News Article | February 15, 2017
OKEMOS, MI--(Marketwired - February 14, 2017) - As the daily attendance reports kept coming in, it was apparent the 51st Annual Detroit Camper & RV Show, February 8-12, was shaping up to be something special. According to the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds, (MARVAC), more than 28,500 people came to the show during its five days at Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi. That was a 12 percent increase over 2016. "Every day was a record breaker in terms of public attendance and sales opportunities," said Darren Ing, show director. Saturday proved to be the most popular day with close to 13,000 camping and RV enthusiasts appreciating 287 vehicles, reserving campground space at MARVAC-member campgrounds and enjoying many RV-themed seminars. Larry Andree, A & S RV Center, Auburn Hills, reported it was one of the best RV and camper shows the A & S sales team has experienced in a long time. "It was almost-almost-too busy," he joked. "There was a lot of interest in all sorts of vehicles and price points and it was very encouraging to see all the young families." The 51st annual Detroit Camper & RV Show-the third-longest running RV show in the country-has historically been an indicator of the health of the camping and RVing industry as well as the economy as a whole. "Based on the strong sales and campground reservations at the show, it's going to be a good year for our members," said Ing. MARVAC sponsors multiple camper and RV shows across Michigan throughout the year including the 40th Annual Flint Camper & RV Show, March 16-19, 2017 at Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center in Flint; the new MARVAC Port Huron Camper & RV Show March 23-26, 2017 at the Blue Water Convention Center in Port Huron; the 25th Annual Northwest Michigan Camper & RV Show, March 24-26, 2017 at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center in Traverse City and the 28th Annual Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show October 4-8, 2017 at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. For more information, go to marvac.org. The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging growth in the recreation vehicle and private campground industries while contributing to the quality of Michigan tourism. MARVAC, 2222 Association Drive, Okemos, Mich. 48864-5978; 517.349.8881.
News Article | February 15, 2017
DENVER, CO, February 14, 2017-- Exuberant sign holders poured out of the crowded light rail train at Denver's theater district station. When I say crowded, I mean Tokyo subway crowded. An estimated 100 to 200 thousand flocked to the Women's March at Denver's Civic Center the day after America inaugurated a new president, joining the voices of millions on every single continent, yes even Antarctica. The boisterous support of the president elect's fans were in stark contrast to many voters who were gripped by feelings of anger, disbelief, and sadness, but the positivity and upbeat mood at the march was palpable. Seeing many of the same signs that protesters of the 60's carried can raise some doubts that protests work and the voice of the people matters, but there have been clear indictors over the opening weeks of the new presidency that resistance doesn't just trigger an infantile and ill-conceived Twitter rant, but it works. From rescuing refugees from immigration limbo in a terrifying airport ordeal, to getting businesses to distance themselves from the current administration, it's working. If the turnout to the marches and protests of the past few weeks is any indication, the women of today's movement are here to do more than just roar and this sure isn't your mama's women's movement.The power of the women's movement of the 60's is nothing compared to the might that female market and cultural influence wields today. Until 1974 women had to have a man cosign for any credit application, regardless of income. Until 1978 a woman could be legally terminated from any job for becoming pregnant. Other than purchasing items for the household, few financial decisions were in her power. Voting with her wallet, whether it was a Gucci bag, or worn plastic folder stuffed with coupons, exerted very little influence. Yes, there is still an income gap, but not only are there more women in the workplace, there are more women business owners, and more women in executive positions than ever before. The power of the female spending dollar cannot be overstated.Why are department stores, one by one, distancing themselves from brands associate with the White House? Because women weren't supporting them. Why did the Uber CEO back out of the financial council after just a week of heat? Because Uber has been steadily losing market share to their, not nearly as well funded competitor, Lyft. Their slowed growth is due in part to their tone deaf response to women's safety concerns dating back to 2014. Their misguided frat-bro culture cultivation and "boys will be boys" attitude resulted in their app being deleted from many female customers' phones and Uber can ill afford to face the long-term ire of women riders again.A focused campaign of voting with their collective wallets will have tremendous sway over the marketplace worldwide. It is estimated