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    DGAP-News: Biofrontera AG / Key word(s): Half Year Results

    31.08.2018 / 07:56
    The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.
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    *Biofrontera reports significant revenue growth for the first 6 months of 2018*

    *Leverkusen, Germany, August 31, 2018* - Biofrontera AG (NASDAQ: BFRA; Frankfurt Stock Exchange: B8F) (the "Company"), an international biopharmaceutical company, today reported its financial results for the six months ended June 30, 2018 and provided an update on recent operational and clinical developments.

    - Total revenue increased 79% to approximately EUR 9.0 million for the first six months of 2018, compared to approximately EUR 5.0 million in the same period 2017.

    - Product revenue increased 109% to approximately EUR 8.8 million for the first six months of 2018, compared to approximately EUR 4.2 million in the same period 2017.

    - Net loss was approximately EUR 7.7 million or 0.18 per share in the first half of 2018, compared to approximately EUR 8.7 million or 0.23 per share, in the same period 2017.

    - Grant of U.S. product-specific J-Code and revised CPT codes for more favorable reimbursement for daylight photodynamic therapy (PDT) -prescribing physicians in January 2018.

    - Successfully completed capital increase and dual listing on the U.S. NASDAQ Stock Market in February 2018.

    - European Commission approved use of Ameluz^(R) in combination with PDT in March 2018.

    "Throughout the first half of 2018, we continued to make significant commercial and clinical advancements to optimize our product positioning and market potential of Ameluz^(R). In accordance with our strategy, we extended the approvals of Ameluz^(R) to include further uses and expanded our product sales," says Prof. Dr. Hermann Lübbert, CEO of Biofrontera. "We successfully doubled our revenue from product sales in the first six months of 2018 compared to the first 6 months last year, primarily driven by sales in the U.S. as our sales force leverages improved reimbursement and coding clarity. In the EU, the label extensions of Ameluz^(R) for daylight photodynamic therapy and the the treatment for basal cell carcinoma (BCC) have begun to have a positive impact on our sales. Furthermore, the initiation of a U.S. Phase III trial for the treatment of BCC this September and results of our EU Phase III trial for the treatment of actinic keratoses on the extremities, trunk and neck expected in 2019, both represent future growth opportunities. We remain committed to the successful execution of our strategy for Ameluz^(R) as we position ourselves as a global leader in photodynamic therapy and drive long-term shareholder value," commented Prof. Dr. Hermann Lübbert, CEO of Biofrontera.

    *First Half 2018 Financial Highlights:*

    Thousands of EUR, except where noted *6M 2018* *6M 2017* *Change in %*
    Revenue 8,969.2 5,006.4 79%
      from product sales 8,837.9 4,221.5 109%
      from development projects 91.3 784.9 (88%)
      other 40.0 0.0 n/a
    Research and development costs (2,187.7) (2,185.4) 0%
    Sales costs (8,310.9) (8,275.3) 0%
    General administrative costs (4,078.9) (1,695.5) (141%)
    Net loss (7,684.9) (8,736.6) 12%
    Earnings per share (in EUR) (0.18) (0.23) 28%

     

    Biofrontera generated total revenue of approximately EUR 9.0 million in the first six months of 2018, representing 79% year-over-year growth. In the U.S., revenues increased 170% during the first half of 2018 to EUR 6.4 million, compared to the same period 2017. Sales in Germany improved slightly to EUR 1.2 million, representing a 7% increase compared to the previous year. Revenue in the remainder of Europe amounted to EUR 1.2 million, an increase of 65% compared to the same period last year.

    Gross profit increased 67% to EUR 7.3 million in the first half of 2018 from EUR 4.4 million in the same period 2017. Gross margin decreased slightly to 81% in the first six months of 2018, compared to 87% for the same period in the previous year. One-time costs for the introduction of larger production batch sizes negatively affected gross margins.

