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[Cohoes, NY – August 12, 2014] – Mohawk, North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers, envelopes and specialty substrates for commercial and digital printing, is pleased to announce Thomas D. O’Connor, III, Manager, Digital Substrate Sales, has been appointed to the Printing Industries Alliance (PIA) Board of Directors.

The Printing Industries Alliance is the trade association serving the $14 billion graphic communications industry in New York State, Northern New Jersey and Northwest Pennsylvania. The Alliance is committed to promoting the value of graphic communications and increasing the profitability of its membership. In partnership with The Printing Industries of America, the Alliance provides a broad range of services, benefits and support to the graphic communications industry related to sales, production, finance, human resources, regulatory issues and information technology.

The PIA Board of Directors has 27 members representing printers and leaders in the graphic communications industry from across the Northeast.  O’Connor was nominated in June, and has been appointed for a three-year term. 

“It was with great pleasure that I nominated Tommy O’Connor to the Printing Industries Alliance Board of Directors,” said Patrick M. Ryan, Chairman, Printing Industries Alliance of New York, Northern NJ & Western PA and Owner, Modern Press, Albany, NY.  “Tommy’s charisma and forward thinking will be a great asset to the board and to the more than 400 active members of the Printing Industries Alliance.  His insight, leadership and years of experience at Mohawk will be invaluable to the organization at large.”

“We are pleased to have a company with Mohawk’s industry stature represented on the Printing Industries Alliance Board of Directors,” said Timothy Freeman, President, Printing Industries Alliance. “On behalf of the organization, I would like to welcome Tommy O’Connor to the board and thank Mohawk for their innovative presence and years of support to our industry.”

“I’m honored to join the Printing Industries Alliance Board of Directors, and I look forward to serving the Association’s members in the print communications industry as we actively create new opportunities to celebrate the heritage and future of print,” said Thomas D. O’Connor, III, Manager, Digital Substrate Sales, Mohawk.

In addition to his role on the PIA Board of Directors, O’Connor also serves on the Board of Directors for St. Gregory’s School in Loudonville, New York.  He is a graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. O’Connor currently resides in Boston, MA, with his wife Avery.

ABOUT PRINTING INDUSTRIES ALLIANCE

Printing Industries Alliance is the trade association serving the graphic communications industry in New York State, Northern New Jersey and Northwestern Pennsylvania and is headquartered in Amherst, NY.  Printing Industries Alliance offers a broad range of services, benefits, and support to its nearly 400 members.  PIA’s core services include human resource consulting and training, environmental, health and safety consulting and training, group insurance and employee benefits, government affairs/advocacy and members-only group buying programs.  Membership in Printing Industries Alliance includes complimentary membership in Printing Industries of America.  Visit www.PIAlliance.org for information on services and upcoming events.

ABOUT MOHAWK

Mohawk is North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers and envelopes which are preferred for commercial and digital printing, photo specialties and high-end direct mail.  Mohawk fine papers and envelopes include the signature brands Mohawk Superfine® and Strathmore®, as well as proprietary treatments Inxwell® and i-Tone®. With a culture of innovation, Mohawk’s business model now extends beyond paper manufacturing into new areas of growth, including digital substrates and web-based software platforms, which connect designers and printers to new markets. 

As a leader in environmentally and socially responsible business practices, Mohawk was the first U.S. manufacturer of commercial printing papers to match 100% of its electricity with wind power renewable energy credits and the first U.S. premium paper mill to shift toward carbon neutral production. Mohawk’s portfolio of fine papers includes many grades that are certified by Green Seal and/or the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Mohawk is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated business based in Cohoes, New York, with global sales and operations located throughout North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit www.mohawkconnects.com.