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News Article | February 28, 2017
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Each January, the Consumer Technology Association hosts the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), a world-renowned showcase of new technology held in Las Vegas. Techies from around the globe flock to Sin City to get a glimpse at the latest gadgets making their way to the marketplace. One of the central themes for this year’s show was connectivity, and the biggest playground for tech companies proved to be household technology. Everything from trashcans to refrigerators is becoming increasingly internet-connected and no location is off-limits as companies look for new ways to make your home smarter and more connected. We’ve rounded up our five favorite home gadgets from the show. 1. Inirv React “Did I turn off the stove?” If you’ve found yourself asking this question one too many times, Inirv has something for you. The company showcased its React adaptor for household stoves at this year’s CES. Their mission: improve the safety and efficiency of the home. The React is a universal adaptor that automatically turns off gas and electric stoves if it senses dangerous conditions in the kitchen, or that the range has been left unattended. The bright blue glow of its LED ring indicates that React is on and ready for action. 2. Norton Core Hackers will continue exploring ways to infiltrate your home and personal life, so it’s more important now than ever to secure your home from these cyber intruders. Preparedness takes many forms, including choosing strong passwords, signing up for Identity Management Services or, in the case of Norton, a state-of-the-art internet router that doubles as an actual piece of art, called “Core.” Core allows homeowners to protect their household’s connected gadgets from malware, viruses and cybercriminals while giving real-time advice on how to improve your network’s security and providing parental control options to manage the time your kids spend online. 3. Grillbot No home is complete without a grill, but according to research conducted by the National Fire Protection Association, one of the leading causes of grill fires is failure to clean them properly. The Grillbot seeks to address this hazard by acting as a perfect companion for any barbeque aficionado who prefers to spend their time cooking as opposed to cleaning. Simply place the Grillbot on the grill after you’ve finished using it, turn on the timer and close the lid – in just one click, you have your own grill-top cleaning service. 4. Smart & Blue Hydrao First The Smart & Blue Hydrao First is a smart showerhead that features an integrated LED system that offers a fun, educational and eco-friendly way to conserve. The showerhead’s LED lighting system changes colors as water usage increases, alerting bathers who may be using too much water. A companion app allows the user to record progress, customize light colors and even measure savings. This is one innovative gadget that’s good for the planet and your wallet. 5. Amazon Alexa The future wouldn’t be complete without a digital personal assistant, and this year, Amazon’s Alexa-enabled personal assistants were out in full force. The Amazon Alexa allows users to delegate tasks, such as setting appointments, ordering food, requesting movie times and more. The software was loaded into a plethora of home appliances, robots, cars and more at CES; making it a sure bet that Alexa will become a household name in the next few years. These five featured Consumer Electronic Show gadgets can go a long way to making life at home better. As advances in technology continue to shape our lives, we can only wait to see what else the future will bring. Note: This article was originally published on http://blog.mercuryinsurance.com.


News Article | March 2, 2017
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- Revenue up 78% versus same quarter in 2016 - Record Adj. EBITDA of $762,942 (up 179% vs Q1 2016) NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWSIRE SERVICES OR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES Pioneering Technology Corporation (TSX VENTURE:PTE) ("Pioneering" or the "Company"), a technology company and North America's leader in cooking fire prevention technologies and products, is pleased to report its unaudited Q1 2017 financial results and business highlights for the quarter ended December 31, 2016. Pioneering's unaudited financial statements and MD&A are available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com). Pioneering was profitable again in Q1 2017 (Income before interest and other non-cash items†) and has now been profitable for each of the past seven quarters and has delivered positive Adjusted EBITDA the past nine quarters (and twelve of the last thirteen quarters) and continues to grow. Financial Highlights for the quarter ended December 31 2016 include: Pioneering CEO Kevin Callahan said of the results, "We continue to grow our business profitably and create value. We are ahead of plan year to date and believe our forecast of 50% growth again in 2017 is achievable. The market for our product solutions is massive, awareness is growing and we are just in the early stages of market penetration. We also have other opportunities that we believe will enable the Company to continue to deliver further results and shareholder value." Based on IFRS compliance and the required reporting of the derivative liability (non-cash) in the Company's financial statements, driven by the outstanding warrants issued in 2016 that expire September 2017, together with the Company's recently announced "Bought Deal-Private Placement" (see MD&A for greater explanation) the Company believes there will be continued non-cash volatility in Net Income and on its Balance sheet due to the need account for these non-cash related items. As a result, the Company believes that "Income before other Items" and "Adjusted EBITDA" are the best measures