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Westbrook Legislative Delegation Applaud IDEXX Expansion

January 19, 2006

AUGUSTA-Westbrook's Legislative Delegation today applauded IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDXX), a worldwide leader in the development and commercialization of innovative technology-based products and services for veterinary, food and water applications, for announcing the creation of an additional 500 good-paying jobs in Maine over the next five years.

In addition to adding new jobs, IDEXX has said that it plans to invest $100 million in facilities and equipment in Maine over the next 20 years. IDEXX's international headquarters is located in Westbrook, Maine.

The Westbrook Legislative Delegation which includes Senate Majority Leader Michael Brennan, Assistant House Majority Leader Robert Duplessie, Senator Phil Bartlett, and Representative Tim Driscoll, praised IDEXX for creating new jobs and recognizing both Westbrook and Maine as a rewarding place to do business.

" Our state has created nearly 14,000 new jobs over the past couple years, and Governor Baldacci recently set the bar even higher with the goal of creating 25,000 new jobs over the next five years. Westbrook is a great place to start adding those new jobs and IDEXX is a great partner to have," said Senate Majority Leader Michael Brennan, D-Cumberland County.

" Maine's New Economy is beginning right here in Westbrook," said Rep. Tim Driscoll, D-Westbrook. "This expansion means that good-paying technical and professional jobs will allow our children to stay and work in Maine, and Westbrook will continue to move forward in a positive business environment."

" The Milken Institute recently said that Maine's cost of doing business is going down and is now the lowest in New England. IDEXX's Westbrook expansion demonstrates that we are a great place to do business and that our workers can compete successfully with workers around the globe," said Senator Phil Bartlett, D-Cumberland County.

" IDEXX's expansion today proves that when we make investments in people and higher education, it means good news for our regional and state economies," said Assistant House Majority Leader Robert Duplessie, D-Westbrook. "As we create more opportunities for biomedical research and development, we will ensure that companies like IDEXX have the human
resources available to grow. There is no better work ethic in this country than the people of Maine, and we must continue to ensure that we move with pace of information and technology."

The Delegation also applauded the efforts of Westbrook Mayor Bruce Chuluda and other area leaders for their hard work to making the expansion happen.