Unique, Compact and Ultra-Portable GHG Analyzer Enables In-Situ Measurements Anywhere

Ultra-portable, compact, precision greenhouse gas (GHG) analyzer – carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and water vapor (H2O) – offers low power consumption, ppb precision, and extended dynamic range.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, February 14, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ — Los Gatos Research (LGR), the leader in precision trace gas analyzers, has introduced the world’s first ultra-portable greenhouse gas (GHG) analyzer, which reports methane, carbon dioxide and water vapor with parts per billion precision and accuracy in a rugged, crush-proof and compact package. This new Ultra-portable Greenhouse Gas Analyzer (UGGA) simultaneously measures CO2, CH4 and H2O concentrations, without cross sensitivity with other gases and consumes less than 70 watts. In addition, unlike instruments based on non-laser techniques, LGR’s UGGA automatically corrects the CO2 and CH4 for all water vapor dilution and spectroscopic effects and reports both species as dry mole fractions, eliminating the need for sample drying for highest accuracy. These advantages make the UGGA ideal for portable operation – in a vehicle, plane or ship – as well as for remote, extended operation at challenging locations and sites with full control via the Internet.

The UGGA features a very wide linear dynamic range from parts-per-million to percent levels. For example, the Extended Range option enables high precision measurement of CH4 up to concentrations as high as 10%. Moreover, like all LGR analyzers, this new analyzer has an internal computer (Linux OS) that can store data on an internal disk drive and send data, in real time, to a data logger via digital (RS-232), analog or Ethernet outputs. The combination of portability, remote operation, data archiving, absolute accuracy, and huge dynamic range make the UGGA well-suited for use by federal, state and local monitoring agencies, where operational flexibility and reliability are paramount requirements.

Small enough to be carried on-board aircraft (TSA approved size) and requiring less energy than an ordinary light bulb, the UGGA opens up new opportunities to measure GHGs anywhere. It is ideal for field studies, compliance monitoring of industrial emissions and landfills, leak detection, air quality studies, soil flux studies, and wherever measurements of methane, carbon dioxide and water vapor are needed.

LGR precision gas analyzers are based on the company’s patented Off-axis Integrated Cavity Output Spectroscopy (OA-ICOS) technology, a fourth generation, cavity-enhanced laser absorption technique. This unique approach is both more rugged and more precise than earlier cavity-enhanced techniques, such as conventional cavity ringdown spectroscopy (CRDS), because the performance of OA-ICOS does not need ultra-precise alignment or sub nanometer stability of its optics, or a high degree of thermal control. This ensures higher absolute accuracy, longer maintenance intervals, higher reliability and reduced cost of ownership.

LGR (www.LGRinc.com) makes the world’s most precise, rugged and reliable instruments for measurements of trace gases and isotopes. LGR instruments have been deployed by scientists for acquiring the most accurate measurements possible on all seven continents, in unmanned aerial vehicles, in mobile laboratories, on research and commercial aircraft, and in undersea vehicles.


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Supported by Senator Byron Dorgan, InfoTech Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary in North Dakota Concurrently as President Obama Announces Imperativeness of In-Shoring Jobs in USA

On the eve of InfoTech’s celebration of 5 years of successful IT operations in North Dakota, President Obama affirmed how imperative it is for the U.S. economy to reverse offshoring and keep jobs in the U.S.

NEW YORK, NY, February 14, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ — Headquartered in New York, InfoTech, a leading software house and system solutions company, offers clients a 100% U.S. based workforce with the highest quality technical expertise, supported by strong communication channels and a clear understanding of the American business environment. As offshoring has increased in recent years, resulting in lost jobs in the U.S., InfoTech has remained committed to its business vision. To stay cost competitive for clients, InfoTech opened a full programming operation in Minot, North Dakota in 2007.

As President Obama seeks to reverse the offshoring trend and bring jobs back to the U.S., InfoTech proudly celebrates its 5 years of achievement and looks toward the future of inshoring to strengthen the American economy and maintain our country’s technological competitive edge.

“We believe our clients not only respect our vision, but they reap the benefits of an IT company that operates in the U.S., with 100% American labor,” said Mr. Kon, InfoTech’s President and CEO.

Continued Mr. Kon, “Whether you are a Democrat or Republican, all of us as Americans are concerned about the ongoing trend and growing risks associated with shipping jobs overseas. Continuing this trend is risking the industrial and technological future of the next generations.”

Senator Byron Dorgan (Ret.) of North Dakota, who has been a long time proponent of inshoring, a supporter of InfoTech’s presence in North Dakota and is the author of Take this Job and Ship It added, “Matti Kon is a corporate leader who understands that building businesses in the U.S., as opposed to shipping jobs overseas, has big advantages for his business and also for our country. He is a CEO who made the decision to build an information technology center in Minot, North Dakota instead of locating it overseas. Other CEOs should take his lead and understand what Matti Kon already knows. Creating jobs in the U.S. is good for the corporate bottom line and at the same time creates jobs here and strengthens the American economy.”