that women control 65% of global spending and as much as 80% of spending in the U.S. This probably isn't what the right had in mind when they composed their oft repeated mantra, "Let the market decide", but as weekends of protesting and marching turns into a business climate of holding companies accountable for financially supporting the trampling of civil rights by indirectly funding divisive and unfair policies and candidates, corporations will have no choice but to listen. Go to https://grabyourwallet.org/ for a growing list of companies with questionable ties.Sifting through the sea of images from the Denver march there were several clever signs calling attention to a variety of valid and serious issues but two really cut into what embodies the collective mood as this administration steps into power. A sign reading "Our daughters are watching" was especially poignant, considering the outcry against the current administration from virtually every corner of the globe. Our sons and daughters, not just in this country, but around the world are watching how we react to this challenge to the social progress we've made over the past decades. They will witness what it means to our standing as the example of democracy other countries have been encourage to follow. They will watch us fight for what the very definition of being American means. What is it that we want these young eyes to see as we struggle to find our footing again? We can't let the actions of the right become the recruiting materials of the hate groups of the future.If our sons and daughters become angry years down the road because they remember saying, "We just want a fair shot", and some sneered and said, "All you want is a hand out," we have to make sure that they have predominant memories of many that offered a hand up. If someone tries to recruit them to do harm to this country, reminding them that they cried out for aid and sanctuary during times of war or natural disaster and some slammed the door in their faces and said, "We're taking care of our own", they'll remember that they were heard, and offered assistance. If they are tempted to become bitter because unfair laws and sanctions were levied against people like them, and some said they weren't welcome because of where their parents were born, or because of the religion they practiced, they'll look back and recall that many embraced their differences and stood by them.Another photo depicts what will be the seminal message of our path forward. It shows an Asian gentleman holding a sign that says, "We don't want your discrimination." Next to him someone is holding one that says, "We all belong here and we will defend each other." No matter where anyone fits in the broad spectrum of colors, religions, sexual orientations, socioeconomic backgrounds, or political affiliations that make up the American populous, disenfranchisement is likely the biggest fear and most widespread complaint of our society today. Some would argue that is how the current leaders got into power. A large segment of our population felt ignored and belittled and turned to a candidate with little affiliation with the current political establishment and promised to put them first. The details of what that would mean and how it would happen seemed to matter very little. This silver spoon, billionaire descended from his gilded penthouse cast himself as a man of the people. He did it sometimes by stoking fears and by sometimes bringing the socially unacceptable out of the woodwork and shining a bright spotlight on the festering wounds that most believed had healed decades ago, but were only driven into the shadows of political correctness, and begrudgingly suppressed by stiffer anti-discrimination laws.Dr. King taught us that it's impossible to have any influential power over those who can feel your contempt. It's impossible not to feel contempt for the variety of discriminatory policies and various unqualified, anti-equality, and anti-diversity government appointees that have been recently put forth. Our only recourse is to resist when we can, and fight when we must. But especially for the next two years when the Republicans have control over both the house and senate, we are going to have to be our brother's keepers.We may not be able to coerce the government to do what is right for all citizens of this country so our only recourse is not to try to persuade, but to neutralize and take matters into our own hands. In the days ahead there will be plenty to resist but we must change the battle cry of this movement from resist to assist. Assist organizations that help, assist allies in local and federal government, and assist those in need around the world and around the corner. The silver lining to any dark clouds that amass in the days ahead will be a newly solidified and well informed citizen base that will be more empowered and educated in the ways of effecting change. If the goal of the right is to stack the deck for the 1% we must ensure that they feel the power and hear the voices of the other 99% at every turn and every stroke of the pen that seeks to discriminate or do harm.Lisa Burkhart is a photojournalist based out of Denver, Colorado. She largely covers travel related subjects as well as matters of social justice.
