10 High Altitude Honeymoons and Romantic Colorado Getaways

DENVER, CO—(Marketwired – October 03, 2017) – Love soars to new heights in Colorado with romantic accommodations, gorgeous views, outstanding adventures and intimate experiences.

Cloud Camp, Cheyenne Mountain: 9,200 feet. The highest of the Broadmoor's trio of wilderness properties is Cloud Camp, which offers 360–degree sweeping views of the plains, Pikes Peak and the Colorado Rockies. The private “honeymoon suite” boasts its own private porch and completely secluded mountain viewing area.

Game Creek Chalet, Vail: 10,500 feet. Located 2,000 feet above Vail Village, the four–bedroom, five–bathroom residence boasts stunning mountain scenery, gourmet kitchen (with a private chef for an additional charge), an outdoor hot tub and ski–in, ski–out access.

The Little Nell, Aspen: 7,808 feet. The Little Nell, Aspen's only Five–Star, Five–Diamond, ski–in/ski–out hotel offers couples an unparalleled romantic getaway. Couples can indulge in a dip in the heated outdoor pool or Jacuzzi under the stars with champagne and chocolate–covered strawberries.

The Lodge at Breckenridge, Breckenridge: 10,200 feet. Nestled on a forested cliff, the Lodge at Breckenridge is a newly renovated 45–room lodge that offers rustic Colorado charm with spectacular million–dollar views of Boreas Pass, Breckenridge Ski Resort and the Tenmile Range.

Strater Hotel, Durango: 6,512 feet. The historic Strater Hotel in Durango is a romantic place to step back in time with hand–painted wallpapers, velvet draperies and ornate stained glass. Couples can top off the night with a cocktail in the ragtime Diamond Belle Saloon.

Strawberry Park Hot Springs, Steamboat Springs: 7,000 feet. Couples can stay the night in a rustic cabin, repurposed train caboose, or a covered sheep herders wagon after a day spent in the varied temperature rock pools heated by the hot spring located on the mountainside above.

Tempter House, Telluride Ski Resort: 12,000 feet. Located adjacent to the famous Gold Hill, the home overlooks Telluride Ski & Golf Resort and the dramatic 2,000 vertical foot Tempter Chute. Amenities include steam shower, jacuzzi tub, pool table, ski–in/ski–out accommodations, log fireplaces and feather beds.

Tennessee Pass Sleep Yurts: 10,423 feet. A mile–long ski, snowshoe or hike under the stars leads to a warm yurt and a four–course candlelight dinner followed by a night's sleep in off–the–grid sleeping yurts with soapstone woodstoves, handcrafted log beds and down comforters.

Trapper's Cabin, Beaver Creek: 9,500 feet. Trapper's Cabin is Beaver Creek's ultra–luxurious, private, on–mountain lodge accessed by snowcat in winter, and by 4×4 Jeep in summer. The property offers modern amenities and oversized windows to the alluring scenery in a mountain–paradise setting.

Vista Verde Guest Ranch, Clark: 7,752 feet. Vista Verde Guest Ranch's doting staff, “ranchy yet fancy” cuisine and customized excursions create a romantic winter ranch stay. Situated in the Routt National Forrest, Vista Verde's three– to seven–night, all–inclusive vacations include lodging, meals and activities.

CCL Industries Acquires 100% of Chilean Venture

TORONTO, ON—(Marketwired – October 03, 2017) – CCL Industries Inc. (“CCLInd” or “the Company”) (TSX: CCL.A) (TSX: CCL.B), a world leader in specialty label and packaging solutions for global corporations, government institutions, small businesses and consumers, today announced it has acquired the remaining 37.5% minority interest in its Acrus CCL venture for approximately $6.3 million in cash. Assumed debt transferring on close from the venture to the Company's fully consolidated balance sheet is estimated at $7.4 million. 2016 reported sales and EBITDA for the operation were $18.1 million and $2.9 million respectively; the Company consolidated its 62.5% interest on an equity accounting basis representing approximately $0.8 million of net earnings. The Chilean business will change its trading name to CCL Label with immediate effect.

