BIA Notebook

by The Binding Industries Association

A Message from the Chairman

I hope that everyone has been well (and warm) over the past few months. As spring approaches, so does the BIA Annual Conference. The Binding Industries Association is all about providing you with the tools and resources to help you profitably grow your business. Through the combination of the experience, knowledge and participation of our members, your association is committed to making certain that our annual conference in Dallas will be a resource for your success. The conference will be held at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, TX, beginning March 31 and concluding April 2.

In addition to the incredible networking opportunities, over 50 industry suppliers will be on hand to answer your questions about the latest materials, services and equipment. Whether your focus is binding, finishing or packaging, the resources will be available for your review. This year, we have a line-up of speakers and empowering sessions unlike any other. I urge you to visit the conference web page at to take a look at the sessions. Finally – with what many consider to be the highlight of the event – the conference will conclude with plant tours of three spectacular Dallas-area companies.

Again, I urge you to take a look at the conference brochure. I am certain that you will agree that the conference will be interesting, relevant and beneficial to all who attend.

I am looking forward to seeing you in Dallas this March. Until then, all the best.

Chris Eckhart, Chairman of the Board, BIA

Membership is a Key Focus for 2014

By joining the Binding Industries Association and Printing Industries of America, you belong to organizations dedicated to supporting and enhancing our industry. We are your advocates, increasing growth and profitability every day. BIA is the only advocate for trade binderies, graphic finishers and custom loose-leaf manufacturers. Joining BIA helps support the binding industry. The benefits to joining are immeasurable, and the results are ever-lasting. Members gain access to an abundance of resources that deliver results to enhance success today and in the future. Put the power of membership to work for you!

BIA Members and Associate Members enjoy benefits such as a discount to the BIA Annual Conference; access to the BIA member-only listserv; discount on entries for the Product of Excellence Awards and the Premier Print Awards; being listed on for one year; monthly e-newsletter Bound for Excellence; discounts on books and publications; training curriculums; research and laboratory services; paper and ink testing and quality control devices. Other benefits include free Economic and Research Reports, Research and Technology Reports, white papers, economic updates and benchmark studies on, and much more!

Not sure if you’re a member or want to become a member? Contact Mike Packard at 800.910.4283, ext 704 or [email protected].

Printers Need Excellent Partners. Get Listed on

Is your company listed on Why gamble with your success in 2014? Companies on this site will have the distinction of being recognized as “official binderies.” How do new companies get listed? It’s simple! Join the BIA or contact Mike Packard to join our coalition for binding excellence. Printers need excellent finishing partners, and there is only one place they turn when they need help.

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