SLUSH PUPPiE Nominated for 2016 Madison Avenue Walk of Fame

ONTARIO, CA—(Marketwired – August 31, 2016) – The ICEE Company is pleased to announce its iconic SLUSH PUPPiE mascot as a nominee for the 2016 Madison Avenue Walk of Fame — the Advertising Industry's equivalent to The Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The annual event, part of Advertising Week, honors mascots universally recognized in the advertising community and challenges the public to vote online at–of–fame/. Voting is now open and will run through September 19th, 6:00 pm ET. The voting culminates with all of the nominated mascots ringing the NASDAQ bell during Advertising Week on Monday, September 26th, where the winners will be announced.

“We are excited and honored to have our SLUSH PUPPiE mascot as a nominee for the 2016 Madison Avenue Walk of Fame,” said Dan Fachner, President of The ICEE Company. This is the ICEE Company's second consecutive nomination. ICEE Bear, mascot for ICEE, was inducted into the 2015 Madison Avenue Walk of Fame.

The ICEE Company, is a leader and innovator in the Frozen Beverage industry, offering the most comprehensive Frozen Beverage package and Service Network in the beverage and foodservice categories. Our brand portfolio includes ICEE®, SLUSH PUPPiE®, ARCTIC BLAST®, parrot ice® frozen cocktails and fruit smoothies, ICEE® Slush, THELMA's® frozen lemonade and Java Freeze ® frozen and iced coffee. The ICEE Company is also a major service provider to the foodservice category through ICEE Managed Service. The ICEE Company is a subsidiary of J&J Snack Foods Corp. (NASDAQ: JJSF), and operates Service Centers throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. For further information, please visit us at

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Quatris Receives Strategic Investment from Seaport Capital

BEDFORD, TX and NEW YORK, NY—(Marketwired – August 31, 2016) – Quatris, LLC (“Quatris”), a provider of specialized healthcare software and database solutions, as well as hosting, software maintenance and support services for small and medium sized physician practices, announced today that it has secured a strategic investment from Seaport Capital (“Seaport”), a middle–market private equity firm. The existing management team invested in the transaction alongside Seaport and will continue to lead the company going forward. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“Quatris is pursuing a number of growth initiatives,” said Quatris CEO Mark Spates. “Seaport will help the current management team by providing capital and strategic assistance to execute on this vision. Seaport recognizes the importance of Quatris' support and hosting services for its customers, as well as the value of our employees. We look forward to implementing our plans and continuing to build a great company.”

Seaport Capital Partner Bob Tamashunas agreed, saying, “We are impressed with the Quatris management team and service organization. The company has multiple avenues to grow as the healthcare landscape continues to evolve in coming years. We look forward to partnering with the team to assist them in achieving their strategic goals and growing the company while continuing to exceed clients' service expectations.”


Quatris Health provides software and database solutions for medical practices, as well as the training and support needed to maximize the benefit of a physician practice's technology investment. The company was formed in 2013 as the result of a merger between Final Support and Alliance Healthcare Solutions. Both Final Support and Alliance Healthcare had individually been in the healthcare space for more than ten years prior to the merger. Upon its creation, Quatris Health became the largest independent seller of GE Healthcare's Centricity Practice Solution to small and medium sized physician practices.

Quatris Health is a partner for physician practices, providing clinicians, administrators and office staff software support and services. The company also provides hosting services, enabling physician practices to manage their data though the company's cloud services. For additional information, visit


Founded in 1997, Seaport Capital provides capital to middle market companies in the communications, media, and business services sectors. Seaport works with talented management teams to create valuable companies that are leaders in their market segments. Seaport's extensive investing experience enables it to develop successful strategies; its relationships and resources help achieve them. The firm seeks to invest $10 to $25 million of equity capital in private companies with enterprise values of between $20 and $100 million. For additional information, visit

ISO Invites Media to Attend Stakeholder Symposium, Sept. 7 & 8

FOLSOM, CA —(Marketwired – August 31, 2016) – The California Independent System Operator (ISO) invites credentialed media to attend the annual two–day Stakeholder Symposium, one of the premier energy forums in the West.

