Becknell Industrial Completes $44 Million of Acquisitions Sep 2, 2014 10:08AM

CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwired) -- 09/02/14 -- Becknell Industrial announced today $43.7 million of acquisitions year to date 2014 at an average stabilized cap rate of 7.6 percent.

Properties acquired totaled 858,000 square feet and are 100 percent leased. Previously announced acquisitions include:

  • In Smyrna, Georgia, a 101,500 square-foot distribution facility leased to MeadWestvaco, a publicly traded global packaging company providing innovative solutions to the world's most admired brands in the healthcare, beauty and personal care, food, beverage, home and garden, tobacco, and agricultural industries and Alside, a leading manufacturer of vinyl siding and accessories, vinyl windows and patio doors, and fencing and railing products for the residential and commercial remodeling and new construction markets;
  • A 131,500 square-foot distribution facility in Lebanon, Ohio, leased to NIBCO, Inc., a worldwide provider of flow control solutions to customers in the residential and commercial construction, industrial and irrigation markets; and
  • Located just outside Richmond, Virginia in Henrico, a 116,000 square-foot multi-tenant distribution facility leased to MeadWestvaco, Batesville Casket and Forward Air Solutions that also includes 3 pad ready sites that support an additional 564,500 square feet of planned new development.

In addition, new acquisitions include:

  • In Louisville, Kentucky, two industrial facilities totaling 403,960 square feet. The first totals 177,750 square feet and is 47% leased to American Cold Storage, which offers a variety of services including handling, storage, processing/freezing and inventory control/communications and 53% leased to Filtrona Plastics, a manufacturer and distributor of plastics products including access hardware, casters, leveling mounts, circuit board hardware among others. Totaling 226,211 square feet, the second building is fully leased to Southern States Cooperative, which purchases, manufactures and processes feed, seed, fertilizer, farm supplies and fuel; and
  • A 105,400 square-foot distribution facility in Pewaukee, Wisconsin that is 100% leased to Anixter International, a leading global supplier of communications and security products, electrical and electronic wire and cable, OEM supply fasteners and other small components.

"We continue to see solid opportunities across the country to acquire high quality properties leased to strong tenants in multiple markets," said Pete Anderson, Executive Vice President - Investments. "Becknell Industrial is uniquely positioned to execute on 'one-off' or small portfolio acquisitions delivering incremental cash flow accretion and portfolio enhancement to our investors."

About Becknell Industrial

Becknell Industrial specializes in the development, investment and management of industrial properties across the United States. The company currently owns interests in more than 100 properties totaling over 10 million square feet. Vertically integrated, Becknell is responsible for every aspect of the project providing the decision-making authority and expertise to meet client expectations for a high-performance facility delivered on time and on budget. More information about Becknell is available at www.becknellindustrial.com.

   Contact Information:
Shona L. Bedwell 317.669.6005
sbedwell@becknellindustrial.com

Source: Becknell Industrial


Edison Nation Medical and AARC Team Up To Promote Innovation in Respiratory Care Sep 2, 2014 10:08AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Edison Nation Medical, the premier healthcare innovation marketplace, today announced a partnership with the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), the leading professional association of respiratory care specialists. Edison Nation Medical, which brings 12+ years experience working with individuals and small business to commercialize their innovation ideas, will work with AARC to assist the professional association's community of more than 50,000 respiratory therapists in bringing their product innovation ideas to life.

AARC's mission is to provide training, encouragement and support to respiratory care professionals. The organization has played a key role in advancing the science of respiratory care and serves as a tireless advocate for respiratory therapists as well as patients, their families and the public.

"The people who deliver direct patient care have the best understanding of what works and what needs to be improved," said Robert Grajewski, President of Edison Nation Medical. "AARC is an advocate for respiratory healthcare professionals and pulmonary patients, so the partnership with AARC is a natural fit to help uncover disruptive new ideas in respiratory care products to improve patient outcomes while rewarding the creativity of the care providers."

"One of AARC's goals is to give our community ways to continuously improve patient outcomes and shape the future of respiratory healthcare," said Thomas J. Kallstrom, MBA, RRT, FAARC, Executive Director and CEO of the American Association for Respiratory Care. "We're certain our members have excellent ideas about how to deliver respiratory care more safely, efficiently and effectively, and by working with Edison Nation Medical, they can submit their concepts for professional evaluation and safely explore commercialization opportunities with a trusted and experienced partner."

Edison Nation Medical works directly with people who have ideas or inventions — big or small — for new medical products that can improve the standard of care. The company provides a clear and easy pathway through which anyone — physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, entrepreneurs, even patients and caregivers — can submit a medical invention or idea for full evaluation and potential commercialization.

Joining Edison Nation Medical is free and inventions submitted through their confidential and secure online portal are reviewed in detail by medical, product development and legal experts. Following the in depth evaluations, these inventions are further invested in and improved upon by Edison Nation Medical's expert design and engineering teams, as appropriate. The end goal is to commercialize each qualified product idea either by licensing the idea to a medical device manufacturer or by starting a company around the idea and, when successful, Edison Nation Medical shares licensing royalties or revenues with the inventor.

