstrated it is less than interested in keeping up with the times and in collaborating with PIA on modern industry definitions that would more accurately reflect that print is alive and thriving as a key manufacturing sector.”
The BLS data is what’s irrelevant, he sniped, not printing and graphics communications jobs.
Industry indignation aside, what real impact does this decision by a government agency have on printers? For one thing, notes consultant and industry observer Howie Fenton, it contributes to the existing perception of printing as a declining industry.
“Without the BLS tracking this industry, it’s almost saying it’s not an important industry,” he laments. “It’s not a possible career path for you.”
more detail at source: https://www.piworld.com/article/department-of-labor-eliminates-printing-jobs-from-statistics-what-does-this-mean-for-you/