The symposium is scheduled Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 7 and 8, at the Sacramento Convention Center.

The two day event provides an ideal venue for candid and thoughtful dialogue on our industry's most important topics. This year's event will showcase a variety of panels where industry leaders will discuss the benefits and challenges of integrating California's bulk power system with that of neighboring western states, the rise of distributed energy resources and the new role of consumers in energy markets.

Keynote speakers include Tom Steyer, environmentalist, philanthropist and clean energy business leader; and Mauricio Gutierrez, president and CEO of NRG Energy. The symposium will also have panel discussions with participants representing energy, environmental, business and regulatory sectors from throughout the state and nation.

While the event is now closed to the general audience, credentialed media may request attendance by contacting the media line, Anne Gonzales at, or Steven Greenlee at

Click here for more information on the 2016 ISO Stakeholder Symposium.

The California ISO provides open and non–discriminatory access to one of the largest power grids in the world. The vast network of high–voltage transmission power lines is supported by a competitive energy market and comprehensive grid planning. Partnering with about a hundred clients, the nonprofit public benefit corporation is dedicated to the continual development and reliable operation of a modern grid that operates for the benefit of consumers. Recognizing the importance of the global climate challenge, the ISO is at the forefront of integrating renewable power and advanced technologies that will help meet a sustainable energy future efficiently and cleanly.

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McDonald's USA President Mike Andres to Retire at End of 2016; Chris Kempczinski Named New USA President

OAK BROOK, IL—(Marketwired – Aug 31, 2016) – McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD) today announces the retirement of U.S. President Mike Andres and the subsequent appointment of Chris Kempczinski, Executive Vice President of Strategy, Business Development and Innovation, to lead the U.S. business effective Jan. 1, 2017.

“Mike has been relentless in his commitment to building a better brand,” said McDonald's President and CEO Steve Easterbrook. “From significant strides in food quality to meaningful customer initiatives like All Day Breakfast and forging an even stronger partnership between U.S. operators and the company, his commitment to our customers is unmistakable.

“As we thank Mike for his contributions, we are confident Chris is the right leader to build upon our U.S. progress and bring a new level of convenience and excitement to the restaurant experience,” Easterbrook added. “His proven track record of driving change is invaluable as we continue to transform McDonald's into a modern, progressive burger company.”

Kempczinski will begin to focus his efforts on the U.S. business as he and Andres work together to ensure a smooth transition in the months ahead.

“With the strides we have made in the U.S. business this is the right time for me to retire,” Andres said. “I'm proud of the work we have done to put our customers first and enhance our menu so customers can feel good about eating the food they love at McDonald's.”

Prior to joining McDonald's last year, Kempczinski served in various strategy and operational positions with some of the world's leading consumer companies, most recently as Executive Vice President, Growth Initiatives and President of International at Kraft Foods Group.

“I look forward to building upon the significant progress in the U.S., and continuing the innovation and collaboration among our owner–operators, suppliers and employees to take McDonald's to the next level,” Kempczinski said.

McDonald's also announces additional leadership changes today:

  • In addition to his current role as President of the International Lead Markets, Doug Goare will take on the role of Chief Restaurant Officer, overseeing a number of business functions managed by Chief Administrative Officer Pete Bensen who is retiring in September. In this expanded role, he will oversee supply chain, information technology, global restaurant operations, development and digital business functions. This streamlined structure further supports McDonald's commitment to move quickly on customer–focused initiatives.
  • Lucy Brady has been named Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development. She joins McDonald's in September and will take on the role vacated by Kempczinski overseeing strategy development, planning and innovation to drive growth for the company. As a Senior Partner and Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group she led several turnaround and strategic growth initiatives.