Since its inception, InfoTech has not offshored work to any foreign countries. Bringing this vision to Minot, North Dakota in 2007 has allowed young professionals and recent graduates in the high-tech field to build careers in their hometown, while providing the highest quality of service to clients such as the Department of Defense, New York and New Jersey Labor Unions, Raytheon Missile Systems and many others.

ABOUT INFOTECH

InfoTech Solutions for Business, Inc. (InfoTech) is a privately owned software house and system integration company with a variety of products, IT services and business practices. Headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, InfoTech is a Microsoft Certified Partner and GSA approved contractor with multiple credentials and certifications. The company’s clients include some of the most prestigious banks, media companies, government agencies, and small to mid-size companies representing a wide range of industries. Additional information can be found at www.infotechfb.com.


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The Container Store Celebrates its Annual “National We Love Our Employees Day” with Biggest Love Note Ever.

Company executives shout it from the rooftop of company headquarters with 58,800 square foot message.

COPPELL, TX, February 14, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Container Store, the nation’s originator and leading retailer of storage and organization products, today honors its 5,000 employees across the country by celebrating its third annual “National We Love Our Employees Day.” Company executives unveiled a 58,800 square foot “love note” on the roof of its company headquarters that it is submitting for review to the Guinness Book of World Records.

In a video message sent to all employees today, Kip Tindell (Chairman and CEO), Sharon Tindell (Chief Merchandising Officer), Melissa Reiff (President) and Garrett Boone (Chairman Emeritus) humorously put the final touches of paint on the rooftop “We Love Our Employees” message that’s clearly visible to thousands of passengers aboard flights coming in and out of the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport airspace each day. The Container Store has also challenged airlines with flights in and out of Dallas/Fort Worth Airport to tell passengers to look out their window to see the Biggest Love Note Ever from the company.

In the video, they proclaim, “This message really fits the bill of doing something big to let our employees know how much we appreciate all they’ve done to make this the best year in company history, to have opened four new stores, launched our The Gift Registry and to have helped nurture our special workplace culture that has landed us on FORTUNE magazine’s list of ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ for the past 13 years!”

Today’s company-wide celebration includes gifts for every employee from Manhattan to Los Angeles and even the company’s Swedish colleagues at elfa – the company’s manufacturer of its best-selling custom shelving and drawer systems. Treats include overflowing boxes of product donated by the retailer’s vendors, “We Love Our Employees Day” t-shirts and sweet Valentine’s Day munchies. Each of The Container Store’s store locations is adorned with signage and balloons while love songs play to let customers know about the special day. Customers are encouraged to visit the company’s blog at standfor.containerstore.com to leave a “love note” for employees for a chance to win one of 10 $100 Store More Cards.

The Container Store is also telling customers about the love for its employees with a full-page ad in The New York Times, an ad in The Dallas Morning News, a customer email, posts on its Facebook and Twitter pages, related stories on the company’s blog, outdoor billboard messaging and a website homepage takeover.

“As an employer, we have a moral obligation to create a workplace where our employees look forward to coming to each and every day,” said Kip Tindell. “We’ve spent the last 34 years building that workplace on love. In fact, an organization built on love is more sustainable and more fun. It results in a fierce loyalty by employees, a low turnover and ultimately, happy customers and shareholders.”

In 2010, the company proclaimed February 14 as its National We Love Our Employees Day to not only celebrate its own employee-first culture, but to also encourage other companies to do so.

The Container Store attributes much of its success and 25% annual compounded growth rate since its 1978 inception to its values-based business philosophies called Foundation Principles. These Foundation Principles guide company business decisions keeping the company’s interdependent circle of stakeholders top of mind – with employees always first.

In addition to unprecedented retail financial performance as a result of its employee-first culture, The Container Store also counts the following as accolades and differentiators:
– Recognition as an employer-of-choice on FORTUNE magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 13 consecutive years.
– High levels of customer service delivered with a solutions-based approach.
– Commitment to no layoffs.
– More than 263 hours of training for first-year, full-time employees (compared to industry average of seven to 10 hours).
– Continued expansion from coast to coast with six stores planned for 2012, including Arlington, TX, Las Vegas, El Segundo, Calif., Peabody, MA, Westbury, NY and a sixth location being finalized.
– A “Communication is Leadership” philosophy that results in every employee receiving and/or having access to every detail of company information, including financials, real estate expansion plans and more.

About The Container Store:
The Container Store currently has 53 locations across the country and offers 10,000 time- and space-saving organization solutions. The Container Store offers free closet design services every day in its stores and online using elfa , the premiere shelving and drawer system. Visit www.containerstore.com for more information about store locations, the product collection and services offered. Fiscal year sales are expected to reach an excess of $650 million. The Container Store is privately held.


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