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MDA expands its home repair cost estimating business

October 18, 2010

Richmond, B.C. - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today its U.S. subsidiary Marshall & Swift / Boeckh (MSB) has signed contracts with one of the Top 5 U.S. Banks and with two large U.S. home restoration vendors to provide MDA’s web-based information solution to estimate repair costs on residential properties found in foreclosure.

Customers will use MSB’s solution primarily to estimate repair and maintenance costs that may need to be incurred in order to sell foreclosed properties. Currently the number of foreclosed properties in the U.S. is high, and the longer these properties stand empty the more they deteriorate due to damage, normal wear and tear, and lack of ongoing maintenance.

‘The repair cost estimating business is a very logical and cost-efficient business extension for us,’ said Salil Donde, CEO of MSB, further stating, ‘this is because we can use the very same estimating methodologies and cost data as we use for our claims estimating business.’

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MDA provides advanced information solutions that capture and process vast amounts of data, produce essential information, and improve the decision making and operational performance of business and government organizations worldwide.

Focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential, MDA delivers a broad spectrum of information solutions, ranging from complex operational systems, to tailored information services, to electronic information products.

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