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Archimedia Announces Acquisition of B.L. Makepeace, Inc.
October 10th, 2017
Archimedia Solutions Group, a company dedicated to on-site print management solutions for architects and engineers, today announces the acquisition of B.L. Makepeace, Inc., a highly respected and venerable supplier of engineering, construction and surveying supplies for more than 120 years. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
With both companies serving the same marketplace, the acquisition allows Archimedia to apply its progressive, solution-driven model to a much broader client base and create a greater level of responsiveness and service across the spectrum of equipment and supply sourcing, maintenance and service, administration and advisory services associated with modern print technology.
Archimedia was formed in 2006 and offers on-site print management including cost recovery solutions, technical support, and exceptional customer service. While Makepeace has seen, and adapted to, many industry transformations over the past century, the company today is a supplier of Engineering, Construction and Surveying supplies from Oce, Canon, HP, Topcon, Seco and more.
"Based on the similarity of our missions and the amazing legacy Makepeace has forged since 1895, we're both humbled and honored to bring our two companies together for continued success serving the architectural, construction, engineering and surveying markets," said Mark DiPasquale, co-founder of Archimedia. "Our traits are nearly identical from high levels of service and responsiveness to the implementation of solution-driven innovations. Archimedia is extremely proud to be the caretakers of the Makepeace legacy, its goodwill and the relationships it has built for more than a century."
"Since the World War II era, Makepeace has grown under its current owners and I am personally grateful to every employee – present and past – who has contributed to our success," said Paul Hallisey, president of B.L. Makepeace. "Today is not the end of their efforts. Instead, we see this as a new beginning with an even more successful future and we've entrusted Archimedia with our company's heritage because of the cultural fit we see between the two companies and the services we will offer for generations to come."
"We have experienced a decade of rapid and continual growth in markets across the U.S. and already seen massive consolidation within the vertical," said Jane Simmons, co-founder of Archimedia. "When we were founded 11 years ago, traditional copy centers were still very much a part of the marketplace. However, our business model proved to outpace brick and mortar service providers and now – by combining our two companies' best practices – we have an amazing opportunity to provide our new client base with significant benefits by applying a level of responsive and flexible customer service by establishing greater control over technology and ongoing support while also having access to the industries' best supplies."
Today's acquisition will create a combined professional services team of more than 60 employees operating in 28 states with a current primary service area of suburban and metropolitan Boston, Hartford and Rhode Island.