    The consolidated net loss for the first half of 2018 was EUR -7.7 million, or EUR -0.18 per share, compared to the net loss of EUR -8.7 million, or EUR -0.23 in the same period last year.

    Cash and cash equivalents were EUR 26.3 million as of June 30, 2018, compared to EUR 11.1 million as of December 31, 2017.

    Management reaffirms the current guidance, including revenues of EUR 16 to EUR 20 million for the full year 2018 and continues to expect a significant increase in revenue for the second half of 2018.

    U.S. Commercial and Operational Update

    Biofrontera continued to generate strong sales in the U.S., increasing 170% year-over-year to EUR 6.4 million for the first half of 2018. The Company's 53 U.S. employees, including 32 sales representatives and 5 regional managers, continue to ramp up sales as dermatologists become more familiar with Ameluz^(R) and leverage the Company's unique product-specific J-code (J7345) and revised CPT codes that significantly improved physician reimbursement.

    In August 2018, Biofrontera was awarded a 5-year contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for the sale of Ameluz^(R) in combination with the medical device BF-RhodoLED^(R). This contract allows Biofrontera to offer Ameluz^(R) to all VA as well as U.S. Department of Defense medical facilities. It further validates the efficacy of Ameluz^(R) and allows more patients to receive effective treatment.

    EU Commercial Update

    Biofrontera reported a 65% increase in revenues in all our European markets in the first half of 2018 as compared to the same period in 2017. With the initiation of sales of Ameluz^(R) for BCC and the European Commissions' approval for treatment with daylight PDT for actinic keratosis, Ameluz^(R) has become more competitive against existing PDT drugs, as well as patient-applied topical treatments. The Company further strengthens its market position with the launch of a dedicated UK sales team. In addition, Ameluz^(R) now qualifies for full reimbursement by public healthcare funds in Germany.

    Recently, Biofrontera announced that it had completed patient recruitment for its Phase III trial of Ameluz^(R) and BF-RhodoLED^(R) for the treatment of actinic keratoses on the extremities, trunk and neck. The multi-center, randomized, double-blind, intra-individual study includes 50 patients at six study sites in Germany. Results of the trial are expected in the first quarter of 2019 with applications for marketing authorization extensions to be submitted to the European Medicines Agency and the FDA by the third quarter of 2019.

    In February 2018, the Scottish Medicines Consortium recommended the prescription of Ameluz^(R) for the treatment of superficial or nodular basal cell carcinoma within the National Health Service.

    Operational Update

    In July 2018, Biofrontera announced the completion of phase 1 of its collaboration with Maruho Co., Ltd. Both companies are currently considering a continuation of the collaboration under a new agreement. However, no decision has yet been made concerning the details and timing of such a new agreement.

    In February 2018, Biofrontera successfully completed its initial public offering in the U.S. of American Depositary Shares and concurrent preemptive rights offering of its ordinary shares to its existing holders of ordinary shares. The Company received aggregate net proceeds from its offerings of approximately EUR 21.6 million.

    Conference Call

    Conference calls for shareholders and interested investors will be held on August 31, 2018 at the following times:

    In German, at 10:00 am CEST (4:00 am EDT)
    Dial-in number Germany: +49 (0)69 2222 25204
    Conference code: 3448423

    In English, at 2:30 pm CEST (8:30 am EDT)
    Dial-in number USA: +1 929 477 0402
    Dial-in number UK: +44 (0)330 336 9411
    Conference code: 5675352

    Please dial in 5 minutes ahead of time to ensure a timely start of the conference call.

    The Company's half-year report including financial statements is available at
    www.biofrontera.com/en/investors/financial-reports.

