SOURCE: Unico, Inc.

January 10, 2007 09:36 ET

Unico, Inc. Announces Purchase of Thickener Tank for the Mill and Processing Facility at the Deer Trail Mine

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 10, 2007 -- Unico, Incorporated (OTCBB: UCOI), a natural resource company in the precious metals mining sector, today announced the purchase of a WesTech 40-foot thickener, which will be used to thicken the tailings at the reconstructed mill and processing facility at the Deer Trail Mine in Marysvale, Utah. Delivery of the thickener tank to the site is expected next week.

WesTech thickeners ( are manufactured in Salt Lake City. Due to its proximity to the Deer Trail Mine property, parts for future repair, service and maintenance can be acquired without significant delays. WesTech supplies process equipment for water, wastewater and industrial applications. From screening and headworks to tertiary treatment, from petrochemical process to water reclamation and drinking water, from small communities to large cities and factories, WesTech offers standard and custom process solutions for efficient solids-liquid separation.

Deer Trail Mining Company initially contracted with Pocock Industrial ( of Salt Lake City, Utah to conduct all metallurgical filtration work and testing on the unit prior to being purchased. The detailed information provided by Pocock Industrial was determined by a composite sample representing the mill tailings and provided the necessary data responsible to add the unit to the new circuits.

The thickener purchase includes a bridge, rakes, lifting mechanism and bridge decking. The thickener tank will be installed inside the new building adjacent to the existing mill building and used to thicken the mill tailings for discharge to the Eimco filter that was recently purchased. It was determined that installing the thickener tank indoors would not only prevent it from freezing in the winter months, but would also provide a more consistent pulp for processing.

Final engineering on the tank and pouring of the concrete foundations will be conducted once the unit is delivered on site.

"We are pleased to have made the purchase of this thickener unit, and Unico will continue to provide the equipment necessary to facilitate completion of the mill and processing facility at the Deer Trail Mine," said Mark A. Lopez, chief executive officer of Unico, Inc. "This piece of equipment is significant in the operation of the facility and is one of the final large-ticket items needed to complete our circuit. We look forward to finishing the remaining work on the facility so that revenues can finally be reached from operations at the mill."

Unico is engaged in reconstruction of the mill and processing facility to improve both efficiency and capacity in processing operations at the Deer Trail Mine. The design and completion of a new electrical substation at the Deer Trail Mine is expected to provide substantial cost savings, specifically as it relates to the operation of the mill and processing facility, as a result of lower energy costs and greater reliability.

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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 recently announced agreements to acquire over 70 additional mining claims. For more information, please visit

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