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Semper collaborates with PGAMA

Press release from the issuing company

Boston, MA – February 14, 2008 – Semper International, the leading placement firm for skilled help in the graphic arts and printing industry, and Printing & Graphics Association MidAtlantic (PGAMA) the trade association serving the graphic communications industry in Maryland, the Greater Washington DC area, Northern Virginia and Southern Pennsylvania, announce they are partnering together, allowing members a discount on flexible and direct hire staffing.

"In today's business climate, printers with hiring needs may be reluctant to add to their fixed costs.  The use of flexible hiring practices and temporary personnel can help them meet their production demands without significantly raising expenses," explains Brian Regan, Semper International president. "To make it more attractive, our services are now available to PGAMA members at a discount."

Semper International skill-tests and pre-screens employees in all areas of printing and graphic arts to give provide a choice from the best candidates available.  Their variety of staffing solutions include:

- Flexible Staffing, which provides fully qualified flexible labor to augment a company's core staff.  It is available to members at a 5% discount on the hourly bill rate.

- Flexible to Hire service, which offers the option of testing candidates before hiring them as direct employees. The candidate remains a Semper employee while working for the printer on a trial basis. PGAMA members receive a 10% discount on standard fees.

- Direct Hire Placement provides an invaluable service if a company is in search of new direct hire staff. Semper conducts the search, interview, referencing and testing.  This service is available to members with a 10% discount on buyouts and placements.

PGAMA members are invited to register free, online, at http://www.semperllc.com/Default.cfm?fuseaction=Home.Login. An online account allows printers to specify a set of job criteria for every available position in the company, so that Semper can find a match with the proper pre-qualified employee. Once an appropriate Semper employee is located, clients are notified by email, personal phone call, or both. Registered clients can also browse Semper's current list of available employees, complete with personal profiles, 24/7.

"We are very pleased that we can finally provide PGAMA members a reliable source of flexible staffing. This has been a need that we have not been able to fulfill in the past," remarks Art Stowe, president of PGAMA. "There are many agencies that provide temporary staffing, but you cannot rely on them to find, for example, a press operator. The resource provided by Semper International provides a tremendous service to our members."

The programs and discounts are in place, and currently available to PGAMA members. More information is available from Semper at: http://www.semperllc.com/index.cfm?page=pgamamembers.

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