Geoffrey T. Martin, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Together with our partners, we enjoyed a successful start–up of our greenfield wine label operation in Santiago. We are particularly pleased that the current management team will continue to run the business reporting to Luis Jocionis, Vice President and Managing Director, CCL Industries South America, and Carlos Marinetti, our principal partner in the start–up, will remain a Director on the local Board of our Chilean entity. Finally with the closure of this transaction we are now planning significant investments to expand our presence across the Andean region and into other end markets.”

Forward–looking Statements

This press release contains forward–looking information and forward–looking statements (hereinafter collectively referred to as “forward–looking statements”), as defined under applicable securities laws, that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Forward–looking statements include all statements that are predictive in nature or depend on future events or conditions. Forward–looking statements are typically identified by the words “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “intends,” “plans” or similar expressions. Statements regarding the operations, business, financial condition, priorities, ongoing objectives, strategies and outlook of the Company, other than statements of historical fact, are forward–looking statements. Specifically, this press release contains forward–looking statements regarding the anticipated growth in sales, the Avery Segment's prospects for the 2017 back–to–school season; the completion of the Container Segment's exit process from the Canadian facility; the Company's expectation of completing the Checkpoint reorganization in 2017; the Company's expectation of the completion of the Innovia restructuring initiative; income and profitability of the Company's segments; and the Company's expectations regarding general business and economic conditions.

Forward–looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. They involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties relating to future events and conditions including, but not limited to, the after–effects of the global financial crisis and its impact on the world economy and capital markets; the impact of competition; consumer confidence and spending preferences; general economic and geopolitical conditions; currency exchange rates; interest rates and credit availability; technological change; changes in government regulations; risks associated with operating and product hazards; and CCLInd's ability to attract and retain qualified employees. Do not unduly rely on forward–looking statements as the Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward–looking statements. Forward–looking statements are also based on a number of assumptions, which may prove to be incorrect, including, but not limited to, assumptions about the following: global economic environment and higher consumer spending; improved customer demand for the Company's products; continued historical growth trends, market growth in specific sectors and entering into new sectors; the Company's ability to provide a wide range of products to multinational customers on a global basis; the benefits of the Company's focused strategies and operational approach; the achievement of the Company's plans for improved efficiency and lower costs, including stable aluminum costs; the availability of cash and credit; fluctuations of currency exchange rates; the Company's continued relations with its customers; the Company's estimated annual cost reductions and financial impact from the restructuring of the Checkpoint Systems, Inc. acquisition; and economic conditions. Should one or more risks materialize or should any assumptions prove incorrect, then actual results could vary materially from those expressed or implied in the forward–looking statements. Further details on key risks can be found in the 2016 Annual Report, Management's Discussion and Analysis, particularly under Section 4: “Risks and Uncertainties.” CCL's annual and quarterly reports can be found online at www.cclind.com and www.sedar.com or are available upon request.

Except as otherwise indicated, forward–looking statements do not take into account the effect that transactions or non–recurring or other special items announced or occurring after the statements are made may have on CCL's business. Such statements do not, unless otherwise specified by the Company, reflect the impact of dispositions, sales of assets, monetizations, mergers, acquisitions, other business combinations or transactions, asset write–downs or other charges announced or occurring after forward–looking statements are made. The financial impact of these transactions and non–recurring and other special items can be complex and depends on the facts particular to each of them and therefore cannot be described in a meaningful way in advance of knowing specific facts. The forward–looking statements are provided as of the date of this press release and the Company does not assume any obligation to update or revise the forward–looking statements to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by law.

The financial information presented herein has been prepared on the basis of IFRS for financial statements and is expressed in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated.