“I am confident we have the right leaders in place to accelerate our turnaround and further strengthen the McDonald's brand,” Easterbrook said.

About McDonald's
McDonald's is the world's leading global foodservice retailer with over 36,000 locations in over 100 countries. More than 80% of McDonald's restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business men and women.

iMetal Drills Jumbo Graphite Flakes at Carheil (Quebec) and Expands Its Property From 22 km2 to 130 km2

VANCOUVER, BC—(Marketwired – August 31, 2016) – iMetal Resources, Inc. (TSX VENTURE: IMR) (“IMR”) is pleased to announce results from one of their recent three–hole diamond drill program on IMR's newly acquired property in Carheil, Quebec and details from a petrology report by AGAT Laboratories (Calgary). Carheil is located 130 km north of the town of La Sarre, in the Abitibi region of Quebec, the most mining friendly district in the world.

DDH 1603 was drilled at a –55– degree angle intersecting graphitic sedimentary rocks at a depth of approx. 95 meters. Samples collected from the graphite zone represent a near perpendicular section through the sequence. A review of the petrology of the graphite intersection indicates the presence of Jumbo–sized graphite flakes in combination with Large and Medium to Small graphite flakes within a zone grading 1.67% Cg over 4.67 meters, from 144.56–149.23 meters in the hole. The Jumbo–sized flakes occur in a 1.1 meter sample grading 7.48% Cg. The largest Jumbo flake identified measured over 785 Microns, (a Jumbo flake is any flake that measures greater than 300 Microns). A petrology report from AGAT Laboratories in Calgary for the remaining 2 holes drilled 25 meters apart is pending.

Previously, a review by IMR of historical geophysical survey reports based on exploration by Noranda Exploration and described in a March 7, 2016 news release, documented the presence of a strong several km–long electromagnetic conductor that extended beyond the Carheil property boundaries. On this basis IMR has exercised the option to acquire from Skyworld Holdings (see October 22nd, 2015 press release) full ownership of the Carheil property issuing a total of 1.9 Million shares. This will allow IMR to control 100% of this geophysical anomaly.

An exploration program is now being planned to explore the EM conductor for additional graphite intersections. More detailed information is available on

In addition to the continued exploration for graphite, the Company is also going to pursue opportunities for gold within the boundaries of its current permit. Future work will be directed both to graphite and gold exploration.

Dr. Mark Fedikow is a Qualified Person under the guidelines of National Instrument 43–101 and he has reviewed and approved the geological information contained in this news release.


“Johan Grandin”, CEO

Avista Makes Annual Price Adjustment Requests in Washington

SPOKANE, WA—(Marketwired – August 31, 2016) – Avista (NYSE: AVA) has made its annual rate adjustment filings with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC or Commission) that would, if approved, result in a decrease in natural gas rates, and a modest change in electric rates, effective Nov. 1, 2016.

These annual filings are separate from the general rate case request filed in February 2016 regarding base retail rates in Washington and have no impact on the company's earnings.

Purchased Gas Cost Adjustment (PGA)
The first rate adjustment is Avista's Purchased Gas Cost Adjustment (PGA). PGAs are filed each year to balance the actual cost of wholesale natural gas purchased by Avista to serve customers with the amount included in rates. This includes the natural gas commodity cost as well as the cost to transport natural gas on interstate pipelines to Avista's local distribution system. If approved, Avista's request is designed to decrease natural gas revenues by $12.8 million or 8.0 percent.

The primary driver for the company's requested decrease is a reduction in natural gas commodity costs due to a warmer than normal winter, an abundance of natural gas held in storage, and continued high production levels of natural gas.

About 50 percent of an Avista natural gas customer's bill is the combined cost of purchasing natural gas on the wholesale market and transporting it to Avista's system. These costs fluctuate up and down based on market prices. The costs are not marked up by Avista. The remaining 50 percent covers the cost of delivering the natural gas — the equipment and people needed to provide safe and reliable service.

