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Niesen to be inducted into the BIA Hall of Fame

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Press release from the issuing company

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 Edgemagazine, expanded the prestigious Product of Excellence (POE) competition, organized Bindathons throughout theU.S., Canada, and England, and significantly increased member services and programs.

"I can't think of a more fitting occasion to honor Jim than at the 2008 BIA Mid Management Conference, said Bob Windler, president, Diecrafters Inc. "Jim has a passion for the binding industry, and fought very hard for the BIA members" The 2008 BIA Mid Management conference will be the definitive conference for the trade, loose-leaf manufacturing, and graphic finishing industry. It will feature the most cutting edge topics and some of the best suppliers in the world, a world-class networking event for those passionate about the industry.

The BIA Hall of Fame is conferred to an individual who has made a dedicated effort to advance the betterment of the industry. The recipient will be an individual who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, and who has been a strong supporter of the BIA. This award is designed to perpetuate the lifelong careers of the people in the trade and loose-leaf industry, recognizing them as a major influence that brought about positive change.

For more information about BIA Mid Management Conference visit www.bindingindustries.com and download the brochure or contact Justin Goldstein, at 412/259-1806 or jgoldstein@piagatf.org.




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