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Book Manufacturers’ Institute Announces Inaugural Rising Star Award Winner

Book Manufacturers’ Institute Announces Inaugural Rising Star Award Winner

[CHARLOTTE, NC—April 29, 2019] The Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI), has announced that Clark Matthews of Independent Publishers Group is the recipient of the first-ever Rising Star Award.

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Book Manufacturer’s Institute Sponsors Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant

University of Iowa Libraries Preservation Processing Coordinator Librarian Shelby Strommer is the recipient of the 2019 Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant.

Sponsored by the Library Binding Council of the Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI), the $1,250 grant fosters professional development through active participation at the national level, and covers American Library Association’s Annual Conference costs, such as transportation to Washington, D.C., lodging, and registration fees.

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Book Manufacturers’ Institute Publishes State of the Book Industry Report

The Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI), has produced a first-ever State of the Book Industry Report, based on extensive research, to inform business leadership across the supply chain on current market data and emerging trends.

The culmination of several months of research and analysis, the full report is offered for free as a benefit to members of BMI; interested parties in the print sector can download an executive summary on under the Resources tab.

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Book Manufacturer’s Institute Is an Official Partner of the Annual Inkjet Summit

Book Manufacturer’s Institute Is an Official Partner of the Annual Inkjet Summit

The Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI), has announced that it is partnering with NAPCO in their annual Inkjet Summit, which will be held at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida from April 8 to 10, 2019. Programming for the invitation-only event is geared toward printing executives who want to understand how current and future production inkjet printing technology, software, and solutions will impact their business and investment decisions.

Positioned as an exploration of strategic applications of inkjet printing hardware for commercial, direct mail, in-plant, publishing, and transactional print service providers, InkJet Summit attendees will learn about innovative solutions to suit the needs of their print operations.

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BMI Announces Rising Star Awards

The Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI) has announced the launch of the Rising Star Award to recognize book industry professionals who are making a positive impact on their companies, in their communities, and in the industry. The inaugural class of honorees will be announced at an awards presentation on Monday April 29, as part of the annual BMI Spring Management Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.

This new honor was conceived to “spotlight up-and-coming, worthy colleagues from companies in the printing, binding, and manufacturing sector—a vital segment of the book publishing supply chain,” according to Matt Baehr, Executive Director of BMI. “We believe in recognizing the leaders of tomorrow with our full support today.”

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Photos from the 2018 Annual Conference

If you were able to join us in Bonita Springs, you know it was an awesome event. If you missed it, you can now see some of the highlights in our 2018 Annual Conference Photo Album

If there are photos that you would like a copy of the High Resolution version for printing, please just let us know.

2018 BMI Award Winners

Book Manufacturers’ Institute Announces 2018 Award Winners

The Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI) has announced recipients of the Distinguished Master Bookman Award and the Signature Award, and will induct three new members to the Cased-in Club.

The honors, presented Monday evening at the Awards Banquet at the Annual Conference in Bonita Springs, Florida, recognize BMI members who not only contribute to the success of the organization, but also to the continued success of the book manufacturing industry.

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Reversal of International Trade Commission Policy on Paper Tariffs

Book Manufacturer’s Institute Responds to Reversal of International Trade Commission Policy on Paper Tariffs

Members of STOPP Coalition Celebrate Unanimous Decision on Canadian Imports of Uncoated Groundwood Paper

[ORMOND BEACH, FL—August 29, 2018] The Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI), Stop Tariffs on Printers & Publishers (STOPP), and other stakeholders in the print media industry are celebrating the end to tariffs imposed on Canadian manufacturers of newsprint by the Trump Administration. A statement published on the International Trade Commission’s website explains the overturning of this rule: “A U.S. industry is not materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of uncoated groundwood paper from Canada that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.”

BMI Executive Director, Matt Baehr, and President, Jim Fetherston, met with industry leaders and members of Congress in June 2018 to make the case that tariffs were unnecessary and should not be applied to Canadian uncoated groundwood paper stock, as doing so would have a significant negative impact on the entire supply chain. Their position was based on the understanding that the assertion that Canadian paper inventory was being subsidized and dumped into the U.S. market came from a single entity, and that the overall decline in groudwood paper sales is the result of other market forces and not an international trade issue.

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Highlights of Michelle Obama at ALA 2018

Michelle Obama was the keynote speaker at the American Library Association Annual Conference on Friday June 22, 2018 in New Orleans. Over her one hour on stage with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, she talked about books, libraries, her time at the White House, and more. 

Did you know Michelle Obama's first real job was at a book bindery? Here she talks about what that taught her at a young age.

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BMI on the Road in June

Last week was a busy one for BMI. Executive Director Matt Baehr and President Jim Fetherston (Worzalla) attended the Print and Packaging Legislative Summit in Washington, DC. BMI was happy to be a sponsor of the event, joined by numerous other print related associations. Over 100 people attended the two-day event that featured policy briefings and meetings with congressional staff. Some Senators and Representatives also made appearances at various meetings. 