of Company performance and therefore the Company will continue to report on these measures quarterly going forward. Pioneering Exploring New Partnerships to Broaden Product Offering and Expand Overseas Reach. The Company announced a partnership with Innohome OY, the market leader in cooking fire prevention technologies and products in Europe and the first to pass new EU standards. Pioneering and Innohome entered into this partnership with the objective of generating incremental revenue and profit by enabling sales of each company's products in the other's markets while reducing duplication of effort in R&D, sales/marketing, manufacturing and logistics. Multi-Unit Housing Expansion. The Company announced that Pennrose Properties LLC ("Pennrose") of Philadelphia had specified the installation of SmartBurner for all of its new building and redevelopment projects. The Pennrose development and management project portfolio includes close to 16,000 multi-family housing apartment units in 12 states and over 80 municipalities. Pennrose is just one of many premier real estate development and property management companies in the U.S. that Pioneering is currently working with together with its new channel partners. Hotel/Motel Channel Validation and Expansion. In Q1 2017, Pioneering received a follow-on purchase order from its existing suite style hotel chain customer to equip an additional 159 hotel properties (representing approximately 19,000 hotel rooms) with Pioneering's SmartBurner. The new purchase order represented the second phase of major installations for this hotel chain which will now have equipped 297 of their over 700 hotel properties. This recent development/repeat hotel channel purchase validates the effectiveness of Pioneering's product and confirms its relevance in this new channel. Pioneering recognized in the 2017 TSX Venture 50, a ranking of the top fifty performers of 1,791 issuers listed on the TSX Venture exchange. Pioneering was recognized as #7 as the best performing companies in 2016, with trading volume of 25,176,449, a market capitalization increase of 1,170% and a share price appreciation of 725%. Pioneering's SmartBurner was identified by the 30th annual Edison Awards which recognize and honor the best in innovations and innovators. "Our finalists represent innovators who have globally influential ideas. Beyond their ideas, the finalists represent the incredible dedication, effort, and persistence required to bring dreams to life," said Kenneth D. Gray, Edison Awards Steering Committee member. "They remind us that what we can dream, we can achieve." Nominations from around the world were reviewed by industry experts and the final ballot was sent for review to more than 3,000 professionals from the fields of product development, design, engineering, science, marketing and education. The Gold, Silver, and Bronze designations will be announced at the April 20th Edison Awards Gala in New York City. Private Placement: On February 27, 2017 the Company announced that it had entered into an agreement with Echelon Wealth Partners Inc. ("Echelon") pursuant to which Echelon has agreed to purchase 5,454,546 units ("Units") from the Company at a price of $1.10 per Unit on a bought deal private placement basis for aggregate gross proceeds of $6,000,000. Each Unit will consist of one common share of Pioneering (a "Common Share") and one-half of one warrant (each whole warrant, a "Warrant"). Each Warrant will entitle the holder to purchase one Common Share of Pioneering at a price of $1.80 for a period of 24 months following the closing of the Offering. The gross proceeds from the sale of the Units will be used to repay existing indebtedness, fund business expansion, invest in product development and sales & marketing and for general corporate and working capital purposes. About Pioneering Technology Corp: Pioneering, based in Mississauga, Ontario is an "energy smart" technology company and North America's leader in innovative cooking fire prevention technologies. Pioneering engineers and brings to market energy-smart solutions for everyday consumer appliances making them safer, smarter, and more efficient. The company's patented technologies/products address a multi-billion-dollar problem - cooking fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, stovetop cooking is the number one cause of household fire and fire injuries in North America (48% of all household fires - up from 20% in 1980). Pioneering's temperature limiting control (TLC) technology is now installed in approximately 200,000 multi-residential housing units across North America without a single cooking fire being reported and delivering a return on investment for its customers. Pioneering has proprietary cooking fire prevention solutions, including its trademarked Safe-T-element, SmartBurner, RangeMinder & Safe-T-sensor, for the majority of the more than 140 million stoves/ranges and over 140 million microwave ovens throughout North America. For more info, go to www.pioneeringtech.com. The statements made in this press release include forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. These statements relate to future events or future performance and reflect management's current expectations and assumptions. A number of factors could cause actual events, performance or results to differ materially from the events, performance and results discussed in the forward-looking statements, such as the economy, generally, competition in Pioneering's target markets, the demand for Pioneering's products, the availability of funding and the efficacy of Pioneering's technology and governmental regulation. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof an, except as required by applicable law, Pioneering does not assume any obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances. Actual events or results could differ materially from Pioneering's expectations and projections. Adjusted EBITDA is a measure not recognized under Canadian generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). However, management of Pioneering believes that most shareholders, creditors, other stakeholders and investment analysts prefer to have these measures included as reported measures of operating performance, a proxy for cash flow, and to facilitate valuation analysis. