Archive for August, 2008

Budget Waste Inc. Extends Contract With Town of Chestermere

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Budget Waste Inc. (PINKSHEETS: BDGW) is pleased to announce today that the Town of Chestermere has extended it’s curbside refuse pickup contract with Budget Waste Inc. until March of 2009.

This contract includes approximately 4000 homes picked up on a weekly basis. The revenue generated for BWI is approximately $250,000.00 per year. Extending this contract past the extension date is currently under negotiations. While servicing this area BWI is able to attract new clients in the surrounding areas enabling the establishment of long term route organization and infrastructure development. Continuation of this program will continue to add to BWI’s customer base and help in developing operations in the surrounding areas.

Budget Waste Inc. Supplier of Choice for Big Valley Jamboree

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Budget Waste Inc. (PINKSHEETS: BDGW) announced today that it has secured the contract to supply portable sanitation services to the Big Valley Jamboree for the third year in a row.

This contract entails supply and servicing of over 270 portable toilets and related equipment for the 4 day event and is expected to generate close to $50,000.00 for BWI.

Big Valley Jamboree is Canada’s biggest country music extravaganza; it was voted the Canadian Country Music Association’s Country Music Event of The Year in 2001, 2004 and 2006. BVJ has the best country music acts in the world on the main stage from morning ’til night. There’s also a tradeshow with all kinds of fabulous stuff.

Health Discovery Corp. (HDVY) and Smart Personalized Medicine Join Forces to Develop New Breast Cancer Prognostic Test

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Health Discovery Corp’s support vector machine technology is the driving element in a new licensing agreement with Smart Personalized Medicine, LLC. Its patented technology is based on pattern recognition, which the company states also has potential in other sizable commercial markets such as oil exploration, Internet search and spam, and other areas where analysis of large volumes of complex data is required.

The licensing agreement will push work on a new breast cancer prognostic test in collaboration with the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas. It sets up Health Discovery Corporation (OTCBB: HDVY) with a 15% equity position in Smart Personalized Medicine, LLC and it will receive royalties based on net proceeds from the tests.

Smart Personalized Medicine, founded by Dr. Richard Caruso, chairman and founder of Intergra Life Sciences, has a $5 million initial investment. “Shareholders should greatly benefit from (Dr. Caruso’s) experience and determination as he sets his sights on using HDC’s SVM technology to develop a new and improved breast cancer prognostic test,” said Health Discovery Corporation Chairman and CEO Dr. Stephen Barnhill.

“Now that a formal license agreement has been signed between Smart Personalized Medicine and HDC, we are ready to begin immediate development of what we believe could become a superior breast cancer prognostic test using HDC’s SVM technology,” Dr. Caruso said.

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Electronic Tag Company Advanced ID Corp. (AIDO.OB) Set To Acquire China-based Radio Frequency Business

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Without naming names, Advanced ID Corporation (OTCBB: AIDO) reports that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire a radio frequency identification (RFID) company, based in China. This falls in line with AIDO’s current role as a developer of RFID for livestock and pet tracking and recovery, as well as tracking the supply chain of items such as tires.

A company news release says the action allows AIDO to become “the only US public company with instant access to the Chinese domestic market for RFID products and services – the single largest in the world.” The move is also in line with AIDO’s strategy to expand throughout Asia, including a recent creation of a Hong Kong subsidiary, Advanced ID Asia Pacific Co. Ltd.

“Heavily R&D focused, the undisclosed company is located in one of China’s high tech zones and will serve as the primary engineering resource and lead manufacturing operation for AIDO products,” the news release states. Advanced ID CEO Dan Finch said the purchase of assets is being made at the right time.

“Combining our two companies extends our base of operations, further increases our competitiveness in the world market and affords us a strong platform to approach new markets,” Finch said. “The combined entity will enjoy rapidly increased revenue over the next three years and have an objective of moving to a senior exchange as part of its long range plans.”

Advanced ID Corporation is a major factor in the tire inspection business through its UK based Pneu-Logic subsidiary. The company is active in the pet recovery business through its AVID Canada subsidiary in Calgary, Alberta, and is reintroducing its livestock tagging product line in several countries as well as developing a UHF RFID-reader product line for all market applications.

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ZAP (ZAAP) Considers Manufacturing Home in Kentucky Thanks To $68 Million in State-Provided Incentives

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

With labor and quality costs in China getting more expensive, ZAP (OTCBB: ZAAP) is looking at other places to build its line of electric vehicles.

Kentucky has risen higher in consideration with the efforts of Integrity Manufacturing to help secure $68 million in state incentives for large-scale manufacturing. Preliminary approval for this package came Aug. 15 from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority.

