Business Profile: Downtown Legal Copies LLC
Location: 320 E. Fireweed Lane, Anchorage
Web site: www.downtownlegal.com
Major focus of services: Downtown Legal Copies LLC provides document imaging services which include scanning, graphic design, copying, microfilm and microfiche copying and audio/video duplication. Services help attorneys prepare for trial. For example, the company can scan a box full of documents which will be saved to a database, and attorneys can search the database by key words.
History of the company: Alaskan Doug Lowry founded the business in August 1995 with his father-in-law Jim Smith. Lowry previously had worked for ARCO Alaska Inc.’s records management department until the department was cut. The two men began operations with two black and white copiers.
Next the partnership was organized into a limited liability company. Eventually, Lowry bought out the other partners, and he owns the business with his wife.
Lowry also operates iCopy, which produces wide- format color documents, booklets, newsletters, business cards, fliers and outdoor graphics. The business is geared toward architects, engineers, advertising agencies and design firms.
Downtown Legal Copies operates two locations in Anchorage and one in Juneau. Downtown Legal Copies and iCopy employ 26 people including graphic designers, scanning technicians, paralegals and legal assistants.
The businesses handle work for state government as well as fulfill contracts with Alaska Regional Hospital and Providence Alaska Medical Center to copy medical records.
Top accomplishment of the company: "One of our accomplishments has been to be able to survive in a competitive market, keeping key employees," Lowry said. The business has grown in total number of employees and has recorded sales growth each year, he said.
One major project for the firm was producing documents for the BP-Atlantic Richfield acquisition. In four months Downtown Legal Copies and 110 employees at the time worked round the clock to produce more than 4 million pages of records, Lowry recalled.
Major player: Doug Lowry, managing partner, Downtown Legal Copies.
Lowry has logged 25 years in the printing business, first helping out at his father’s print shops in Texas and serving as an apprentice printer. Lowry was recruited by Ridgeway’s printing services firm where he served as copy area manager. He was next recruited by ARCO Alaska before starting his own company.
-- Nancy Pounds