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest income, taxes, depreciation and amortization, impairment losses, stock-based compensation, restructuring costs included in general and administration expense, fair value movement - derivative liability and other non-recurring gains or losses including transaction costs related to acquisition. Management believes Adjusted EBITDA is a useful measure that facilitates period-to-period operating comparisons. Adjusted EBITDA does not have any standard meanings prescribed by GAAP and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. Readers are cautioned that Adjusted EBITDA is not an alternative to measures determined in accordance with GAAP and should not, on its own, be construed as indicators of performance, cash flow or profitability. References to the Pioneering's Adjusted EBITDA should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and management's discussion and analysis of Pioneering posted on SEDAR (www.sedar.com). This news release contains certain forward-looking statements reflecting the Company's current views or expectations on its performance, business and future events. Such statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Actual results and events may vary significantly. The TSX Venture Exchange Inc. has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy and accuracy of this release.


News Article | February 28, 2017
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Clarion Safety Systems, a leading designer and manufacturer of safety signs and safety labels, is pleased to announce that its founder and CEO, Geoffrey Peckham, has been confirmed as the chair-elect of the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) Technical Committee 145 (ISO/TC 145). ISO/TC 145 is one of the most influential standards-writing committees in the world. This committee standardizes the symbols that appear on products and for use in built environments. This includes everything from symbols that indicate controls in cars to the location of baggage claim areas at airports. Most importantly, this is the international committee responsible for the standardization of graphical symbols used on safety signs, where the purpose is to save lives from tragedy. “I consider it a great honor to serve in this position. I'll do my best to ensure the committee's work is successful in every respect,” says Peckham. ISO’s Technical Management Board (TMB) officially confirmed Peckham’s nomination to the position of chair-elect in mid-February. According to the succession plan, Peckham will replace Barry Gray as chair of ISO/TC 145 in the beginning of January 2018, after Gray’s term ends. The chair position is a two-year term and allows the potential to serve successive terms, with a maximum 9-year cap. ISO/TC 145 currently has 19 countries as participating members and 32 countries as observing members. ISO/TC chairs are responsible for the overall management of the committee, including its sub-committees and working groups. They also play a direct role in the committee's day-to-day work, helping to manage projects effectively and leading the committee in reaching consensus. Peckham’s selection criteria was based on his sector knowledge, leadership skills, and relevant experience. His ability to “lead and inspire delegates and experts from the sector towards consensus,” and to “develop solutions through innovative and creative thinking in a consensus environment” were cited by ISO’s TMB during the voting process. In addition, the Board cited Peckham’s “professional experience with previous experience of chairmanship” as a factor in confirming his selection by the British Standards Institute for the committee’s highest leadership position. Clarion has represented the United States as a member of ISO/TC 145 for twenty years, and Peckham currently serves as chairman of both the ANSI Z535 Committee for Safety Signs and Colors and of ANSI’s U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO/TC 145. “The international standardization of graphical symbols is key to the communication of information in so many aspects of people's daily lives. To a large degree, I believe we all take it for granted that this global language of visual symbols is something that just exists,” says Peckham. “The fact that this is the case is, itself, a tribute to the last two decades of hard work on the part of ISO/TC 145’s experts and administrators. I look forward to continuing and building on this legacy.” On top of its ANSI and ISO standards committees work, Clarion has actively participated in leadership roles in standards-related initiatives headed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), the Association of Aquatic Professionals, and the Laser Institute of America. Clarion offers a variety of online resources to share its safety sign and label standards expertise, available through its comprehensive Learning Center. This includes a video library focusing on topics related to product safety, workplace safety, water safety, risk reduction, the legal implications of warnings, and standards-related issues. Its video, “The Case for the Standardization of Graphical Symbols,” describes how ISO is creating a global language for safety. ABOUT CLARION SAFETY SYSTEMS Clarion Safety Systems, LLC, is the leading designer and manufacturer of visual safety solutions that help customers in more than 180 industries worldwide to make their products and premises safer. Clarion offers a full range of standard and custom products including machinery safety labels, environmental and facility safety signs, pipe and valve identification markings, lockout/tagout products, and safety-grade photoluminescent egress path-marking escape systems. Founded in 1990, the company continues to play a leading role in the development and writing of international and national standards for safety signs, labels, and markings. Clarion is headquartered at 190 Old Milford Road in Milford, PA, 18337, and online at http://www.clarionsafety.com. ABOUT ISO ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 161 national standards bodies. Through its members, it brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market-relevant international standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges. The formation of ISO/TC 145 dates back to 1970. The standards body has three subcommittees: Public Information Symbols (SC1), Safety (SC2), and Equipment and Control Symbols (SC3). To learn more, visit http://www.iso.org.