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    Herndon, VA (MMD Newswire) June 26, 2013 -- Deutche Group PLC has an urgent need for at least 15,000 experienced investment professionals in all countries to promote their debentures and corporate bonds worldwide. Handsome financial packages and full time employment are available throughout the UK,USA and Canada.

    Qualified candidates are asked to contact Deutche Group PLC immediately with their profile at: jobs@deutchegroup.com

    About Deutche Group PLC:

    Deutche Group PLC is a US $1.8 Billion Business Group with more than 55 subsidiaries and 4,200 employees around the world. The group is headquartered in Herndon, VA with operations and presence in UK, USA, Thailand and India. Deutche group was founded by renegade entrepreneur in 2003 and since then there is no looking back.

    Deutche Group is comprised of people who think different from most of the business group. They create businesses with a competitive edge and superior cost effectiveness. Prior to starting these ventures they practiced in depth Research and Development on a particular project. Their R&D team work side by side and come up with all pros and cons of each business venture.

    Deutche Group is in the business of Travel and Technology, Retailing, Manufacturing (OEM) and even Hospitality with Hotels in Thailand and therefore expanding our Current Portfolio of Hotels we own with an Addition of 5 Star Category Luxury Hotel Properties that we are in the middle of acquiring one of the most Renowned Hotels in Las Vegas, NV, New York & Virginia these hotels will be managed by world's leading hotel management companies. The group also does private equity investments and plans to expand into the business of Commercial, Retail and Merchant Banking in the United States, Caribbean, UK, Europe & Asia Pacific.

    Media Contact:
    DEUTCHE GROUP PLC
    ALAN WHITE
    703-870-7323
    jobs[@]deutchegroup.com
    
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    CALGARY (MMD Newswire) June 27, 2013 -- Landmark Cinemas of Canada has announced that it has reached a definitive agreement with Empire Theatres Limited to acquire 20 Empire theatres with 179 screens in Western Canada and Ontario.

    Neil Campbell, COO and Partner of Landmark Cinemas of Canada stated, "My partners and I are thrilled with the acquisition from Empire Theatres. This purchase fits perfectly into our growth strategy in the entertainment business; a business we have been very successful in for close to 50 years."

    "In 2012 we were able to grow our circuit in Western Canada by 25% with the building of new theatres in New Westminster, Penticton and West Kelowna, which is the location where we successfully launched our new extra large screen brand, the 'Xtreme' theatre, featuring the next generation of 3D immersive sound, Barco's Auro 11.1. The complete circuit-wide digitalization of 125 screens, along with the installation of complimentary reserved seating, online ticket purchasing and HFR (High Frame Rate) technology in our key markets also contributed significantly to our growth and continues to do so today."

    The new combined geographic footprint for Landmark Cinemas includes a total of 51 theatres with 304 screens, featuring three IMAX and three Extra brand theatres throughout Western Canada, Ontario and the Yukon Territory.

    Campbell adds, "These additional theatres not only increase our strong presence in Western Canada, they help extend our unique theatre brand into key communities in the eastern part of this country. Adding to the actual theatre and screen growth is the growth of dynamic employees from 600 to 1500. That's a lot of fun! Having employees that understand the importance of fun, mixed in with good business sense, means that we will continue to have the type of energy that will ensure our customers will really enjoy their total movie going experience."

    The Empire Theatres included in the Landmark Cinemas acquisition are: (Ontario) Empire Bolton, Empire Square One Mississauga, Empire Jackson Square Hamilton, Empire Kingston, Empire Kitchener, Empire Waterloo, Empire London, Empire Orleans, Empire Pen Centre St. Catherines. (Alberta) Empire Country Hills Calgary, Empire Shawnessy Calgary, Empire City Centre Edmonton, Empire Spruce Grove, Empire Clareview.

    (B.C.) Empire Esplanade Vancouver, Empire Guildford Surrey, Empire University Heights Victoria (Manitoba) Empire Brandon, Empire Winkler, Empire Grant Park Winnipeg.

    The purchase price for the Landmark Cinemas of Canada transaction is approximately $55 million subject to certain adjustments to be made at closing. Upon closing, the assets will be held by a new entity with Empire Theatres providing bridge equity and having the controlling interest. Landmark will manage the business and have a right to buy out Empire Theatre's equity interest until December 31, 2013, following which Empire Theatres can agree to sell its equity interest in the entity and require Landmark to sell on the same terms.

