SOURCE: Unico, Inc.

June 13, 2008 09:07 ET

Unico, Inc. Announces the Appointment of Alex Scarbrough as Senior Geologist for the Deer Trail Mining Company

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - June 13, 2008) - Unico, Incorporated (OTCBB: UCOI), a natural resource company in the precious metals mining sector, today announced the hiring of Alex Scarbrough, who possesses thirty-three years of experience in the minerals exploration industry and a broad academic background in geology, as senior geologist for the company's wholly owned subsidiary, Deer Trail Mining Company LLC. Dean Misantoni, who previously served as senior geologist, will now act as consulting geologist for Deer Trail Mining Company.

Included in Mr. Scarbrough's experience was his role as senior geologist for Behre Dolbear and Company (USA), Inc., which was contracted to provide geological services at the Deer Trail Mine in Marysvale, Utah. Mr. Scarbrough was assigned by Behre Dolbear to conduct and supervise the logging and splitting work on core samples taken from the underground diamond core drilling program conducted at the Deer Trail Mine in 2005.

For the Deer Trail Mine project, Mr. Scarbrough evaluated 7,235 feet of underground core from 13 holes drilled in carbonate-hosted manto-type polymetallic mine for their base and precious metal potential. His primary duties on the project included detailed geologic and geotechnical logging of lithologies and alteration present in core, the splitting and assaying of sporadic major and extensive minor mineralization, and the subsequent determination of gross and detailed composite assay intervals and their respective weight-averaged grades.

Most recently, Mr. Scarbrough served as president of Rush Creek Mining Company in Centennial, Colorado. He was engaged by Inspiration Mining Corporation to consult on advanced-stage drilling of nickeliferous Komatiite-hosted deposit occurring in Achaean greenstone belt in east-central Ontario. In this role, Mr. Scarbrough continued work begun in 2006 with Behre Dolbear and Company, Inc. on manto-type polymetallic deposit. He completed the evaluation of drill core and wrote a comprehensive report on relationship between stratigraphy and mineralization to be used by client in assessing potential for future exploration and development at mine.

As an independent consultant from 2003-2005, Mr. Scarbrough conducted work on behalf of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and involved research and compilation of undeveloped and developed metallic and non-metallic mineral resources, existing mineral extraction operations, and projected mineral development in Grand and San Juan Counties, Utah.

From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Scarbrough worked as a geologic contractor for the Colorado Geological Survey, identifying, assessing, and inventorying all metallic, non-metallic, and industrial minerals/construction materials as well as coal resources on over 4 million acres of state-owned lands.

As an independent contractor, he also worked to identify and pursue carbonate-hosted zinc reserves for a major fully integrated zinc company with operating mines and refineries.

Previous to this experience, Mr. Scarbrough worked in a variety of geologist positions, both within the company and as a consultant, for BHP Minerals International Exploration Inc., Noranda Exploration, Inc., USMX, Inc., Westmont Mining, Inc., Nicor Mineral Ventures, Houston International Minerals Corporations/Tenneco Minerals, Cominco American Inc., and the Atlantic Richfield Company.

Mr. Scarbrough graduated cum laude from Memphis State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology, followed by a Master of Science degree, also in Geology.

"We are pleased to have Alex Scarbrough join the Deer Trail Mining Company as senior geologist," commented Mark A. Lopez, chief executive officer of Unico, Inc. "He is very familiar with the Deer Trail project through experience with BDUSA and the core logging and splitting program at the site. His contributions are expected to play an important role in planned future underground mining activities at the Deer Trail Mine and potentially at additional mining claims in the area.

"Dean Misantoni will continue to work with the company as a consulting geologist and we look forward to his ongoing contributions," Mr. Lopez added.

Unico recently announced the completion of reconstruction and testing of the floatation circuit at the mill and processing facility at the Deer Trail Mine. The company expects to provide additional updates on the progress of testing at the facility in the near term.

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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 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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