Monday, March 28, 2011

Long Time Client of The Leeds Group, BioLargo Announced Today an Exclusive Agreement With Central Garden & Pet Company

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LA MIRADA, CA--(Marketwire - 03/28/11) - BioLargo, Inc. (OTC.BB:BLGO - News) today announced that it has reached agreement with Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ:CENT - News), the leading marketer and producer of premium pet supplies in the United States, to develop, produce and sell products that the parties believe will set the mark for delivering the pet industry's highest standards in performance. The two companies will work with the E.T. Horn Co. as a supplier of ingredients and contract manufacturer. The agreement calls for Central to purchase minimum quantities of materials from BioLargo in order to maintain world-wide exclusive rights within the "pet supplies industry," as well as the first option to take new pet products to market as they are developed. Central also secured the first right of refusal to acquire BioLargo's operating division, Odor-No-More, Inc., should the company be considered for sale in the future. The agreement covers all pet industry products, but excludes all equine and livestock products as well as pet products which may be sold under a BioLargo trademark, should Central not exercise its first option. The details of the agreement were reported in the Form 8-K filed by BioLargo on March 28, 2011.

According to the 2009-2010 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, U.S. pet ownership is at its highest level, with 71 million households, or 62%, owning a pet. During the past decade, the number of pet-owning households increased 12%. An excess of $45 billion dollars was spent in 2009 on our pets.

"It is an important market and we know pet lovers want the best for their pets. Many of Central's brands are the industry leader and household names with more than 20 years of history, and some are over 100 years old, serving customers with trusted products that get the job done," stated Joseph Provenzano, President of BioLargo's Odor-No-More, Inc. "Central's commitment to quality and value along with BioLargo's product innovation and game-changing technology make for the perfect fit."

"We believe that Central is the best strategic partner in the pet industry for us," states Dennis Calvert, President of BioLargo. "Most of their brands are the number one or two brand in their respective U.S market category. They operate the largest sales and logistics network in the industry, which strategically supports its brands. With sales in the pet industry of more than $840 million annually, we believe they are the perfect partner for BioLargo to take products to market that improve the standard of care and maintenance of pets. We look forward to a long and successful journey with Central, which we believe could involve dozens of products that go to market featuring the BioLargo Technology."

About BioLargo, Inc.
BioLargo's business strategy is to harness and deliver Nature's Best Solution™ -- free-iodine -- in a safe, efficient, environmentally sensitive and cost-effective manner. BioLargo's proprietary technology works by combining micro-nutrient salts with liquid from any source to deliver free-iodine on demand, in controlled dosages, in order to balance efficacy of performance with concerns about toxicity. BioLargo's technology has potential commercial applications within global industries, including but not limited to oil and gas, animal health, beach and soil environmental uses, consumer products, agriculture, food processing, medical, and water. It features solutions for odor & moisture control, disinfection and contaminated water treatment. BioLargo's strategic partner Ioteq IP Pty Ltd. was named a "Top 50 Water Company for the 21st Century" by The Artemis Project™; BioLargo markets Ioteq's iodine based water disinfection technology, the Isan system. The company's website is In 2010, Odor-No-More was awarded two Editor's Choice Awards, including a "Product of the Year" award, by the Horse Journal, a top industry award for excellence and are sold by BioLargo's wholly owned subsidiary, Odor-No-More, Inc. (

About Central Garden and Pet
Central Garden & Pet Company is a leading innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products for the lawn & garden and pet supplies markets. Committed to new product innovation, our products are sold to specialty independent and mass retailers. Participating categories in Lawn & Garden include: Grass seed and the brands PENNINGTON®, SMART SEEDTM and THE REBELS; wild bird feed and the brand PENNINGTON®; weed and insect control and the brands AMDRO®, SEVIN®, IRONITE® and Over 'N Out®; and decorative outdoor patio products and the brands NORCAL®, NEW ENGLAND POTTERY® and MATTHEWS FOUR SEASONS. We also provide a host of other regional and application-specific garden brands and supplies. Participating categories in Pet include: Animal health and the brands ADAMS and ZODIAC®; aquatics and reptile and the brands OCEANIC®, AQUEON and ZILLA; bird & small animal and the brands KAYTEE®, SUPER PET® and CRITTER TRAIL®; dog & cat and the brands TFH, NYLABONE®, FOUR PAWS®, PINNACLE® and Avoderm®; and equine and the brands FARNAM®, BRONCO® and SUPER MASK®. We also provide a host of other application-specific Pet brands and supplies. Central Garden & Pet Company is based in Walnut Creek, California, and has approximately 4,300 employees, primarily in North America and Europe. For additional information on Central Garden & Pet Company, including access to the company's SEC filings, please visit the company's website at

About the E.T. Horn Co.
The E.T. Horn Company is one of the nation's largest distributors, marketers and manufacturers of raw materials and chemicals for use in coatings, building materials, elastomers, lubrication, nutrition, cosmetics, personal care, and food products. Founded in 1961, the company has focused on providing formulation solutions, superior customer service and technical expertise in distributing products from only the finest manufacturers. For additional information contact the company at 800-442-HORN or visit

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Orange County Outlaws Make Official Announcement to Enter USA Rugby League


PRLog (Press Release) – Mar 21, 2011 – Newport Beach, CA - The Orange County Outlaws Rugby League Football Club today made an official public announcement that they would be entering into the USA Rugby League as an official developmental team in 2011 and full-time team in 2012.