News Article | February 15, 2017
This desert town that's been certified by Guinness World Records as the sunniest city on earth has the cure for the winter blues.. Start with an outdoor concert on the shores of the Colorado River at the Boogie, Brews and Blues Festival this Saturday (Feb. 18) in Gateway Park. Presented by the City of Yuma and Robb Bower Presents, this all-day music fest features Philip Sayce, a blues guitar sensation from Toronto, along with Jonathan Boogie Long and the Blues Revolution from Louisiana, The Boscoe France Band from Kentucky, The Gino Matteo Band featuring Jade Bennett, a SoCal roots music band, and the McCoy Brothers Band from San Diego. Gates open at 10 a.m. and the beat goes on from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., with craft beers, food trucks, merchandise, memorabilia and more. Tickets are $30 in advance ($35 at the gate), with discounts for those with military ID, on sale now at Yuma City Hall, Yuma Art Center and Yuma Civic Center. More info at Robb-BowerPresents.com. Or get tips from folks who know how to deal with winter at the 15th annual Yuma Scandinavian Festival. The Nordic treats, arts and crafts and entertainment – including a special lunch plate – kick off from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.Saturday (Feb. 18) at the Yuma Civic Center, 1440 W. Desert Hills Drive, more info at 928.373.5040. Wrap up the year’s shortest month with a taste of what that desert sunshine produces. The inaugural What’s Growing in Yuma Festival is set for Feb. 24-25 on Main Street in historic downtown Yuma. The free festival runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days and will spotlight the fruits, vegetables, and other tasty crops grown here with demonstrations and activities, along with family-friendly entertainment and a variety of vendors. More info,928.373.5028. Ongoing in February, learn more about Yuma history on a trolley or walking tour – or explore historic haunts on a nighttime ghost trolley tour. It’s all happening at the Sanguinetti House Museum, (240 S. Madison Ave., more info at 928.782.1842), where this year’s special exhibit explores the naughty side of frontier life in “The Secrets of Victorian Yuma.” Who said history was dull? Jazz things up at the weekly Village Jazz Series, with free weekly concerts under the stars featuring local and out-of-town performers. Performances are Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. at the Yuma Palms Regional Mall. Bring a folding chair and enjoy warm breezes and cool music. More info and the full season's schedule at YumaJazz.com. And that’s not all the fun in the sun on the Yuma calendar. Coming in March, rev it up at the Southwest’s biggest classic car show, Midnight at the Oasis (March 2-5) and take to the skies at the biennial Yuma Air Show at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma (March 17-18). Save April dates for the Yuma County Fair (April 4-9), the annual Tunes & Tacos Fest (April 14-15), the Penitentiary Pint Fest (April 15) and ARTBeat 10 (April 22) Don’t let the season slip away without planning your Yuma getaway – head to VisitYuma.com to check out our complete calendar of events and custom itinerary builder. All you’ve got to lose is your winter blues!
News Article | February 23, 2017
— Only two months into 2017, tornadoes have already ripped through many states including Mississippi, Louisiana and most recently Texas. Recently, the state of Alabama has also experienced tornado devastation and destruction this year, in a state where tornadoes are always on the minds of residents. Plastics Rotational molding leader Granger Plastics Company exhibited its tornado shelter innovation, the Granger ISS, at The Birmingham Home and Garden Show which was held this past weekend at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center. The show supplied over 230 vendors for attendees with several speakers and features such as a tiny home village. Over 23,000 people are estimated to have attended Thursday through Sunday of last week, with many show goers exclaiming that they were there specifically to find a tornado shelter. It is common knowledge in Alabama that tornadoes can destroy any type of building, while modular and portable buildings carrier a higher risk of damage than others. While all buildings and structures are susceptible to tornado damage and destruction, buildings that provide a storm shelter that meets or exceeds FEMA and ICC 500 standards can provide near absolute tornado protection. The Granger ISS was designed to be installed practically anywhere including outside of existing homes, in new construction or even added to existing structures. Attendees who came to the Granger ISS Storm Shelter booth at the Birmingham Home and Garden show could experience entering into a In-ground Safety Shelter as well as learn about tornado safety, the FEMA guidelines and available tornado shelter grants. A world renown rotational molding leader and in business for two decades, Granger Industries is seeing a greater interest in safety products including the Granger ISS – In-ground Tornado Shelter. To learn more about the Granger ISS please visit www.grangeriss.com. Granger Industries includes Granger Plastics Company, ForeverSafe Products and Granger Aerospace Products. Granger Plastics Company manufactures a variety of custom and proprietary products. To learn more about Granger Plastics Company please visit www.grangerplastics.com. For more information, please visit http://www.grangerplastics.com