Residential Exchange Program
The second adjustment is related to the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) Residential Exchange Program. The Residential Exchange Program provides a share of the benefits of the federal Columbia River power system to the residential and small farm customers of the investor–owned utilities in the Pacific Northwest, including Avista. Avista applies the benefits it receives, which typically fluctuate from year to year, to customers as a credit in their monthly electric rates. The benefit Avista will receive from BPA starting in October 2016 will result in a higher level of benefits than is currently being passed through to qualifying customers. As a result of the higher level of benefits, the proposed rate decrease for residential and small farm customers is designed to decrease revenues by approximately $0.6 million, or an overall decrease of approximately 0.1 percent.

Electric and Natural Gas Decoupling
The third rate adjustment, which affects both electric and natural gas service, is related to Avista's decoupling mechanisms. Decoupling is a mechanism designed to break the link between a utility's revenues and customers' energy usage. Avista's actual revenue, based on kilowatt hour and therm sales will vary, up or down, from the level included in a general rate case and approved by the Commission. This could be caused by changes in weather, energy conservation or the economy. Generally, our electric and natural gas revenues are adjusted each month based on the number of customers, rather than kilowatt hour and therm sales. The difference between revenues based on sales and revenues based on the number of customers is surcharged or rebated to customers beginning in the following year.

For electric operations, the rate adjustment is designed to increase revenues by $3.4 million, or 0.7 percent. For natural gas operations, the rate adjustment is designed to increase revenues by $4.6 million, or 2.9 percent. These rate adjustments are driven primarily by a lower level of customer usage in 2015 due in part to a warmer than normal winter.

Change in Rates
If approved by the Commission, the rate changes would be effective Nov. 1, 2016. As a result of the filings, residential electric customers in Washington using an average of 957 kilowatt hours per month would see their monthly bills change from $83.91 to $86.19, an increase of $2.28 per month, or approximately 2.7 percent. Residential natural gas customers using an average of 66 therms per month would see their monthly bills change from $61.85 to $58.81, a decrease of $3.04 per month, or approximately 4.9 percent.

The percentage change for electric and natural gas customers varies by rate schedule and depends on how much energy a customer uses.

If approved, customers would see the following rate adjustments:

  Residential Service – Schedule 1   2.7 %  
  General Service – Schedules 11 & 12 1.2 %  
  Large General Service – Schedules 21 & 22 1.5 %  
  Extra Large General Service – Schedule 25   0.0 %  
  Pumping Service – Schedules 31 & 32 1.5 %  
  Street & Area Lights – Schedules 41–48   0.0 %  
  Natural Gas        
  General Service – Schedule 1 01 4.8 %  
  Large General Service – Schedule 111 6.5 %  
  Ex. Large General Service – Schedule 121 4.9 %  
  Interruptible Sales Service – Schedule 131 1.7 %  
  Transportation Service – Schedule 146   0.0 %  

Avista serves approximately 241,000 electric customers and 150,000 natural gas customers in Washington.

To help customers proactively manage their energy use, Avista offers a number of energy efficiency programs, energy–saving information, rebates and incentives. Avista also provides energy bill payment assistance programs and payment options for qualifying customers. Information about these customer programs and options is available at

About Avista Corp.
Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy–related businesses. Avista Utilities is our operating division that provides electric service to 375,000 customers and natural gas to 335,000 customers. Its service territory covers 30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon, with a population of 1.6 million. Alaska Energy and Resources Company is an Avista subsidiary that provides retail electric service in the city and borough of Juneau, Alaska, through its subsidiary Alaska Electric Light and Power Company. Avista stock is traded under the ticker symbol “AVA.” For more information about Avista, please visit

This news release contains forward–looking statements regarding the company's current expectations. Forward–looking statements are all statements other than historical facts. Such statements speak only as of the date of the news release and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the company's control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations. These risks and uncertainties include, in addition to those discussed herein, all of the factors discussed in the company's Annual Report on Form 10–K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2015 and the Quarterly Report on Form 10–Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2016.

