SOURCE: Unico, Inc.

March 17, 2008 08:51 ET

Unico, Inc. Announces Addition of a New Photo Gallery and Video Clips Showing the Progress of Reconstruction Work and Equipment Startup Testing at the Mill and Processing Facility at the Deer Trail Mine

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - March 17, 2008) - Unico, Incorporated (OTCBB: UCOI), a natural resource company in the precious metals mining sector, today announced the addition of a new photo gallery and video clips on the company's corporate website,, showing recent progress of reconstruction work and additional equipment testing at the mill and processing facility at the Deer Trail Mine in Marysvale, Utah.

The new photographs and video clips have been added to the "Media" section of the Unico website at

The new gallery includes photographs showing completed piping for the recycled water circuit in the main mill building. The recycled water will be used as make-up water throughout the facility. Testing of the recycled water circuit is scheduled to begin within the week.

There are also several pictures in the gallery showing gear reducers that were installed to reduce the speed of the feed conveyors that carry material from the fine ore bins to the ball mill. During testing of the feeder belts, it was determined that the speed of the ball mill feed conveyors were running too fast and would have resulted in extreme belt wear. Additional gear reducers were installed to reduce the speed of the feed conveyors. Testing also determined that new idlers were necessary. The new idlers have now been delivered and installed. The upgraded system now allows for more control over the feed to the ball mill, which will assist in processing different types of ore.

One of the video clips included on the site shows testing of the feed conveyors after the gear reducers had been installed.

Pictures in the photo gallery also show balls for the ball mill. The balls have been sorted for size, and the smallest, which were deemed inadequate, were rejected, as they would have hampered the grind kinetics. Balls that meet specifications were installed in the mill. An additional four tons of four-inch balls are needed for operation of the ball mill to begin and are being ordered for delivery to the site.

The gallery also shows work being done on the new electric motor for the ball mill by Energy Management Corporation (, from which the motor was purchased. When additional ball mill testing was conducted, it was found that the parameters for the new electric motor had to be adjusted. All costs for re-adjustment are covered under warranty and will be conducted by Energy Management Corporation at no cost to Deer Trail Mining Company.

Two video clips included on the site show testing of the ball mill after the electric motor had been re-adjusted.

The readjustment of the ball mill motor was scheduled to coincide with the installation of a newly acquired electrical panel. The panel arrived onsite and the installation was completed. Pictures of the panel arriving onsite and being installed in the main mill building are included in the new photo gallery.

The photo gallery also includes pictures of two additional large storage tanks that have been installed in the main mill building in order to provide the facility with overflow flotation concentrate capacity. This will allow the company to run the filter vacuum pump on an intermittent basis for further conservation of energy. The tanks have been successfully tested for leaks and are ready for operation.

"The new photo gallery and video clips show several aspects of the reconstruction work and equipment start-up testing that has taken place at the mill and processing facility at the Deer Trail Mine in recent weeks," stated Mark A. Lopez, chief executive officer of Unico, Inc. "We are pleased to have the opportunity to show our shareholders the additional work that has been completed as a result of recent start-up testing at the facility and look forward to providing additional updates as soon as possible."

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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. In August 2007, 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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