News Article | October 28, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - October 25, 2016) - The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco today announced the appointment of Nancy Sackson as Chief Philanthropy Officer. With more than 20 years of nonprofit philanthropy experience -- most recently at a diverse array of beloved Bay Area cultural and educational institutions that were leading significant capital campaigns -- Sackson will plan and direct integrated fundraising programs to expand local, national and international support for the museum's exhibitions, programs, general operations and institutional growth. "Nancy Sackson brings her broad fundraising expertise to the museum at an exciting point in our institutional history -- we're celebrating our 50th anniversary, and will be constructing a new special exhibition pavilion and refreshing our collection galleries starting in 2017," says Dr. Jay Xu, Director and CEO of the Asian Art Museum. "Her strong history of developing philanthropic relationships in the Bay Area and beyond make her an ideal partner in engaging our community to support the next stages of the museum's advancement." Sackson will join the museum on December 1, following two years as the Director of Development and Marketing at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, where she masterminded a complete suite of marketing and fundraising strategies, including membership, annual fund, major and planned gifts, events, as well as institutional giving and sponsorship. From 2010 to 2014, she was Director of Development at the Exploratorium, serving as a member of the fundraising team charged with raising $300 million over five years to build the organization's waterfront location on San Francisco's Embarcadero. Just as exciting, Sackson's appointment is a bit of a homecoming: She served as the museum's Associate Director of Development and Capital Campaign Manager from 1997 to 2001, helping guide the fundraising efforts for the Asian Art Museum's move from its former home in Golden Gate Park to its iconic current home at Civic Center. "The Asian Art Museum is a quintessential San Francisco institution -- one that I know and love," Sackson says. "As the museum's Chief Philanthropy Officer, my aim is to harness the visionary leadership of Dr. Xu and the efforts of the board, staff and volunteers to enhance a culture of philanthropy that expands the impact and reach of the museum's programs." Sackson's experience includes serving as Senior Associate Vice President, Advancement, at the University of San Francisco, helping raise annual and capital funds to support university initiatives. She was also Vice President for Advancement at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she led the $65 million capital campaign for the Conservatory's new Civic Center campus. Prior to that, she was Director, Campaign Operations, at the University of California, San Francisco, helping a team raise in excess of $300 million annually, while planning and implementing a broader $1.4 billion comprehensive campaign. A native of Ohio, Sackson graduated with a BA in Humanities/Classics and Art History from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1985 and received an MA in Art History/Museum Studies from Case Western Reserve University in 1987. Nancy has volunteered for numerous Bay Area animal welfare organizations including PAWS (Pets are Wonderful Support), the Milo Foundation and Pets Unlimited. In March 2016, the museum announced plans to construct a 12,000-square-foot special exhibition pavilion designed by renowned Los Angeles-based architect Kulapat Yantrasast and wHY, his interdisciplinary design practice. Slated for construction in 2017, the new pavilion will create one of the nation's premier exhibition spaces dedicated to Asian art, while increasing the number of exciting special exhibitions of historic and contemporary art presented for museum visitors. The Asian Art Museum is one of San Francisco's premier arts institutions and home to a world-renowned collection of more than 18,000 Asian art treasures spanning 6,000 years. Through rich art experiences, centered on historic and contemporary artworks, the museum unlocks the past for visitors, bringing it to life, while serving as a catalyst for new art, new creativity and new thinking.
News Article | December 21, 2016
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI), one of the world’s leading active investment managers, announced today that it has made an investment of over $400 million on behalf of its clients into the Grande Prairie Wind project (“GPW”). The GPW project is a 400-megawatt wind farm in Holt County, Nebraska – the largest wind energy project in the state’s history – owned by BHE Renewables, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy. The project will increase Nebraska’s wind energy capacity by nearly 50 percent and represents the first project in the state for BHE Renewables. This is also the first infrastructure debt renewable energy investment made by AllianzGI in the US market. The financing consisted of unlisted bonds with a 20-year term that were privately placed with US and European investors via AllianzGI’s established infrastructure debt platform. BHE Renewables will use the proceeds to reimburse the costs of the construction that began in 2015 and will be completed by the end of 2016. Commenting on the transaction, Paul David, Head of Americas, Infrastructure Debt at AllianzGI, said: “We are proud to complete our first private infrastructure debt investment in the US renewable energy space with a milestone project sponsored by BHE Renewables. GPW is an excellent showcase of how AllianzGI can deliver value-added solutions to infrastructure Sponsors through its established institutional platform. BHE Renewables was able to tailor the structure to their goals and close the financing under an expedited timetable through a one-stop-shop funding solution that matches the investment mandate of our long-term infrastructure investor-clients in the pensions and life Insurance industries.” AllianzGI has been a leading provider of institutional infrastructure debt solutions to the European market since 2013 and entered the US market in 2015. With the achievement of the