Printing Industries of America (PIA)

PIA Responds to President Obama's Negative Comments About the Print Medium

President Obama issued an Executive Order on June 13 that focuses on his goal of delivering  an  efficient, effective, and accountable government, and, in  particular, the announcement that the daily Federal Register will no longer be made available in printed form. 

In Obama’s announcement, he equates the printing and mailing of the Federal Register as a stack of “expensive doorstops” and “stupid spending” that “doesn’t benefit anybody.” By dismissing print as “pointless waste” that “no one reads,” one may infer a negative perception of a stalwart industry or mistakenly assume that printed material is a dying and irrelevant relic.

As you may know, the printing and graphic communications industry employs more than 875,000 workers across the country. Within the U.S. manufacturing sector, the industry ranks number two in number of establishments and number nine in value of shipments. The industry is among the most domestic of all manufacturers; almost all print consumed in America is produced in America. It is also a true poster child for “Main Street." More than 75 percent of printing and graphic communications companies employ less than 50 workers; 60 percent are family-owned businesses.

I’ve taken the liberty of sending a letter to the White House expressing these concerns. You can view that letter here. Additionally, I’ve filmed a YouTube response.

It’s important for printers to stand together and deliver a strong, coherent message about the viability and effectiveness of print. We encourage printers to stand up for their industry and communicate to their members of Congress that print is more than an expensive doorstop and it is vital to our economy. What better way than to encourage legislators to visit printing facilities firsthand!


Michael Makin
President & CEO
Printing Industries of America