Business Description

CCL Industries Inc. employs approximately 20,000 people operating 154 production facilities in 36 countries on 6 continents with corporate offices in Toronto, Canada, and Framingham, Massachusetts. CCL is the world's largest converter of pressure sensitive and extruded film materials for a wide range of decorative, instructional, functional and security applications for government institutions and large global customers in the consumer packaging, healthcare and chemicals, consumer electronic device and automotive markets. Extruded and laminated plastic tubes, folded instructional leaflets, precision decorated and die cut components, electronic displays, polymer bank note substrate and other complementary products and services are sold in parallel to specific end–use markets. Avery is the world's largest supplier of labels, specialty converted media and software solutions to enable short–run digital printing in businesses and homes alongside complementary products sold through distributors and mass market retailers. Checkpoint is a leading developer of RF and RFID based technology systems for loss prevention and inventory management including labeling and tagging solutions for the global retail and apparel industries. Innovia is a leading global producer of specialty, high performance, multi–layer, surface engineered films for label, packaging and security applications. Container is a leading producer of impact extruded aluminum aerosol cans and specialty bottles for consumer packaged goods and healthcare customers in the United States and Mexico. CCLInd is also backward integrated into materials science with capabilities in polymer extrusion, adhesive development, coating and lamination, surface engineering and metallurgy that are deployed across all five business segments

International Barrier Receives Court Approval of Plan of Arrangement

VANCOUVER, BC and WATKINS, MN—(Marketwired – October 03, 2017) – International Barrier Technology Inc. (the “Company“) (OTCQB: IBTGF) (TSX VENTURE: IBH) is pleased to announce that the Supreme Court of British Columbia has granted final court approval of the plan of arrangement (the “Arrangement“) between the Company, Louisiana–Pacific Canada Ltd. and Louisiana–Pacific Corporation (collectively, “LP“). As previously announced by the Company, shareholder approval of the Arrangement was received at the special meeting of shareholders of the Company on September 28, 2017.

The Arrangement is expected to close on or about October 6, 2017, subject to the satisfaction of customary conditions for a transaction of this nature. Upon completion of the Arrangement, the Company's shares will be de–listed from the TSX Venture Exchange and cease to be quoted on the OTCQB. Additional information concerning the Arrangement is available in the proxy statement and management information circular of the Company dated August 28, 2017 and available under the Company's profile on EDGAR and SEDAR.

About International Barrier Technology Inc.

International Barrier Technology Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets proprietary fire–resistant building materials branded as LP® FlameBlock® Fire–Rated OSB Sheathing and Blazeguard FR Deck Panel. The Company's award–winning fire–resistant wood panels use a patented, non–toxic, non–combustible coating with an extraordinary capability: it releases water in the heat of fire. The panels exceed “model” building code requirements in every targeted fire test and application, and are unique in combining properties that increase panel strength and minimize environmental and human impact. The Company's family of products provides customers a premium material choice, meeting an increasingly challenging combination of requirements in residential and commercial building construction. For more information please visit: www.intlbarrier.com.

About Louisiana–Pacific Corporation

Louisiana–Pacific Corporation is a manufacturer of quality engineered wood building materials including OSB, structural framing products, and exterior siding for use in residential, industrial and light commercial construction. From manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Canada, Chile and Brazil, LP products are sold to builders and homeowners through building materials distributors and dealers and retail home centers. Founded in 1973, LP is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under LPX. For more information, visit www.lpcorp.com.

Michael D. Huddy
President and Chief Executive Officer, Director


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This news release contains “forward–looking information” within the meaning of the applicable securities legislation that is based on expectations, estimates and projections as at the date of this news release. The information in this news release about the completion of the business combination described herein, and other forward–looking information includes but is not limited to information concerning: the intentions, plans and future actions of the companies participating in the Arrangement and other information that is not historical facts.

Any statements that involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance (often but not always using phrases such as “expects”, “believes” or “intends” or variations of such words and phrases or stating that certain actions, events or results “may” or “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward–looking information and are intended to identify forward–looking information. This forward–looking information is based on reasonable assumptions and estimates of management of the Company, at the time it was made, involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward–looking information. Such factors include, among others, risks relating to the completion of the Arrangement and satisfaction of all closing conditions; business integration risks; fluctuations in general economic conditions, securities markets and currency markets; changes in national and local governments, legislation and taxation; risks relating to employee relations; and risks and hazards associated with the Company's operations.

