SGIA and PIA merge to become the largest printing association in the U.S.

On May 1, 2020, the two major U.S. printing industry associations will officially unite to bring a huge array of resources and services together under one roof “to best support future industry growth and longevity.” The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA – Fairfax, Virginia) and the Printing Industries of America (PIA – Warrendale, Pennsylvania) “are together committed to serving the graphic arts community with pre-eminent research, education, training, events, legislative support, government affairs, health and safety, and other key industry services,” said the organizations. SGIA primarily serves the graphics, industrial and apparel decorator segments; and PIA primarily serves the commercial printing segment. Together, members will have access to a host of helpful services and resources across many channels.

Ford Bowers.

Ford Bowers, SGIA President, is now President and CEO of the combined organization. Michael Makin, current President and CEO of the Printing Industries of America, will become an Executive Vice President of the unified organization effective May 1. The new association name will be announced in the coming weeks, as will the combined board of directors. “As convergence increasingly continues in our industry, this newly-formed entity with PIA is the logical progression of our long-standing history together,” said Bowers. “SGIA acquired NAPCO Media in 2019, bringing the industry’s leading media company under our umbrella. Now with the PIA, we can provide even more streamlined services across all market segments and from one easily accessible location. Together, we house the most renowned thought leaders, events and programming in the printing and graphic arts community.”

Michael Makin.

“The PIA is thrilled to join forces with the SGIA, combining resources to serve every segment of the printing industry,” Makin added. “Pooling the extensive talent of both organizations, along with the media expertise of NAPCO Media, is a game-changer.” As mentioned, more details about the merger and combination of services will be announced as the integration takes place. In the meantime, information is available on both organization’s websites until the new site reflecting the combined organizations is launched. Please visit or for more information.