    Closing of the transactions is subject to satisfaction of customary conditions and relevant regulatory approvals, which includes approval from the Competition Bureau.

    LANDMARK CINEMAS OF CANADA

    ABOUT LANDMARK CINEMAS OF CANADA INC.

    Landmark Cinemas of Canada Inc., is a leading motion picture theatre exhibition company in Canada, owning and currently operating 31 theatres with 125 screens, including the new extra large screen brand, the 'Xtreme' theatre, which features the first installation in Canada of Barco's Auro 11.1 3D immersive sound. Landmark Cinemas provides state of the art digital movie going experiences, including the best box office hits and alternative content.

    Located throughout Western Canada and the Yukon Territory, we are proud of our ability to be engaged in our communities at the local level.

    Landmark Cinemas of Canada corporate headquarters are located in Calgary, Alberta. With approximately 600 employees, Landmark Cinemas is proud to provide excellent employment opportunities in an exciting and energetic industry.

    For further information, please contact:
    Neil Campbell
    COO / Partner
    Landmark Cinemas of Canada
    (403) 262-4255 x 222
    ncampbell@landmarkcinemas.com
    
    Media Inquiries:
    Fran Holy
    National Director Marketing & Communications
    Landmark Cinemas of Canada
    (403) 262-4255 x 228
    fholy@landmarkcinemas.com

    Website: landmarkcinemas.com

    Facebook: facebook.com/landmarkcinemasofcanada

    Twitter: @landmarkcinemas

    Landmark Cinemas of Canada Inc. 14505 Bannister Road SE, Suite 100, Calgary, Alberta T2X 3J3


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    June 28, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Simply Country, Inc is the only licensed and operating manufacturer and distributor for Fodder Solutions in the United States. They make automated sprouting systems that allow farmers and ranchers to grow their own feed. www.foddersolutions.net

    With the rising cost of hay and grain, many farmers and ranchers are seeking alternative feeds. Sprouting grains can be more economical and nutritious than standard feeding practices.

    For the first time, Simply Country, Inc will have open doors to the public. All are invited to come directly to the manufacturing facility to see how the sprouting systems are made. Options are available that can produce as little as 50lbs of feed per day, up to several tons per day. All systems are 100% complete and ready to sprout on arrival at your farm or ranch.

    Fodder Solutions

    CEO and President Curt Chittock, along with National Sales Manager Tom Duffy will be in attendance giving presentations about the benefits of sprouted grains and tours of the facility. They, along with other representatives will be available for direct questions and feeding recommendations.

    Where:

    Simply Country, Inc, 12759 Loma Rica Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945

    When:

    Saturday June 29th, 10am to 2pm

    This will be a unique opportunity for everyone to see how a Fodder Solutions system works - inside and out. In addition, you can learn why sprouted grains are healthier for horses and all classes of livestock. You will also see first-hand how easy it is to grow your own feed. www.foddersolutions.net

    If you have any questions, please contact Simply Country, Inc:

    530-615-0565

    info@simplycountry.net

    www.foddersolutions.net

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    July 2, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Crispers Restaurants, the fast-casual restaurant chain based in Lakeland, Florida, introduces their latest Limited Time Offering - "Flavors of the Mediterranean", the popular Florida based fast casual restaurant chain's take on a healthy and delicious dining trend in the U.S. Using familiar Greek ingredients such as olive oil, cucumbers, pepperoncini, roasted peppers, lamb, feta cheese, and kalamata olives, Crispers developed these new menu entrées to continue building upon the trend that has restaurateurs focused on introducing their customers to the many flavors and health benefits of Greek cuisine.

    Greek and Mediterranean menu items have been dramatically increasing in popularity in the U.S. which has received much attention in the industry including a recent write up in Nation's Restaurant News by Bret Thorn titled "Going Greek".

    Crispers Restaurants Introduces ''Flavors of the Mediterranean'' Menu Items    Crispers Restaurants

    Crispers' "Flavors of the Mediterranean" menu features four new menu items, each packed full of traditional flavor and distinct taste in generous portions. These include the Greek Salad (Made Florida style topped with potato salad), Gyro Sandwich, Mediterranean Flatbread Pizza, and Mediterranean Flatbread Salad. Company sources tell us that they have been testing these new items in three locations and that response has been tremendous. "We have not seen a new menu item move with this velocity in recent memory" states a Crispers spokesman.

