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13 12 2017

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Natural Pigment Technology May Be Vital Alternative Due to Tight Synthetic Supply

13 12 2017

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 13, 2017 -- A new natural carotenoid product may be the only option for some egg and poultry producers facing a tight supply of synthetic pigments. Demand for COLORTEK® Yellow feed additive, a natural alternative to apo-ester, produced by Novus International, Inc. for use in egg and broiler chicken skin coloring, is increasing as the poultry industry adapts to face a shortage of synthetic pigments and decides to replace synthetic ingredients in poultry diets to suit consumer preferences. The COLORTEK Yellow product team at Novus makes it clear they are ready to fill the gap and help provide product to those facing unfilled orders. COLORTEK® Yellow is a unique natural source of yellow carotenoids produced with a new patented technology to deliver the desired pigmentation. "We developed this product to deliver consistent, uniform coloration to egg yolks and broiler skin while helping to reduce cost and maintain performance compared to synthetic sources,"...

Jeffery M. Leving to Support Roundtable Discussion on Landmark Illinois Legislation to Provide Divorced Parents Equal time with their Children

13 12 2017

CHICAGO, Dec. 13, 2017 -- This landmark House Bill 4113 is sponsored by Illinois State Representative La Shawn K. Ford, who is introducing this important Parents Rally for Equal Rights with Attorney Jeffery M. Leving.   Representative Ford's legislation provides that equal time with each parent is in the presumptive best interest of the child. "I support this new law because it puts the interests of children first and helps to rectify the current state of inequality where mothers spend significantly more time with their children than fathers do," said Leving. The discussion is scheduled to take place at the Michael A. Bilandic State of Illinois Building in Chicago, which houses Illinois Supreme Court Justices and the Illinois First District Appellate Court, on Wednesday December 13, 2017 at 10 AM. This increase in so-called "shared responsibility" legislation reflects recent studies that have demonstrated the importance of a father's presence in the lives of...

Generational Equity Advises Self's Inc. in Sale to E.J. Welch Company

13 12 2017

DALLAS, Dec. 13, 2017 -- Generational Equity, a leading mergers and acquisitions advisor for privately held businesses, is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, Self's Inc., by E.J. Welch Company Inc. The transaction closed November 17, 2017.Self's is a wholesale distributor of flooring products based in Wichita, Kansas, selling products to retail and contractor customers from its headquarters and four other locations in Merriam, Kansas; Springfield, Missouri; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It was originally established in 1938 as a retail floor covering company but now offers a complete sundry supply business, which includes carpet cushion and installation materials. All three owners will remain with the company.E.J. Welch Company is a value-added partner to flooring dealers, contractors, architect and design professionals, and the installation trade. It has 12 locations in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Wisconsin where it sells installation...

Carvana Launches Fifth Florida Market, Bringing Fort Myers the New Way to Buy a Car

13 12 2017

FORT MYERS, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Carvana (NYSE: CVNA), a leading eCommerce platform for buying used cars boasting a national inventory of more than 8,500 vehicles, launched in Fort Myers, Fla., today. This expands Carvana’s free, as-soon-as-next-day vehicle delivery to five markets in the state, joining Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando and Tampa. Fort Myers and Naples area residents can now can shop for, finance, purchase, and schedule as-soon-as-next-day vehicle delivery, in as little as 10 minutes, completely online. Carvana puts the customer in control of the purchase process, allowing them to shop more than 8,500 vehicles at their desired pace – without the haggling and hassle of the traditional dealership. Carvana owns all of the vehicles on Carvana.com, putting every one through a rigorous 150-point inspection; those vehicles have never been in a reported accident, nor have frame damage. Customers can view all features, imperfections and updated information about open safety...