    *-End-*

     

    *For enquiries, please contact:

    Biofrontera AG *

    Thomas Schaffer, Chief Financial Officer

    +49 (0) 214 87 63 2 0

    ir@biofrontera.com
    *IR UK: Seton Services *

    Toni Vallen

    +44 (0) 207 224 8468
    *IR and PR US: The Ruth Group*

    IR: Tram Bui

    PR: Kirsten Thomas

    +1 646-536-7035

    +1 508-280-6592

     

    *About Biofrontera:*

    Biofrontera AG is an international biopharmaceutical company specializing in the development and commercialization of a platform of pharmaceutical products for the treatment of dermatological conditions and diseases caused primarily by exposure to sunlight that results in sun damage to the skin. Biofrontera's approved products focus on the treatment in the U.S. and Europe of actinic keratoses, which are skin lesions that can sometimes lead to skin cancer, as well as the treatment of certain forms of basal cell carcinoma in the European Union. American Depositary Shares representing Biofrontera's ordinary shares are listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol "BFRA", and Biofrontera's ordinary shares are listed in the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (B8F, ISIN: DE0006046113). Information is also available at www.biofrontera.com.

    *Forward Looking Statements:*

    Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding the public offering and the intended use of proceeds from the offering. These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as "anticipate,""believe,""forecast,""estimate" and "intend," among others. Such forward-looking statements are based on the currently held beliefs and assumptions of the management of Biofrontera AG, which are expressed in good faith and, in their opinion, reasonable. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results, financial condition, performance, or achievements of the Company, or industry results, to differ materially from the results, financial condition, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors are set forth in the Registration Statement on Form F-1 filed with the SEC, including in the section "Risk Factors," and in future reports filed with the SEC. Given these risks, uncertainties and other factors, prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The Company does not undertake an obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.
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    31.08.2018 Dissemination of a Corporate News, transmitted by DGAP - a service of EQS Group AG.
    The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

    The DGAP Distribution Services include Regulatory Announcements, Financial/Corporate News and Press Releases.
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    Language: English
    Company: Biofrontera AG
    Hemmelrather Weg 201
    51377 Leverkusen
    Germany
    Phone: +49 (0)214 87632 0
    Fax: +49 (0)214 87632 90
    E-mail: ir@biofrontera.com
    Internet: www.biofrontera.com
    ISIN: DE0006046113, NASDAQ: BFRA
    WKN: 604611
    Listed: Regulated Market in Dusseldorf, Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange; Nasdaq
     
    End of News DGAP News Service Reported by EQS Group 2 days ago.

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    NASCAR Xfinity Series Race Car Driver David Starr, UMP DirtCar Race Car Driver Connor Otten, and Extreme Energy Solutions-Extreme Kleaner partner with Project Help, raising awareness and funds aimed to assist Veterans and their families in need.

    WANTAGE, N.J. (PRWEB) August 31, 2018

    It was a rainy day on August 2, 2018, in Branchville, New Jersey, where NASCAR Xfinity Series Race Car Driver and UMP DirtCar Race Car Driver Connor Otten took time out from their racing schedule to spend time at Escape RV, a local, family owned sales and service business in Sussex County. The drivers had made guest appearances in hopes of spreading awareness about the importance of supporting Veterans and their families that may be struggling from joblessness, homelessness, disabilities or displacement.

    Extreme Energy Solutions, parent company of Extreme Kleaner, had kicked off their annual Summer Tour of Stores program with a twist to this year’s launch by inviting Project Help to join them at the first store launch of the tour.

    Project Help is a non-profit organization that aims to assist Veterans that are homeless, displaced, disabled, and jobless, and cannot find help for their needs from the VA. Project Help prides itself on being an organization that provides a hand up instead of a handout. Based in Sussex County, New Jersey, the volunteer organization has helped provide resources to Veterans in need including gas and grocery gift cards, backpacks with essential items, clothing, and reconditioned laptops.

    Project Help has assisted some Veterans with immediate needs, such as finding the Veteran housing and/or funding temporary housing, transportation, or assistance with their utilities when all other avenues of relief have been exhausted.

