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Leading Industrial Contractor and Fabricator Wins ABC National Safety Excellence Award

M. Davis and Sons, Inc. has been awarded the National Safety Excellence Award, which is the industry’s leading safety laurel that honors both merit shop general and specialty contractors.

Long Beach, CA, 2018-Mar-30 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — Associated Builders and Contractors Delaware Chapter announced the winners of the prestigious Excellence in Construction award during its 28th annual celebration held in Long Beach, California.

The award was received by the construction and fabrication company M. Davis and Sons received amidst resounding applause.

M. Davis and Sons. Inc. is the leader in construction and fabrication of corporate plants and facilities for Fortune 500 Companies. Their expertise in mechanical, electrical, fabrication, instrumentation, and power distribution equipment create efficient processes for their customers.

Receiving the award has been termed as a milestone for the company as the Excellence in Construction awards program is the industry’s leading competition that honors both general and specialty contractors for innovative and high-quality merit shop construction projects.

Held on March 26, 2018, the ceremony of the ABC’s 28th Annual Excellence in Construction Awards had guests from every corner of the industry.

Talking to them, the 2018 ABC National Chair George R. Nash. Jr., Director of Preconstruction at Branch & Associates in Herndon, VA said,

“I am continually inspired by the amazing talent these ABC members and their employees display every day in the communities they build. It is an honor to recognize their commitment to world-class safety, superior craftsmanship, and cutting-edge innovation. The scope of this year’s Excellence in Construction award-winning projects, from a science museum and luxury apartment buildings to a polyethylene facility and sports stadiums, proves that if it can be built, the merit shop can be built it, on time and on budget.”

The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) organizes Excellence in Construction Awards every year and selects winners based on the several criteria such as experience modification rating, OSHA report information, commitment to safe work practices, policy and leadership, and safety vision.

About ABC:
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association established in 1950. It represents more than 21,000 members. Founded on merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work, and deliver that work safely, ethically, and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. For more information visit ABC.org.

About M. Davis & Sons, Inc.
M. Davis & Sons, Inc. is a fifth generation women-owned industrial contractor and fabricator located in Delaware that has served customers for more than 145 years in the oil & gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, food, beverage and industrial markets.

Media Contact:
M. Davis and Sons
Elaine Buonopane
19 Germay Drive
Wilmington, DE
Phone: 302-993-3365
Email: Elaine.Buonopane@mdavisinc.com
www.mdavisinc.com

M. Davis & Sons Provides High-Tech Solutions with Messer Plasma Cutting Equipment

Wilmington, DE, 2018-Feb-21 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — Peggy Del Fabbro, CEO of M. Davis & Sons, announced that it has acquired a Messer Cutting Systems Evolution® Plasma Cutting Table. The revolutionary new equipment enables M. Davis and Sons fabrication specialists to produce an enhanced level of smooth edge quality, precision hole cutting, and it keeps the surrounding work area smoke free.

“We are excited to offer the new equipment to advance the customer’s project schedule,” said John Bonk, M. Davis and Sons’ Vice-President of Operations.

The new state-of-the-art plasma cutting equipment by Messer Cutting Systems is software controlled and allows M. Davis & Sons to provide a larger volume of plate cutting in-house to accommodate client needs. The plasma cutting table allows materials to be cut run in measurements from 1.5” for carbon steel to 1-inch for stainless steel and to achieve high-quality edges. Metal plates are aligned to the torch via a camera for extreme accuracy.

One of the most innovative features of the equipment is its smoke-free design. It’s equipped with exhaust dampers that open and close as the welding torch moves for a safer work environment. The Messer Slagger component automatically cleans the machine base with pusher blades for cleaning performed in just minutes for minimal downtime.

The plasma cutting equipment represents the next evolution for steel fabrication and industrial construction. An innovative approach to construction and fabrication enables the company to work faster and produce the highest quality results while providing significant time savings for any project.

The company recently sent two of its fabrication specialists to Wisconsin to receive specialized training and instruction on the equipment’s operation. Additional operators are being trained as part of an ongoing in-house program.