After many months of preparation by the OC Outlaws Board of Directors, it was unanimously decided to place the Outlaws into the USARL for developmental purposes in 2011 and an official fully scheduled team in 2012. "Though we had initially anticipated remaining independent in our first year of development, it became clearly apparent to us that the USARL had strong momentum and a clear plan to develop Rugby League in the USA, in particular here in the West Coast," stated Outlaws Board Chairman and President, Freddie Lewis. "The USARL is offering its full support, resources and infrastructure, while inter-play with the other USARL West Coast developmental teams should become easier for travel arrangements and club development."

With the newly announced Los Angeles Raiders RLFC and Utah Avalanche RLFC coming into the USARL and two other franchises poised to make their announcement soon, the Outlaws will find immediate and local USARL competition. Ryan McGough, the CEO of USA Rugby League comments, "The USARL is honored to have the OC Outlaws enter its Western Expansion. They have an impeccable management team, with a strong business sense and understanding of the local sports market in Southern California."

Though an extremely difficult decision for the OC Outlaws management, the decision to enter the USARL comes with many positive advantages for the team. Out the gate, the team will be on track to develop into a full-time official USARL team in 2012, with a voice and voting rights in the League. Additionally, USARL brings two strong suppliers to the Outlaws, Akuma Rugby and Vanguard Rugby, the official uniform and ball supplier’s respectively of the USARL. "Though not required by the USARL to commit to the above mentioned companies as team suppliers, we believe Akuma and Vanguard are extremely strong with a respected history in Rugby League which is crucial to the Outlaws initial success. These relationships, amongst other infrastructure and support being provided by the USARL are critical pieces to the Outlaws development and ultimately became the green lights for us," remarks OC Outlaws Board Member and General Counsel, Brad Hakala.

2011 is shaping up to put the Outlaws on a winning path, with several local sponsors already in discussion with the Outlaws Management and talks under way to secure a top notch venue as the OC Outlaws official playing field. Soon to be announced will be the Outlaws coaching staff, with 3 coaches anticipated to sign from the UK, Australia and USA. Following these mammoth announcements will be team try-outs and official dates for a summer camp and OC Outlaws hosted 9's tournament here in Orange County.

Comments OC Outlaws Board Member and CEO of The Leeds Group, Trevor Leeds, “We are entering a great time for the OC Outlaws, with many strong sponsors, Rugby League enthusiasts and community leaders lining up to support the growth of the Outlaws franchise. 2011 is going to be an exciting year!”

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About Orange County Outlaws:
Orange County Outlaws are a semi-pro rugby league football club in Orange County, California. OC Outlaws, through their affiliation with the USARL, will provide Rugby League players on the West Coast, the opportunity to compete and become one of the world's elite players, through highly competitive, semi-professional Rugby League. The team's website is

About USA Rugby League:
The USA Rugby League (USARL) is the source for high-level, semi-professional Rugby League competition in the USA. The USARL is committed to developing the sport of Rugby League at a grassroots level with a focus on expanding the sport both in player numbers and in youth initiatives. This commitment embraces the sport at semi-professional and amateur levels in an effort to further progress Rugby League in the USA. The league's website is

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Leeds Group Announces the Appointment of Brad Hakala as Outside General Counsel


PRLog (Press Release) – Mar 02, 2011 – Newport Beach, CA - The Leeds Group today announced that Brad Hakala has been named Outside General Counsel. Mr. Hakala will be responsible for overseeing the legal work for The Leeds Group’s diverse business portfolio.

Having previously practiced at an American Law 100 firm as well as in-house counsel for a multi-national corporation, Mr. Hakala, as the outside General Counsel for The Leeds Group, brings both legal expertise and business sense to the transactions that The Leeds Group seeks to accomplish.

“We are very lucky to have Brad Hakala on board as our legal counsel,” states The Leeds Group CEO, Trevor Leeds. “His diverse experience in business litigation and transactional law will be a perfect fit for The Leeds Group and our partner companies.”

Mr. Hakala has not only litigated various complex business and employment matters on behalf of Fortune 100 clients, he also provides general business, technology, and media law representation to various companies, including start-up businesses and those in the renewable energies sector. Mr. Hakala is an experienced business litigator who has also been involved in negotiating, structuring, and bringing to life thousands of business transactions. Having significant experience in both transactional matters as well as litigation has allowed Mr. Hakala the unique perspective and know-how to structure a deal to avoid unnecessary pitfalls leading to litigation, and a deeper understanding of the matters which he typically litigates. Mr. Hakala will handle The Leeds Group’s diverse book of business start-ups, partnership transactions, private equity contracts, licensing, employment matters, general commercial contracts and transactions.

