Monday, January 2, 2012

City of Cambridge MA - Reprographics Services Bid - Bid Results

On December 11, 2011, we advised our blog-visitors that the City of Cambridge, MA had released an RFP (bid) for Reprographics Services.

Here are the results of that bid, as per the “bid tabulation” sheet now up on the City’s web-site:

Bid opening date - Thursday, December 22, 2011

File NO 5667: Reprographic Services

Ridgway LLC., DBA ARC Massachusetts


BFS Business Printing, Inc.


Andrew T. Johnson


ABC Imaging


There are certainly more than just four reprographics companies active in the Greater Boston Market Area, so, after looking at the brief list of companies who submitted bids, I find myself wondering, “where are the others, why did they choose not to submit bids for this procurement?”

Curiously absent:

- Makepeace (one of the country’s oldest reprographics companies)

- Service Point (the second largest reprographics company in the world and their U.S. division is based in the Boston area.)

- NRI (although based in NYC, they acquired and operate the reprographics company formerly owned by Ernie Lorandeau, a long-time Boston-area reprographer).

- AIR Graphics (owned by Mike and Kevin Cully, two very knowledgeable, long-term, Boston-area reprographers.

- Ben Franklin Printers (are they still active in the reprographics business?)

The City’s Bid Tabulation shows only “total bids”. My suggestion to those who want to know the “unit prices” that bidders bid for each and every line item. Contact the City’s Purchasing Department, by letter, to request copies of each bid submitted. If you really want to be aware of pricing in your market, you’ve got to be willing to do the homework!

City of Cambridge MA Bid for Reprographics Services

Reprographics Services – File No. 5687

Bids due on Thursday, December 22nd, 2011, 10:00 a.m.

Contact Information:

City of Cambridge, Purchasing Department

795 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 303

Cambridge, MA 02139

Purchasing Agent: Cynthia Griffin

Phone 617-349-4310

Fax 617-349-4008


  1. BFS is Ben Franklin Printers

    1. I have bid on this in the past and can not provide $0.038/sf for digital prints(Diazo Blacklines). Apparently ARC can...