"As the population ages, the demand for respiratory care will continue to increase," noted Grajewski. "There's never been a better time to harness the talent and innovation of every stakeholder in the care continuum, including respiratory care professionals. We look forward to working with AARC to help the inventors within the respiratory care community explore the possibilities of commercialization their great ideas while improving patient care."

To learn more about Edison Nation Medical, please visit www.edisonnationmedical.com. Find out more about AARC at www.aarc.org.

About the AARCThe American Association for Respiratory Care, headquartered in Dallas, is a professional association of respiratory therapists that focuses primarily on respiratory therapy education and research. The organization's goals are to ensure that respiratory patients receive safe and effective care from qualified professionals as well as supporting respiratory health care providers. The association continues to advocate on behalf of pulmonary patients for appropriate access to respiratory services provided by qualified professionals. Further information about the AARC and how to become a respiratory therapist are available at www.AARC.org.

About Edison Nation MedicalEdison Nation Medical is a healthcare innovation marketplace with deep expertise in open innovation, product development, and healthcare. Born out of collaboration with Carolinas HealthCare System (the second largest public health system in the United States), Edison Nation Medical's mission is to break down the barriers to healthcare innovation. We make this a reality by providing a clear and easy pathway through our open innovation platform for anyone — physicians, nurses, entrepreneurs, even patients and caregivers — to submit a medical invention idea for full evaluation and potential commercialization. Edison Nation Medical innovation headquarters is in Charlotte, NC with satellite offices in San Francisco and New York City. For more information, please visit www.EdisonNationMedical.com.

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How can brands "listen in" on social media chatter and learn about customers? Sep 2, 2014 10:07AM

CHICAGO, Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New research from the Journal of Marketing Research suggests social media data provides an early indicator of brand health, mirroring the results from more expensive and time consuming brand tracking studies.

Professors David A. Schweidel from Emory University and Wendy W. Moe from the University of Maryland compare social media data and metrics with traditional brand tracking surveys.  Their model provides a measure of brand health, as well as diagnostic metrics of brand attributes.  Using social media data related to an enterprise software brand, they show how their brand measure can serve as a leading indicator of customer satisfaction measures obtained from brand tracking surveys.

The analysis appears in a recent issue of the American Marketing Association's Journal of Marketing Research.  Central to their model is recognizing that opinions posted by customers online are subject to a number of factors that may mask the consumer's true underlying opinion toward the brand.  One such factor is venue choice, as consumers use social media platforms such as blogs and forums for different purposes. Ignoring such differences confounds the consumer's opinion toward the brand with context effects from the social media platform.

The authors also differentiate between opinion toward the brand and opinion toward specific brand attributes.  Most analyses consider only the overall sentiment expressed in a comment and fail to differentiate between underlying brand sentiment and sentiment toward the specific topic featured in the comment.  "For example, consider a customer who loves their Apple device but turns to social media to express concerns about price.  Most text analysis methods would code the comment as negative in sentiment.  However, the poster's overall opinion toward the Apple brand may still be positive," says Schweidel and Moe.  In this article, Schweidel and Moe develop a model that extracts the underlying sentiment that consumers hold toward the brand from social media comments that are confounded by a number of other factors.

Everyone from major corporations and political campaigns to celebrity brands are listening in to what is being said about them on social media. The potential for social media to provide valuable insights is tremendous, but social media analysts need to know how to extract that information from the noisy data generated online.

About the AMA

About the American Marketing Association:The American Marketing Association (AMA) is the leading professional association for individuals and organizations who are leading the practice, teaching, and development of marketing worldwide. Learn more at ama.org.

Contact: Christopher Bartone – 312.542.9029 – cbartone@ama.org

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ScienceWerkz® Science Education Suite Debuts Subscription-Based Pricing Starting at $6 Per User for More Than 30 Science Apps Sep 2, 2014 10:06AM

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Werkz Publishing Inc. is pleased to announce that its award-winning ScienceWerkz® science education apps are now available at a special subscription rate that encompasses the complete collection of more than 30 science apps. The San Diego-based company, which was honored with a ComputED Gazette EDDIE Award for its education technology, recently changed its fee structure to provide users with access to the full range of science app titles at a more affordable price.

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"Our ScienceWerkz suite has received overwhelmingly positive reviews from educators, parents, and students. In response to inquiries we've received about the possibility of a subscription-based service, we are happy to inform users that they can now access all of our science education apps with a single annual subscription," said Werkz Publishing CEO Mark Salata, PhD. "This is the perfect solution for educators who want to provide the best digital technology and science eBooks for their students while still leaving funding for other science materials and resources in the classroom."

