Blueprint companies forced to evolve

Blueprint companies forced to evolve

Reprographics producers are having to figure out new revenue streams as technology advances and contractors switch to digital plans.

Jon Grasle, purchasing manager at Hoffman Construction, said the company formerly spent tens of thousands of dollars distributing plans for each job. Now it spends a fraction of that and instead relies on reprographers to manage the document flow.

American Reprographics Co. (formerly Ford Graphics in Portland) handles Hoffman’s invitation-to-bid system. ARC, one of the nation’s largest reprographers, at the end of the first quarter for 2012 posted net revenue of $103.5 million – a year-over-year decline of $2 million.

Read more at The Daily Journal of Commerce.