Indoor Cycling Group Joins Life Fitness Family

ROSEMONT, IL—(Marketwired – August 31, 2016) – Life Fitness, the global leader in commercial fitness equipment, today announced that its parent company, Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), has completed its acquisition of Germany's Indoor Cycling Group (ICG), a leading provider of indoor cycling equipment.

The intention to acquire the company was first announced in July, and was subject to review by the German competition authority, which has now been completed. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

ICG is the latest acquisition to join Life Fitness' leading health, fitness and well–being brand portfolio and further diversifies the Company's product offering while augmenting its participation in the group training category.

“We're excited to welcome the ICG team to our Life Fitness family. Their innovative technology, indoor cycling expertise and talented team position us to advance in the indoor cycling and group training categories,” said Life Fitness President Chris Clawson.

Founded in 1995, ICG is headquartered in Nuremberg, Germany, and is the leading supplier of indoor cycling bikes through both direct and distributor channels. With a full line of bikes known for their aesthetics, design and integrated technologies, ICG is singularly focused on the indoor cycling business, making its products, technology and on–staff experts unmatched in the industry.

The ICG product line will benefit from Life Fitness' expansive global distribution network, serving over 120 countries.

For more information about Life Fitness and its family of brands, visit For more information about ICG, visit

About Life Fitness
Life Fitness is the global leader in commercial fitness equipment and game tables and furnishings. The company manufactures and sells its strength and cardiovascular equipment, productive well–being equipment, billiards tables and accessories, and game room furniture under the brand names Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, Cybex, Indoor Cycling Group, SCIFIT, InMovement and Brunswick Billiards. Its equipment is distributed to more than 120 countries. Headquartered outside Chicago, in Rosemont, Ill., Life Fitness is a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC).

About Brunswick
Headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill., Brunswick Corporation's leading consumer brands include Mercury and Mariner outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser sterndrives and inboard engines; MotorGuide trolling motors; Attwood, Garelick and Whale marine parts and accessories; Land 'N' Sea, Kellogg Marine, Diversified Marine, BLA and Bell RPG parts and accessories distributors; Bayliner, Boston Whaler, Brunswick Commercial and Government Products, Crestliner, Cypress Cay, Harris, Lowe, Lund, Meridian, Princecraft, Quicksilver, Rayglass, Sea Ray, Thunder Jet and Uttern; Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, Cybex, Indoor Cycling Group and SCIFIT fitness equipment; InMovement products and services for productive well–being; and Brunswick billiards tables, accessories and game room furniture. For more information, visit

Horace Mann Executive Leadership to Participate in KBW 2016 Insurance Conference on September 7, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, IL—(Marketwired – August 31, 2016) – Horace Mann Educators Corporation (NYSE: HMN) announced today that its executive leadership team will be participating in the Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Insurance Conference in New York City on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. They will participate in a fireside chat at 8:45 a.m. Eastern Time.

In attendance will be Marita Zuraitis, President and Chief Executive Officer; Dwayne D. Hallman, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Matthew P. Sharpe, Executive Vice President of Annuity and Life; and William Caldwell, Executive Vice President of Property and Casualty.

A link to the live webcast of the presentation will be available on a listen–only basis on the company's website at The webcast will be available for replay through December 6, 2016. A transcript of the discussion will also be available on the website.

About Horace Mann

Horace Mann — the largest national multiline insurance company focusing on educators' financial needs — provides auto, homeowners and life insurance, retirement products and other financial solutions. Founded by Educators for Educators® in 1945, the company is headquartered in Springfield, Ill. For more information, visit

Statements included in this news release that are not historical in nature are forward–looking within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. Horace Mann is not under any obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or revise any forward–looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Please refer to the company's Quarterly Report on Form 10–Q for the period ended June 30, 2016 and the company's past and future filings and reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for information concerning the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward–looking statements.