Although the forward–looking information contained in this news release is based upon what management believes, or believed at the time, to be reasonable assumptions, the Company cannot assure shareholders and prospective purchasers that actual results will be consistent with such forward–looking information, as there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended, and neither the Company nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of any such forward–looking information. The Company does not undertake, and assumes no obligation, to update or revise any such forward–looking statements or forward–looking information contained herein to reflect new events or circumstances, except as may be required by law.

Service Finance Provides Needed Humanitarian Aid to Puerto Rico

TORONTO, ON—(Marketwired – October 03, 2017) – Service Finance's COO Ian Berch spearheaded efforts to support Hurricane Maria relief efforts by partnering with Chartright Air Group and Latin2Latin Marketing to charter a plane filled with supplies for Puerto Rico.

The decision was fueled by letters from employees asking for help for their loved ones living in Puerto Rico and suffering in the wake of the hurricane.

“The devastation in Puerto Rico is beyond comprehensible and to see firsthand how it has affected so many of our valued employees and their families hits close to home,” said Ian Berch, COO of Service Finance. “We are thrilled to be able to do all that we can to help and look forward to continuing to support the wonderful people of Puerto Rico.”

The plane was sent on September 29, 2017 and included water, food, personal hygiene items, pet food and diapers, among other items.

Sample employee letters received by Service Finance included the following:

“I am devastated. My home country is destroyed… We get messages from our loved ones all day, everyday asking for help. All of them have the same needs for water, food, money, batteries, mosquito repellent, milk, baby food and pampers for babies & adults. Gas and diesel has become the new gold and other necessities will soon be the priority. Personally, I have my brother that with a broken voice tried to explain to me what has happened, who asked for batteries, duct tape and money. I have my daughter who doesn't have much food left and she can't sleep between the heat, the mosquitoes and the smell of back sewage that is accumulated on the streets. All she cries for is to be by my side as soon as possible. It breaks my heart. I have not been able to contact my cousins who live on the east side of Puerto Rico. It's hard to describe one situation since everyone is on the same boat. My fear is that the desperation will set chaos of massive proportions. We need help now!” – Beatriz Aponte, a Consumer Credit Center Representative at Service Finance Company, LLC.

“The communications infrastructure in Puerto Rico has been destroyed. In the little communications I have had with them my family informed me that there is virtually no power in the island, fuel is very hard to come by and supplies to include water and food are running out. I have only been able to communicate with 3 family members and they are in good health and spirits. However I have not been able to communicate with about 15 to 20 of my closest family members to this date.” – David Rodriguez, Consumer Credit Center Representative at Service Finance Company, LLC.

“We have family living in Puerto Rico that is currently being affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. They have very little supplies, no electricity, and are waiting for help. Due to no electricity and damage to the community almost everything is closed. They are seeking fresh water, batteries, gasoline and first aid. My mother–in–law has said so many people are now homeless and with the heat and humidity it makes it even harder.” – Shonda Irizarry, Administrative Servicing Assistant at Service Finance Company, LLC.

“Since the hurricane passed through, my heart has been broken because my family in Puerto Rico has been going through many problems. My daughter lost all her belongings because the river entered her apartment. She cannot live there anymore as it is sinking. There is no gas or food and there are days when all she has to eat is a can of sausages. She works on a call center in Puerto Rico and they don't have diesel to run the generator. My son is in the same situation and I am trying to see how I can help him.

My other daughter and my three grandchildren at this time do not have anything to eat because supermarkets do not have baby food, diapers or water. My grandchildren suffer from asthma and are sick and my daughter has no energy in the house to give them their therapies. My mother–in–law also suffers from asthma and still has no energy in her house.” – Elizabeth Ramos, Consumer Credit Center Representative at Service Finance Company, LLC.