Though less than two years old, Integrity’s Louisville plant now builds items for HomeDepot, EMD and most recently signed a $10-million contract with Boston-based BioDefense Corp. to produce their MailDefender security device.

ZAP has operated since 1994 and sold about 100,000 vehicles during that time in 75 countries. The company is already a partner in a joint venture with Youngman Automotive Group. The project, called Detroit Electric, is developing the ZAP Alias, a highway-capable electric vehicle.

ZAP primarily manufactures and sells its vehicles in China. Integrity reports that its growth over the past year is due to offering a competitive alternative to products once made in China and other countries.

Larry Cottingham is also working with Integrity to expand the use of electric vehicles in Kentucky – and beyond – to grow a domestic market for these vehicles, which don’t rely on petroleum to run. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear recently signed an executive order allowing LSVs, or low-speed electric vehicles, on the roads of the Bluegrass state, an August signing event attended by CEO Steve Schneider, whose company (ZAP) and vehicles, specifically the 40-mph Xebra, will benefit from the order.

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Sew Cal Logo, Inc. (SEWC.OB): Embroidering Profits?

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Sew Cal Logo (SEWC) is a maker of embroidered caps, sports and other corporate identification items. The company operates primarily in the United States. Sew Cal Logo also provides contract embroidery and silk-screening services to the manufacturing and promotional industry; and designs and manufactures apparel under private labels. According to SEC filings, SewCal is quietly ramping up to launch a new line of surf and sportswear under the brand Pipeline Posse to be released by Pacific Sunwear Inc. and other retailers.

SEC filings also noted that SewCal currently generates approximately $2 million in annual revenues and carries $250,000 cash on the balance sheet. There are only 89.3 million shares outstanding. It sells its products to motion picture and television studios, retailers, local schools, shops, and small businesses. The Pipeline Posse clothing line is sold primarily over the Internet. The California-based company offers caps and headwear, jackets, denim, cargo shorts, pants, and related apparel.

SewCal also provides silk screening, heat transfers, sublimation, cap and hat design and manufacturing, and patches of all kinds and shapes to film and television wardrobe designers. Due to its low share price of less than a penny a share, SewCal is considered by many investors to be what is considered a sub-penny stock. The company also provides contract embroidery and silk-screening services to the manufacturing and promotional industry; and designs and manufactures apparel under private labels

SewCal Logo has a market value of about $27,000. The company currently carries $2.86 million of debt on its balance sheet and doesn’t have positive cash flow as of yet.

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VeriChip Corp. (CHIP): Locating and Tracking Potential for Investors

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

VeriChip (CHIP) is a maker of radio frequency identification systems (RFID) used to identify, locate and track people across the United States and abroad. The company markets its products through direct sales force and distributors. Its customers include hospitals and long-term care facilities, and healthcare professionals such as physicians and individual patients. VeriChip’s main competitors are Axcess International Inc. and closely-held Precision Dynamics Corporation. The company is a former unit of Applied Digital Solutions Inc. and was founded in 2002.

Last month, VeriChip, based in Florida, sold its Canadian operations, known as Xmark Corporation, to engineering giant Stanley Works for $48 million. The sale led to a special dividend payout of $1.35 for VeriChip shareholders. The special dividend was paid earlier this month. Recent news reports have said VeriChip is also exploring options, including a possible sale of its VeriMed Health Link business, which carries the implantable chips used in the RFID devices.

About twice the length of a grain of rice, VeriChips RFID device is typically implanted above the triceps area of an individual’s right arm. Once inserted, the device cannot be seen from the outside. Earlier this year, VeriChip completed $8 million in debt financing, of which $5.3 million will be used to pay down a debt to Digital Angel Corporation. The remainder will be used for working capital, the company said.

Investors should be aware that the company is also attempting to find a buyer for itself and that its business is viewed as controversial and a potential invasion of privacy by many critics. In addition, former Chief Executive Officer Scott Silverman recently left the company and was replaced by an executive from Digital Angel.

For the year ended Dec. 31, 2007, VeriChip had almost $50 million in assets and about $25 million in liabilities. Shares of VeriChip, with a market value of $9.5 million, closed today at 85 cents on volume of more than 812,000 shares, more than 11 times the daily average for the last three months.

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Clearly Canadian Beverage Corp. (CCBEF.OB) Discusses Second Quarter Financial Results

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Clearly Canadian Beverage Corp. (CCBEF.OB), a marketer of premium alternative beverages, including Clearly Canadian® sparkling flavored waters and Clearly Canadian dailyEnergy, dailyVitamin and dailyHydration Natural Enhanced Waters, recently reported the company’s second quarter financial results for the period ending June 30, 2008.

