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Mac-Gray Celebrates 'Earth Day' with Corporate Initiatives Focused on Saving 300 Million Gallons of Water Each Year
Offers Rebates for High-Efficiency Washing Machines; Environmentally Friendly Washers Also Provide Mac-Gray Customers With Significant Savings on Water and Utility Costs

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 18, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Mac-Gray Corporation (NYSE: TUC), the nation's premier provider of laundry facilities management services to multi-unit housing locations including apartment properties, condominiums, military housing and hotels, and the nation's largest provider of these services to college and university residence halls, today announced it has established a corporate goal of saving its customers 300 million gallons of water each year. To help achieve that goal, the Company has introduced rebates of up to $350 per unit on select high-efficiency commercial washers. The program, available only for a limited time, is being offered through Mac-Gray's partnership with Maytag Corporation (NYSE: MYG).

"The program is extremely beneficial to existing and prospective Mac-Gray customers who will have state-of-the-art, water and energy-saving commercial washers installed in their laundry rooms, receive a sizable rebate per machine and lower their overall operating costs," said Neil MacLellan, chief operating officer for Mac-Gray. "Based on a conservative estimate of two cycles a day per washer, our clients can decrease their water and utility costs by more than $100 annually per high-efficiency machine installed."

"Part of what makes Mac-Gray unique within the commercial laundry industry is our strong commitment to the environment," MacLellan continued. "In fact, we are the only laundry facilities contractor that has been designated as an ENERGY STAR(R) PARTNER by the Department of Energy. We currently operate more than 35,000 high-efficiency washers across the United States. Through those machines, we estimate that we are currently saving customers approximately 250 million additional gallons of water annually. Our goal is to increase that water savings number to more than 300 million gallons."

The rebates are available for qualified units placed in operation in apartments, condos, co-ops, laundromats or colleges and universities. For more information about the rebate program, please visit Mac-Gray's website at or by calling the Company's sales department at 800-298-1022 ext. 374.

On a related front, Mac-Gray aggressively supports the Department of Energy's recently proposed ENERGY STAR(R) clothes washer criteria which will lead to highly water-and-energy efficient commercial clothes washers beginning in 2007. The Company also backs Congress' efforts to advance energy legislation with a strong emphasis on energy efficiency and conservation, including tax incentives for the production and sale of high-efficiency appliances. "Over the next decade, there will be significant changes to the commercial laundry space due to increased political awareness that the public can benefit from regulating energy consumption of commercial washing machines, similar to residential washing machines. At Mac-Gray we support that legislative agenda and have been preparing to meet those higher standards for a long time," said MacLellan.

About Mac-Gray Corporation

Founded in 1927, Mac-Gray derives its revenue principally through the contracting of card- and coin-operated laundry facilities in multiple housing facilities such as apartment buildings, college and university residence halls, condominiums and public housing complexes. Mac-Gray contracts its laundry rooms under long-term leases. These leases typically grant Mac-Gray exclusive contract rights to laundry rooms on the lessor's premises for a fixed term, which is generally seven to 10 years, in exchange for a negotiated portion of the revenue collected. Mac-Gray's laundry facilities business consists of approximately 45,000 multi-housing laundry rooms located in 40 states and the District of Columbia.

Mac-Gray also sells, services and leases commercial laundry equipment to commercial laundromats and institutions through its product sales division. This division also includes the Company's MicroFridge(R) business, where Mac- Gray sells its proprietary MicroFridge(R) line of products, which are combination refrigerators/freezers/microwave ovens utilizing patented Safe Plug(TM) circuitry. The products are marketed throughout the United States to colleges, the federal government for military housing, hotels and motels, and assisted living facilities. MicroFridge(R) also has entered into agreements with Maytag Corporation to market Maytag's Magic Chef(R), Amana(R) and Maytag(R) lines of home appliances under its MaytagDirect(TM) program throughout the United States. MicroFridge(R) and Maytag(R) products bear the ENERGY STAR(R) designation. To learn more about Mac-Gray, visit the Company's website at

Neil MacLellan
Chief Operating Officer
Mac-Gray Corporation

Jim Buckley
Executive Vice President
Sharon Merrill Associates, Inc.

SOURCE Mac-Gray Corporation

Neil MacLellan, Chief Operating Officer of Mac-Gray Corporation, +1-617-492-4040,; or Jim Buckley, Executive Vice President of Sharon Merrill
Associates, Inc., +1-617-542-5300,