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Children forever remember the thrill of spotting the first egg in their yard and the fascination when learning mother birds bring food back and forth to their young. That thrill and fascination quickly flies away when children and their home-owning parents find one of those bird nests in their dryer vent. The warm, dark and safe location is a common spot for birds to play house – and with bird nesting season kicking off in early spring alongside warmer temperatures, now is the time to look for warning signs, according to Dryer Vent Wizard, North America’s leading dryer maintenance and repair franchise. While seemingly harmless, bird nests in dryer vents can cause poor dryer efficiency, human respiratory infections and dryer fires. In a three-year span within the last decade, dryer fires have resulted in $35 million in residential home property loss, according to The U.S. Fire Administration. Dryer Vent Wizard shares the following tips for homeowners on how to inspect and properly remove bird nests from the dryer vent. “As soon as temperatures start to hit 60 or 70 degrees, birds will begin nesting, which means it’s time for homeowners to heed the warning signs that a nest may be in their dryer vent. We encourage homeowners to check their vents around this time of year and take precautions to keep their homes safe,” said David Lavalle, Founder of Dryer Vent Wizard. For more information or to schedule a visit, visit www.dryerventwizard.com or call 866-498-7233. Headquartered in Farmington Hills, Mich., Dryer Vent Wizard is a North American franchise that specializes in dryer vent repair, replacement, alteration, cleaning and maintenance for both residential and commercial clients. The company was founded in 2004 by Dave Lavalle, who also founded Mr. Handyman, and currently operates 90 locations across the U.S. and Canada, serving over 9,000 communities. Dryer Vent Wizard is a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). For more information about Dryer Vent Wizard and to learn more about franchise opportunities, visit www.dryerventwizard.com.


News Article | February 24, 2017
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- Pioneering recognized as Top 50 performer on the TSX Venture Exchange MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 24, 2017) - Pioneering Technology Corporation (TSX VENTURE:PTE)(OTC:PTEFF), ("Pioneering" or the "Company"), a technology company and North America's leader in cooking fire prevention technologies and products is pleased to announce that Pioneering has been selected for inclusion to the 2017 TSX Venture 50 as one of the top performers on the TSX Venture Exchange AND that its innovative SmartBurner product has been acknowledged as a 2017 Edison Award Finalist. The 2017 TSX Venture 50 is a ranking of the top fifty performers of 1,791 issuers listed on the TSX Venture exchange. Selection is based on three equally weighted criteria: trading volume, market capitalization growth and share price appreciation. In 2016, Pioneering's trading volume was 25,176,449, its market capitalization increased by 1,170% and its share price appreciated by 725%. The 30th annual (Thomas) Edison Awards recognize and honor the best in innovations and innovators. "Our finalists represent innovators who have globally influential ideas. Beyond their ideas, the finalists represent the incredible dedication, effort, and persistence required to bring dreams to life," said Kenneth D. Gray, Edison Awards Steering Committee member. "They remind us that what we can dream, we can achieve." Nominations from around the world were reviewed by industry experts and the final ballot was sent for review to more than 3,000 professionals from the fields of product development, design, engineering, science, marketing and education. The Gold, Silver, and Bronze designations will be announced at the April 20th Edison Awards Gala in New York City. This year's event will include presentations and panel discussions with 2017 Edison Achievement Award Winners Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman of the Board and CEO of General Electric, and Astro Teller, Captain of Moonshots (CEO) of X, as well as other world top innovators. Pioneering CEO Kevin Callahan commented, "We are very proud that Pioneering has been recognized as one of the top ranking companies on the TSX Venture Exchange. And we are equally thrilled to be acknowledged as a finalist for the Edison Awards (the Oscar's of innovation awards). This is the kind of recognition our entire Company has worked so hard for over the years. Thanks to all of our employees and to our shareholders who have and continue to believe in us as we work consistently towards increasing value in everything we do." About Pioneering Technology Corp: Pioneering, based in Mississauga, Ontario is an "energy smart" technology company and North America's leader in innovative cooking fire prevention technologies. Pioneering engineers and brings to market energy-smart solutions for everyday consumer appliances making them safer, smarter, and more efficient. The company's patented technologies/products address a multi-billion-dollar