Clearly Canadian reported quarterly revenues of $2.53 million compared to revenues totaling $3.0 million during the same period one-year earlier. The company’s net loss totaled $0.07 per share, compared to a loss of $0.25 per share during the second quarter of 2007.

The company also announced an agreement with Cott Corporation, the largest private bottling group in the world, to bottle Clearly Canadian Beverages in 20 ounce and 1 liter sizes. Under the terms of the agreement, Cott Corporation will bottle Clearly Canadian sparkling flavored waters for distribution throughout North America. This agreement, along with the launch of a new phase of Clearly Canadian products, is expected to deliver significantly greater revenue and margins in the coming quarters.

During a recent conference call, David Reingold, the president of Clearly Canadian, stated, “We have greatly reduced our expense structure in the U.S. during the second quarter, as we transition down our beverage operation to prepare for new product launches. Mr. Reingold concluded, “I am pleased with our performance and remain very optimistic about the third and fourth quarters, which are normally very busy times for us, and we will also be launching most of our new business into the marketplace during this time. Our team is working very hard to bring Clearly Canadian back to EBITDA profitability in 2009.”

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FuelCell Energy, Inc. (FCEL) Discusses Third Quarter Results and Opportunities for Growth

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

FuelCell Energy, Inc. (NASD: FCEL), the world leader in the development and production of stationary fuel cells for commercial, industrial, municipal and utility customers, recently reported the company’s financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2008. Shares of FuelCell Energy, whose ultra-clean and high efficiency DFC® fuel cells currently generate power at over 45 locations worldwide, declined late last week on the earnings announcement.

The company reported a 106 percent increase in revenues to $27.9 million for the fiscal third quarter, compared to $13.5 million during the same period one-year earlier; however, FuelCell’s net loss totaled $26.8 million, or a loss of $0.39 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $16.2 million, or a loss of only $0.24 per basic and diluted share, during the corresponding quarter in fiscal 2007.

According to R. Daniel Brdar, FuelCell Energy’s chairman and chief executive officer, the company is currently building on the first half of the year and will continue to implement cost reductions and ramp up production efforts in order to record revenue gains. Mr. Brdar also stated, “As a result of this year’s cost reduction efforts, we expect to see positive gross margins on multi-megawatt power plants and fuel cell modules, which will be the majority of our production by late 2009.”

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SkyPostal Networks, Inc. (SKPN.OB) Recently Partnered with Deutsche Post’s DHL Global Mail

Friday, August 29th, 2008

SkyPostal Networks, Inc. (OTCBB: SKPN) signed a partnership with Deutsche Post’s DHL Global Mail in order to expand its mail courier services overseas and into much of Europe. Having already established itself as a premier mail delivery service in the Latin American-Caribbean (LAC) region, teaming with Deutsche Post’s DHL Global Mail further enhances company value and will result in an increase in revenue.

The strategic agreement demonstrates SkyPostal’s desire to continue to expand revenues and earnings by maximizing capacity and output to meet the demand for door-to-door reliable international mail service. It is estimated that 12% of international mail coming from the United States travels to the Latin America-Caribbean region, compared to 35% of U.S. international mail delivered into Europe. This agreement now gives SkyPostal the opportunity to capitalize on the combined postal demand of both major regions and the company will now be able to market their service as a wholesaler throughout Europe and into the entire DHL international network.

Continuing to grow as a company is the main mission for Albert Hernandez, President and CEO of SkyPostal, “We are continuing to execute and improve upon our business model, and we believe that the company will continue to aggressively grow its revenue and efficiencies in 2008,” he said. “Our management team has done an extraordinary job positioning the Company to continue increasing its penetration in the industry. Simultaneously, they have created a powerful entrepreneurial spirit to enable the company to generate strong revenue and net income growth while providing the best service possible.”

As a global leader in worldwide cross-border mail business, DHL operates out of 50 processing centers and manages 35 sales offices spanning the globe. DHL Global Mail offers expertise in express, air and ocean freight, overland transport, contact logistics solutions and international mail services, combined with worldwide coverage and an in-depth understanding of local markets. DHL’s international network links more than 220 countries and territories worldwide.

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Asta Funding, Inc. (ASTI) – A Leader in Asset Management

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Asta Funding is a consumer receivable asset management company that purchases, manages, and eventually liquidates both performing and non-performing consumer receivables. These receivables include credit accounts issued by large grantors (i.e. Visa, Mastercard), as well as banks, telecom accounts and other consumer loans.

The non-conforming consumer receivable market is growing all the time, as consumer debt increases during this state of relative economic unrest. While originating credit institutions have traditionally preferred to keep recovery efforts in-house, more and more lenders are beginning to sell their charged-off receivables for immediate funding.