financial close of GPW, the AllianzGI infrastructure debt platform has now made close to $2 billion of investment commitments to infrastructure assets in the US over a period of 18 months, with more expected to follow. BHE Renewables announced in April 2015 the plan to start the construction of GPW. The Project has a long term Power Purchase Agreement with Omaha Public Power District. The AllianzGI Infrastructure debt team has completed investments of $8.9 billion between the US and Europe since 2013. The US infrastructure portfolio has several large infrastructure investments, the first being the $700 million acquisition stage investment in the Indiana Toll Road in May 2015, subsequent investments include Chicago Skyway and the Long Beach Civic Center P3 project. In addition to providing debt finance, the Allianz group has two other initiatives contributing to the growth of renewable energy in the US. Allianz Capital Partners manages the provision of tax equity for wind farms and, to date, has committed over $700m in the US. Allianz Risk Transfer provides an innovative risk management solution for hedging wind volume risks for wind farms and has successfully executed Proxy Revenue Swaps with several counterparties in the US totaling more than 1.5 GM. Allianz Global Investors is a diversified active investment manager with a strong parent company and a culture of risk management. 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News Article | February 20, 2017
Known for its freshly made recipes and fun and eclectic atmosphere, Austin-based Tex-Mex restaurant Chuy’s, will be opening a new location at 9538 Civic Center Boulevard in the Streets of West Chester shopping center. To prepare for the restaurant launch in April, the company is now hiring 170 new team members. The West Chester location will be the fifth Chuy’s to open in Ohio. Chuy’s has already earned a reputation in the area for made-from-scratch Tex-Mex using only the freshest ingredients. The new restaurant’s eclectic, inviting atmosphere will incorporate many elements unique to Chuy’s, including metal palm trees, an Elvis Shrine, a “school” of hand-carved wooden fish, a hubcap-covered ceiling, and the La Chihuahua Bar, featuring framed pictures of local dogs. “We are thrilled to open our doors to the West Chester community and bring made-from scratch Tex-Mex to the community.” said Chuy’s West Chester Local Owner/Operator, Ron Carson. “April can’t get here fast enough!” To support the West Chester restaurant at every level, Chuy’s is seeking to fill a variety of positions, including front-of-the-house hosts, servers, bussers and bartenders. The restaurant is also hiring kitchen staff. Full-time and part-time positions are available. “Chuy’s is known for our dedication to great food,” said Carson, “but also incredible service. That’s why we’re looking for team members who are passionate about food, have positive attitudes, and come to work to have fun.” Interested applicants can visit the hiring location Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 9226 Schulze Dr, West Chester, OH 45069. Applications may be printed and completed ahead of the event at Chuys.com. For updates and giveaways, visit the Chuy’s West Chester Facebook page Facebook.com/ChuysWestChester. ABOUT CHUY’S About Chuy’s Founded in 1982 in Austin, Texas, Chuy's serves authentic Tex-Mex food in an eclectic atmosphere full of color and personality. The menu offers family recipes from south Texas, New Mexico and Mexican border towns, all made to order from the freshest ingredients. Chuy's has the reputation as the most fun and friendly spot to eat real Tex-Mex at a great price. For more information visit http://www.chuys.com.
News Article | November 16, 2016
500 volunteers from Mile Hi Church and the Colorado Sikh community will serve a Langar (free Indian meal) to more than 3,000 hungry and homeless in Civic Center Park, Denver, Colorado from 11am to 2pm on Saturday, November 19, 2016. Rev. Shannon O’Hurley, Interfaith/Multicultural (I AM) Minister at Mile Hi Church, and Dilpreet Jammu, President of Colorado Sikhs, have been working together for more than a year to plan and bring their communities together to help those in need. The Sikhs have a long-standing tradition of a Langar, a free Indian meal served to the hungry and homeless. In fact, the Sikh community around the world serves 6.5 million Langar meals every day. While many are familiar with a Langar in India, it is new to many people in the metro area, which is why this partnership is so special. “Both of us had a shared mission to help those in need. But, our communities are also yearning to break down the invisible barriers that keep our communities isolated and fling open the door to becoming friends,” said Rev. Shannon. “The Langar, (a Punjabi word that rhymes with hunger), in Civic Center Park is another culmination of that shared dream.” "Interfaith Alliance of Colorado is a multi faith organization working for human rights and equality in the state of Colorado. The needs of the homeless are one of our core focuses and we are delighted to support Mile Hi Church and the Sikh community in any way we can,” said Rev. Amanda Henderson, Executive Director. Naureen Singh, President and Founder of the Sikh Student organization at the University of Colorado in Boulder echoed these sentiments; “I know that the future is bright for coming together and seeing each other as fellow Americans.” “Sometimes people get stuck in the illusion of differences, but we have a lot more in common than we realize,” shared Dilpreet. “As people from different faiths and cultures talk and discover they have shared values in helping others, really, every fear and doubt falls away.” Rev. Shannon also shared some final remarks. “Interfaith has been my passion for more than 20 years and I’m thrilled to find a partner like Dilpreet. We are all stronger together than apart.”
