SOURCE: Unico, Inc.

October 18, 2007 09:09 ET

Unico, Inc. Announces MSHA Notification of Evacuation and Escape Plan for Future Underground Activities at the Deer Trail Mine

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - October 18, 2007) - Unico, Incorporated (OTCBB: UCOI), a natural resource company in the precious metals mining sector, today announced that its wholly owned Deer Trail Mining Company subsidiary has submitted the Evacuation and Escape Plan for the Deer Trail Mine in Marysvale, Utah to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

The correspondence to MSHA for the Evacuation and Escape Plan included Emergency Notification Procedures and Information, Evacuation and Escape Procedures, Mine Maps, Mine Map Locations, Escape and Evacuation Instructions, and Underground Firefighting Procedures for the Deer Trail Mine.

The current written plans and escape maps have been made available to miners at the site, and every miner is extensively trained in evacuation instructions. First aid stations have been strategically located throughout the mine and on the surface for easy access. Emergency ventilation is provided in the event of a power failure. Underground emergency transportation is provided by mine locomotive as well as by foot, and surface emergency transportation will be conducted by a Piute County Emergency Response Team.

Previously, the company submitted a notification to MSHA that includes a description of underground work planned for the Deer Trail Mine. Atlas Fausett Contracting, a division of Atlas Mining Company, has been engaged for underground mine maintenance work including portal and stope rehabilitation at the Deer Trail Mine. The maintenance work and reopening of the PTH Tunnel is expected to pave the way for future underground mining activities at the site.

In addition to the MSHA notification, Deer Trail Mining Company has secured underground mine rescue coverage from Talon Resources, which provided consulting and direct representation for the company to the state of Utah's Division of Oil, Gas and Mining (DOGM), as well as conducting certified training and safety compliance programs required by MSHA.

Talon Resources provides a wide variety of services to the mining industry including environmental assessments and permitting, construction inspection, surveying, engineering, instrument calibration, permit tracking, surveys for landfill and hazardous waste sites. They also provide mining and other subsurface location maps and global positioning system surveys.

"The submission of our Evacuation and Escape Plan is an important element in the preparations for future underground mining activities at the Deer Trail Mine," stated Mark A. Lopez, chief executive officer of Unico, Inc. "We will continue to comply with the safety requirements of MSHA and all other appropriate agencies as we move forward with our planned mining and processing activities at the site."

Unico recently 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. Recently, 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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