Monday, July 14, 2014
Blog Publisher’s Comments:
This isn’t new news! It’s just that I only came across this news today, and, even though this news is a year old, I thought it’s an announcement worthy of bringing to the attention of my blog-visitors, since most of my blog-visitors are reprographers.
All reprographers are aware (well, at least I think they are aware) that “builders exchanges” are in operation in most parts of the U.S. When I was active in the reprographics business in the Tampa, FL market, we had an active builders exchange, known as the Tampa Builder’s Exchange. (It’s now called, simply, “The Builders Exchange.”)
Some builders exchanges are “non-profits”, but some are privately-owned “for profit” businesses (such as is the case the with one in Tampa.) All builders exchanges offer some sort of “plan room” services (most, nowadays, offer some form of e-plan room service.)
Many builders exchanges offer plan and spec reprographics services. The one in Tampa does; here’s what they say on their web-site:
“Reproduction Services: TBE offers copies of plans and specifications of all projects that are currently on file in our planroom, as well as the ability to copy from documents supplied by members. All documents for current projects are scanned and stored electronically to provide quick turn around on most orders. to order.”
Simply my opinion …. most builders exchanges are poorly equipped to offer fast and high quality reprographics services. Reprographers, why not visit your local builders exchanges this week and work out an arrangement, similar to what Print-O-Stat did with MABX, to take over their reprographics business?
Okay, here’s the “article” this post refers to:
MABX announces blueprint printing partnership with Print-O-Stat
JUNE 27, 2013
Partnership creates convenient and cost-effective service for Mid Atlantic BX members.
Mid Atlantic BX and Print-O-Stat, Inc. have launched
a blueprint printing program.
HARRISBURG, PA — Mid Atlantic BX (MABX), a trade association serving the construction industry in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, announced a new partnership with Print-O-Stat, Inc. that will allow MABX members to order physical copies of construction project blueprints and arrange for same-day delivery or pickup.
MABX has offered a blueprint service to its members for years, and this program with Print-O-Stat enhances that service by providing expanded pickup and delivery options.
Each year, MABX reports details and information for thousands projects out-for-bid through the association’s cloud-based project information software, MABX Tools. Many of the projects posted in Tools include digital versions of the project specifications, blueprints and addenda. Tools users can order prints of these documents directly from the Project Details page.
“Blueprints are a critical component to the bidding process, and we wanted to provide a service where our members could easily access both digital and printed versions of all the project documents available through our system,” Chad Harvey, MABX executive director, said. “Print-O-Stat has locations throughout our core membership area, giving them the ability to meet a large majority of our members’ needs.”
In business since 1954, Print-O-Stat has led the design and construction community, providing clients with the best class of products and support. They saw this program as a way to create a strategic partnership with MABX and its membership.
“MABX’s dedication to constantly improving the services they provide to their members is commendable. Print-O-Stat is honored to be a part of this solution and looks forward to continued success with MABX in the future,” Silvia Dugan, Print-O-Stat CEO and president, said.
The blueprint program allows for pick up or delivery from any of Print-O-Stat’s 10 locations, as well as pick up at the MABX office. Printing costs will be listed on the MABX Tools “order blueprints” screen. There will be a charge for delivery based on distance from the nearest Print-O-Stat location. Same-day service will be available through 3 p.m. as long as the delivery is within 20 miles of the closest Print-O-Stat location. Orders received by 2 p.m. will be guaranteed same-day service outside of the 20-mile delivery radius but within the delivery area. Orders received by 4 p.m., excluding unusually large orders, can be picked up at the closest Print-O-Stat location before closing.
Celebrating its 75th anniversary, Mid Atlantic BX is a trade association dedicated to connecting the construction industry. With its products and service offerings, MABX supports the business development efforts of its members and promotes the growth of the construction industry. MABX provides real-time, online access to thousands of regional new construction projects annually, along with project blueprints, specs, addenda, bid lists and other pertinent bidding documents.
From online, industry-specific services to the Construction Buyers Guide, Construx magazine, industry-specific training seminars and networking events, Mid Atlantic BX connects the construction industry from project concept through completion.
Posted by Joel Salus at 11:24 AM