SOURCE: The Pinnacle Corporation

August 29, 2006 16:09 ET

Pinnacle's Fuel Smart Purchased by Stewart's, Nouria Energy, and R.L. Vallee

ARLINGTON, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 29, 2006 -- The Pinnacle Corporation (Pinnacle) announced today the purchase of its Fuel Smart™ by Stewart's Shops Corporation, Nouria Energy Corporation, and R.L. Vallee, Inc. Fuel Smart is the convenience store and fuel petroleum industry's only fuel management system designed for high-volume petroleum marketers and manages the fuel operations of some of the nation's largest petroleum retailers.

"Stewart's is pleased to add another Pinnacle product to our business. From accounting to ordering and dispatch, Fuel Smart will provide Stewart's with the tools needed to streamline our fuel operations," said Pat Suprenant, IT Manager of Stewart's Shops.

"We decided that Fuel Smart is the most comprehensive solution for us as a fast-growing organization because it meets both our current and long-term needs," said Tony El-Nemr, president of Nouria Energy. "Besides being compatible with our existing hardware and software systems, it provides significant functionality with an easy-to-use interface. We intend to leverage Fuel Smart in several ways -- to provide high-quality customer service, to collaborate more fully with key business partners, to drive down costs through internal operational effectiveness, and to maximize overall profitability."

About Stewart's Shops Corporation

Stewart's of Saratoga Springs, NY, has been in business for more than 80 years, now operating over 300 stores and selling the quality dairy products and ice cream that made it famous.

About Nouria Energy Corporation

Nouria Energy is a Shell jobber in New England and will be installing Fuel Smart for its wholesale operations. Nouria is a wholly owned subsidiary of ENT, Inc., a 40-store chain headquartered in Shrewbury, MA.

About R.L. Vallee, Inc

Family owned R.L. Vallee operates convenience stores and distributes gasoline and diesel fuel throughout Vermont and Northeastern New York. This Vermont-based company has also worked for the past ten years to develop one of the region's top-rated convenience store chains, "Maplefields."

About Pinnacle

The Pinnacle Corporation ( is a leader in the automation technology industry focusing on the rapidly evolving convenience and petroleum industries. Pinnacle delivers products that automate the broad spectrum of convenience store operations and supply chain management of fuel operations. Nationwide, Pinnacle's products are used daily in thousands of convenience stores, food service, and other convenience operations to automate and improve their store operations and fuel marketers to increase their efficiency in the complex management of fuel purchasing, management, and delivery.

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