Since 1999, Asta has purchased nearly $18 billion in charged-off or sub-prime receivables. For example, in 2006, the company bought receivables with a face value of $4.7 billion for around $184 million. Asta takes a keen approach in liquidating these assets as well. Through its large network of collection agencies and law firms, Asta outsources collection at a low cost, thereby maximizing its portfolio potential.

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Life Partners Holdings, Inc. (LPHI) – Dedicated to Helping People in Times of Need

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Since 1991, Life Partners Holdings, Inc. has worked to become one of the top life settlement agencies in the country. The company prides itself on a stringently upheld code of ethics, which sets it apart in a business which historically has been known to take advantage of the disenfranchised.

When people are faced with the decision to sell their life insurance policies, their lives may already be in a state of upheaval. That’s why Life Partners assigns each client his or her own transaction coordinator. This individual acts as a guide through the entire (sometimes confusing) process, to ensure that no question goes unanswered, and that every situation is handled in the best possible manner.

There are many cases in which selling a policy can be more beneficial than keeping it; especially for the elderly, life circumstances can change dramatically, rendering an old policy obsolete. Rather than paying premiums on unnecessary coverage, people turn to Life Partners for its ability to extract the highest possible value from these policies.

In addition to its life settlement services, Life Partners takes an active role in the community. The 12,000 square foot headquarters also houses an educational, museum-style Ice Age exhibit for children. The company also contributes to Fuzzy Friends Rescue, an animal adoption agency that runs a no-kill shelter for unwanted pets.

Life Partners has provided many people with critical funds in times of need, and they have done so in a professional and compassionate manner. That is precisely what makes them a leader in the arena of life settlements.

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Shares of Linktone Ltd. (LTON) Pop 20% on Strength of Q2 Results

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Linktone Ltd. (LTON), a provider of wireless interactive entertainment and advertising in China, reported second quarter 2008 financial results yesterday afternoon. Investors cheered the news by sending LTON shares 20% higher today, or $0.30, to close at $1.80 on five times normal trading volume.

Revenues for the second quarter rose 63% year-over-year to $19.1 million. On a sequential basis, revenues fell 7% from $20.5 million in the first quarter. GAAP net loss swelled to $10.6 million, or 26 cents per ADS, compared to a net loss of $3.2 million, or 13 cents per ADS, for the same period in 2007. Non-GAAP net loss, excluding a one-time non-cash impairment charge of $6.0 million and other charges, was $4.4 million, or 11 cents per ADS, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $2.9 million, or 12 cents per ADS, for Q2 2007. The dilution in loss per ADS is accounted for by an increase in the number of ADSs from 23.9 million on June 30, 2007 to 41.5 million on June 30, 2008.

“Excluding the one time impairment charge of $6.0 million associated with Linktone’s strategic decision to terminate its cooperation agreements with the Chinese Youth League Internet, Film and Television Centre (”CYL”) with regard to Qinghai Satellite Television (”QSTV”), the Company’s other operating expenses for the second quarter totaled $6.4 million, which were down 12% from the prior quarter,” said Michael Li, Linktone’s Chief Executive Officer.

He continued, “This reduction in operating costs reflects our commitment to cost containment as we look to further streamline the Company and return it to profitability. With the termination of these contracts, the Company can focus on its core wireless and fixed line value-added business, and also leverage PT Media Nusantara Citra (”MNC”) resources to explore synergistic investment opportunities for future growth. Returning back to profitability becomes the top priority for Linktone.”

The company provided revenue guidance for the third quarter of $18.0 – $19.5 million. Shares of LTON have traded in a 52-week range of $1.40 – $4.40. LTON has a market cap of approximately $75 million.

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RedChip Featured Company: Power of the Dream Ventures, Inc. (PWRV)

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Power of the Dream Ventures, Inc. (PWRV) is a leading technology holding company focused on supporting Hungarian-based research and start-up companies. Power identifies unique technologies and helps transform these ideas into market-ready products and applications.

Up until recently, the countries in central Europe have focused on developing the solid infrastructure needed for a market economy. By 2012, the central European countries will be joining the European Monetary Union and will need to adjust their efforts into expanding their economies.

Power understands the challenges businesses face when attempting to get new ideas and products into the hands of consumers. The company hopes to foster economic growth in Hungary by consolidating idea, seed, and start-up companies under their experienced management team. Power plans on managing all phases of development, including acquiring patents, building new products, developing business plans, and providing marketing and distribution resources.

