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Package Testing Expert DDL Inc. Experiences Record Company Growth Due to Testing Services Expansion and Growing Suite of PackServices

Friday, September 9th, 2005

Package Testing expert, DDL, is experiencing record company growth, which is being attributed to California expansion and DDL’s growing suite of PackServices.Minneapolis, MN, September 8, 2005 – DDL Inc., a MN-based package, product & material testing laboratory, has announced that the company has experienced record company growth over the last 3 years with a 25 percent annual increase in revenue.DDL attributes its growth to its expansion into California with the opening of DDL West and to its growing suite of PackServices, which currently include:- PackAdvice(SM) – Free package testing consulting service- PackReview(SM) – DDL approved ISO 11607 (clause 7) certification“DDL’s PackServices really do provide us with a competitive advantage,” said Patrick Nolan, COO of DDL Inc. “Our PackServices allow DDL package testing customers to reduce time, costs and stress associated with attaining the correct certification for their packaging.”The DDL West facility, located in Costa Mesa, California, recently added a Hazmat testing expert to its team and plans to expand its product and material testing services over the next year.“As DDL continues to expand its testing services and grow its suite of PackServices, we expect DDL’s revenue to continue increasing at a rapid pace,” said Nolan. “We expect 2005 to be DDL’s best year yet with a 27 percent growth over 2004 revenue.”For more information on PackAdvice(SM) and PackReview(SM) services from package testing expert, DDL, visit or call 1.800.229.4235.About DDL Inc.DDL offers expert package testing, product testing and material testing services including shock testing, vibration testing, tensile testing, leak testing and validation. DDL package testing clients find value through its suite of PackServices, which include zero-cost package testing consultation, PackAdvice, and DDL approved ISO 11607 certification (clause 7), PackReview. DDL Testing Services maintains full service testing labs in Minnesota and California.Contact DDL at or call Scott Levy at 952-941-9226 ext.115# # #

National Arbitration Forum Responds to Hurricane Katrina

Thursday, September 8th, 2005

The National Arbitration Forum (NAF) halts hearings and other case proceedings involving parties affected by Hurricane Katrina.MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. (PRWEB) September 8, 2005 — The National Arbitration Forum announced today that it will automatically halt hearings and other proceedings involving parties who reside or do business in Louisiana and Mississippi, where the United States Postal Service has suspended service, until October 3, 2005, due to the recent destruction and loss experienced by Hurricane Katrina. The National Arbitration Forum will also liberally grant additional stays to those otherwise affected by this tragedy on a case-by-case basis.The National Arbitration Forum has halted case proceedings for parties who reside or do business in the following zip codes: Mississippi – zip codes beginning with 369, 393, 394, 395, 396; Louisiana – zip codes beginning with 700, 701. Parties with inquiries should contact the National Arbitration Forum at 1-800-474-2371.“Our deepest sympathies go out to all those in the Southeastern United States, and everyone affected by this recent disaster,” said Curtis Brown, general counsel at the National Arbitration Forum. “We understand that people are not able and are not prepared to continue with case proceedings at this time.”The National Arbitration Forum will contribute to the Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort and is matching National Arbitration Forum employee and arbitrator/mediator donations, dollar for dollar.About the National Arbitration ForumThe National Arbitration Forum is one of the world’s leading providers of alternative dispute resolution solutions, including arbitration and mediation, representing a distinguished panel of over 1,500 attorneys and retired judges in the U.S. and in 29 countries. Founded in 1986, the National Arbitration Forum administers more than 50,000 cases annually. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the National Arbitration Forum also has offices located in New Jersey and Los Angeles. Additional information is available at the National Arbitration Forum’s Web site at

H.M. Cragg Co. Deploys 1st GenCore® PEM Fuel Cell at MN Telecom Companies-Albertville, MN

