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Ben Franklin Society to Refurbish and Update Hall of Flags

Press release from the issuing company

Pittsburgh, PA, November 27, 2006 - At the annual business meeting held recently in Milwaukee, WI, members of the Ben Franklin Society of the Printing Industries of America, Inc. and the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF) voted to approve funding to refurbish and update the Hall of Flags at PIA/GATF. With the ever changing face of the global community, flags and identification plaques are needed that represent newly formed or renamed nations. The Hall of Flags is situated on the walkway that overlooks the production division of the PIA/GATF Sewickley facility. "We recently purchased the flag of Nepal, which was missing from our line-up," stated Lloyd DeJidas, Director of Graphic Services and Facility Group for PIA/GATF and member of the honor society, "there are several flags we still need and this gift will help update some of the represented countriesí flags that have changed as well." The funding will also replace the U.S. flag and Canadian flags that fly daily in front of PIA/GATF. "Updating the Hall of Flags is greatly appreciated," said Michael Makin, president & CEO, PIA/GATF, newly inducted to the society, "and a fantastic and most appropriate project for the Ben Franklin Society- honoring our industry, our country, and other nations." The purpose of the Ben Franklin Society is to recognize and honor industry leaders who have made lasting contributions to the printing and graphic communications industries. This includes, but is not limited to, the Printing Industries of America and the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF) and its affiliates, as well as the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF).

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