Why focus on Hungary? Most people don’t realize that developers of the moon rover and creators of binary code, full-length motion pictures, matches, and color television were of Hungarian descent. Power has found that the Hungarian technology sector has an untapped pool of breakthroughs that deserve to be pursued. Power estimates that at least 100 qualified acquisition opportunities can be found in Hungary each year.

Viktor Rozsnyay, CEO of Power of the Dream Ventures, recently stated, “We have access to dozens of similar technologies that can be acquired, patented and made available for licensing. There are five other such products under management already. In the coming years we will incubate a large number of these opportunities in addition to the many larger projects we have under management, such as RiverPower and iGlue for example. I believe these smaller deals can provide a consistent revenue stream while firmly establishing Power of the Dream Ventures as the premier identifier and commercializer of Hungarian technology.”

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Hybrid Technologies Inc. (HYBR.OB) Showcases Their NEW Supercar to Popular Mechanics

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Recently, Hybrid Technologies gave Popular Mechanics a sneak peak at the company’s new high-performance supercar. The much anticipated debut of this car, the Liv INIZIO, has been made at the Mooresville, NC manufacturing and R&D facility. Hybrid Technologies is a fully-electric vehicle manufacturer that is trying to change the landscape of the automotive industry. In addition to cleaning the environment through the use of emissions-free vehicles, they also have their eyes on winning the Automotive X Prize.

Hybrid Technologies’ contender for this prize will be very similar to their supercar, the Liv INIZIO, which is a two-door, race-inspired sports car that can go from 0 to 60mph in 4.0 seconds. This car will be the base for the model that will be used to compete for the X-Prize. It is capable of reaching speeds of 160 mph and can travel up to 160 miles on a single charge. The car will be modified into a hybrid vehicle that will need to accomplish at least 220 mpg.

Engineers on the project describe the car as far superior to both a Corvette and a Prius in their respective areas of specialization. When asked if the X Prize car would hit the 600+ horsepower level, Ron Cerven, a project engineer, laughed and replied that Popular Mechanics was “way out of the ballpark—it’s gonna be wild.” A full scale test model of the car will not be available until late 2009 or the first half of 2010, but the automotive community is eager to see the final results of this ferocious driving machine.

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Triangle Petroleum Corp. (TPLM.OB) Provides Update on Its Maritimes Shale Gas Program

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Triangle Petroleum is an exploration company focused on emerging Canadian shale gas projects covering 584,000 gross acres in the Maritimes Basin in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. The company plans to aggressively exploit their shale gas assets based on their prior experience with other shale gas assets in the Barnett and Fayetteville shale gas areas.

Triangle’s first exploration well, N-14-A, was spud in July of 2008 and drilled to a depth of 8,500 feet. The well encountered Horton Bluff Shale at a depth of 3,600 feet and drilled through a total of 4,900 feet of shale and interbedded sands. Core samples were obtained at various depths and sent to labs in Houston and Calgary for analysis. The company owns a minimum 45% working interest in the well and is the operator.

Triangle’s second exploration well, O-61-C, was spud early this week. This well is located 14 miles west of the company’s first well and is located in a separate fault block. The planned total depth of this well is 9,900 feet. Triangle also owns a minimum 45% working interest in this well and is the operator.

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GeoEye Inc. (GEOY) Signs Deal to Provide Imagery to Google

Friday, August 29th, 2008

GeoEye Inc. (GEOY) is the premier provider of geospatial information for the national security community, commercial customers, and strategic partners to help them better map, measure, and monitor the world. The company is recognized as the industry’s trusted imagery expert for delivering reliable service and the exceptional quality of its imagery products and solutions. In addition, GeoEye operates a number of Earth imaging satellites, mapping aircraft, and an international network of ground stations.

GeoEye recently announced that it will provide imagery from its new $502-million, high-resolution GeoEye-1 satellite to Google Earth and Google Maps after the spacecraft is launched on September 4th. If all goes well with the launch, GeoEye’s new satellite will be the world’s highest -resolution commercial Earth-imaging satellite. The new satellite will offer images at 0.41 meters resolution in black and white and 1.65 meters in color.

GeoEye, which went public in September 2006, has expanded dramatically over the past five years, quadrupling its work force and reporting large revenue and profit increases. The company’s shares have slumped in recent months on the delay in the launch of their GeoEye-1 satellite, which was originally scheduled to be launched in April 2008. GeoEye CEO Matthew O’Connell said that the launch of GeoEye-1 should help spur new US-government orders from the Pentagon and elsewhere. Mr. O’Connell predicted strong growth over the next five years, bolstered by growing commercial and government demand globally for satellite imagery.