problem - cooking fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, stovetop cooking is the number one cause of household fire and fire injuries in North America (48% of all household fires - up from 20% in 1980). Pioneering's temperature limiting control (TLC) technology is now installed in approximately 200,000 multi-residential housing units across North America without a single cooking fire being reported and delivering a return on investment for its customers. Pioneering has proprietary cooking fire prevention solutions, including its trademarked Safe-T-element, SmartBurner, RangeMinder & Safe-T-sensor, for the majority of the more than 140 million stoves/ranges and over 140 million microwave ovens throughout North America. For more info, go to www.pioneeringtech.com. This news release contains certain forward-looking statements that reflect the current views and/or expectations of the Company with respect to its performance, business and future events. Such statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Actual results and events may vary significantly. The TSX Venture Exchange Inc. has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release


News Article | February 15, 2017
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MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 8, 2017) - At the request of IIROC, Pioneering Technology Corp. (TSX VENTURE:PTE) wishes to confirm that the Company's management is unaware of any material change in the Company's operations that would account for the recent increase in market activity. Pioneering is a technology company and North America's leader in cooking fire prevention technologies and products. About Pioneering Technology Corp: Pioneering, based in Mississauga, Ontario is an "energy smart" technology company and North America's leader in innovative cooking fire prevention technologies. Pioneering engineers and brings to market energy-smart solutions for everyday consumer appliances making them safer, smarter, and more efficient. The company's patented technologies/products address a multi-billion-dollar problem - cooking fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, stovetop cooking is the number one cause of household fire and fire injuries in North America (48% of all household fires - up from 20% in 1980). Pioneering's temperature limiting control (TLC) technology is now installed in approximately 200,000 multi-residential housing units across North America without a single cooking fire being reported and delivering a return on investment for its customers. Pioneering has proprietary cooking fire prevention solutions, including its trademarked Safe-T-element, SmartBurner, RangeMinder & Safe-T-sensor, for the majority of the more than 140 million stoves/ranges and over 140 million microwave ovens throughout North America. For more info, go to www.pioneeringtech.com. This news release contains certain forward-looking statements that reflect the current views and/or expectations of the Company with respect to its performance, business and future events. Such statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Actual results and events may vary significantly. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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MISSISSAUGA, ON--(Marketwired - Feb 13, 2017) -  In 2016, Rob Riches, a Certified Mechanical Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.) and self-described "hands-on-guy," changed jobs from disaster restoration to disaster prevention by investing in Dryer Vent Wizard (DVW), a company that helps prevent fires. Founded in 2004, DVW is a fast-growing North American franchise that specializes in dryer vent repair, replacement, alteration, cleaning and maintenance for residential and commercial clients. It is estimated that poorly maintained or clogged dryer vents are the leading cause of appliance fires. "I spent 28 years in mechanical engineering including five years in disaster restoration," said Riches, who researched different business opportunities before making the move. "For many years, I sat behind a desk and managed 14 engineers. However, what I truly enjoy is doing home renovations, meeting lots of people and helping others. Dryer Vent Wizard proved to be the best fit." Today, Riches helps home owners and businesses throughout the Halton region with installation, cleaning, maintenance and repair of dryer vents to help prevent fires, save on utility costs and increase dryer efficiency. His territory includes Burlington, Milton, Mississauga, Oakville, and other nearby communities. Riches' customers soon discover that he brings a wealth of knowledge to the job. As a member and certified professional home inspector of InterNACHI, Riches has also written the courses for the Ontario Building Codes (OBC), which helps him easily identify compliance issues. "It's not unusual to find in homes only a few years old, dryers that were never vented to the outside," said Riches, who has opened up walls and attics filled with lint. "What people don't realize is that if you shove a pipe through the ceiling into the attic, without venting it to the outside, you're also pumping in a liter of water with each dryer cycle," added Riches. "That can cause mold and other problems." He also cautions people to make sure that the exterior vent covers are properly maintained, because birds will come in to build their nests where it is nice and warm. "Bottom line, it's much more satisfying to help someone avoid a potential fire or disaster than to come in after one," said Riches. Headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Dryer Vent Wizard is a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). DVW's nearly 80 franchisees serve more than 9,000 communities throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more information and to learn more about franchise opportunities, visit www.DryerVentWizard.com or call 866-498-SAFE (7233) in the U.S. and 866-395-SAFE (7233) in Canada.


