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SmallCap Sentinel: Fear Factor -- Companies Pursue Homeland Defense Strategies With Vigor
IRVINE, Calif., June 2, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- "Companies with diverse business plans appear to be focusing on their Homeland Defense initiatives," stated SmallCap Sentinel analyst D.R. Clark. "It appears that companies such as Isonics Corp. (Nasdaq:ISON) have intensified their efforts in the Homeland Defense arena, obviated by recent acquisitions and strategic growth initiatives. In the current climate of the war on terrorism and lingering fears, it seems logical. Sadly, at present Homeland Defense appears to be a growth industry."
BICO Files its First Quarter 10-Q, Making Company Current in its SEC Filings, and Applies for OTC Bulletin Board Relisting
DOVE CANYON, Calif., June 2, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- BICO, Inc. (Pink Sheets:BIKO), a distributor of Internet appliances and an advertising and content publisher, primarily focused on the multi-housing and hospitality industries, announced that it has filed its 10-Q report for the quarter ended March 31, 2005 and supplemental financial information for an earlier report on Form 8-K. The company said these actions makes it current with all SEC filing regulations, and that it has commenced efforts to obtain its relisting on the OTC Bulletin Board as rapidly as possible.
The Cooper Companies, Inc.
Cooper Companies to Present at the FTN Midwest Securities Health Care Conference
LAKE FOREST, Calif., June 2, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- The Cooper Companies, Inc. (NYSE:COO), today announced that A. Thomas Bender, Chairman and CEO will be presenting at the FTN Midwest Securities 2005 Health Care Conference Wednesday, June 8 at 9:30am EDT. The conference will be held at The Four Seasons Hotel in New York. A link to the live webcast and recording of Cooper's presentation will be available on the Company's website at www.coopercos.com.
Aaron Rents, Inc.
Aaron's Announces Extension of Successful Motorsports Partnership
ATLANTA, June 2, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Aaron's Sales & Lease Ownership and Michael Waltrip Racing, Inc. of Sherrill's Ford, N.C., are pleased to announce the extension of their successful motorsports partnership through the year 2008. Aaron's will be identified as the primary sponsor on the No. 99 NASCAR Busch Series Aaron's Dream Machine racecar for twenty-two Busch races each year of the agreement. Aaron's is also pleased to announce that in conjunction with the agreement extension, racing legend Michael Waltrip will remain the driver of Aaron's Dream Machine.
ALCO Stores, Inc.
Duckwall-ALCO Stores Reports May Sales Increase of 5 Percent
ABILENE, Kan., June 2, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Duckwall-ALCO Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:DUCK) today announced that its sales from continuing operations for the four weeks ended May 29, 2005 (fiscal month of May) increased approximately 5.0% to $36.0 million, compared with $34.3 million in the prior-year month and same-store sales increased 2.2%. The 20 stores previously announced as closing along with other stores where the decision has been made to close them are excluded from sales from continuing operations.
Classmates Online, Inc.
Classmates.com Discovers 80% of Members Polled Plan to Attend Their Next High School Reunion
RENTON, Wash., June 2, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- With reunion season fast approaching, Classmates.com (www.classmates.com), a leader in online community-based networking with 60 million registered members, recently polled its community of friends and acquaintances from school, work and the military. Results revealed that buying a new outfit, flipping through old yearbooks and getting a tan are on the minds of the 80% who said they plan on attending their next high school reunion. Fifty-seven percent of respondents look forward to seeing best friends and former loves or crushes at their reunion.
PointRoll Recruits Industry Veterans to Its Sales Team
FORT WASHINGTON, Pa., June 2, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- PointRoll, Inc., continuing its rapid growth in the rich media marketing services sector, announces two new additions to its high performance sales team. Gian Lombardi, an online industry veteran from Maven Networks and DoubleClick Inc., and Karie Gilson from the IAB, have both accepted leadership assignments with the company.
Tasty Fries, Inc.
Tasty Fries Machine Completes Test Cycle
BLUE BELL, Pa., June 2, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Tasty Fries, Inc. (OTCBB:TFRY) announced today that it has successfully completed the test cycle of its French fry vending machine located at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. "Our machine averaged 88.6 vends per day Monday through Friday and 12.8 vends per day on the weekends. Twenty percent of all sales were complimentary in order to generate customer awareness. We have gained valuable data and customer reactions to our machine and product. We plan to incorporate minor modifications to the machine such as an illuminated front panel, customer order status and a nutritional profile of our product," stated Edward C. Kelly, President and CEO of Tasty Fries, Inc. Tasty Fries has moved its machine from Bellevue Hospital and installed it at a Shell gas station located at 68 East Route 59, Spring Valley, New York. This location was chosen to evaluate the machine in an outdoor environment. The machine has been operational at this location since May 15, 2005, and will be at this location for a minimum of five weeks. The second machine, which we had anticipated to place at Bellevue Hospital on April 19, 2005, has not and will not be installed. "We are very pleased with the performance of our machine and the customer response to the product," stated Mr. Kelly.