updated 9/23/2010 12:16:17 PM ET 2010-09-23T16:16:17

MARIETTA, Pa., Sept. 23, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Donegal Insurance Group recently received the 2010 Interface Partner Award from insurance technology company Applied Systems, recognizing Donegal's commitment to real-time communication with agencies. Donegal was specifically commended for interface advancements in download and real-time rating.

"We are pleased to receive this award that underscores our ongoing commitment to maintaining a level of technology that equals or exceeds that of industry leaders," said Donald H. Nikolaus, President and Chief Executive Officer of Donegal Insurance Group. "We have appreciated the assistance and support of Applied Systems in our ongoing development of interface systems that enhance our data exchange and communications with our independent agents."

Donegal received the award during a ceremony in Chicago at 2010 TENCon, the Technology, Education and Networking Conference hosted by ASCnet, the Applied Systems Client Network.

"Each year, agencies and carriers are able to complete more transactions efficiently in less time because of the dedication from companies such as Donegal," said Doug Johnston, Vice President of Partner Relations & Product Innovations at Applied Systems. "Our industry continues to benefit from the innovation of our carrier partners."

Based in Marietta, Pennsylvania, Donegal Insurance Group consists of eight property and casualty insurance companies that provide full lines of personal, farm, and commercial insurance to various regions in the country through a network of independent insurance agencies. The Donegal Insurance Group includes Donegal Mutual Insurance Company and the insurance subsidiaries of Donegal Group Inc. (Nasdaq:DGICA) (Nasdaq:DGICB). For more information about Donegal Insurance Group, please visit www.donegalgroup.com .

Applied Systems Inc. develops, sells and supports insurance agency and broker management systems and provides services for accounting, customer, policy, claims management, and all related agent and broker functions. More than 130,000 users in 11,000 agencies of every size and complexity level use Applied Systems solutions built around core systems TAM, Epic, Vision and DORIS. In addition, the company leads the industry in agency-carrier real-time and batch communication solutions. For more information about Applied Systems, please visit www.appliedsystems.com .

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