News Article | February 28, 2017
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MEDINA, OH--(Marketwired - Feb 28, 2017) - What is it like moving from more than 25 years in the corporate world to investing in your own business? Chris Mader, a longtime resident of Medina will tell you, "It's no longer feeling like a number, and it's about helping others." With a sales and operations management background in paint coatings and industrial supply distribution, Mader made a major career change in late 2016 when he invested in Dryer Vent Wizard (DVW) of Summit County. DVW specializes in dryer vent repair, replacement, cleaning and maintenance of dryers for residential and commercial clients. It is estimated that poorly maintained or clogged dryer vents are the leading cause of appliance fires, resulting in more than 15,500 dryer fires every year in the U.S. alone. These are only the reported cases. In addition to Medina, Mader's DVW services extend throughout Summit County, as well as portions of Portage, Stark and Wayne counties. A member of the Medina Chamber of Commerce, Mader is working with local fire departments and others to educate them about the importance of proper installation, cleaning and maintenance of dryer vents. "The work I do is definitely 'hands on,'" said Mader, who was raised in a family of engineers. "If you run into an unusual situation, there is always someone to call. Dryer Vent Wizard has a strong corporate team and supportive group of franchisees across the country." With a close eye on the future and financials, Mader looks forward to growing his business and adding technicians to assist. "My work is also about the satisfaction you receive when customers realize how you've helped prevent a potential fire and made their dryer run more efficiently," added Mader. Headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Dryer Vent Wizard specializes in dryer vent repair, replacement, cleaning and maintenance for residential and commercial customers. A member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), DVW franchise owners serve more than 9,000 communities of all sizes throughout U.S. and Canada. For more information and to learn more about franchise opportunities, visit www.DryerVentWizard.com or call 866-498-SAFE (7233) in the U.S. and 866-395-SAFE (7233) in Canada.


LOUISVILLE, KY--(Marketwired - Feb 13, 2017) - Husband and wife team, Josh and Kate Olds, are new owners of Dryer Vent Wizard (DVW) of Kentuckiana, which services customers in southern Indiana and along the Interstate 64 corridor from Louisville to Lexington. DVW specializes in dryer vent repair, replacement, cleaning and maintenance of dryers for residential and commercial clients. It is estimated that poorly maintained or clogged dryer vents are the leading cause of appliance fires, resulting in more than 15,500 dryer fires every year in the U.S. alone. These are only the reported cases. "Not a day goes by that we don't prevent a fire hazard," said Josh Olds, who recently helped a customer who had the same dryer since 1986. "We found 30 years' worth of burnt lint inside. It was a ticking time bomb." The Olds, who live in Crestwood and are active members of Northeast Christian Church in Louisville, purchased the DVW franchise last fall. When the couple were researching business opportunities, the company was a natural fit. Josh, who had previous experience as a home inspector, had seen dryer vent problems and faulty installations that were not code compliant. Kate Olds is the company's owner and CEO while her husband is responsible for operations with the assistance of one full-time and one part-time technician, who works for a local fire department. The couple agrees that they make a strong team and appreciate the support they receive from DVW's corporate staff and franchisees across the country. "Every day, we can leave a job with a good feeling and know that we've helped eliminate a potential fire," added Olds. Headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Dryer Vent Wizard specializes in dryer vent repair, replacement, cleaning and maintenance for residential and commercial customers. A member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), DVW franchise owners serve more than 9,000 communities of all sizes throughout U.S. and Canada. For more information and to learn more about franchise opportunities, visit www.DryerVentWizard.com or call 866-498-SAFE (7233) in the U.S. and 866-395-SAFE (7233) in Canada.


News Article | February 22, 2017
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SEATTLE, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Americans reported a home fire every 86 seconds in 2015, according to the National Fire Protection Association. But despite the clear safety risks and financial costs of home fires, a new poll from PEMCO Insurance shows about a quarter of residents...

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