    Crispers "Flavors of the Mediterranean" menu items are available at any one of the 28 Crispers locations throughout Florida. For more information or to view the Crispers menu online, please visit www.crispers.com.

    About Crispers: Crispers is a Lakeland, Florida-based chain of fast-casual restaurants that emphasizes health-conscious fare and a menu that consists mainly of chef inspired salads, soups, sandwiches and gourmet flatbread pizzas. Crispers pairs the finest ingredients to create a variety of flavors prepared fresh every day. Crispers offers "Signature" dishes that excite the senses and tantalize the taste buds.

    For more information on Crispers, please visit www.crispers.com

    Press/Media Contact: Travis Masters, 813-875-6068

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    Torrance, CA (MMD Newswire) July 2, 2013 -- Orda USA Inc,a subsidiary of the Orda-Creative Group®, a leading global manufacturer and marketer of branded and private label arts and crafts, fashion, science, and educational toys and games announced today that it agreed to acquire Small World Toys®, a US based distributor of children's toys, gifts, and educational products.

    "We are extremely excited with the acquisition" says Reuven Graff, CEO of the Orda-Creative Group. "Small World Toys is one of the leading toy brands in the industry and a great addition to our growing branded portfolio. It is the perfect complement to our existing branded toys and game business and will further strengthens our leadership position. We see significant synergies and opportunities to continue building on the solid foundation of the SWT platform and will be investing in the development, expansion, and marketing of the brand to enhance and elevate the concept and advance further into new markets within the US. By combining the strength of the two companies, you undoubtedly create an entity that the power of which will be much stronger than the sum of its parts. Small World Toys' substantial specialty distribution platform will become an invaluable asset for Orda-Creative Group's vast portfolio of unique, innovative, and proprietary products."

    Orda Creative Group Acquires Small World Toys

    "We are thrilled to join the Orda-Creative Group" says Guy Ironi, CEO of Small World Toys, who was appointed by Vertex Capital, a NY based consumer goods private equity fund in November 2010 to lead the turnaround efforts. "Small World Toys is now in a stage where its operations are strong and stable and time has come to join forces with a strong strategic partner from within the industry to take it to the next level and beyond. This transaction validates our ongoing efforts to heal the company and makes sure SWT remains a leading toy distributor to the specialty market as a strong, stable, and independent company. For the last three years the Orda-Creative Group has been a great partner to us and is highly regarded throughout the toy and games industry for its spirit of innovation, sourcing, and distribution capabilities. We look forward to working together with our loyal customers and extend the fun and Creativity of the Small World line. We would like to thank all members of the Small World Toys retailer network and ensure them that we are heading towards a period of continued success and mutual growth, we would not have made to this point without their support."

    Small World Toys has been a leading toy manufacturer for the last 50 years. Since its foundation in 1962, the company's continuing mission is to offer children of all ages unique, fun, innovative, safe, and endearing products to a dynamic customer audience. Small World business continues to thrive with its offering of proprietary products within its successful brand portfolio which includes Small World Creative®, Fashion®, Science®, and Learning®, Ryan's Room®, IQ Baby®, Neurosmith®, Gertie Balls®, All About Baby®, and Small World Living®, brands.

    The Orda-Creative Group was founded in 1969 in Israel. By continuous development and growth, the Orda-Creative Group has reached its place among the leading manufacturers of arts and crafts, fashion, science, and educational toys and games with its products selling at more than 50 markets on all five continents. The Orda-Creative Group maintains a close working relationship with the research and educational departments of Israel's leading universities and famous educational institutes, placing the company in the top echelon of games and toys developers. All of the Orda-Creative Group's products are based on the concept of learning through experience, widely accepted by leading educators throughout the world, the games enhance the development of skills while offering children many hours of fun and pleasure. The Orda-Creative Group's production facilities comply with the highest international standards of quality and all products meet the most stringent safety requirements.