About ECN Capital Corp.

With total owned and managed assets of more than $4.9 billion, ECN Capital Corp. (TSX: ECN) is one of North America's leading finance companies. ECN Capital operates in four verticals: Home Improvement Finance, Commercial & Vendor Finance, Rail Finance and Aviation Finance.

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, Donates Generators to Red Cross

CYPRESS, CA—(Marketwired – October 03, 2017) – Yamaha Motor Corp. USA's, Outdoor Power Equipment Division has announced that it is donating nearly 400 generators to the Red Cross for its disaster relief efforts.

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S., is donating both its popular 2000–watt and 2800–watt invertor generator models to the Red Cross to assist in the immediate disaster relief efforts for the stricken island of Puerto Rico that was hit so hard by hurricane Maria.

“The devastation and the impact to so many lives on the entire island of Puerto Rico is simply overwhelming,” said Kim Ruiz, Yamaha's Senior Vice President. “And as a result, Yamaha is very proud to support the Red Cross's efforts to help those so much in need through this donation of much needed portable power. We would also like to sincerely thank the Environmental Protection Agency for their swift assistance as well in helping to facilitate this donation.”

The 2000–watt and 2800–watt models are easy to transport, can run equipment needed for various clean–up efforts, and can also run household appliances when necessary and will undoubtedly be useful immediately in areas still without power.

About Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (YMUS)
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (YMUS), is a recognized leader in the powersports industry. The company's ever–expanding product offerings include Outdoor Power Equipment, Motorcycles and Scooters, ATVs and Side–By–Side Vehicles, Snowmobiles, Outboard Motors, Personal Watercraft, Boats, Golf Cars, Race Kart Engines, Unmanned Helicopters, Electric Bicycles, Accessories, Apparel, and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States.

Headquartered in California since 1960, YMUS also has Sales and Manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. For more information about Yamaha, visit www.Yamaha.com.

Southern Alberta Consumers Meet With Hamza Alaaridhy from Derek Brown's Academy of Driving

CALGARY, AB—(Marketwired – October 03, 2017) – Derek Brown's Academy of Driving is a first year Consumer Choice Award winner in the category of Driving School, in the region of Southern Alberta. The company has been in business since 1970 and is Southern Alberta's leader in Driver Education.


Q: What Does it Mean for Your Company to be Voted by Consumers as your City's Best?
A: It is a great honor winning this award. It is a pleasure being appreciated and recognized by the consumers. Winning this award, means that we have managed to achieve the dream we sought out by purchasing Derek Brown's. It goes to show that with a little bit of hard work and determination, we have not only have excelled but that we can only grow from this point.

Q: What is it About Your Company You Feel Sets You Apart From Your Competitors?
A: Our dedication to educating people the proper and safe way to drive. Our instructors are driven and passionate about educating future drivers. We want to make sure that all of our students are confident with driving on their own.

Q: How Will Winning This Award Affect The Work You Do Moving Forward?
A: Receiving this award will push us to constantly strive to maintain the high level of instruction. We want to continue to exceed and excel consumer's expectations of a driving school.

Q: What is the Biggest Risk You Have Ever Taken in Business?
A: I never looked at starting a business as a risk, but rather looked at it as a challenge. I came from humble beginnings as a blue–collar worker having the opportunity to own a driving school. I started off with only three cars and a team that shared the dream of expanding to where we are today.

Q: Businesswise, What is Your Next Big Step?
A: I want to expand by adding more programs and more classes of educations, by providing online classrooms as well as offering more classes of licensing education. As well as improving the programs that we currently offer to continue to inspire and educated Alberta's youth. I want to strive to influence the safe driving habits of future drivers.


BUSINESS MOTTO…I have many mottos that I follow, but the main one would have to be “For all your driving needs”.

WHAT I LOVE IN MY JOB… Helping new drivers attain a level of skills that enables them to drive confidently and safely on our city roads.

RECENTLY I LEARNED… Students all over Alberta can still inspire me and teach me new ways of looking at things.