Plasticity Brain Centers Adds Prestigious Clinician to Team

13 12 2017

    ORLANDO, FL, December 13, 2017 -- Plasticity Brain Centers of Orlando, FL is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Adam Klotzek, DC, DACNB, FACFN, FABVR, FICC to its clinical team. Dr. Klotzek recently relocated to Orlando from Minneapolis, MN, to work for a practice that is on the "cutting edge of functional neurology".Dr. Klotzek is an accomplished worldwide lecturer in the field of neurology and ReceptorBased neurological treatment. He holds fellowship status in both functional neurology and vestibular rehabilitation, as well as holding certifications in attention deficit disorder, electrodiagnostics, and sports rehabilitation. He has special interests in developing novel treatment applications, the effects of joint misalignments on brain function, and has authored a number of published medical papers. Dr. Klotzek is also the longest serving faculty professor at the Carrick Institute of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation in Cape Canaveral, FL. He will...

Sam F. Hamra Named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who's Who

13 12 2017

    SPRINGFIELD, MO, December 13, 2017 -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to name Sam F. Hamra a Lifetime Achiever. An accomplished listee, Mr. Hamra celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.Mr. Hamra is an attorney and is the Founder & Chairman of Hamra Enterprises, which owns and operates 154 restaurants (Wendy's, Panera Bread and Noodles & Company) in Missouri, Chicago and Boston, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel (Lewisville, Texas), co-owner of the Comfort Inn Hotel (Springfield,...

Yoga Yoga Partners with Om Prana Yoga to Bring First IAYT-Accredited Yoga Therapy Teacher Training Program to Kansas City

13 12 2017

Industry leader Yoga Yoga and yoga studio Om Prana Yoga in Parkville, Missouri, are partnering to bring the first Yoga Therapy Teacher Training Program accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) to Kansas City. Launching in February 2018, this program will allow Registered Yoga Teachers (RYTs) to gain specialized knowledge and practical tools to offer yoga’s healing benefits to a wide range of people exhibiting a variety of conditions. Austin, TX, December 13, 2017 -- Industry leader Yoga Yoga and yoga studio Om Prana Yoga in Parkville, Missouri, are partnering to bring the first Yoga Therapy Teacher Training Program accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) to Kansas City. This professional program, launching in February 2018, will allow Registered Yoga Teachers (RYTs) who are trained at the 200-hour level and above to gain the specialized knowledge and practical tools to offer yoga’s healing benefits to a wide range of people...

Heartland Financial USA, Inc. Announces Plan to Acquire First Bank Lubbock Bancshares, Inc. in Texas

13 12 2017

DUBUQUE, Iowa and LUBBOCK, Texas, Dec. 12, 2017 -- Dubuque, IA-based Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (“Heartland”) (NASDAQ:HTLF) and Lubbock, TX-based First Bank Lubbock Bancshares, Inc. (“FBLB”) jointly announced today that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which FBLB and its wholly-owned subsidiary, FirstBank & Trust, will be acquired by Heartland.  This is the second merger announcement for Heartland within the last 30 days as it prepares to pass $10 billion in assets.Based on Heartland’s closing common stock price of $50.15 per share on December 11, 2017, the stock and cash transaction is valued at approximately $185.6 million (including the cash consideration to be paid to holders of FBLB’s stock appreciation rights).  The actual transaction value will change due to fluctuations in the price of Heartland common stock and is subject to certain adjustments. FirstBank & Trust is a commercial and retail bank, headquartered...

Clearent Achieves PCI Validation for its Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) Solution

12 12 2017

Merchants that use the gold standard for data encryption – PCI-Validated P2PE – get to bypass dozens or even hundreds of questions on the PCI Self Assessment Questionnaire and forgo networks scans without taking any shortcuts with their data security. CLAYTON, Mo. December 12, 2017 Today, Clearent, a payments solution provider, announced that it received PCI validation for its Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) solution. P2PE protects card data as it moves through the payment system, making the data worthless to criminals in the event of a breach. Now that the PCI Security Standards Council has tested and validated Clearent’s P2PE solution, merchants using it can take the SAQ P2PE with up to 90% fewer questions than the other versions of the SAQ. Merchants using PCI-Validated P2PE also do not need to conduct vulnerability scans or penetration testing. P2PE is the most secure way to transfer data. Sensitive card data is encrypted at the point of interaction as soon as a card...

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