    About Vertex Capital Management

    Vertex Capital Management, LLC, is a private equity firm focused on consumer goods brands. Founded in 2008, Vertex Capital Management provides its portfolio companies with strategic, operational, and partnerships support to enable growth and success of each of its brands. The company strongly believes in achieving success by partnering existing management teams within the Vertex Company portfolio to allow for the mutual success of all portfolio companies through new product innovation, the foundation of a strong distribution platform, and aggressive marketing and brand building.

    For more information please contact Small World Toys at +1 (424) 201-6900 or go to our website www.smallworldtoys.com

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    Upper crust art broker, producer, publisher and entrepreneur Jimmy D Robinson, known for penning and publishing highly-praised poetry books gifted to presenters and nominees at the Grammy® Awards and producing hit dance records with singers Melba Moore, Carol Jiani and CEEVOX, offers Paula Deen help to rekindle her mammoth fire.

    MEDIA GIANTS - West Hollywood, Calif. (MMD Newswire) July 4, 2013 *** Just in time to save Paula Deen, Jimmy D Robinson, head of Jimmyland Corporation, a Florida based media company, has put an offer on the table to help rebuild the toppled empire. Jimmy D. Robinson, an entrepreneur, publisher and media producer, has been in touch with Paula Deen's office via phone and has sent an official letter offering her a multi-faceted deal to help restore the Southern belle to her superstar status after being knocked down by her admission to making racist remarks many years ago.

    The Jimmyland Corporation offer to downtrodden Deen consists of a publishing deal where she would retain 50% of her book publishing; a TV production contract with Max Media Group, Inc. and "Eye on South Florida" to produce and air new Paula Deen cooking shows; and a recording contract from J Music Group, Inc. to produce a dance record featuring the culinary diva on a fun and entertaining club track with a music video and full remix package.

    Paula Deen Offered Multi dimensional Deal by Jimmyland Corporation / Jimmy D Robinson

    "Having been down-and-out myself at one time in my life, I understand the need for second chances. I've been able to build myself a wealthy, rich and abundant life with a prosperous media business because of strangers' helping hands," states Jimmy D Robinson, President, Jimmyland Corporation. "Deen, has been honest about her previous wrongs and has apologized profusely. Paula Deen deserves the opportunity to be forgiven and allotted a second chance. I want to be someone who stands up and says 'enough is enough' and offer sincere caring help."

    It has been widely reported in the news that Deen has now been dropped by The Food Network, Walmart, Target, JC Penney, her book publisher Random House and other companies. This serious Jimmyland Corporation offer has the potential to be worth millions to Deen and the opportunity to truly redeem her in the eyes of the public.

    ABOUT JIMMY D ROBINSON and JIMMYLAND CORPORATION

    After an early life riddled with addiction and homelessness, Jimmy D Robinson was introduced to the rare art collection world through a friend and with hard work and dedication, eventually became a very successful art broker. He established Jimmy D Robinson, Inc.[Rare art Collections] and specializes in brokering large collections of art as well as multi-million dollar paintings to elite and private clientele, luxury hotels and corporations worldwide. His art dealing includes Contemporary, Hudson River School, American Impressionism, Old Masters, American & European Paintings as well as the large rare art collections.

    Robinson's highly praised poetry books have been gifted to presenters and nominees at the Grammy® Awards, the Radio Music Awards, the American Music Awards and the Latin Grammy® Awards. Jimmy D Robinson ventured into the studio in 2007 and began setting his poetry to music. His debut full-length spoken-word CD was titled MIND JUICE. Robinson's sixteen-book anthology, is a timeless collection of Robinson's poems set to beautiful music. From the MIND JUICE CD sprang Robinson's first international chart hit titled, "A Tiny Shoe." The remix project pushed "A Tiny Shoe" to #6 on the Billboard Club Play chart and #7 on the UK Music Week chart. Establishing his record label, J Music Group, became the next rung on Robinson's artistic ladder. He entered the studio with CEEVOX and produced several international hit dance club records with his poems "In The Night"( #4 on Billboard Club), "At Midnight" (#24 on Billboard Club) and "Lost in You" (#34 on Billboard Club). Soon, Robinson began working with international dance music diva Carol Jiani. Together they recorded the #2 UK Music Week Chart hit "Broken." Robinson also recorded the hit dance album "One More Chance," starring the stunning vocals of music legend Melba Moore.

