OREM, Utah, April 14, 2008 - When valuable works of art are involved in a loss, every minute counts. To help save these valuable minutes, Xactware and The Chicago Conservation Center recently announced a new partnership to streamline workflows. Claims professionals who use Xactware tools can now electronically send assignments directly to The Chicago Conservation Center.

The Chicago Conservation Center offers a wide variety of services including the conservation of paintings, works of art on paper, photography, textiles, murals, furniture, frames, and other decorative objects. When an assignment is received, The Chicago Conservation Center can immediately coordinate efforts to mitigate damage and develop a customized treatment plan.

“Never assume an item is a loss,” says Heather Becker, President and CEO of The Chicago Conservation Center. “A professional conservation expert can often save art that may look irreparable to others.” The Chicago Conservation Center is the largest private art conservation facility in the United States and has successfully preserved art damaged by smoke, fire, water, and mold. “The Center's art restoration services average a 60-80% cost savings, when comparing the cost of restoration to art values,” said Becker.

“When valuable art is involved in a disaster, saving and preserving these irreplaceable works is a top priority,” said Jim Loveland, Xactware’s president and CEO. “With the ability to send direct assignments to The Chicago Conservation Center, restoration professionals can immediately initiate the important steps needed to save the art.”

Restoration professionals who encounter damaged art as they inspect damaged structures, can quickly choose The Chicago Conservation Center from a dropdown list and immediately send the assignment while on the job site.

“Xactware tools allow us to get electronic assignments seconds after they are sent,” said Becker. “We’re notified wherever we are, any time of the day, every day of the year.”