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Wright Express, State of Maine Reach Fleet Card Deal

SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE - The State of Maine has selected Wright Express to provide fleet fuel cards and management services to its largest fleet. The new contract includes nearly 1,500 vehicles controlled by Central Fleet Management and consolidates billing and reporting functions under Wright Express, helping streamline operations, increase efficiency and reduce expense. A key part of the Wright Express management program is WEXOnline, a powerful online account management tool that greatly simplifies fleet management tasks and provides relief to understaffed agencies with tight budgets.

Wright Express, one of the nation's leading providers of fleet management services, has a separate contract with the Public Safety Department that brings the total state vehicles covered by Wright Express to about 2,500. "We are excited to work with Wright Express on this project," said Gov. Angus King. "They are a great example of a Maine company that has embraced the role that information services will play in the future of economic development in our state. Wright Express demonstrates that Maine companies can compete and succeed on a national level."

A key feature offered by Wright Express is the reporting of tax exemptions, meaning the state is never billed for taxes it does not need to pay, thus eliminating the paperwork once necessary to receive reimbursement. The Maine contract results from a continuing effort by Wright Express to grow its government fleet business. Wright Express now has contracts with 18 states. "We are pleased to expand on the service we already offer to Maine," said Michael Dubyak, president of Wright Express. "Not only is Maine our home state, but it represents continued development of the very important government fleet market. We have stepped up our efforts to build marketshare in the past few years and it continues to pay dividends."

Other features of the Wright Express program include: consolidated accounts from billing to reporting to streamline fleet management; WEXOnline, which enables users to perform extensive account management functions via the Internet; pay at the pump capability to reduce driver downtime and nationwide card acceptance.

The deal with Maine follows a successful pilot program between Wright Express and the Maine State Police that began in 1999. In the past, Central Fleet Management used a card issued by the Department of Transportation.

South Portland-based Wright Express is the leading provider of fleet charge cards to the fleet maintenance and fueling industry with its cards accepted at more than 160,000 locations. Wright Express also provides information management, payment processing, and financial services to fleets through card partnerships. Through its own universal fleet card program, its partners' card programs and its MasterCard program, Wright Express has 3.8 million commercial cards in its markets. Wright Express LLC, a subsidiary of Cendant Corp., employs more than 640 people at its headquarters in South Portland, Maine and its subsidiary in Salt Lake City.

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