    For Art: www.jimmydrobinson.net

    For Music: http://www.jimmydrobinson.com

    For Media Inquiries:

    Jim Strzalkowski | Media Giants | jim@mediagiantsusa.com | 323-363-5094


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    LONG BEACH (MMD Newswire) July 5, 2013 -- Mahoney Law Group, a Long Beach, California, plaintiff's trial firm, has filed a lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court for Wrongful Death, Negligence and Negligent Supervision, Retention and Management stemming from the December 9, 2012, death of Faapuna Mac Manu, while Mr. Manu acted as a first-responder tow truck driver to a stranded motorist on the northbound San Diego Freeway (I-405) near the Cherry Avenue on-ramp in Long Beach.

    The lawsuit was filed against Raymond L. Burley, III and his employer, Ambuserve, Inc., after Mr. Burley drove drunk with a blood alcohol level in excess of .11 following an employer-sponsored holiday work party at Acapulco's Restaurant in Long Beach, California, and struck and killed Mr. Manu after "blacking out" while driving home from the work party. The Wrongful Death Complaint alleges that Ambuserve, Inc. hosted the annual open bar holiday party for company employees and did not restrict or monitor employee drinking, failed to take action to stop Mr. Burley's increasing intoxication, failed to stop Mr. Burley from driving and failed to call a taxicab or alternative transportation for Mr. Burley to prevent harm to Mr. Manu and others. Mr. Manu was only 27 years old at the time of his death and the lawsuit was filed on behalf of the three young, minor children Mr. Manu left behind, Maac (Age 8), Taliyah (Age 7) and Maliyah (Age 1 ½) and Mr. Manu's mother, Rose Manu, all of Long Beach, California. Mr. Manu is also survived by his fiancé and mother of his children, Tarina Guess.

    Thomas F. Mortimer, Jr., co-counsel with Kevin Mahoney and Sean M. Blakely of the Mahoney Law Group, issued the following statement today: "Hosting an employee holiday party, providing paid and unrestricted access to alcohol for employees without paying attention to intoxicated employees who have had too much to drink and not calling them a taxicab is reckless and inexcusable. An ambulance company hosting an open bar employee holiday party and allowing their ambulance drivers and employees like Mr. Burley to leave the party and endanger others after drinking is unconscionable and must be stopped so this never happens again to another innocent family."

    About Mahoney Law Group

    Mahoney Law Group is a plaintiff's trial firm dedicated to the representation of individuals and class-action members in a wide variety of personal injury, product liability, insurance bad faith and employment matters on behalf of consumers, employees and accident victims in California and nationwide.

    Contact information: Thomas F. Mortimer, Esq.; MAHONEY LAW GROUP, APC; located at 249 E. Ocean Boulevard, Suite 814, Long Beach, CA 90802; phone number (562) 590-5550

    SOURCE: Mahoney Law Group, APC

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    $27.8 Million Project Expanded Shoulders and Taxiways for 747-8 Freighters

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala., (MMD Newswire) July 9, 2013 -- After a year-long $27.8 million improvement project, Huntsville International Airport (HSV) has reopened its west runway along with adjacent taxiways. Improvements made to the west airfield meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements to operate Panalpina's 747-8 freighters, which are classified as Group VI aircraft.

    "Huntsville International Airport is part of a small group of U.S. airports that have been FAA-certified to support these 747-8s," said Carl Gessler, Jr., M.D., Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority (HMCAA) board chairman. "We share this distinction with cities like Miami, New York, L.A., and Chicago. Considering the size of our community as compared to the others on the list, this truly is an accomplishment for our region."

    APAC Mid-South, Inc. was the prime contractor for this airport project. Total capital improvements on the west airfield included:
    - Expanding paved shoulders on the runways to 35 feet
    - Expanding paved shoulders on the taxiways to 40 feet
    - Widening full-strength pavement on west taxiway to 82 feet
    - Rejuvenating existing asphalt on the runway and taxiways
    - Redesigning the turn radius for the taxiways
    - Upgrading eco-friendly LED signage on taxiways and runways
    - Upgrading eco-friendly LED lighting on taxiways
    - Implementing new airfield lighting control system

    "Most people are amazed to learn that our airport is the 14th largest international air cargo airport in the U.S. and this is due to our partnership with Panalpina," said Rick Tucker, HMCAA executive director. "The new west runway and taxiway system gives Huntsville the infrastructure it needs to continue growth in global transportation and to strengthen the regional economy." HSV has already started the process to secure funding for upgrades to the east airfield, which would make the entire airport compatible for Group VI 747-8 aircraft.