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Xiom Corp. (XMCP.OB) Appointment of New Sales Director Will Expand Marketing Reach

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Xiom Corporation (OTCBB: XMCP) manufactures industrial-based thermal spray coating systems in the United States. The company’s XIOM 1000 Thermal Spray system is used to apply plastic powder coatings on steel, aluminum, non-ferrous substrates, wood, plastic, masonry and fiberglass. The company also manufactures plastic powder designed specifically for thermal spraying.

To lead its marketing and distribution efforts, the company today announced the appointment of Bill Garomon as director of Industrial Sales, fueled by his 35 years of experience selling thermal metal spray systems and powder coating systems.

“Garomon has personally sold, designed and installed more than 250 automated powder coating systems for industry during his career,” Andy Mazzone, president and CEO of Xiom Corp stated in the press release. “His knowledge in powder coating technology enables Xiom to find new areas of applicability for its unique thermal spray powder coating system especially for traditional in-plant powder coaters to now add large-part coating capability to their business.”

For Garomon, the position will allow him to extend Xiom’s sales reach for a product he considers superior to others on the market. “I am really excited about this opportunity because I will be presenting and selling the only portable powder coating system in the world,” Mr. Garomon said.” This is an exceptional product that no other technology can match.”

Garomon said he intends to target numerous industries to use the company’s thermal spray coating systems on “boats, ships, heavy equipment, bridges, oil pipelines, train cars and virtually anything that requires a high quality, long-lasting and cost-saving coating will be my targets, which encompass almost every industry in the country.”

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Pinnacle Energy Corp. (PENC.OB) Secures $1 Million Acquisition of Six Producing Wells in Oklahoma

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Independent oil and gas producer, Pinnacle Energy Corp. (OTCBB: PENC), formerly Gas Salvage Corp., today announced the acquisition of working interests in six wells in Pawnee County, Okla. for $1 million. The news sent shares of Pinnacle Energy soaring nearly 33 percent, to 98 cents.

According to the press release, five of the six wells produce high-gravity light sweet crude oil; the sixth is a saltwater disposal well. The company’s interest in the wells lies in reports that, as of August 27, 2008, the five oil wells are producing 20 barrels of oil per day, and 30 MCF of gas per day. Pinnacle Energy will retain a 25.5-percent net revenue interest in two wells, a 20-percent working interest in three wells, and a 17-percent interest in the remaining well.

According to Pinnacle Energy CEO Nolan Weir, the company is looking forward to long- and short-term benefits from the acquired wells. “Current production and reserve reports suggest that the Glencoe field in Pawnee County, Oklahoma, has excellent long-term development potential,” Weir stated. “We look forward to developing the field to its fullest potential in the very near future.”

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Liquidmetal Technologies Inc. (LQMT.OB) Indicates Today’s Slower Quarterly Growth will be Replaced with Higher Margins as China Move is Completed

Friday, August 29th, 2008

The next time you look at your big screen television, take a closer look. Is it plastic that encases the screen or is it something else? Try the same for your cell phone. Materials science is always on the move, manipulating molecules and whatnot to come up with a stronger and lighter product. Most likely, you don’t pay them a second thought. It seems the products you use every day are increasingly not what they appear to be. Finding products that are used, but not paid attention to, are an opportunity for profit. The problem is, they need to be recognized in the first place. The companies that turn out these products fall into this category as well, but if they can be found, profit will follow.

Liquidmetal Technologies, Inc., an engineered materials manufacturer and marketer, works to manufacture market and commercialize liquid amorphous metal products. In a general sense, the company manufacturers materials and products that resemble thermoplastic materials and products for consumer and industrial manufacturing/production applications. It should be noted that the company’s products are not thermoplastic in any form but might be better described as looking like a thermoplastic casing.

The company has been having solid results, selling its casing and coating products to manufacturers and industrial producers. The consumer market is quickly taking advantage of the benefits that amorphous metals have to offer. Uses do and can include: cell phone cases, medical devise cases, hinge applications, aerospace applications and sports products, to mention but a few. The oil services and power generation markets are also finding excellent opportunities where their pipe casings are concerned. As one might suspect, the company is at the leading edge of this new materials science and holds many patents. To date, it holds or controls 20 patents, with three recently received patents involving its die-casting processes being granted.

Although the company has been having solid results with its product offerings, it has had several recent quarters of slower growth. For the most part, the company attributes this slower than expected quarterly growth to its moving of manufacturing operations to China from Korea, a slowing oil services sector – and maintenance programs during slower production months at electric utility generation plants. In each case, however, the company indicates no long-term effects should be seen as margins will increase significantly as China operations ramp, electric power plants come back on line and oil services stabilizes in a fairly interesting energy market.