The acquisition of the Messer Cutting Systems Evolution® Plasma Cutting Table by M. Davis & Sons provides the company’s clients in multiple industries with an enhanced level of quality, precision and options for modular process skid fabrication and assembly, steel fabrication, industrial construction and welding.

About M. Davis & Sons, Inc.
M. Davis & Sons, Inc. is a fifth generation women-owned industrial contractor and fabricator located in Delaware that has served customers for more than 145 years in the oil & gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, food, beverage and industrial markets.

Media Contact
Elaine Buonopane
Phone: 302-993-3365
Email: elaine.buonopane@mdavisinc.com
Website: www.mdavisinc.com

Simply Innovative Products, Inc. Receives First Samples off Production Mold

Cheyenne, Wyoming, 2017-Oct-25 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — Simply Innovative Products, Inc. (OTCPink: SMPI) has received first samples off production mold of the disposable beverage lid from the company’s subsidiary Simply Lids.

The first samples were produced from the company’s newest supplier of high-tech thin walled injection molding. These samples reflex the final design of the injection lid that will change the food & beverage industry for a long, long, time. Final adjustments and operational parameters are being calculated from the first samples and used to establish standards for future equipment and production.

Simply Innovative Products, Inc. President John Newman stated “After four years of developing and refining the simply lid, we were finally able to get a mold maker that was capable of making the ultimate design which matches our original vision without compromise. This design will set the standard of disposable lids for years to come. ”

About Us:
Simply Innovative Products, Inc. is a development company specializing in plastic products in various markets. BugoutTM Pet Products is the company’s latest acquisition, poised to make an impact in the multi-million-dollar pet industry.

Simply Lids is an award-winning company whose specialty is disposable beverage lids in the food services industry. Simply Lids’ patented technologies provide a safer, more enjoyable drinking experience, without splashing or spills, and has the added benefit of unique marketing opportunities, never before realized in this industry sector. Simply Lids plans on being the leader in this multi-billion-dollar sector through the application of its unique technology and innovation. For more information, please visit our website at www.simplyinnovativeproducts.com.

Forward-Looking Statements:
This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this release, words such as “estimate,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “projected,” “planned,” forecasted” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, which are, by their very nature, not guarantees of Simply Innovative Product Inc.’s future operational or financial performance, and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. Due to the risks and uncertainties, actual events may differ materially from current expectations. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact:
Mr. John Newman, President
Tel: 702-720-6757
www.simplyinnovativeproducts.com

Sogu has launched its first KickStarter Campaign

SOGU COOLER KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN IS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED

San Antonio, TX, 2017-Jul-24 — /REAL RIME PRESS RELEASE/ — The Sogu Cooler keeps liquids cold in their bottle for up to 6 hours!

Sogu (www.sogucooler.com) has launched its first KickStarter Campaign to raise the funds necessary to pay for the tooling for the next version Sogu 2.0 Cooler. The patented Sogu Cooler keeps drinks cold for up to 6 hours while still in their original bottle. No ice needed!!! The Sogu Cooler prevents condensation from soaking your clothes or table cloths and is perfect for work, sports and restaurants.

“Our Sogu Cooler is a great addition to your home, restaurant or travel gear to keep your drink cold or hot!” – Michael Van Steenburg, Sogu President

While the Sogu 1.0 Cooler is ready for market now and fits most 1.0 to 1.5 liter bottles, the new Sogu 2.0 version will be even more modular and adjustable to fit an even wider variety of plastic and glass bottles. Sogu 2.0 also features additional technical features such as an optional reusable ice pack and vacuum insulation that increases the available cooling time up to 24 hours.

Keep It Cool With Sogu!

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Michael Van Steenburg at sales@sogucooler.com.

SOURCE: EPR Network

Oregon Grow Cabinets Launches Today – Home Growing, Refined

Outside View

Bend, OR, 2017-Mar-08 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — New startup OREGON GROW CABINETS, launching today, is focusing on the burgeoning home-growing movement with a new suite of grow cabinets constructed to fine-furniture standards and equipped with innovative climate controls. “Our cabinets are an industry game-changer,” says Adam Bronstein, owner/founder. “They are designed to provide you with the perfect customizable growing environment while looking great in your home. Our grow cabinets are something you will be proud to display. There is nothing like our products on the market today and they are built here in Central Oregon.”