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    About Huntsville International Airport

    Huntsville International Airport (HSV) features two parallel runways - 12,600 feet, which is the second-longest runway in the Southeast U.S., and 10,000 feet. It recently added 492,516 square feet of air cargo ramp space, increasing total air cargo ramp space to 2.3 million. For more information, visit www.hsvairport.org.

    Chantel Gurney Minish

    (256) 258-1977

    cminish@hsvairport.org


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    Zugme launches and lets users connect based on interests through a two-dimensional feed, offers ad space to users who generate traffic

    July 10, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Zugme, a brand new social networking site, is turning the social media business model on its head with an exciting and unparalleled approach to bringing people throughout the world closer together through social networking. Newly launched, Zugme offers a platform for bloggers, businesses, travelers, and artists to share their content using a two-dimensional feed, each offering its own level of exposure. Content is tagged by topic and city, and instantly appears in both the chosen topic feed and the chosen city feed.

    Zugme's most buzzed about feature is the audio feature, which allows users to record or upload audio and create their own audio blog. In additional to audio blogging, the audio commenting feature gives users the opportunity to approach social networking with a more human-like interaction.

    Along with these unique features, Zugme is also offering advertisement space to active users who generate traffic to their profile and content. This advertising program allows Zugme users to expand their reach even further by creating linkable banner ads to be placed throughout the Zugme site. "Ad space is a great promotional tool that is typically sold to third parties, but we want our users to reach as big of an audience as possible and promote themselves in really unique and exciting ways. Giving users ad space in exchange for traffic is a win-win situation", says Zugme representative Sean Kelly. "Our ad space program really gives Zugme users the opportunity to promote whatever they're passionate about and create an invaluable amount of exposure".

    To inquire about Zugme's advertising program, contact marketing@zugme.com. For more information on Zugme or to create a free account, please visit http://www.zugme.com.

    Zugme

    About Zugme, Inc:

    Zugme is a social networking website launched in 2013. The website is available on standard Internet browsers and as a mobile application for Android phones.

    Contact:
    Sean Kelly
    Tel: (845) 728-1157
    Email: press@zugme.com
    
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    Lafayette, LA (MMD Newswire) July 10, 2013 -- United Vision Logistics, Inc. ("UVL"), one of the Nation's 100 largest logistics and transportation firms announced today a major change in ownership and restructuring. Management, including UVL's Executive Chairman Ronnie Murphy, will collectively become significant shareholders in the company under the new structure. GE Capital, with more than $20 Billion committed to energy investing and financing, will become a significant UVL shareholder and continue as the lead lender.

    UVL is a premier provider of transportation and supply chain management of a wide variety of general commodities and is also well known as a specialist in on-shore and off-shore oil industry transportation and logistics.

    With the exception of Executive Chairman Ronnie Murphy and Director-CEO, John Patterson, UVL will have an entirely new Board of Directors with extensive business, transportation and oil industry expertise and experience.

    UVL's Executive Chairman, Ronnie Murphy in making the announcement said, "Our new Board Members were carefully selected for their superb qualifications. The new Board and our existing Management Team have more than 200 years of executive level transportation and logistics experience to offer our customers. I am delighted that Management will be shareholders and to enjoy the full support of UVL's premier commercial lenders, including GE Capital. While we are focused on safety, service and adding value for our customers, we do see excellent growth opportunities for UVL going forward."

    John G. Martin, President and CEO, GE Antares Capital, offered, "Considering UVL's many years of experience, expertise and leadership in transportation, logistics and energy, we are pleased to support UVL as its principal lender and a significant shareholder. We are excited about the opportunities in the space UVL occupies and that UVL will pursue. "

    For more information concerning UVL, please visit its website at www.uvlogistics.com.