Additionally, Mr. Hakala has also served as Corporate Counsel for American Suzuki Motor Corporation, where he was responsible for the company’s legal operations, which included negotiating and drafting numerous multi-million dollar business, sponsorship and athlete agreements, obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights including patents and trademarks, negotiating and drafting licensing agreements, advising on various employment matters including wage & hour code, and overseeing all legal aspects of Suzuki’s advertising.

Aside from The Leeds Group, Mr. Hakala currently represents well-established clients in the automotive, power sports, action-sports, health care, biomedical, and health and fitness industries, as well as upcoming companies who are focused on environmentally conscious technologies.

Mr. Hakala is also a registered sports agent who holds a weekly spot on a nationally syndicated radio show dedicated to action sports.

About The Leeds Group:
The Leeds Group is a strategic marketing and business development firm located in Orange County, California, USA. The Leeds Group helps develop unique business opportunities, builds lasting corporate ventures and implements strategic marketing solutions, all of which enhance their partner's business with increased visibility and sales. With both domestic and international reach, The Leeds Group has clientele in technology, the building industry, financial sectors, manufacturing, food and beverage, as well as sports and entertainment. The company’s website is

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Long Time Associate and Client of The Leeds Group Launches Auto Medics Complete Auto Repair in Tucson


Mar 01, 2011 – Tucson, AZ -- On March 1st, long-time Southern Arizona resident and serial entrepreneur, David Carlson announced the grand opening of his new auto repair company, Auto Medics in Tucson, AZ. The store will be the flagship location for what Carlson plans to develop into a multi-location auto repair business in the Tucson and greater Arizona marketplace.

Auto Medics will focus on delivering an outstanding level of customer service, while providing superior mechanic work through its highly trained team of mechanics. “Our first location here in Tucson is strategically important to the growth of the Auto Medics brand in Arizona”, stated David Carlson, CEO of Auto Medics. “We are thrilled to open this first location right in our backyard and though we anticipate growing pains, we are confident that our superior services and community relationships will allow us to grow very quickly.”

The new Auto Medics location, located on 22nd Street in Tucson, is a 6-bay operation with focus on complete car care, including diagnostics, brakes, suspension, fluid services, tires and much more. Vladimir Stojkoski, General Manager of Auto Medics states, “Our repair shop will offer convenient hours of operation and a complete range of auto services for the community. We think opening this business helps to support the community of Tucson and we’re excited to create a strong tie to residents and businesses through our fleet services.”

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About Auto Medics:

Auto Medics is a full service, general automotive repair and maintenance shop serving the greater Tucson, AZ market. For additional information on Auto Medics call , visit our website at, or email at You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter

The Leeds Group Announces a Marketing Development Agreement with West Coast Beef and Seafood

PRLog (Press Release) – Feb 28, 2011 – Newport Beach, California, USA -- The Leeds Group announced today that it has entered into a consulting agreement with West Coast Beef and Seafood to provide marketing and business development services to advance West Coast Beef and Seafood’s expansion efforts in the Western United States.

West Coast Beef and Seafood adds a new market segment to The Leeds Group’s portfolio and we’re excited to work with their team," says Leeds Group CEO Trevor Leeds. "West Coast Beef and Seafood is known for their high quality meats, outstanding customer service and unique distribution model. Those business qualities combined with our marketing and development expertise shall create high impact growth in 2011 and beyond.”

“The Leeds Group will be focused on expanding West Coast Beef and Seafood’s consumer reach, territory expansion and potential new market acquisitions, through its strategic marketing relationships.”

West Coast Beef and Seafood continues to expand its distribution network in Southern California and recently announced they had doubled their vehicle fleet and sales force in the last quarter of 2010, providing product delivery coverage for the entire Southern California market.

“The Leeds Group has brought significant resources to the table which will quickly help in our overall sales and expansion efforts for 2011 and beyond," says Eric Huerta, President of West Coast Beef and Seafood. "We believe they will deliver results for us and look forward to a long-term relationship with their team."

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About The Leeds Group:
The Leeds Group is a strategic marketing and business development firm located in Orange County, California, USA. The Leeds Group helps develop unique business opportunities, builds lasting corporate ventures and implements strategic marketing solutions, all of which enhance their partner's business with increased visibility and sales. With both domestic and international reach, The Leeds Group has clientele in technology, the building industry, financial sectors, manufacturing, and sports and entertainment. The company’s website is

About West Coast Beef and Seafood:
West Coast Beef and Seafood’s business strategy is to deliver the highest quality beef, chicken, seafood and pork, at wholesale prices right to a homeowner’s door. The company’s website is