Generally, the company does feel positive about this slower period, as cost-cutting activities will diminish any negative results. As consumer products do appear to be the strong suit of the company, the future does look positive as manufacturers begin to fully understand the true advantages that amorphous metals bring to their products. If an investor can get past the “next quarter” syndrome, amorphous metals may just be a solid investment in the future.

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Ronn Motor Company, Inc. (RNNM.PK) is “One to Watch”

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Ronn Motor Company, Inc. is a design and manufacturing company committed to providing environmentally friendly, premium automobiles with stunning looks and performance powered by eco-responsible power systems. The power systems used in their vehicles include hydrogen fuel, fuel cells, and plug in-electrics. By integrating these unique features with a strong sense of ethics, environmental sensitivity, and premium quality, Ronn Motor Company anticipates taking its place beside other automotive leaders focused on leading the industry in its transition toward fuel efficiency.

Ronn Maxwell, Founder and CEO, has dedicated his professional career to every aspect of the automobile, including building, construction, fabrication, racing, painting, restorations, and sales. Having experienced owning multiple high-end automotive shops, Maxwell is a talented, visionary entrepreneur with the operational and interpersonal skills necessary to manage future growth.

The company’s first car to blend the two worlds of exotic performance with eco-friendly fuel solutions is the Scorpion. Unparalleled styling and superior performance will be the cornerstones of the vehicle. With a close ratio six-speed transmission and other fuel saving measures, the Scorpion is expected to achieve approximately 40 mpg, while being capable of producing 450 horsepower.

The eco-exotic sports car has already attracted the attention of the media and was selected “Publishers Choice” by the duPont REGISTRY™, a buyers’ gallery of fine automobiles®. Tom duPont, founder and publisher of the duPont REGISTRY™, stated, “When deciding on the ‘Publisher’s Choice’ vehicle, we often look for a car that symbolizes where the luxury and exotic market is headed. The ‘Scorpion’ provides environmentally-conscious consumers with a car that has the stand out design and performance of an exotic car, but keeps carbon footprints at a minimum.”

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Ajene Watson, LLC Joins QualityStocks with eDOORWAYS Corp. (EDWY.PK) Public Relations

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Ajene Watson, LLC, a financial services firm in New York, has turned to QualityStocks to provide and manage public relations services for its client, eDOORWAYS Corp. (EDWY. PK). “Taking into account the success of their own PR and branding, I expect they will perform similarly for eDOORWAYS,” stated Ajene Watson, the founder of AJENE WATSON, LLC and developer of the True Loan stock loan program.

QualityStocks is focused on collecting data from hundreds of Small-Cap and Micro-Cap online Investment Newsletters into one Free Daily Newsletter Report and distributing it to investors free of charge. The company is dedicated to assisting emerging public companies with their advertising efforts and currently has over 740,000+ subscribers.

Commenting on QualityStocks’ growth, Mr. Watson stated, “I’ve witnessed QualityStocks growth from a small investor newsletter with a handful of subscribers to a leading multi-million dollar PR brand within the Small Cap markets in a relatively short period of time.”

QualityStocks will be joining a few key firms who are managing eDOORWAYS’ IR/PR campaign. The investor/public relations firm will be in charge of quarterbacking the efforts and will provide the latest eDOORWAYS’ news and events on their website as well as their daily newsletters.

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Ferro Corporation’s (FOE) Materials Facilitate Performance

Friday, August 29th, 2008

You know, when your sales for 2007 are $2.2 billion, that you’re doing something right. That’s the case for Cleveland, Ohio-based Ferro Corporation, which garnered those kinds of numbers last year. Trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), Ferro is a worldwide supplier of technology-based performance materials for manufacturers. They are part of the Specialty Chemical industry and manufacture and sell their products in over 100 countries through the efforts of approximately 6,300 employees.

Ferro’s materials enhance the performance of products in diverse end-market applications. These are electronics, solar energy, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, building and renovation, appliances, automotive, household furnishings, and industrial products, among others. The company operates a variety of businesses.

Their Electronic Material Systems segment develops, manufactures, and markets high-purity powders, pastes, and tapes for many electronic applications. Their Color & Glass Performance Materials business supplies glass colors and coatings for automotive, flat, and container glass in the global market. Ferro’s Pharmaceuticals & Fine Chemicals division produces high-value fine chemicals and intermediates. They are for various pharmaceutical, electronic, and chemical industrial applications. Ferro specializes in supercritical fluid technology and process engineering and they are qualified for multidisciplinary research in pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical technology.

