Historical Timeline

  • 1886 United States Typothetae Founded
  • 1887 Typothetae of Kansas City Founded
  • 1895 San Antonio Association Formed
  • 1900 Typo Strike
  • 1914 First Office Opened and Staff Hired
  • 1930 Financial Ratios First Published
  • 1942 PIA Dallas Founded
  • 1947 PIA Fort Worth Founded
  • 1969 PIA Dallas/Fort Worth/San San Antonio Merge to Form PIA Texas
  • 1999 PIA Texas and PIA Oklahoma Merge
  • 2001 Merger of PIA Texas/Oklahoma and PIA Heartland
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Our History

PIA MidAmerica is a trade association with a long history. It began in the late 19th century when printers in Kansas City (1887) and San Antonio (1895) formed organizations to support their business efforts. As the regional economies grew in the 20th century, printers formed organizations in Oklahoma City, Fort Worth, Dallas, Wichita (KS), Amarillo, and Austin. As times and markets changed, all those various organizations combined to form PIA MidAmerica. The early focus of the association dealt with organized labor, employee training and owner dinner meetings. Over the years the organization has continued to adapt to the industry’s current needs.

Today’s organization uses multiple medias to help educate its members and provides a broad range of services and information which assists print, imaging and marketing services provider of the 21st century to achieve their company goals. 

Although the print industry has changed dramatically in the past 100 years, many of our business concerns remain the same.  Here are articles from the 1914-1915 newsletter of the Typothetae of Kansas City (a predecessor organization) dealing with business issues which ring as true today as it did yesterday:

Officers, Member List and Code of Ethics
Inefficiency Must Go
The Difference Between a Solicitor and Real Salesperson
Credit Losses Are Preventable
In Canvassing a Possible Customer
Too Much Machinery
Printing Standards of Practice


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