News Article | February 15, 2017
The Jefferson High School Symphonic Band has been named the 2017 High School Honor Concert Band by the West Virginia Music Educators Association (WVMEA). The Symphonic Band will perform at the West Virginia Music Educators Conference on March 3 at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, W.Va. JP Lynch, Jefferson High School band director said, “I am so proud of my students. The students grew as musicians and as individuals during this very arduous audition process. That's really why we submit a recording every two years. Being named the West Virginia High School Honor Concert Band is just icing on the cake." One West Virginia High School Concert Band is selected to perform at the West Virginia Music Educators Conference. Since 2011, the JHS Symphonic Band has been selected for this honor on four separate occasions. “Jefferson County Schools is extremely proud of Jefferson High School’s band students. Celebrating the arts is an integral part of a robust educational program,” said JCS Superintendent Bondy Shay Gibson. The public is invited to listen to the topnotch group during their spring concert on Tuesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. The concert will be held in the Jefferson High School auditorium. About WVMEA WVMEA is a professional organization designed to engage and support music teachers in West Virginia. The membership spans from those teaching pre-school to college. The WVMEA aims to strengthen and advance the study of music education throughout the state by providing the latest music education resources. WVMEA provides leadership models in professional growth for teachers and highlights effective techniques, resources and materials that offer special opportunities for musical growth to school students. The mission of Jefferson County Schools is: “Through excellence in teaching and learning, Jefferson County Schools will ensure that all students value themselves and others, contribute to their community and succeed in a global society.” With a total of 17 schools, the district employs more than 1,100 staff members and enrolls more than 9,000 students. The county is home to eleven elementary schools, four middle schools and two high schools. Since 2000, Jefferson County has been one of the fastest growing localities in West Virginia, experiencing more than 30 percent growth in its population. As one of the top ten employers in Jefferson County, the district annually receives teacher grants for programs that contribute to hands-on learning, preparing students for the 21st century workplace. To learn more about Jefferson County Schools, visit boe.jeff.k12.wv.us.
News Article | February 27, 2017
AIM Solder, a leading global manufacturer of solder assembly materials for the electronics industry, is pleased to announce their participation at the SMTA Houston Expo & Tech Forum, scheduled to take place March 9th, 2017 at the Stafford Civic Center in Stafford, Texas. AIM will highlight their revolutionary REL61™ and REL22™ lead-free solder alloys, along with their full line of solder assembly materials. Developed by AIM, the REL61 and REL22 lead-free solder alloys have been specifically engineered as exceptionally durable alloys for extreme service environments. REL61 and REL22 provide superior thermal cycling performance and lower voids versus other lead-free alloys. They have shown to reduce tin whisker formation and improved strength versus SAC alloys making them ideal for high reliability electronics applications. Additionally, AIM will highlight its full line of advanced solder materials, including its solder pastes, liquid fluxes, tin/lead and lead-free alloys. To discover all of AIM’s products and services, visit the company at the SMTA Houston Expo & Tech Forum for more information. About AIM Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, AIM Solder is a leading global manufacturer of assembly materials for the electronics industry with manufacturing, distribution and support facilities located throughout the world. AIM produces advanced solder products such as solder paste, liquid flux, cored wire, bar solder, epoxies, lead-free and halogen-free solder products, preforms, and specialty alloys such as indium and gold for a broad range of industries. A recipient of many prestigious SMT industry awards, AIM is strongly committed to innovative research and development of product and process improvement as well as providing customers with superior technical support, service and training. For more information about AIM, visit http://www.aimsolder.com.