    In addition to providing short term critical financing for Veterans and their families who are facing eviction, repossession or homelessness, Project Help works with Veterans in job placement opportunities and employer-employee match making. “The only way we can continue to help Veterans is by increasing our donation count,” said Sandy Mitchell, Founder and CEO of Project Help.

    “The number of Veterans that come to our door is staggering. We have seen and assisted Veterans in various situations, from those that were living in their car, to situations where Veterans and their families were on the verge of having their utilities cut off and facing eviction, to Veterans that just needed assistance in accessing their earned health care benefits through the VA.”

    “Every Veteran situation is different, however in New Jersey alone, there are over 6000+ homeless Veterans - Veterans who fought for our ability to enjoy freedoms and a place to live without threat.” Added Mitchell.

    Extreme Energy Solutions had partnered with Project Help from its inception, and donates a portion of every sale of its product Extreme Kleaner back to Project Help, as a way to help the organization build up its resources for its Veteran Need Fund.

    “Assisting Veterans is very near and dear to our culture, as many of our staff and some of our leadership has also served in the Military,” provided Samuel K. Burlum, CEO and President of Extreme Energy Solutions.

    “Giving back has always been part of our Company Culture. When we found out that 100% of the proceeds donated to Project Help go directly to assist veterans and we were able to see first-hand how Project Help has been able to positively affect the lives of Veterans that were turned away by so many other organizations, Extreme Energy Solutions decided to continue backing the non-profit,” continued Burlum.

    To create additional awareness for Project Help, NASCAR Race Car Driver David Starr reserved a space on his car for the organization to be represented during the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Race at Watkins Glen (August 4) and at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (August 11). Project Help could also be seen on the #10 Fast Track Racing Enterprises ARCA entry driven by Tommy Vigh Jr. at ARCA races held at Madison International Speedway and at Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Illinois, and at the future race event at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, DuQuoin, Illinois, Labor Day, Monday, September 3, 2018.

    Extreme Energy Solutions continues to assist Project Help with two of their current initiatives: the Project Help Mobile Closet, and the 2018 Visions Fundraiser. Project Help’s Mobile Closet is a donated school bus which was converted and equipped to house and transport clothing, used laptop computers, and other necessities to where groups of Veterans can access them. Veterans are free to collect the clothing and other items they need in order to get ready for interviews with potential employers.

    Project Help’s Visions Event is an annual fundraising event in which local/regional artists donate artwork which is auctioned off to bidding attendees. The proceeds of the auction then are turned over to Project Help to continue funding its Mobile Closet and Veteran Needs Fund.

    Project Help is nearing its Annual Fundraiser Event, Visions 2018 Auction, on October 18, 2018, to be held in Northern New Jersey, where proceeds of the auction will benefit Veterans and their families in need. To Find out more about project help or to donate today visit: https://projecthelp.us/ways-to-help/be-a-donor/.

    “We need more corporate partners like Extreme Energy Solutions so that we can continue to make a difference,” concluded Mitchell. Reported by PRWeb 1 day ago.

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    The Veterans Affairs has opened a $100M medical training market to non-American Heart Association businesses, according to email correspondence with Pacific Medical Training and a published solicitation.

    HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa. (PRWEB) August 31, 2018

    The Veterans Affairs (VA) now considers items equal to those offered by the American Heart Association (AHA) to be responsive for procurement purposes.

    A 100 million dollar market is now open to non-AHA business concerns and purchasing managers may now reap the benefits. Companies like Pacific Medical Training are already offering VA purchasing managers $20 ACLS courses in anticipation of future business relations.

    In the past, contracts have only been awarded to companies selling AHA products and services under the justification that “Only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements.” But, things have changed. In fact, Branch Chief, PCAC-STL Chris White stated in email correspondence that “there may be other ways to meet the course material requirements.”

    Additionally, when asked if “Pacific Medical Training branded ACLS course materials will be responsive,” Mr. White stated in email correspondence “If your ACLS course materials follow the latest AHA guidelines they would be considered responsive.”

