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AMERICAN CLAY’S NEW “PlasterPlus” BRINGS HARD, NO-VOC, REPAIRABLE PLASTER TO COST OF ZERO-VOC PAINT

October 25, 2010

NEW PRODUCT TARGETS BIG BUILD, COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPERS

Albuquerque, NM (October 2010) – American Clay Enterprises, Inc. has created a game-changer in cost and durability for commercial interior wall finishes. Our new PlasterPlus™  binder is added to the American Clay earthen plasters, resulting in a hard, yet repairable, No-VOC finish for the cost of a high quality, Zero-VOC paint job.  PlasterPlus™  is sold dry in 27 lb. lots through select commercial distributors, and is intended for commercial projects—such as healthcare, hospitality, universities—and big build residential.  The polymer binder has No-VOCs, is mold resistant, extremely easy-to-apply, and still can contribute up to eight (8) LEED points—along with singularity and timeless beauty—to any project. No wonder the field response has been ardently positive thus far.

American Clay has been used for numerous commercial / industrial jobs to date—from hotels (including Disney) and retail to schools, colleges, spas and churches. (Partial list attached.)  Now with PlasterPlus™ , American Clay can replace paint more equitably:  for 80,000 sq. ft. projects, the cost can come in as low as $1.00 per sq. ft., including labor and product.  Adding the completely repairable binder to the single-coat commercial Enjarre™, as well as to any of the color-integral American Clay premier Legacy products, results in the easiest, hardest surface application of American Clay to date, and at the cost of both your texture and your “Zero-VOC paint”.

PlasterPlus™-enhanced American Clay provides big project builders and developers the following benefits:

∗∗ Product cost as low as $.38 per sq. ft. for Enjarre™  one-coat application system.
Added hardness and increased ease of application.
∗∗ Longevity outlasting a painted wall, creating cost, labor and time savings. It does not need to be repainted for the life of the walls because the clay itself resists dirt and grime.
∗∗ Resistance to fading due to he natural mineral pigments.
∗∗ Highly suitable for economical spray-on application in one- or two-coat systems.
∗∗ Creates less than 5% on-site waste of material during application.
∗∗ Unlike other acrylic, gypsum or lime specialty finishes, walls coated with American Clay plaster with PlasterPlus™  can be wetted and reworked after application (without adding additional binder) to achieve desired results and yet is hard and durable.
∗∗ Cleanup is much quicker and easier than with paint, since there is no thick latex binder involved.
∗∗ As with the Legacy products, this new binder is a No-VOC, Zero Formaldehyde choice for your walls, bringing humidity and temperature moderating qualities to your project’s interior environment.
∗∗ As with the Legacy products, unlimited visual and textural possibilities.

American Clay CEO and co-Founder Croft Elsaesser has been working hard toward this product development.  “It took us a year of rigorous in-house testing and third party verification on VOC and formaldehyde levels to assure our team that we had a superior material to provide to large-scale builders and developers. Our goal is always to maintain a healthy indoor air quality to both applicator and the end-user.”

Just like American Clay’s existing product line, PlasterPlus™ is suitable for most substrates.  It will be sold in dry 27 lb. lots.  PlasterPlus™  is available through select commercial distributors; please contact sales@americanclay.com for a list.  Our countrywide system of approved applicators will be able to purchase this product in bulk for their projects.

Responses to the product thus far provide real world reaction:

“American Clay’s Enjarre Product with the PlasterPlus binder surprised us.  Here at Escondido we have a strong focus on the quality of the materials we use.  The quality of this product was what we would expect from a venetian plaster. The biggest difference was being able to get the quality we insist on without the budgetary considerations that a premium finish would typically require.” – Steve Markham, Escondido Vice President (model homes plus 65,000 square feet of Clubhouse and Spa)

“Our crew worked with PlasterPlus for the first time last week. They texted me from the project site to say how awesome the product is. The workability made the install easier and they were pleased with the look. They found compression to be “like a dream” and loved the result. The clients were delighted.
…We’ve been working on getting American Clay specified for a commercial building in downtown Denver, for about 3 years. The designer is innovative and wants to specify the clay, but recently the developer was concerned about “hardness” so it looked like we would lose the project. I made up some sample boards with the new PlasterPlus. The designer …called me and said that they were “really impressed” with the hardness of Enjarre with PlasterPlus and they intend to use it in the project.” – Deborah Hall, PhD, LEED AP; Owner, Hall’s Walls

American Clay is also posting today on http://www.americanclay.com under “Professional –> Commercial Projects” page:  the PlasterPlusTM  sellsheet, MSDS sheet, application instructions and a FAQ.