People are discovering that they can grow for themselves what they used to buy, and Oregon Grow Cabinets make the home-growing experience streamlined and easy. Whether it’s growing cannabis or vegetables, the climate-controlled growing environment inside an Oregon Grow Cabinet takes the guesswork out of gardening and helps to ensure that your plants thrive. Growing your own also allows consumers to avoid the pesticides and fertilizers used by commercial growers. “Nothing can match the reward of growing and providing for yourself,” Bronstein says. “If you don’t have control from start to finish, how can you really know what you are consuming? I like having the piece of mind of knowing exactly how my crops are grown. It also allows me to focus on the quality of what I grow.”

Inside View

A zero-compromise approach to form, function and quality all came together during the development of the suite of Oregon Grow Cabinets. “When I decide on making a significant purchase in life, I am looking for products that add value and provide me with day-to-day enjoyment. Like many others today, I’m tired of the cheaply-made, soon-to-hit-the-landfill, often gimmicky products that are being peddled. A fine furniture maker by trade, Bronstein reworked and fine-tuned the cabinet designs for more than a year before it met his high quality standards. He concludes, “I wanted to merge the worlds of indoor growing and furniture making together, and I am proud to launch Oregon Grow Cabinets and bring a beautiful and functional product to market.”

Oregon Grow Cabinets LLC builds high quality grow cabinets for the home in Central Oregon.

Contact-Details:
Adam Bronstein

$25,000 prize for startups from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest: Synergy Tech Startup Contest announces an event for innovative companies

Seattle, Washington, 2017-Feb-12 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — Synergy Tech Startup Contest for Startups from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest has been initiated and applications are open from February 9th. Finals will be held live from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM on April 5, 2017, in SURF Incubator, 999 Third Ave Suite 700, Seattle. The contest is designed to offer a unique Synergy experience: the winner will receive $25,000 in software development services to take their project to the next level. Additional prizes will also be offered by legal and technology sponsors in support of emerging companies. The application form, details about the judges, the agenda, and other information can be found here: http://synergycontest.com/.

The event has been created for tech startups by tech specialists. This is our way of supporting and rewarding groundbreaking technical startup businesses from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest, as well as promoting the benefits of global collaboration and the remote team model.

The entry requirements: the applicant must be a startup from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest with an innovative tech product. The applicant should have a viable business plan that can be accelerated through access to high quality development resources. The applicant must have a mature marketing strategy and have raised initial funding. The applications must be submitted by March 9, 2017 here: http://synergycontest.com/application-form/

“We’re experienced in global collaboration and would like to share all its benefits with emerging businesses from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest,” says Jeff Bianco, president and founder of Dev-Pro.net, co-founder and judge of the Synergy Tech Startup Contest. “We’re inviting applicants to join in, and plan to select six high-potential startups from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest to compete for the grand prize, which is $25,000 in software development services. We’re committed to supporting the winner in developing their startup with the help of a team of professionals who offer exactly the right set of technical skills to boost their project.”

Our Synergy formula is simple: pitch in front of influential judges and a live audience, become number one, and take your startup to the next level. All finalists will receive valuable feedback from expert judges, one or more additional exclusive prizes provided by partners, and the opportunity to cooperate with one of the contest partners. All eligible applicants from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest will increase the visibility of their products or services by presenting their work on the contest website.

About The Synergy Tech Startup Contest:
The Synergy Tech Startup Contest is a startup pitch competition held in six US cities, where innovative companies with revolutionary solutions have a chance to win valuable prizes and accelerate their product development.

About Dev-Pro.net:
Dev-Pro.net was founded by successful entrepreneur, Jeff Bianco, in September 2011. The long history, vast experience, and in-depth understanding of the technology domain are the foundation of our company’s success in servicing technology companies and digital agencies.