    VA no longer wants solicitation of medical training courses to be too restrictive. A major effort to promote full and open competition was demonstrated in the most recent solicitation for medical training. The solicitation, published August 12, 2018, includes the words “or Equal” next to all items in the product description.

    Proof of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) training are among some of the items sought by the VA. The wording for the product description section of the solicitation followed the pattern below:

    Heartsaver Adult CPR AED Wallet Card
    Item #: 15-1024 or Equal
    HeartSaver Child & Infant CPR Wallet Card
    Item #: 15-1025 or Equal
    HeartSaver First Aid CPR AED Course Completion Card
    Item #: 15-1812 or Equal
    Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider Course Completion Card
    Item #: 15-1805 or Equal
    Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Healthcare Provider Cards
    Item #: 15-1803 or Equal

    These items are needed to train VA medical centers in accordance with the Resuscitation Education Initiative (REdI). As stated on the REdI home page “The Resuscitation Education Initiative (REdI) is a national program to standardize, document, track and monitor the provision of Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) training…”

    Another apparent change in the August solicitation is that the REdI Program Manager will no longer influence the outcome of the purchase. The program manager is in an AHA leadership position.

    Prior contracts offering a single award contract to AHA branded businesses were not successful due to bid protests by Pacific Medical Training.

    The new outlook on non-AHA businesses is a major victory for VA active medical personnel and for the veterans they serve. The VA employs approximately 180,000 medical employees at over 1,000 facilities. Items such as ACLS, BLS and others are crucial because without those certifications medical staff will not be able implement many life-saving interventions for US military veterans. Reported by PRWeb 1 day ago.

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    TROY – There is a lot to look at when Troy plays host to No. 22 Boise State in Saturday’s season opener at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Reported by Harrison Daily 22 hours ago.

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    Mourners Line The Streets of DC To Honor Sen. John McCain Watch VideoA perfect metaphor described by a true "McCainiac":

    "What I saw him to be was a Tootsie Pop. He was hard on the outside and you had to lick down to get to that center middle that was soft, but it was there."

    Christina Ladd joined Arizona Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign in 1999 and again in 2008. 

    "It was energizing. It was exciting. We had a lot of fun," she said. "He took the time to get to know you as a person."

    Today, she finds herself outside the U.S. Capitol with her daughter, Liberty, paying respects to her former boss. She wants her 16-year-old and teens her age to remember the substance of his service to this country.

    "The old school are going to remember the hero, the patriot. But what I hope the new generation remembers is the bipartisanship. He wanted us to build relationships to get above and beyond partisanship," Ladd said.

    They traveled all the way from Maine to honor him because he also has a special place in their family's history. Christina met her husband because of the senator during the 2000 campaign. 

    "I was coordinating a press event at the Carter Center," she remembers. "It was an event where local and state House and Senate members who were defecting from George Bush were announcing they were going over to the McCain camp, and that's how my husband and I met."

    The memories continued in the next campaign, too. Her daughter Liberty appeared on stage with the senator as a child in 2008. The memories are faint for her — she was only a few years old — but it's the lessons taught by the senator she'll take with her as she enters the halls of Congress.

    "I don’t necessarily agree with all his policies or beliefs, but I respect his personality and morals and his bipartisanship, something I hope my generation can learn from even though he was older and from a different time," Liberty Ladd says. "He brought people together that he never agreed with on an ideological scale, but he was friends with them outside the Senate, so he was able to disagree without being disagreeable."

    It's a sentiment echoed by teenagers in the lines outside the Capitol on Friday.

    "I hold John McCain in very high esteem. Even if we disagree a lot of the time, what he stands for and standing up for what’s right even if he disagrees with his own party or even his own friends is so important in this divisive time in Washington," said 17-year old Zachary Shonfeld. "The friendships he's been able to cultivate across the aisle is a true demonstration of good character and good will for this country."

    Shonfeld's going to be able to vote in November. He says he'll remember people like McCain as he casts his first ballot.

