SOURCE: Unico, Inc.

Unico, Inc.

February 25, 2009 10:46 ET

Unico, Inc. Announces Alternative Testing of Gold and Silver Content From Concentrates at the Deer Trail Mine

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - February 25, 2009) - Unico, Incorporated (OTCBB: UNCO), a natural resource company in the precious metals mining sector, today announced testing of alternative methods for the recovery of gold and silver from the recently produced concentrates at the Deer Trail Mine in Marysvale, Utah.

Due to the continued strength in gold and silver markets, Unico's wholly owned Deer Trail Mining Company subsidiary has explored different lixiative leaching technologies for the recovery of gold and silver from the company's recently produced concentrates. Several tests have been conducted in the Deer Trail metallurgical facility to determine the economics of the use of thiourea and thiosulfate lixatives, both of which can be used as leaching agents for gold leaching and silver.

Samples of the Deer Trail concentrate were also sent to an outside laboratory for leachablity test work. The results of the testing suggested that as much as 91% of the gold and 88% of the silver contained in the concentrate may be extractable within the first two hours of agitated leaching. The sample used in this test work represents an average of our concentrate product produced thus far in the floatation circuit at the Deer Trail Mill Facility. The procedure was conducted by fire assay and yielded 0.43 oz/ton gold (Au) and 71 oz/ton silver (Ag).

In-house testing at the Deer Trail Lab has shown that the tellurium content was split between the leach solution and the remaining tailings. Unico recently announced that due to interest in the tellurium content at the Deer Trail Mine, the company is conducting in-house evaluation of geochemical data from a previous underground exploration program at the mine and that additional test work is expected to be conducted on methods for the extraction of tellurium directly from the concentrates for marketing directly to end users. Tellurium, which is used in metal alloys and as a semi-conductor, has experienced increased demand in recent years in applications including optical discs, memory chips and solar panels.

The leaching test also found that a majority of the base metals were retained in the concentrate tailings.

"The information received from the gold and silver recovery testing will be helpful as we evaluate our opportunities for the sale of concentrates produced at the Deer Trail Mine," stated Mark A. Lopez, chief executive officer of Unico, Inc. "Given the current prices for gold and silver, we expect there to be continued interest in the Deer Trail concentrates that include these metals, as well as the tellurium and additional resources of value found to be in the concentrates."

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About Unico, Inc.

Unico, Inc. (OTCBB: UNCO) 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 two mine properties: the Deer Trail Mine and the Silver Bell Mine. The company has also announced agreements to acquire over 70 additional mining claims including the Clyde and Crown Point 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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