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2018 Revision to NISO Library Binding Standard

NISO recently released an update to the Library Binding Standard. Read more by clicking on the link below.

ANSI/NISO/LBC Z39.78-2000 (R2018)

Bipartisan Group of Ten Senators Introduces "PRINT" Act to Protect Publishers and Printers from Harmful Tariffs

Bill Would Suspend Newsprint Tariffs While Government Studies Effects on U.S. Industries

Arlington, Va. – Today, in an effort to protect printers and publishers from unwarranted tariffs, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) introduced S. 2385, the “Protecting Rational Incentives in Newsprint Trade Act of 2018,” or “PRINT Act.” Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Doug Jones (D-AL), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) joined as original co-sponsors.

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BMI Sponsoring 2018 Print & Packaging Legislative Summit

BMI is excited to announce that it is sponsoring the 2018 Print & Packaging Legislative Summit. The Summit is being held June 19-20 in Washington, DC. This collaborative event brings together printers, suppliers and allied interests for a powerful program of issue advocacy, political education, public affairs discussions, interaction with Members of Congress and networking events on Capitol Hill. Join your peers as we address our legislators as ONE industry with ONE voice.

The Summit will host legislators, printing and graphic communications professionals, and policy experts for an industry-wide meeting and networking event. In-person grassroots lobbying meetings on Capitol Hill will enable you to take your company and industry story directly to decision-makers in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

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BMI Offering New Member Benefit - Research and Statistics

BMI is excited to announce a new benefit to its membership. Now included with your BMI memembership is access to the Statista market research and consumer data platform. Statista is a leading provider of 1st party, 2nd party and 3rd party research and statistics. Sourcing information from over 22,500 places, Statista offers up over 1,000,000 statistics covering over 170 industries. 

BMI has posted some key dossiers and slides around the Book Industry. Besides these key reports, we have the ability to ask Statista to go find out certain research and statistical needs. To take advantage of that opportunity, simply contact BMI at [email protected] with your question. We will work with Statista to help find you an answer. 

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Printers and Publishers Unite to Launch Coalition to Stop Baseless Newsprint Tariffs

Arlington, VA, March 19, 2018 – Today, members of the printing, publishing and paper-producing industries, which employ more than 600,000 workers, are announcing the formation of Stop Tariffs on Printers & Publishers (STOPP), a coalition to fight proposed countervailing duties (CVD) and anti-dumping duties (AD) on imports of Canadian uncoated groundwood papers including newsprint and other papers. These preliminary duties, which were assessed by the Department of Commerce in January and March, respectively, are the result of a petition filed by one company, North Pacific Paper Company (NORPAC), an outlier in the paper industry that is looking to use the U.S. government for its own financial gain. The STOPP coalition is concerned that these CVD and AD duties, which range up to 32 percent combined, will saddle U.S. printing and publishing businesses with increased costs and threaten thousands of American jobs.

The Coalition is asking the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. Congress to reject these newsprint tariffs and protect U.S. jobs. With the announcement, STOPP has launched a new website: and is inviting other interested parties to join in the fight to overturn these tariffs.

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Industry Vet Retiring After 45 Years

BMI wants to send its well wishes to longtime industry veteran, Dennis DeHainaut of Finish Line Binderies. He is retiring after 45 years, and departs as VP of Sales out of their Nashville plant.

Dennis started in the Graphic Arts industry in 1973 with Earle and Jones, a promotional packaging company in NYC. He served as their VP of Sales covering the northeast. Collectively, they grew the company into a nationwide organization called The Jones Colad Group with manufacturing facilities in NYC, Buffalo NY, Atlanta GA and Los Angeles, CA. 

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STOPP Coalition Meets with Senior Commerce Department Officials

BMI President Jim Fetherston, joined members of the STOPP Coalition (Stop Tariffs on Printers and Publishers) in Washington last Thursday to meet with senior officials from the Policy & Strategic Planning group of the Commerce Department. The purpose of the meeting was to register formal opposition to tariffs and duties being placed on Canadian uncoated groundwood paper imported to the United States. 

Also attending was Allan Adler, General Counsel of the Association of American Publishers, representatives for the newspaper and directory industries and Quad Graphics. 

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Book Manufacturers’ Institute Joins STOPP Coalition

Book Manufacturers’ Institute Joins STOPP Coalition

BMI Stands Together with Others to Stop Tariffs on Print and Publishers

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BMI Members Recognized by PIA

BMI is proud of our members Worzalla and CJK Group. Both were honored by Printing Industries of America as winners in the 2017 Best Workplaces in the Americas (BWA) awards. Worzalla was recognized as one of the Best Workplaces. CJK Group received the distinguished Best of the Best designation. Congrats!

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2017 Annual Conference Award Winners

2017 BMI Awards Dinner

The 2017 BMI Awards program was once again a wonderful evening recognizing BMI members who not only contribute to the success of the BMI, but also to the continued success of the book manufacturing industry. The awards ceremony was followed by an excellent dinner, a great band, and plenty of dancing.

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