    "I think it’s important as we head to the polls to look not just at a candidate's policies, but their integrity," he added.

    Veteran Kim Stiles, who worked in Congress for 35 years, says he saw in McCain a fellow military man doing his best day in and day out.

    "I believe for the most part, McCain had veterans' interests in mind. But not just the veterans, he had the whole country in mind," Stiles said. "I hope his legacy will give people left there incentive to do the right thing, especially when you see the turnout. Right or wrong, I believed John had his country in mind." Reported by Newsy 20 hours ago.

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    Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites the public to 9/11 Memorial Service at Letterkenny Chapel on September 9, 2 PM.

    CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (PRWEB) August 31, 2018

    Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites the public to join the United Churches of the Chambersburg Area and the Historic Letterkenny Chapel and Franklin County Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Park Committee for a 9/11 Memorial Service at the Historic Letterkenny Chapel. The Chapel Service will be held on Sunday, September 9, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., 2171 Carbaugh Avenue, Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg.

    The Keynote Speaker will be Colonel Stephen Ledbetter, Commander, Letterkenny Army Depot. Colonel Ledbetter will offer reflections on that fateful day in the history of America, and the role of Letterkenny Army Depot, integral to the commitment of our nation’s defense to end terrorism across the globe.

    Special music will be presented by Ms. Freda Dorand, Organist, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, and the Community Chorus, under the direction of Marcel Coates.
    The Chapel Service will conclude with a rifle salute and the playing of Taps by the Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599 Honor Guard, as final tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

    A ribbon cutting ceremony will also take place, following Honors to the fallen, as dedication to the recently resurfaced “Trail of Service”, with appreciation to the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, and Patriot Federal Credit Union.

    The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore Franklin County PA and enjoy the trails of history, art, recreation, natural beauty, and fresh foods. Experience the warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro. Franklin County PA is located just north of the Mason Dixon Line and is an easy drive to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Discover more. Plan a visit soon at ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com or by contacting 866.646.8060. Reported by PRWeb 22 hours ago.

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    Visitors to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial remember Sen. John McCain, a former Navy veteran and prisoner of war in Vietnam.

     
     
     
     
     
     
      Reported by USATODAY.com 21 hours ago.

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    The Saints cut several veterans as NFL rosters slim down, including Michael Floyd, Brandon Tate, George Johnson and Robert Nelson. Running back Shane Vereen was placed on injured reserve. Reported by ESPN 20 hours ago.

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    MyWay Mobile Storage of Pittsburgh is pleased to join with Cintas First Aid and Safety and Fire Divisions to host the 5th Annual Cornhole Classic to benefit the Veteran’s Place of Washington Boulevard.

    PITTSBURGH (PRWEB) August 31, 2018

    MyWay Mobile Storage of Pittsburgh is pleased to join with Cintas First Aid and Safety and Fire Divisions to host the 5th Annual Cornhole Classic to benefit the Veteran’s Place of Washington Boulevard. The event will be held September 15, 2018 starting at 5:00p.m. at the dome at the RMU Island Sports Center. Jeff Hancher, Global Account Manager at Cintas, created the event in 2014 as a way to give back to veterans returning home. Ed Sickmund, MyWay Mobile Storage Market Owner and former Cintas General Manager, loved the idea and immediately joined on as co-host.

    Hancher, commented, “The event has really grown. The number of teams has more than tripled. More importantly, the money we raise has more than tripled. That first year, I think it was about $6,000 or $7,000. Our most recent tournament raised more than $24,000. All together we’ve raised more than $60,000 to support our veterans who sacrifice so much for our country.” Hancher continued, “I can’t say enough about our beneficiary, Veterans Place. They are terrific to work with and bring so much energy to the event.”
    Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard is dedicated to ending homelessness among veterans in the Pittsburgh region. They offer homeless veterans a safe, supportive and regenerative environment as they gain the necessary skills to face real life challenges, secure permanent housing, and lead productive and self-sufficient lives.
    There will be more than 50 cornhole teams competing for bragging rights and the $300 first place prize. Cornhole boards were built for the event by the Carpenters Joint Apprentice Training Committee (JATC) with lumber donated by 84 Lumber. In addition to cornhole, there will be a silent auction of signed sports items, gift raffles, 50/50, music and food.