MY BIGGEST SUCCESS IS… That we are now one of the biggest and most recognized driving school in Alberta.

DURING MY SPARE TIME I LIKE TO… Spend time with my supportive family, as well as play soccer. I also love to travel and experience new places.

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Kepler Expands In-House Platform to Utilize Natural Language Processing

NEW YORK, NY—(Marketwired – October 03, 2017) – Kepler Group announced today the release of Keyword Miner, a tool that uses natural language processing to improve paid search buying efficiency and automate complex keyword analysis. It's the latest upgrade to the company's proprietary Kepler Intelligence Platform™ (KIP). Beta testing across Kepler's clients has shown more than a 30% improvement to both cost per click and cost per sale.

The key advantage of Kepler's new search tool is its ability to quickly analyze large volumes of real world user searches and identify optimization opportunities. Its use of natural language processing enables Kepler teams to break down each search into its constituent words and phrases, analyze variable word sequences, and then recombine results into logical groupings for implementation.

“The tool can glean in minutes what might have taken multiple analysts an entire day to painstakingly analyze,” said Lea Crowne, Associate Director of Optimization & Innovation at Kepler. “We use these insights in rapid fashion to block certain word combinations, to get much more precise with bidding, and to inform creative testing at a scale and speed that just isn't supported by traditional data analysis.”

Keyword Miner complements KIP's existing paid search module, which includes such tools as automated optimization algorithms that dynamically adjust bids and budgets, and is particularly helpful at managing highly complex campaigns. For example, the company is currently using it to manage a single client's search requirements in English, Spanish, Mandarin and seven other languages.

Implementing Keyword Miner is part of Kepler's strategy to streamline and improve labor intensive processes, enabling more sophisticated campaigns and significantly improved performance. By reducing workflows up to 90%, KIP–driven automation also gives Kepler's in–house experts substantially more time to focus on strategic client activities.

Deployed over the past three years, KIP is a multi–platform system designed to provide marketers with seamlessly coordinated targeting, optimization, reporting and control across the entire marketing ecosystem. While other data solutions are typically limited to a single channel such as programmatic media or outbound email, KIP's open architecture enables Kepler to integrate all major third–party platforms across digital media (including paid search, Facebook, Instagram, display, and video), email, call center, sales team CRM, and e–commerce.

About Kepler Group

Kepler, founded in 2012, is an independent provider of digital and database services to Fortune 500 clients in financial services, retail, healthcare and other industries. Its core services revolve around helping clients use data to power more dynamic and personalized marketing — including programmatic media services, CRM strategy and management, and marketing systems integration. Utilizing its proprietary Kepler Intelligence Platform™, Kepler actively manages client programs in over two dozen countries. Kepler is headquartered in New York City and also has offices in San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia. For more information, visit www.keplergrp.com.

Property Owner Alert: Include Professional Christmas Decorating Services in Your Early Holiday Planning

LUBBOCK, TX—(Marketwired – October 03, 2017) – According to the National Retail Foundation, more than half of holiday shoppers start to research and plan their gifts in October or earlier, and a third of shoppers begin to buy in November, when choice and availability are high.* Brandon Stephens, president of the Christmas Decor® franchise network, says the same logic applies to holiday decorating. Home and business owners who make their Christmas holiday decorating plans early have the widest selection of prime decorating dates and décor options.

“Whether you prefer to switch on your holiday display right after Halloween or wait until after Thanksgiving, early booking is the key that ensures your home or business is holiday–ready when you are,” says Brandon Stephens, president of Christmas Decor. “Each year, the available decorating timeslots at our franchisees fill up earlier as prior customers return and new customers take advantage of the value of turnkey decorating.”

Professional decor companies offer complete outdoor holiday decorating packages, making them attractive to both residential and business clients. Christmas Decor franchise owners include design, custom installation, proactive maintenance throughout the holiday season, and convenient removal and storage in their service package. Demand for the service begins to grow after Halloween, so property owners still have the opportunity to sit down with a professional designer to finalize their decorating plans, incorporate the widest choice of decorating options, and lock–in a prime installation date.

