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The Printing Institute of New England offers year round education and training programs in professional development for all facets of the printing and graphic communications industries. PINE offers over 100 continuing education courses and puts on more than 20 seminars annually on topics ranging from e-commerce to understanding PDF, etc. The PINE Education Department also coordinates seminars and panels for the association’s annual trade show, Northeast Graphics.
The Education Department works closely with technical and vocational high schools to keep faculty and students aware of the association’s programs and services, and of the career opportunities available in the printing and graphic arts industries. The association also has a close working relationship with the Printing and Publishing Council of New England, a group made up of representatives from individual craftsman’s clubs throughout the region.
PINE’s Government Affairs Department monitors legislation in five state capitals of the association’s service area. The department coordinates ongoing grass roots efforts to keep members apprised of legislation that affects the printing and graphic communications industry. Staff writes letters on issues such as worker’s compensation, business regulations, occupational safety and health and environmental issues that affect all member companies. Staff also coordinates plant tours for state and federally-elected officials.
The department achieved a major milestone in 2000 when a four-year legislative effort in Massachusetts culminated with passage of sales tax exemption for the purchase of prepress equipment and related supplies which resulted in an annual savings of $5 million to $6 million for the state’s printing industry.
The Environmental Affairs Department works in conjunction with Government Affairs to monitor regulatory activity from New England state and federal government levels. The EA Department also works closely with members to comply with all state and federal environmental and safety regulations. Staff typically visits 80-100 member plants annually to assist with compliance. Staff also conducts OSHA safety training and train-the-trainer programs. Staff also works closely with state environmental agencies to develop mutually beneficial working relationships.
The association hosts an annual four day print management conference in an environment for printing industry leaders and their guests to come together to learn more about the issues facing the industry, network in an informal setting and enjoy leisurely activities such as a golf tournament, entertainment and scenic trips.
PINE hosts an annual three day trade show for industry vendors to gather and display their products to the members of the industry that they serve. PINE owns a full service insurance agency, a credit union for employees of members and a licensed credit and collection agency. PINE also owns and published a regional trade publication, New England Printer & Publisher, and produces and distributes an annual Print Buyers Guide. The association provides information and assistance in labor relations, technology consulting, general business issues and succession planning.
Mr Charles (Tad) Parker, President5 Crystal Pond Road
Southborough, MA 01772-1758