Under the previous pricing model, users paid a yearly license fee for each science app title they downloaded, which meant that access to the full science education suite could cost upwards of $90 per year. The new subscription-based service starts at just $6 per user for a School Site Subscription, which includes one year of access to all ScienceWerkz apps on an unlimited number of school devices. Werkz Publishing also offers a Teacher/Home Subscription, which allows teachers or parents to purchase an individual subscription for $24 per year and access the entire suite of science education apps on the device of their choice.

ScienceWerkz currently offers 32 science apps for computers running Windows or Mac operating systems and 30 for iPads and Android tablets, with additional science app titles currently in development. Once each title has been downloaded, users can access the fully functional science eBook offline. This means that students can complete their lessons even when they don't have access to the internet or wi-fi.

"Our science education technology combines informative text with engaging visuals. Teachers appreciate the well-designed app and content developed by science educators, while students enjoy the truly interactive experience," noted Salata. "Not only do ScienceWerkz apps encourage readers to explore topics more deeply, but they allow for self-paced learning. This means that our science eBooks can accommodate students at all levels – from special education to gifted programs to English Language Learners."

Educators have echoed these sentiments in their feedback on the science apps. Leo Durau of the Sacred Heart School (grades K-7) and the Learning Difficulties Centre (LDC) of British Columbia, Canada, wrote, "I work with special-needs kids at Sacred Heart during the day and children ranging from grades 1 through 10 in the LDC after-school program. After using the Landforms Earth Science app with an autistic student, I can tell that ScienceWerkz will assist me greatly in working with students at various grade and ability levels."

Science teacher Marc Gorgenyi of North Reading Middle School in Massachusetts asserted, "Your science apps are fabulous. I really enjoyed the Inquiry Science concepts woven throughout the eBook. The images are of excellent quality, the interactive activities are dead-on, the concept map is a great visual, and the additional links are a valuable resource. And I love having a wrap-up test at the end."

Jason Paepke, a science teacher at Prairie Trail Middle School in Olathe, Kansas, had similar praise: "The ScienceWerkz apps have been a tremendous help in our classroom as we work on finding new ways to interact with the students and have them learn new material."

School administrators, teachers, and parents can request a free trial and find more information on ScienceWerkz science education apps at http://www.werkzpublishing.com/sciencewerkz/.

About ScienceWerkz®:

ScienceWerkz is a line of award-winning science education apps developed by San Diego-based Werkz Publishing Inc. Founded in 2012, Werkz Publishing aims to lead the digital learning revolution with digital education apps that engage, inspire, and empower students. The company's interactive science eBooks are available for Windows® and Apple® computers as well as iPad® and Android™ tablets, and cover key topics in General Science, Chemistry, Earth Science, Life Science/Biology, and Physical Science. With ScienceWerkz, the subscription-based science apps may be used by educators for classroom learning or by parents and students for self-paced learning at home.

Media Inquiries:  Mark Salata, PhD  CEO, Werkz Publishing Inc.  1-866-276-4556, ext. 700  http://www.werkzpublishing.com/sciencewerkz/contact-us/

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Giant Tiger Stores Limited Announces New Store in Timmins, ON Sep 2, 2014 10:06AM

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 09/02/14 -- Giant Tiger Stores Limited is excited to announce the opening of our new store in Timmins, Ontario, scheduled to open on April 11, 2015.

Giant Tiger Timmins will be located at 1869 Riverside Drive and will occupy 21,000 square feet.

"Giant Tiger Stores Limited is very excited about this new store" offers President and COO, Greg Farrell. "This will be our second location in the Timmins market, in addition to our existing location in South Porcupine. We are thrilled to be expanding into a market that has clearly demonstrated its enthusiasm for Giant Tiger."

To learn more about Giant Tiger Timmins and to keep up to date on our opening day activities, follow us https://www.facebook.com/gttimmins

About Giant Tiger

In 1961, Giant Tiger Stores Limited opened its first store in Ottawa. The business was started with a very simple idea - keep the cost of operation low and sell a large volume of merchandise at everyday low prices. It is the adherence to this idea that has allowed Giant Tiger to grow to over 200 stores.

In 1968, another simple idea was incorporated into the Giant Tiger formula - franchising! Today, most of our stores are franchised so our valued customers will be better served by having the owner in the store. Giant Tiger franchise owners become members of the community, sharing community concerns and serving community needs. Giant Tiger also helps to bring communities together. In 2013, Giant Tiger donated more than $2 million to more than 700 local associations and charities across Canada.

Giant Tiger checks out as Canada's low price Giant with our low prices every day, Ad Match Guarantee, Clawbacks throughout the store and our no time limit return policy. For more information about the company, please visit www.gianttiger.com, join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gianttiger or follow us on Twitter @GTboutique and or on Four Square Giant Tiger Stores.

Giant Tiger, a proud Canadian company since... FOREVER! #CanadaPROUD

Contacts:
Alison Scarlett
Manager, Public Relations and Community Activation
Giant Tiger Stores Limited
ascarlett@gianttiger.com

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