SOURCE: Unico, Inc.

December 05, 2007 10:04 ET

Unico, Inc. Announces Additional Progress of Equipment Startup Testing at the Mill and Processing Facility at the Deer Trail Mine

Video Clips of Equipment Testing Are Expected to be Included in Upcoming Media Additions to Company Website

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - December 5, 2007) - Unico, Incorporated (OTCBB: UCOI), a natural resource company in the precious metals mining sector, today announced additional progress of equipment startup testing at the mill and processing facility at the Deer Trail Mine in Marysvale, Utah.

A new photo gallery and video clips showing equipment testing and expansion of the onsite laboratory facility is expected to be added to the Media section of the Unico website,, in the next several days.

Testing of the feed conveyor belts that transports ore to the fine ore storage silos has been initiated, during which a 30-ton test lot was placed in the feed hopper and successfully sent up the feed belts. All belts have been correctly timed to work in conjunction with each other to help prevent overfeeding of the next belt in line. The transfer belt used to feed ore between both silos was tested, and a number of minor necessary adjustments are currently being made to ensure efficiency.

The newly purchased motor and variable frequency drive (VFD) has been installed, and Energy Management Corporation ( of Salt Lake City arrived onsite to inspect the installation and commission the startup. The VFD perimeters were programmed to allow the speed of the mill to be both increased and decreased, and controls were put into place to prevent the mill from being operated past its critical speed.

Testing of the ball mill has resumed and minor adjustments have been made to the pinion bearings by increasing the clearance between the bearing caps and the pinion shaft. As a result of the adjustments, the temperature at which the bearings operate was significantly reduced. A one-hour test run was initiated and temperature readings of the reconditioned trunion bearings and the pinion bearings were observed at one-minute intervals. The outcome of the test run showed only a moderate increase in temperature and concluded that the mill is safe to operate.

The Gallagher pumps that will be used to move the process slurry between the floatation rougher, scavenger and cleaner cells have been installed. Testing of the pumps and piping is scheduled to begin shortly. The test will be conducted with water to check for proper flow and integrity of the pipes installed throughout the mill.

The construction of the addition to the onsite laboratory is in the final stages with installation of the exterior siding and painting currently underway. Laboratory equipment is being moved into permanent locations within the newly built space. The new laboratory facility is expected to be fully operational within the next several days. The laboratory expansion will allow a more streamlined process for preparations of mill and mine assay samples. The additional space also provides room to conduct larger bench-type flotation test and room for large pilot-type testing.

"We are pleased to report the continued startup testing of equipment at the mill and processing facility at the Deer Trail Mine," stated Mark A. Lopez, chief executive officer of Unico, Inc. "The startup testing allows for the appropriate adjustments to be made so that the mill facility will run more effectively and efficiently once processing operations are initiated."

In August 2007, Unico announced that it had completed the purchase of the Deer Trail Mine for its Deer Trail Mining Company subsidiary.

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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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