SOURCE: Unico, Inc.

Unico, Inc.

February 17, 2009 09:20 ET

Unico, Inc. Announces In-House Evaluation of Historical Data Regarding Tellurium Levels at the Deer Trail Mine

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - February 17, 2009) - Unico, Incorporated (OTCBB: UNCO), a natural resource company in the precious metals mining sector, today announced that, in the wake of recent interest in tellurium (Te) content at the company's Deer Trail Mine in Marysvale, Utah, the company has conducted in-house evaluation of geochemical data from a previous underground exploration program at the mine. 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.

Unico recently announced interest expressed in the levels of tellurium, an extremely rare element, discovered at the Deer Trail Mine. 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 geochemical and assay data analyzed was from an exploration program conducted from 1981-1983 and included eight diamond drill holes in the Lower (New) Deer Trail Mine.

The investigation of the previous geochemical and assay data included conversion of logs to the stratigraphic framework developed by Behre Dolbear in 2007 for the Pennsylvanian Callville Formation that hosts the mine. Behre Dolbear was contracted by Unico to perform geological analysis and evaluation at the Deer Trail Mine using both historical data and data gathered from a 2005 underground diamond core drilling program conducted at the mine.

Deer Trail's study of the 1981-1983 drill hole data indicates that seven intervals ranging from 2.0 to 3.3 feet thick (uncorrected) exceed 100 ppm (parts per million) tellurium. Four of the preceding are associated with stratabound base and precious metal intercepts and range from 120 to 500 ppm Te over intervals of 2.0 to 3.3 feet (uncorrected). Additionally, a 6.0 foot intercept in the Wet Fissure, which is a low-grade discordant feeder structure, exceeded the 2,000 ppm limits of detection for tellurium.

"The initial analysis of historical information from the Deer Trail Mine indicates that additional geological study and assay work is warranted," said Mark A. Lopez, chief executive officer of Unico, Inc. "As we continue our study of the tellurium potential at the Deer Trail Mine through in-house and independent resources, we will also explore all potential commercial applications for its uses."

The presence of tellurium at the Deer Trail Mine has been discovered during comprehensive analysis of concentrates at the Deer Trail mill and processing facility. Unico has announced the production of concentrates at the Deer Trail mill, and photo galleries showing activities at the facility can be viewed at the Unico website,

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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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