Updated: 9/16 6PM to include statement from NAPL CEO Joe Truncale. Today, PIA sent its members the following message about a consolidation proposal it has made to NAPL. We'd like members of both organizations, as well as those who aren't affiliated with either one, to discuss whether the printing industry should be—or even can be—represented by one national organization.
Dear Member: As you no doubt are aware, there have been calls for consolidations within the print association community for some time. For years printer and vendor members of Printing Industries of America have suggested that the two largest associations in the industry get together - namely Printing Industries of America and NAPL. Recently, with the full blessing of the national board of directors of Printing Industries of America, Chairman Ken Kaufman formally extended an olive branch to NAPL to consider consolidation discussions. I regret to report that NAPL has rejected this offer. While open to potential "collaborative projects" with Printing Industries of America and other trade associations, NAPL has indicated it would like to maintain its independence and autonomy, focusing on a business model centered around its consulting practice. Printing Industries of America is certainly more than willing to explore how we can cooperate with NAPL and other organizations going forward and will continue to provide an outstanding array of products and services designed to help our members weather this economic storm and be profitable. We are grateful for your continued support. Sincerely, Michael Makin, MBA President & CEO Printing Industries of AmericaNAPL CEO Joe Truncale issued a statement to WhatTheyThink:
As we indicated in our earlier statement on this subject last spring, NAPL continues to favor deeper, more substantive discussion with our industry partners to better identify and understand the changing needs of our industry and how we can address these needs collectively and cooperatively while deploying our resources in the most responsible way. These discussions will pave the way for a number of options and will likely lead to a productive outcome for all stakeholders.