Contact-Details:

Ievgeniia Prytula
Email: info@synergycontest.com
Phone: 1-310-362-0206

Moonbasa and ITA to Bring U.S. Fashion Brands to China

Partnership Provides New e-Platforms for Brands Interested in Selling to China

Los Angeles, CA, 2016-Aug-09 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — The International Trade Administration (ITA) has partnered with Moonbasa, a large China-based e-commerce company, to support a digital platform dedicated to U.S. brands interested in selling to the Chinese market. This will provide U.S. companies with an opportunity to open a web store on Moonbasa’s e-commerce platform, and also give them an opportunity to participate in a three-day online-to-off-line (o-to-o) experience at Moonbasa’s flagship digital store in Shanghai.

According to Kim-Bang Nguyen, Director, Export Promotion and Strategic Business Alliances for the Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) at ITA, “China is a difficult market to penetrate, especially for small- and medium-size businesses. We believe Moonbasa, an e-commerce platform with a dedicated ‘U.S. Brand Mall’ and full-service commerce solutions, is an effective way for these businesses to create a new channel of distribution in China.”

Moonbasa is a China-based fashion-only e-commerce platform with an all-inclusive turnkey service. It launched a ‘U.S. Brand Mall’ last year supporting more than 25 small-to medium-sized U.S. brands. Such brands currently on the platform include Ocean Current, Taylor and Sage, Janet Chung, Band of Gypsies, and Halo. An o-to-o operation, Moonbasa is slated to open 15 more brand stores this year.

Moonbasa will be exhibiting at WWDMAGIC in the Las Vegas Convention Center August 15-17 in booth 73500 Central Hall, and welcomes U.S. fashion brands to learn about this opportunity. Brands can also contact Barbara Graff, bgraff@moonbasausa.com or Kim-Bang Nguyen, kim-bang.nguyen@trade.gov
for additional information.

Contact-Details:
moonbasa logo
Moonbasa/barbara graff,
2300 E. 11th st.,
p: 805-630-0585,
graff@moonbasausa.com,
www.us.moonbasa,com,
www.moonbasausa.com

DIRECT CONNECT CONTINUES TO ACQUIRE SALES OFFICES WITH PURCHASE OF FLORIDA ISO

CHANTILLY, VA, March 15, 2016 — /EPR NETWORK/ — Direct Connect today announced that it has acquired another payment processing sales portfolio, Merchant Processing Solutions (MPS) in Fort Lauderdale, FLA.

This transaction is part of Direct Connect’s commitment to growth through acquisition and is the company’s sixth acquisition since being recapitalized by The Beekman Group in 2015.

MPS provides merchant services to more than 500 restaurants and retail businesses across the United States, with more than $100 million in annual processing volume.

Owned jointly by Yamilet Strauss, Claudia Mosley and Diana Lizarazo, the independent sales organization (ISO) is a perfect fit for the Direct Connect business model: it is an active retail ISO acquiring merchants on the First Data platform, but it needed the financial and technological infrastructure and support to compete in today’s rapidly-changing payments infrastructure.

“MPS has grown successfully because of their people, and their top-down commitment to providing service and support to customers,” said Matt Clyne, Direct Connect’s CEO. “Direct Connect adds financial strength and stability, state-of-the-art technology and highly experienced human resources to the mix, making for an unbeatable combination and assured growth for MPS.”

Clyne said Direct Connect purchased five companies in 2015 and has already laid the groundwork for three more acquisitions in the first half of 2016. Direct Connect continues to actively seek out sales offices with low attrition and a commitment to the highest levels of service and support.

ISOs interested in investment capital or acquisitions opportunities are invited to visit www.directconnectps.com or contact the company at 800.747.6273.

“We intend to be a very active buyer in the marketplace,” Clyne said.

About Direct Connect
Based in the Dulles Corridor of Northern Virginia, Direct Connect provides innovative technology and payment processing services to businesses across the United States and Canada, including retail, restaurant, government contractors and service industries. Through a robust partner program, Direct Connect works with financial institutions, non-profit organizations, associations and software developers to incorporate payment solutions and enhance customer service. With a 20+-year history and more than 25,000 merchants in its portfolio, Direct Connect was recapitalized in 2015 by The Beekman Group, a New York City-based private equity firm positioning us well to meet the ever-changing demands of the industry.

