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May 19, 2009

Update on Registry Copiers

by @ 2:00 pm. Filed under Registry Ops

While flipping through the print edition of today’s Boston Globe, the name “Mac-Gray Corporation” jumped out at me from a column in the Business section. Mac-Gray, a company primarily in the business of providing coin operated washers and driers to apartment buildings and college dorms, has also been the provider of our coin operated and administrative copiers for a number of years. More accurately, Mac-Gray purchased Copico, the company with which we initially entered into our copier contract back in 2001.

About a year ago, Mac-Gray informed us that they were getting out of the copier business entirely and that they would be in on June 30, 2009 to pick up their machines. Right now, we only have four of their copiers in operation: a coin operated machine outside the “closing room” in the rear of the building; a publicly accessible machine in with our Registered Land Certificate Books; another in the Middlesex South Satellite Office; and a fourth in our mail room which is adjacent to Customer Service. We used to have four or five others but once we took all of our record books out of public circulation, the already depressed need for coin operated copiers dropped to almost nothing.

We’ve now finalized our plans to replace these machines. We will be leasing two new copiers which should be delivered in the coming weeks. One of these copiers will be with the Registered Land Certificates – the public will have the opportunity to use this machine although the $1 per copy charge will be paid either at the Registered Land Counter or at Customer Service. The second copier will go in the mailroom. It will handle the majority of all admin copying needs. As soon as the new machines arrive, the old ones will be taken out of service and eventually be retrieved by Mac-Gray.

As for the business column about Mac-Gray; it described a fight over control of the board of directors of this surprisingly large company.

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