    “I’m so glad we could do something to help veterans in our community,” says event organizer, Ed Sickmund. “These brave individuals need our support now more than ever.” Sickmund continued, “Veteran’s Place has a vision to develop strong community partnerships, bringing collective networks and expertise to help Veterans grow and thrive. We applaud that vision, and love that that the money raised by Pittsburghers at this event will be put to good use helping Pittsburghers.”

    “We were thrilled to be a part of this terrific event,” said Rob Hamilton, Veterans Place Director of Operations. “People don’t realize that veterans are more than twice as likely as civilians to become homeless during their lifetimes. We have found that about 1 in 5 homeless adults is a veteran. This event gives us a chance to raise awareness of the issue and the money raised will help us help veterans transition from Homeless to Home.”
    “Fundraisers like this cornhole tournament help the Veterans Place expand and improve our programs for veterans in the Pittsburgh area,” said Marlon Ferguson, of Veteran’s Place. “Every dollar raised helps us continue uniquely structured programs to transition to employment and housing. We try to help every Veteran and their circumstances. We help them find a program that fits them and their needs,” Ferguson continued, “We want veterans to remember, you are not alone in this journey. We are here to support you as you progress.” More information about the Veteran’s Place online.

    To donate please visit: http://veteransplaceevents.org. For more information on sponsoring the event or registering a team to play, please contact Becky Barnes at 412-363-0500.

    About MyWay Mobile Storage:
    MyWay Mobile Storage is the leading provider of moving and storage solutions and located in a spacious 27,500 square foot facility in West Mifflin, PA. They provide quick and easy do it yourself moving containers that can be delivered right to your door and stored in their climate controlled, secure storage facilities. To learn more about MyWay Mobile Storage, visit https://www.mywaystorage.com or call 888-336-9929 to speak with a Moving & Storage Consultant. Reported by PRWeb 18 hours ago.

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    The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund hosted a candlelight remembrance at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to remember the late Sen. John McCain.

     
     
     
     
     
     
      Reported by USATODAY.com 15 hours ago.

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers last made the playoffs seven years ago. With a chance to end that rut, they've been aggressive in remaking their roster.Milwaukee brought in three more veterans on Friday, the deadline for... Reported by New Zealand Herald 14 hours ago.

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    The company’s tech secrets are coveted by other van makers

    Whitby Morrison is a world leader in ice cream van manufacturing and another Brit automotive success story. We pay a visit

    British, bespoke and hand built in Crewe – it can only be one thing: a Whitby Morrison ice cream van. With its familiar cheery chimes and vivid, shouty graphics, it’s a British institution.

    Now is peak season. Around 4000 ice cream vans are out there making hay (well, ice cream) while the sun has shone like never before – or at least like it did in the summer of 1976. Whitby Morrison is busy, but not half as busy as it will be in autumn when the country’s soft-scoop barons return from the nation’s streets, beaches, fields and festivals to splash out on a shiny new £70,000 Mondial Lusso (the company’s top-selling van available, in short or medium- wheelbase forms) or Amalfi, or have their existing vehicle refurbished or a panel van converted.

    The company produces 100 vans each year, comprising 60 new, 30 conversions and 10 vintage van conversions (Mini pick-ups, Volkswagen Type 2s, old Bedfords, that kind of thing). It’s the UK’s biggest ice cream van manufacturer, easily dwarfing rivals who, even combined, produce no more than 10 vehicles annually.

    Not that Ed Whitby, operations director, is complacent. Rather, as the third generation of the Whitby family to be involved with the business, he’s passionate about building and converting ice cream vans, and ensuring the nation’s love for soft scoop never wanes.

