FSEA to Host Conference, Plant Tours in Indianapolis

BaughThe Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) and the International Association of Diecutting and Diemaking (IADD) will hold the 2020 Joint Conference April 27 through 29 at the Hyatt EckhartRegency Downtown Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana. The conference offers a supplier trade fair, educational programming to address new technology and trends in the industry, and an awards reception where the recipients of the FSEA Gold Leaf Awards and FSEA Lifetime Achievement Award will be honored. New this year, conference attendees will have the opportunity to attend plant tours of two local graphic finishing facilities – Baugh Graphic Finishing House and Eckhart & Company.

From professional keynote speakers to industry experts, educational content is focused to give attendees knowledge that can be used to improve their operations. Programming will include discussions on sustainability; recruiting, retaining and training employees; effective marketing; the R&D Tax Credit; and much more to be announced soon.

In addition, more than 25 industry supplier companies are expected to be represented throughout the event, both at the tabletop exhibits and in panel discussions, providing immediate access to the people most able to answer questions about operational challenges and the latest technologies.

For more information – including detailed session descriptions, speaker biographies, travel information and easy registration – visit or call 785.271.5816.

Grainger Expands Membership Program Benefits

GraingerIn partnership with FSEA Grainger, the leading business-to-business distributor of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies, has added new purchasing discounts to the association membership program. FSEA members receive aggressive discounting on 13 major categories, factory-direct pricing on many commonly used items and a standard 5% off on all other items. In addition, each member facility receives free standard shipping on all purchases (some restrictions may apply).

Grainger has recently increased discounts for FSEA members in the following categories: safety-people, safety-facility, electrical, material handling, abrasives, lubrication, machining and welding.

Additionally, eight new category discounts have been added to the Grainger program: cleaning-consumables, cleaning-other, fasteners, hardware, HVAC-filters, HVAC-other, plumbing-other and plumbing-pipe, valves and fittings.

FSEA members must log in to their Grainger Accounts at in order to see the discounted savings. For questions, call FSEA at 785.271.6404.

FSEA Welcomes New Members

The Foil & Specialty Effects is pleased to welcome 11 new members to the association.

  • Cartamundi North America, Dallas, Texas
  • Convertible Solutions, Sedalia, Missouri
  • Creative Coatings, San Diego, California
  • Crossmark Graphics, Inc., New Berlin, Wisconsin
  • Fresnels Inc., York, Pennsylvania
  • Millennium Print Group, Morrisville, North Carolina
  • Mueller Prost, Clayton, Missouri
  • Performance Specialty Service, Dallas, Texas
  • R&R Bindery Service, Girard, Illinois
  • Taylor Box Co., Warren, Rhode Island
  • Glory Innovations, Taiwan

Gold Leaf Awards to be Presented During FSEA·IADD Joint Conference

FSEA-Gold-LeafJudging for the 27th Annual FSEA Gold Leaf Awards Competition has been completed, and now the results are being anxiously awaited by finishers and binders across the globe! The competition recognizes spectacular print decorating and binding work on greeting cards, presentation folders, labels, invitations, folding cartons, packaging boxes and more. In all, more than 25 categories are recognized, with a gold, silver and bronze award in each category. New technologies have fueled growth within the competition, with expanded award categories in areas such as digital foil and other specialty UV coatings.

A “Best of Show” award will be selected from among all of the Gold Award winners. All winning companies will be announced, with their winning entry displayed, at an awards reception during the 2020 FSEA·IADD Joint Conference, to be held April 27 through 29 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Competition winners also will be highlighted in promotional campaigns, PostPress magazine and other trade publications, on the FSEA website and at industry events throughout 2020.