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

PEM Fuel Cell adoption rate is growing within MN Telecoms and Utilities thanks to the help of MN-based provider of quality power solutions, H.M. Cragg Co., 3M, Entegris, Plug Power and the Minnesota Department of Commerce.Minneapolis, MN, September 1,, H.M. Cragg Co., a MN-based provider of quality power solutions including proton exchange membrane PEM fuel cells and uninterruptible power systems (UPS) and batteries, today announced the successful installation of the GenCore® PEM fuel cell power backup technology at Roseville-MN based FTTH Communications L.L.C. at their Albertville-MN site.The FTTH Communications installation of cost effective and clean PEM fuel cell technology is a result of the collaborative efforts of H.M. Cragg Co., the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Plug Power Inc. and the cumulative energies of Minnesota-based 3M and Entegris.FTTH Communications was one of two telecom providers to receive a grant from the Minnesota Department of Commerce which awarded grants to telecom providers demonstrating interest and commitment to clean energy via deployment of a fuel cell backup system.H.M. Cragg Co. installed a five kilowatt 100 AMP fuel cell system at FTTH Communications in Albertville-MN.“PEM Fuel Cell technology is the cost effective and clean power alternative of the future,” said Paul Heggestad, H.M. Cragg, Co. president. “This is an important milestone for H.M. Cragg Co. and for the telecom industry. It shows there is a viable alternative for backup power that is cleaner, more reliable and ultimately more cost effective.”The PEM fuel cell units are housed outside the FTTH Communications facility and connected to a specially designed fuel storage cabinet. Each cabinet contains six hydrogen cylinders which, in tandem, provide up to 12 hours of clean backup power in the event of a “traditional” power outage. Up to 4 fuel cell systems can be daisy-chained together for delivery of additional kilowatts and/or longer run time.The PEM fuel cell technology uses software and a modem to communicate remotely with FTTH Communications personnel. It can notify them of any alarm conditions such as low supply of hydrogen gas or an electrical malfunction via email, BlackBerry® or pager.“I believe H.M. Cragg Co.’s installation of GenCore® PEM fuel cells from Plug Power are a safe and economical way to provide backup power to our point of presence in Albertville, we are very excited to be at the forefront of this next generation technology,” said John Schultz, General Manager for FTTH Communications.PEM fuel cells start at $20,000 plus installation, but require little maintenance and emit only heat and water as bi-products. With alternative battery backup power running at comparable costs, typically requiring significant maintenance and complex disposal techniques, fuel cells are quickly being adopted as the “right” energy alternative, especially in terms of return on investment (ROI) for Midwest telecom and utility companies.To learn more about H.M. Cragg Co.’s PEM fuel cell capabilities visit: H.M. Cragg Co.H.M. Cragg Co. is a premier MN-based provider of quality power solutions including PEM fuel cells and uninterruptible power systems (UPS). Products include Anderson Connectors, C & D Technologies, Inc. batteries, Eaton Powerware UPS and UPS batteries. More information about the company can be found at

About FTTH Communications L.L.C.FTTH Communications is an Integrated Communications Provider (ICP) providing voice, Internet and video services to residential developments in Minnesota. FTTH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Contractor Property Developers Corporation (CPDC), a leading developer of residential communities. This unique partnership allows FTTH to provide communication services tailored to the residential home user. Through its state of the art Switched Digital Headend FTTH also provides wholesale video services for telephone companies, cable companies and municipalities. For more information on FTTH Communications visit our website at 3M – A Global, Diversified Technology Company Every day, 3M people find new ways to make amazing things happen. Wherever they are, whatever they do, the company’s customers know they can rely on 3M to help make their lives better. 3M’s brands include Scotch, Post-it, Scotchgard, Thinsulate, Scotch-Brite, Filtrete, Command and Vikuiti. Serving customers in more than 200 countries around the world, the company’s 67,000 people use their expertise, technologies and global strength to lead in major markets, including consumer and office; display and graphics; electronics and telecommunications; safety, security and protection services; health care; industrial and transportation. For more information, including the latest product and technology news, visit, Scotch, Post-it, Scotchgard, Thinsulate, Scotch-Brite, Filtrete, Command andVikuiti are trademarks of 3M Company.About EntegrisEntegris is the global leader in materials integrity management – purifying, protecting and transporting critical materials used in high technology products, processes and services for some of the world’s foremost technology industries, including semiconductor, data storage, life sciences and fuel cell. For more information, please visit Plug Power Plug Power Inc. is an established leader in the deployment of clean, reliable, on-site energy products. More than 500 Plug Power fuel cell systems have been delivered to customers worldwide in commercial, public sector, telecommunications, utility and uninterruptible power supply markets. For more information about how to join Plug Power’s energy revolution as an investor, customer, supplier or strategic partner, please visit

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