Contact-Details:
Nancy Drexler, Acquired Marketing
ndrexler@acquiredmarketing.com
917-743-5258

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FIRST DIVERSITY MANAGER NAMED BY M. DAVIS & SONS, INC.

WILMINGTON, DE, June 18, 2015 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — M. Davis, the fifth generation woman-owned Industrial Contractor and Fabricator headquartered in Wilmington, DE has named Christina MacMillan its Manager of Supplier Diversity. Christina MacMillan will enhance the program by working with diverse vendors to help identify opportunities with M. Davis. This will enable M. Davis to continue promoting economic growth and community development through our diversity and inclusion initiatives while also expanding our current supplier base to include the best and brightest.

“Christina MacMillan will be able to pinpoint new vendors and suppliers and grow our diversity program,” says M. Davis CEO Peggy Del Fabbro. Mrs. MacMillan currently oversees the Accounting Department at M. Davis and has been vital to that role for over ten years. Complimenting her knowledge of diversity is her involvement with the Women’s Business Enterprise Council (WBEC) PA-DE-sNJ, Associated Builders and Contractors Delaware Chapter’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and the Emerging Leaders Council for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Greater Delaware Valley Chapter. MacMillan received her BS in Business Administration and MBA from Goldey Beacom College.

From its beginnings as a tinsmith shop in the 1800’s to the current status as one of the larger businesses located in Wilmington, M. Davis continues to bring innovation to the construction industry.

About M. Davis & Sons, Inc.
M. Davis & Sons, Inc. is a merit shop mechanical and electrical contractor and fabricator located in Delaware serving customers in the Oil & Gas, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Food, Beverage and Industrial markets. For more information contact Mike Kerwien via phone (302) 993-3303 or email Mike.Kerwien@mdavisinc.com. Visit our website at www.mdavisinc.com.

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CONTACT: Mike Kerwien
302-993-3303
Mike.kerwien@mdavisinc.com

THE IPO PROJECT – YOU’RE NEXT: THE NEW ROAD TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP

ATLANTA, Georgia, May 04, 2015 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ –360 Player Experience, LLC present The IPO Project – You’re Next competition. The competition affords budding or new entrepreneurs the opportunity to ignite their dream. The idea behind the national competition is to provide all of the support necessary to avoid the statistics published by the Small Business Administration stating that 50% of all new businesses fail within 2-5 years. The IPO Project – You’re Next competition provides 10 winners with financing for their new business venture and infrastructure support for the business in the areas of accounting, human resources, marketing, and information technology.

The IPO Project – You’re Next competition seeks to find the most innovative product or service business concepts to evaluate. The entrepreneur seeking to win the competition need only apply online at www.theipoproject.com and pay the application fee. The evaluation team will review all applications, select, and electronically notify the 100 semi-finalist on July 15, 2015. The week of August 17-21, 2015 the 100 semi-finalist will travel to Atlanta, GA and present the future of their idea to a panel of 25 industry professionals. Collectively the panel will select 10 winners to receive the investments and infrastructure support in their idea. The IPO Project- You’re Next competition winners will be announced and notified by September 15, 2015.

As Pandora Radio representatives stated,”The IPO Project is American Idol meets Shark Tank.”

The IPO Project – You’re Next competition along with sponsors that include Energy 1 Federal Credit Union, Regus Group Companies, HillChase, LLC, Club-e, IASC, Inc. and the Invest Atlanta team is poised to help entrepreneurs from 18 to 80.

In John Hope Bryant’s book, “How the Poor Can Save Capitalism” he posed the question; ” …Imagine if we could turn people with few opportunities…into tomorrow visionaries and entrepreneurs.” The IPO Project – You’re Next competition answers this call to action and takes it a step further by providing the necessary support to bolster entrepreneurial success.

CONTACT:
Marjorie Waye, President
360 Player Experience, LLC
201 17th St Ste300, Atlanta, GA 30363
T: 844-968-7360
F: 404-963-0900
info@theipoproject.com
www.theipoproject.com