“Our trained decorators use professional–grade lighting and décor accessories to create the perfect holiday look you have in mind,” says Stephens. “Unfortunately, property owners who spend hours on a ladder installing consumer–grade lights and décor often find that their results are simply not what they want or expected. Our customers understand that a modest investment yields stunning results. That's why they turn to us year–after–year to light up their holidays and showcase their homes and businesses.”

For more information on having Christmas Decor decorate your home or business, or to schedule an appointment for a consultation or installation, please visit www.christmasdecor.net.

About Christmas Decor

Since its inception in 1986, Christmas Decor has risen to become the premier holiday lighting and decorating company in North America. The Texas–based company was founded by Blake Smith as an off–season supplement to his landscape business and as a method to provide year–round work for employees. Christmas Decor quickly emerged as a viable business opportunity and today, operates in more than 350 markets in 49 states and Canada. Plans are underway to open locations in more than 100 new markets through franchise expansion in select communities around the country. Christmas Decor is highly revered in its field and has received consistent recognition for its efforts; some highlights include having been named one of a Top Ten Home Improvement Franchises for 2008 by Entrepreneur Magazine and AOL Small Business. Christmas Decor's parent company, The Decor Group, also offers the Nite Time Decor, which offers a complete line of high–quality low–voltage landscape lighting products, training, business systems, and support. For more information, visit www.christmasdecor.net.

Skorpios Technologies Announces Acquisition of Novati Technologies LLC

ALBUQUERQUE, NM—(Marketwired – October 03, 2017) – Skorpios Technologies, Inc., a System on Chip (SoC) company, today announced that it has acquired Novati Technologies LLC, a semiconductor integration company and fab located in Austin, TX. The acquisition closed on Oct. 2, 2017 for an undisclosed amount. The combined corporation will be called Skorpios Technologies.

This acquisition gives Skorpios the ability to better meet growing customer demand via:

  • Vertical Integration of its proprietary heterogeneous integration process – increasing volume throughput and allowing control of its critical supply chain;
  • Decreased fab cycle times – by providing access to focused production lines in the foundry;
  • Faster time to market – expediting development of new products, resulting in faster time to market and revenue realization.

“This transaction marks an exciting time in Skorpios' history,” said Stephen Krasulick, chairman, founder and CEO of Skorpios. “The ability to develop and commercialize products based on our proprietary heterogeneous integration process in our own foundry is the next logical step in the evolution of our company. With this acquisition, Skorpios will be well positioned to deliver highly differentiated products with shorter development cycles. We believe there are tremendous synergies between Skorpios' heterogeneous integration platform and the technologies currently being developed and offered at Novati.”

Novati's Austin, TX facility is known for its innovative work in 2.5D/3D integration, photonics, MEMS sensors, micro fluidics for medical, and more. Prior to the acquisition, Skorpios had developed its heterogeneous integration process in collaboration with Novati, and was building its ICs in Novati's foundry. After the acquisition, Skorpios will immediately ramp up production, starting with its 100Gb QSFP CWDM4 product.

“Novati's highly customized fab solutions are uniquely positioned to support the revolutionary Skorpios products. I am thrilled to deliver products and services that leverage the strengths of the combined organization,” said John Hamma, senior vice president, Services Business Unit of Skorpios.

“I look forward to welcoming Novati to the Skorpios family, and working closely with our new team members to deliver innovative products that delight our customers,” said Stephen Krasulick.

About Skorpios Technologies

Skorpios is a semiconductor company delivering highly integrated products based upon its proprietary, wafer–scale, heterogeneous integration process. This novel process leverages the existing silicon manufacturing ecosystem to enable high bandwidth interconnectivity at mature CMOS manufacturing costs. Skorpios' unique platform can be used to address a wide range of applications: high speed video, data and voice communications for networking, cloud computing, consumer, medical, and more. For more information, visit www.skorpiosinc.com.