Ferro’s Polymer Additives segment provides products that improve the characteristics of, or the processing of, plastics. Products from this division include heat and light stabilizers, plasticizers, and lubricants. Ferro’s Porcelain Enamel business is one of the world’s largest suppliers of porcelain enamel used for protecting cookware, small and large appliances, sanitary-ware, water heaters, and building panels. In fact, in 1932, Ferro produced the first all-porcelain enamel home in South Euclid, Ohio.

The company’s Specialty Plastics business produces filled and reinforced plastics, liquid coatings and dispersions, plastic colorants, and advanced polymer alloys. The company’s Tile Coating Systems operation is the world’s leading supplier of ceramic glaze coatings, and is a major supplier of ceramic color. The major market for this division is the ceramic floor and wall tile industry.

Last November, Ferro began work on a 177,604-square-foot facility in Suzhou, China, where they will make aluminum pastes for the Asia solar cell manufacturing market. Last September Ferro commissioned their newly constructed tile color plant in Castellon, Spain. The plant includes approximately 129,000 square feet for production, quality control, and supporting laboratory facilities. Ferro will use the facility for making glaze and body stain product lines for the European tile market. Ferro has produced ceramic tile color products in Castellon for 42 years.

In 2007, Ferro’s Porcelain Enamel business launched RealEase®, a porcelain enamel hybrid nonstick coating for cookware, and AquaRealEase™, a patented porcelain enamel coatings for energy-efficient self-cleaning ovens. They also introduced Evolution™ performance enamel, an appliance finish substitute for stainless steel, copper, and other high-cost metals. This product is highly durable, and scratch and fingerprint resistant. Evolution™ received recognition for materials innovation by Finishing Today magazine in their 2007 Innovation Awards.

Ferro Corporation continues to produce innovative and varied products. Their products continue to enhance other companies’ products, and Ferro’s materials are part of many products we use every day. It is the wide applications of their materials that give value to Ferro’s shareholders each year.

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GreenMan Technologies Inc. (GMTI.OB) is Focused on Doing Green Business

Friday, August 29th, 2008

With corporate headquarters in Savage, Minnesota, GreenMan Technologies, Inc. and their subsidiaries collect, process, and market scrap tires in whole, shredded, or granular form in the United States and Canada. Trading on the OTCBB as part of the Rubber and Plastics industry, GreenMan has a market capitalization of $7.41 million. Founded in 1992, the company markets their products via a direct sales force.

GreenMan Technologies collects and recycles millions of tires each year for many applications. The recycled and reprocessed tires find use as efficient alternative fuels in large industrial boilers. They also find use as a substitute for crushed stone in civil engineering applications such as roadbeds, landfill construction, and septic field construction. In addition, tires are recycled as crumb rubber for playground and sports surfaces, for rubberized asphalt, and for landscaping applications. This crumb rubber is also used for public walkways, equestrian arenas, and other molded rubber products.

The company produces and sells tire chips as tire-derived fuel (TDF), which is a substitute or secondary fuel source used by paper mills, cement kilns, and electric utility companies. Cement kilns and electric companies can also use whole tires as a fuel source. GreenMan also manufactures, sells, and installs playground safety tiles consisting of crumb rubber feedstock.

They also sell playground equipment and full turnkey services. These services include annual safety reviews and post-sale maintenance programs to schools and park recreation facilities. GreenMan currently offers these services in California, Iowa, Minnesota, and Missouri.

The company has new gasification and pyrolysis applications in development that they expect to use to produce low-grade fuel oils, ethanol, a carbon black by-product, and agricultural zinc sulfate in the future. Along with the markets mentioned, the company’s customer base also includes tire manufacturers, tire outlets, state governments, schools, and park and recreation departments. The company’s processing facilities are in Savage, Minnesota, as well as Des Moines, Iowa. GreenMan’s playground safety tile manufacturing facility is in Carlisle, Iowa and their playground equipment warehouse is in Macon, Missouri.

On Monday, GreenMan Technologies announced that their wholly-owned recycled products subsidiary, Welch Products, was awarded a multiple site playground project in Platte County, Missouri. Welch’s playground division, National Safe Surfacing Initiative (NSSI), entered into the agreement. The project consists of the installation of a total of four playgrounds at two public elementary schools in the Platte County R-3 school district. It is projects such as this, along with continued innovations when it comes to recycling scrap tires, that keeps GreenMan an active player in the green business environment.

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Keep Up to Date with QualityStocks Featured Companies Using Twitter

Friday, August 29th, 2008

If you want to know what’s going on with our featured companies, whether its price action or the latest news, then go see our Twitter page and add us as a friend: Every day we post short messages that keep our followers in tune with what’s happening right now.

For those not familiar with the website, Twitter is a service for friends, family, co–workers, and businesses to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick messages. The website launched July 2006, and has quickly grown into one of the largest social networking sites on the web.

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