Making a Difference Since 1935
When a small group of Los Angeles-area printers banded together in 1935 to form a trade association, type was set by hand and one-color letterpresses were the norm. Since then, although PIA (previously PIASC) has been an incredibly stable association (we’ve had just three Presidents and two locations in 80+ years), we have also changed with the industry we serve. Over the years we’ve helped our members take advantage of the many technological changes in the graphic communications world, and expanded our services and benefits to meet our members’ evolving needs.
Since incorporating in 1944, PIA (previously PIASC) has grown to represent printers, print brokers, vendors and creative marketing professionals in Southern California as well as Clark County, Nevada.
A Foundation for Graphics Arts
PIA (previously PIASC) started the R.A.I.S.E. Foundation (Recruiting, Advancement of Instruction, Scholarships for Education in the Graphic Arts). Its goal is to foster graphic communications careers in primary, secondary and post-secondary educational institutions. R.A.I.S.E. is, and has been over the years, sustained by member companies, industry business and employees, including other foundations.
Sourcing New Candidates
PIA (previously PIASC) announced the beginning of the very popular Employment Service to help members find qualified, experienced employees and encourage job seekers into a career in industry. Til this day, we continue offering this service with two full-time recruiters for members.
Offering Group Medical Insurance
PIA (previously PIASC) opened the Printing Industries Benefit Trust (PIBT) division, offering members group medical benefits for their employees at competitive rates. Today, PIBT offers over 65 health care plans and one-of-a-kind administrative assistance.
PIA (previously PIASC) continued to grow by introducing PIASC Insurance Services, Inc., a full line insurance agency. With industry knowledge and white glove service, this agency continues to provide excellent risk management for members and other businesses.
Saying Bye to Downtown Los Angeles
Because of the growing business, the PIA (previously PIASC) Offices moved from Downtown Los Angeles 12th Street to it’s current location in the City of Commerce.
75 Years of Service
PIASC celebrated 75 years of services to it’s members.
Western States Printing Alliance (WSPA) and Pacific Printing Industry Association (PPI) have joined forces with PIA (previously PIASC) making us the largest regional association in the west of the United States.
To reflect the fact that we have expanded to serve printing and graphic communications industry businesses in 13 western states, the Printing Industries Association, Inc. of Southern California (PIASC) is now the Printing Industries Association, Inc. (PIA). Our new tagline: Services for Graphic Communications.
Today PIASC is the largest graphic arts trade association in the country...and we're looking forward to continuing to help graphics industry businesses thrive for decades to come!
Meet our Board of Directors
Printing Industries Association, Inc. is fortunate to have an enthusiastic group of industry veterans serving as volunteers on its Board of Directors, providing oversight, insight and direction to support the organization’s success. The Board also includes our President/CEO, an employee of PIA responsible for day-to-day operations at our Los Angeles office.
Board of Directors Meeting Schedule
PIA Board of Directors meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month unless noted otherwise.
2023 Scheduled Meeting Dates
January 31* – Zoom Only
February 28* – Zoom Only
March 28 – Zoom Only
April 25* – Zoom Only
May 30* – Zoom Only
June 27* – Zoom Only
August (No meeting)
September 26 – Zoom Only
October 31* – Zoom Only
November 28 – Zoom Only
December (No meeting)
Meet Our Team of Dedicated Experts
There are a lot of faces behind Printing Industries Association, Inc.—and nearly all have been serving our members for a decade or more! Take advantage of our deep understanding of the graphic arts industry, and let our team members do what they do best: Serve you.
Medical Benefits (PIBT)
PIASC Insurance Services, Inc.
Designing for Print
Becoming a better print designer doesn’t mean quitting your day job and going back to school. Fortunately, there’s a more practical way to printing success than starting over. Designing for Print starts with the most common items print designers are asked to design and goes on to give you more tips, tricks, shortcuts, and knowledge than you thought possible!