    “At any point in time there’s someone, somewhere in the world smiling because they’re buying an ice cream from a Whitby Morrison ice cream van,” he says.

    It’s no idle boast. The company’s vehicles are in 60 countries and it exports around 10 vans each year. Eastern Europe, Ukraine, Kazakhstan... they love their Whitby Morrisons. In 2014 the company sold 20 ice cream vans to Azerbaijan.

    When I turn up there’s a Mondial Lusso adorned with Arabic script destined for Libya, its sound system poised to blare La Cucaracha over what remains of the country. It’s the 13th van the customer has ordered since Gaddafi was toppled. “He takes them over the Med via Sicily, passing migrant boats coming the other way,” says Whitby.

    The owner will get much of his initial outlay back when he replaces them. After three years, the length of time most operators keep their new Whitby Morrison vans, a Mondial or Amalfi is still worth around 80% of its new price.

    The company was founded in 1962 by Ed’s grandfather, Bryan Whitby. A talented refrigeration engineer and coachbuilder, his first van featured the proud boast, ‘Diploma quality ice cream’. bryan’s son Stuart, a former Rolls-Royce apprentice and the recipient of the rarely given WO Bentley award, shared his father’s passion and together they developed a succession of top-selling ice cream vans, starting with the Bedford CD-based Whitby Black Roof of 1983. A variation based on the Mercedes T1 followed a year later. The relationship with Mercedes continues to this day, with Whitby Morrison favouring Sprinter chassis cabs for its new vans.

    Future plans include a pure-electric ice cream van (expect it late next year). The company already does an electric conversion that allows the operator to power the soft ice cream maker from a remote electric power point rather than the diesel engine.

    I take a tour around the factory where craftsmen and women (the firm employs 43 people) cut, mould, weld, drill, wire and paint. There are a few cranes and hoists dotted around but in the main it’s skilled, manual work, making it a place which, if they ignored the vans’ jaunty glassfibre ice cream cones and garish colour schemes, veterans of the old Rolls-Royce and Bentley works nearby would recognise.

    My tour starts in the glassfibre-reinforced plastic (GRP) shop, where each van’s body, freezer, water tank and sundry door moulds are produced. In the metal workshop the Sprinter chassis are prepared, and fridges, tanks and support structures fabricated.

    We pause by a huge American ice cream van that’s been shipped over from the US for essential work. “We’re constructing a drive system for it so it can power the soft ice cream machine,” says Ed. “Believe it or not, a country the size of the US doesn’t have that expertise.”

    In the refrigeration shop they’re installing a Carpigiani ice cream machine, attaching the drive system to a van’s engine. Ed is coy about the details of Whitby Morrison’s unique direct drive system, and with good reason. Only a few years ago the company found itself the victim of an ice cream war when a rogue operator bought one of its vans and reverse-engineered fakes bearing Whitby Morrison’s logo.

    “We were tipped off by people in the industry telling us the customer had bought the new van with the intention of producing copies,” says Ed. “The next thing, ads for the vans were appearing on social media.”

    The company hired an intellectual property lawyer. He discovered where the vans were being made and gathered evidence proving they were being faked. The lengths the fakers had gone to astonished Ed. “They sold 30 fake vans, worth around £2 million,” he says.

    It was a huge loss to Whitby Morrison but there were concerns, too, about how unsafe the vans might be. The company sued the fakers and won and has since agreed with the vans’ duped owners to upgrade their vehicles to its standards.

    “No one should be buying ice cream from a fake ice cream van,” says Ed. “We Brits are sentimental about our ice cream vans. Along with our two-week summers [this year’s is an exception] they’re an institution and eating an ice cream is a comforting experience. No one should be allowed to spoil that.”

    As I tuck into a ‘test’ ice cream fresh from a brand-new Carpigiani, I can only mumble in agreement.

    John Evans

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