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Mac-Gray Receives Maytag's First-Ever Energy Advantage Award
Mac-Gray's Commitment to ENERGY STAR Program and Support for Water Efficiency Standards Are Recognized

WALTHAM, Mass., Feb 27, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Mac-Gray Corporation (NYSE: TUC), the nation's premier provider of laundry facilities management services and energy-efficient MicroFridge(R) appliances to multi-unit housing locations, today announced it has received Maytag Corporation's first-ever Energy Advantage Award. The award is in recognition of Mac-Gray's achievements in energy conservation, including initiating proactive education programs for multi-housing property owners, colleges and universities, and laundromats, leading all distributors in Maytag's 2005 energy rebate program and deploying a record number of ENERGY STAR(R) rated washers and dryers in 2005.

"2005 was a landmark year for Mac-Gray in terms of energy and water conservation," said Neil MacLellan, chief operating officer for Mac-Gray. "We have always taken a forward-looking approach in these areas and are proud to be recognized by Maytag with its first-ever Energy Advantage Award. It reflects the tremendous progress we are making in lowering our clients water and utility costs, while continuing to protect the environment. In fact, energy conservation has become a key differentiator for Mac-Gray in the marketplace and nearly 60 percent of the washers we purchased in 2005 were ENERGY STAR rated."

In the past year, Mac-Gray has:

    * Participated in Maytag's ENERGY STAR rebate program, helping to promote
      energy and water conservation to more than 65,000 prospects in 40
    * Provided extensive ENERGY STAR training to both its laundry facilities
      management and product sales teams, to focus their selling on high-
      efficiency washers,
    * Promoted Maytag's ENERGY STAR products with a year-long Internet
      campaign directed at both laundromat owners and multi-housing property
    * Deployed a record number of Maytag ENERGY STAR rated washers during the
      year, and
    * Surpassed its previously stated goal of saving customers more than 300
      million gallons of water with Maytag equipment.

"In 2005, Mac-Gray supported the long-awaited Energy Policy Act of 2005, which was signed into law by President Bush in August," MacLellan continued. "The bill contains several important provisions that establish new energy and water efficiency standards for manufacturers that are effective January 1, 2007. A majority of the commercial washers in the field today in apartment buildings, condominiums, college dormitories and retail laundromats do not meet these new standards. As the recognized leader in energy conservation in the laundry facilities management marketplace, we view this as a significant opportunity for Mac-Gray to gain market share. In fact, Mac-Gray was the first laundry facilities contractor to be designated as an ENERGY STAR(R) PARTNER by the Department of Energy."

Mac-Gray estimates that it is currently saving its customers who have installed high-efficiency Maytag washers more than 1.1 million gallons of water each day, or 400 million gallons annually. Based on a conservative approximation of two cycles a day per washer, Mac-Gray clients can decrease their water and utility costs by more than $100 annually per high-efficiency machine installed.

MacLellan concluded, "Going forward, energy conservation will continue to be a cornerstone for Mac-Gray and a key competitive advantage. In 2006, we will continue to pursue an aggressive agenda along a series of strategic objectives, including:

* Continuing to educate all of our customers on the features and benefits
      of ENERGY STAR rated washers,
    * Increasing our purchases of ENERGY STAR rated washers to greater than
      75% of our annual total,
    * Supporting additional legislation for improved water and energy
      standards for washers both at the federal and state levels, and
    * Saving our customers an estimated half billion gallons of water annually
      through the installation and use of high-efficiency washers."

    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 serves approximately 63,000 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

Intelligent Laundry Solutions(TM), Intelligent Laundry Systems(TM), LaundryView(TM), PrecisionWash(TM) and MaytagDirect(TM) are trademarks of Mac- Gray Corporation. MicroFridge(R) is a registered trademark of Mac-Gray Corporation. All other product names, service marks and trademarks mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective owners.

Safe Harbor Statement

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including statements regarding the Company's energy conservation initiatives in 2006. The Company intends such forward-looking statements to be covered by the Safe Harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and is including this statement for purposes of complying with these Safe Harbor provisions. Forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe future plans, strategies and expectations of the Company, may be identified by use of the words, "believe," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "estimate," "project," or similar expressions. Investors should not rely on forward-looking statements because they are subject to a variety of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements. Certain factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the Company's ability to increase its purchases of ENERGY STAR rated equipment, and its ability to install enough high-efficiency equipment to dramatically reduce its customers water usage, as well as the risks that the Company will incur unanticipated costs related to the acquired operations or not realize expected revenues, synergies and cost savings, and those risks set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004 under "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and in other reports subsequently filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    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, +1-781-487-7600,; or Jim Buckley, Executive Vice President of Sharon Merrill
Associates, Inc., +1-617-542-5300,