SOURCE: Unico, Inc.

Unico, Inc.

August 12, 2009 09:56 ET

Unico, Inc. Announces the Posting of a New Photo Gallery Showing Additional Improvements to the Deer Trail Mill and Processing Facility for the Recovery of Gold

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - August 12, 2009) - Unico, Incorporated (OTCBB: UNCO), a natural resource company in the precious metals mining sector, today announced the addition of a new photo gallery at, which includes pictures of additional improvements to the mill and processing facility at the Deer Trail Mine in Marysvale, Utah, including work that is intended to improve the overall gold recovery at the facility.

The new photo gallery has been added to the "Media" section of the Unico website at

The results of recent testing of oxide material from the upper Deer Trail Mine area has shown gold content in amounts double that of the sulfide ore that was used to produce the first shipment delivered to Royal Mines And Minerals Corporation, which is under contract to process precious metals from ore from the Deer Trail Mine. The unprocessed sulfide material had a gold content of .06 oz/ton, while the oxide material had a gold content of .15 oz/ton. Higher grade head ore material, coupled with improved methods of processing material currently being implemented at the Deer Trail mill facility, are expected to provide the opportunity for greater return from mining and processing operations at the Deer Trail Mine.

In July 2009, Unico announced the acquisition of equipment that was to be added to the flotation circuit of the Deer Trail mill facility. The purpose of the additions is to expedite filtration of concentrate at the facility and produce a higher grade precious metals concentrate.

The new photo gallery shows the 30-inch by 12-foot Eimco Belt Extractor Filter, which will be used to expedite the filtration of the flotation concentrate. The filter has been installed, and minor mechanical adjustments are being made to optimize the filter's performance. Test work is being conducted to determine the best filter media for different ore types at the Deer Trail Mine. Plumbing and electrical connections have been completed for the Falcon concentrator, which will be used to scavenge coarse gold from the flotation tailings. The gallery has several photographs of the Falcon Concentrator being installed and additional pictures of operation of the flotation circuit including the production of concentrate.

Results from metallurgical testing of the oxide material screened from the upper Deer Trail Mine dumps has led the company to conduct a larger bulk flotation test in the Deer Trail mill facility. Several tons of the screened material from the upper Deer Trail Mine was loaded into the ore silos and was then run through the mill over a 7-hour period. Reagents that were determined by bench scale testing to have acceptable levels of recovery for silver and gold were metered in to the mill slurry stream. The bulk oxide flotation test showed encouraging recoveries for gold and silver.

Additional production using this material is currently underway. With the installation of the Falcon concentrator now completed and in operation, the company believes it can further improve the overall gold recovery at the Deer Trail mill.

"We are pleased that the recently announced improvements to the Deer Trail mill facility have been completed and that the progress can be viewed in this new photo gallery," stated Mark A. Lopez, chief executive officer of Unico, Inc. "Processing precious metals is a major focus of our project at the Deer Trail Mine, and we will continue to pursue the identification of higher grade material and the most efficient methods of producing concentrate."

In recent months, Unico, Inc. has been pursuing alternative processing methods for the extraction of silver and gold from concentrate at the Deer Trail Mine. The purpose of this initiative is to develop the most economical process and achieve the highest recovery of precious metals possible from material produced at the site.

In furtherance of this strategy, Unico, Inc. has developed a relationship with Royal Mines And Minerals Corporation, which has developed certain proprietary technologies for the recovery of precious metals from concentrate. Unico, Inc. has shipped several samples of material, including large bulk samples of flotation concentrate produced at the Deer Trail mill facility, to Royal Mines' processing facility in Phoenix, Arizona, where Royal Mines' proprietary technology for the lixiviation of precious metals were tested on the Deer Trail samples.

Due to positive results from the sample testing, Unico and Royal Mines recently entered into an initial agreement under which Royal Mines will process ore from the Deer Trail Mine at its Phoenix, Arizona facility. Since its association with Unico, Inc. was initiated, Royal Mines has received a total of over 23 tons of material from the Deer Trail Mine.

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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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