SOURCE: Unico, Inc.

October 02, 2007 09:09 ET

Unico, Inc. Announces the Addition of a New Photo Gallery Showing Progress of Work by Atlas Fausett Contracting to Rehabilitate the Deer Trail Mine for Underground Mining Activities

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - October 2, 2007) - Unico, Incorporated (OTCBB: UCOI), a natural resource company in the precious metals mining sector, today announced a new photo gallery showing initial work by Atlas Fausett Contracting, with which the company's wholly owned Deer Trail Mining Company subsidiary has contracted for underground mine maintenance work including portal and stope rehabilitation at the Deer Trail Mine in Marysvale, Utah, has been posted to the company's website, The maintenance work and reopening of the PTH Tunnel is expected to pave the way for future underground mining activities at the Deer Trail Mine.

The new photo gallery showing the initial work by Atlas Fausett Contracting has been added to the "Media" section of the Unico website at

Atlas Fausett Contracting, a division of Atlas Mining Company (, provides a variety of services, including site evaluation, feasibility studies, trouble-shooting and consultation prior to the undertaking of exploration and mine development. AFC projects include all types of underground mine development, rehabilitation and specialized civil construction.

Atlas Fausett Contracting is contracted to conduct initial underground maintenance work including the replacement of timber sets, clean up of the main haulage way and installation of ground support where needed.

The photo gallery includes pictures of the several stacks of new mine timber delivered to the Deer Trail Mine. The mine timbers were used to shore up the main haulage tunnel, which leads into the PTH Tunnel at the Deer Trail Mine. Equipment was brought in to rehabilitate the portal including three Gardner-Denver Jackleg drills, ore slushier and bucket.

The gallery shows the main haulage tunnel before the rehabilitation work was initiated. Atlas personnel are shown in the process of repairing the first 20 feet of timber where the PTH Tunnel starts underground. This work also involved removing the overburden on the hillside for approximately 20 feet into the mine, followed by removing the rotten timber that were installed to collar the tunnel several decades ago.

The final two photographs in the gallery show the main haulage tunnel after the timbers were replaced.

Atlas' work is expected to bring the 3400 East stope in compliance with MSHA standards. The 3400 East area was previously mined for silver, gold, lead and zinc. The mineralized broken rock from the development waste generated from the rehabilitation of the 3400 East stope is expected to provide additional immediate feed for the mill and processing facility at the Deer Trail Mine, in addition to the material from upper dump area, which has been screened and is prepared for processing.

"The new photo gallery added to our website shows how quickly and effectively the Atlas crew has completed the initial rehabilitation work at the entrance to the PTH Tunnel at the Deer Trail Mine," stated Mark A. Lopez, chief executive officer of Unico. "We hope that our shareholders are pleased to see that we have initiated the work to reopen the Deer Trail Mine for potential future underground mining activities at the site."

Unico recently completed the purchase of the Deer Trail Mine for its Deer Trail Mining Company subsidiary.

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About Atlas Mining Company

Atlas Mining Company is a diversified natural resource company with a focus on the development of the Dragon Mine halloysite clay deposit in Juab County, Utah. Atlas also operates the Atlas Fausett Contracting Division, an underground mining and drilling contracting business. Atlas stock trades on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol "ALMI." More information about Atlas Mining Company can be found at

About Unico, Inc.

Unico, Inc. (OTCBB: UCOI) is a publicly traded natural resource company in the precious metals mining sector that is focused on the exploration, development and production of gold, silver, lead, zinc, and copper concentrates at its three mine properties: the Deer Trail Mine, the Bromide Basin Mine and the Silver Bell Mine. The company has also announced agreements to acquire over 70 additional mining claims. Recently, Unico announced that its wholly owned Deer Trail Mining Company subsidiary had completed the purchase of the Deer Trail Mine from Crown Mines, LLC. For more information, please visit

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