    Inquiries should be directed to John Patterson
    Phone -  337-291-6807
    Email -   John.Patterson@uvlogistics.com
    
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    Plymouth, IN (MMD Newswire) July 10, 2013 -- Indiana Technology and Manufacturing Companies (ITAMCO) has released MTConnect + Google Glass, a free Glassware application that monitors machine tools using Google Glass.

    MTConnect® lowers the barriers to Manufacturing Intelligence, even to as complex a supply-side manufacturing chain as a fortune 500 company. Google Glass--a Heads-Up Display, camera, touchpad, microphone, email and internet connection built into a spectacle frame--coupled with MTConnect functionality, will provide a view into the manufacturing process that until now has been unattainable. The Google Glass user will be liberated from laptops and hand-held smart devices and be able to travel the entire shop floor, gathering and sharing machine data provided by MTConnect, and accessing the internet for more information as he goes.

    The opportunities inspiring the merger between MTConnect® and Google Glass are twofold. The first opportunity is in the exploitation of Augmented Reality (AR). AR generates a composite view for the user that is the combination of the real scene, as viewed by the user, and a virtual scene generated by the computer with additional information such as sound, video, graphics, GPS data, or, in this case, manufacturing data via MTConnect. Google Glass becomes a natural extension of MTConnect's view into machines, providing intuitive and user-friendly access to manufacturing data.

    MTConnect

    The second opportunity lies in the commonalities between MTConnect and Google Glass: the implementation of both is easily achievable, and they are extensible and scalable. Both could be implemented on a small scale and grow with the needs and knowledge base of the facility.

    Every department in a manufacturing facility benefits from MTConnect + Google Glass, from the shop floor to the management suite. A new machine operator watches YouTube training videos while at the machine, supplementing his training program. Getting and sharing information on the machine and its processes would be as intuitive and non-threatening as using his smartphone or playing a video game. An experienced machine operator sends an email to the maintenance staff as soon as he sees a problem. The CEO travels the shop floor, getting accurate real-time machine data and comparing it to the company's accounting, quality control, sales and engineering data. Project managers evaluate workflow and machine readiness before scheduling future work. They also access 100% accurate data and share information with their customers to ensure smooth delivery between vendors. The maintenance staff becomes even more astute at monitoring machines and they respond quicker to problems, while developing stronger preventative maintenance programs. With Google Glass, they can "see" instruction manuals overlaid on the equipment when installing or repairing machinery. The sales staff provides guided Google Glass tours, impressing prospects with the capabilities of the facility and helping them visualize the final product.

    Data streams from MTConnect Agents directly to Google Glass. Google Glass recognizes the machine tool, grabs appropriate information from MTConnect and parses the MTConnect stream to display it in a user-friendly way for the Google Glass wearer. The user will be able to view the following information from the MTConnect-compatible equipment: Power Status, Emergency Stop, Alarm/Messages, Block, Controller Mode, Line, Program, Execution, Path Feed-Rate, Spindle, Axis Positions, Spindle Overrides, Feed-Rate Overrides, Machine Location, Part Location, and Current Part Status. Also, if there is a camera inside the machine, Google Glass will stream the video to the user and overlay the machine data so the user can compare, analyze and make quick decisions. The user could record and share this data seamlessly with all appropriate parties.

    MTConnect + Google Glass will provide a holistic experience of the factory floor that integrates user and machine in a uniquely personal way. The benefits of MTConnect are enhanced due to the faster and more comprehensive delivery method. Google Glass also extends easy-to-understand information to all employees, including administrative and marketing staff that aren't familiar with the shop floor. In fact, Google Glass is the ultimate ergonomically advanced resource. Glasses are comfortable and don't distract from the task, like handheld devices. When coupled with machine cameras, employee safety is improved since the need to access tall or complex machinery is minimized. And finally, there is a psychological benefit. Because the user's expanded vision of machine tools and manufacturing processes, the employee experiences a greater mastery over his environment, thereby increasing morale and job performance.

    About ITAMCO

    Since 1955, ITAMCO has provided open gearing and precision machining services to many heavy-duty industries including mining, off-highway vehicles, marine, and aviation. Learn more about ITAMCO at www.itamco.com or call (574) 936-2112.

    Contact: 
    Joel Neidig
    ITAMCO
    6100 Michigan Road
    Plymouth, Indiana 46563
    (574) 936-2112
    jdneidig@itamco.com

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