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Copiers Work Overtime Preparing for Summit

October 7, 1986

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) _ Xerox Corp. employees logged extra hours to meet a special request by the U.S. State Department of adapting a copier for use at this weekend’s meeting between President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev in Iceland.

State department officials on Wednesday asked the company to adapt a 1090 copier for use with electrical current in Iceland. The copier had to be in Washington by Friday, said Tony LoCicero, Xerox’s manager of high-volume copier programs.

Workers had to have different motors sent from England and make other modifications, LoCicero said.

Xerox often supplies copiers for support to the State Department and the news media when the president goes overseas. But it never had such a rush order, LoCicero said.

″Doing something like that in 12 hours was unbelievable,″ he said.

The copier arrived at Washington National Airport at 8:30 a.m. Friday, enabling it to be taken to Andrews Air Force Base by that afternoon.

LoCicero said the State Department needs the machine ″to make copies of the minutes of meetings and whatever they give to news media.″

The government will pay per copy and the Xerox technician who will be with the machine in Iceland will disassemble it and bring it back after the session.

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