ABOUT AMERICAN CLAY ENTERPRISES, INC:
American Clay Enterprises, Inc., based in Albuquerque, NM, produces patented, award-winning, all-natural interior wall finishing products.  Their Earth Plasters, the commercial ENJARRE™  single coat plaster, and its new PlasterPlus™  binder offer a unique combination of clays, aggregates and natural pigments that offer builders and consumers a natural, durable and unique option. There is no off-gassing nor inherent waste on-site.  The plasters contain no VOCs, are non-flammable, are mold resistant (without toxic fungicides), absorb odors, provide temperature and humidity buffering, repair/clean easily and come in recyclable packaging.  American Clay, with an extremely low carbon footprint, is uniquely manufactured in the U.S. and made of materials found in the U.S.  The products and various workshops are available through their New Mexico office or through their retailers and distributors across the U.S. For information on products, ordering, technical specifications, product application and additional resources and links:  http://www.americanclay.com.
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Revolutionary New Eyeglass Technology, TRUFOCALS, Is Changing How We See

October 2, 2009

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TRUFOCALS LAUNCHES PATENTED ADJUSTABLE VISION GLASSES THAT GIVE CONTROL TO THE USER

(Los Angeles, CA—August, 2009)  TruFocals are a revolutionary new eyeglass system that allows you to ‘self-correct’ or sharpen your vision to the highest quality necessary for any situation.  Completely eliminating the need for multiple pairs of glasses, bifocals, or no-line progressives, the patented TruFocals have none of the distortion or blurriness associated with traditional multi-focal glasses, and widen the field of vision.  With TruFocals, your entire lens focuses on what you choose, not just what your multifocals force you to. Simply move the ‘vision correction’ slider on the bridge of TruFocals glasses, and the entire system shifts focus closer or farther, like a microscope. With TruFocals you are not limited to a fixed distance focal length. You can self-adjust your own glasses to provide a clear solution immediately, whatever the distance.

As we age, our vision degenerates.  Single focus distance/reading, bifocals or no-line progressive lenses have been the only non-surgical means of vision correction…until now. TruFocals’ revolutionary lens system acts like dozens of single vision lenses, allowing you to see clearer in any situation, near or far. TruFocals also eliminate the nausea for wearers who suffer from motion sickness brought on by the distortion / blurriness of no-line progressives.

“I began thinking about developing a better vision solution, when I discovered that my own vision was compromised.   It was hard to adjust to wearing multifocals, and my vision quality was markedly less.  After looking at the mechanics of how the human eye naturally focuses, I began to think about how to mimic this, mechanically.  I think everyone who wears multifocal lenses will appreciate the flexibility and clarity of TruFocals,” states co-founder and inventor, Dr. Stephen Kurtin.

How it Works:

TruFocals emulate the human eye’s ability to adjust focus by utilizing a lightweight two-lens system. As simple as TruFocals are to use, their technology is very sophisticated.

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Each “lens” is actually a set of two lenses, one flexible and one firm. The flexible lens (near the eye) has a transparent distensible membrane attached to a clear rigid surface.  The pocket between them holds a small quantity of crystal clear fluid.

As you move the slider on the bridge, it pushes the fluid and alters the shape of the flexible lens.  Changing the shape changes the correction. This mimics the way the lenses in your eyes used to perform when you were younger.

The sliding movement allows you to choose the exact correction that works best at any distance and under any lighting conditions.  Similar to traditional glasses, the front lens can be removed for cleaning, or interchanged with appropriately tinted prescription lenses to be used as sunglasses.

TruFocals are the ideal solution for people who wear multifocal eyeglasses, carry separate pairs of distance and reading glasses, or prefer the convenience of self-focusing their field of vision.  Because the glasses are ‘useradjustable’, they can compensate for low-light conditions and virtually any situation.

With TruFocals, the lenses and the frame are made together, as opposed to the traditional model of lensmakers and framemakers. They also have adjustable nose pads and arms that can accommodate nearly any face. This ensures a comfortable secure customized fit for virtually everyone.  The glasses are assembled in their Los Angeles, CA, facility.

For additional information, and to view an online demonstration, please visit www.trufocals.com.  Media inquiries, please contact Agnes Gomes-Koizumi or Julie Du Brow via email at agnes@agkmedia.com / julie@dubroworks.com or via phone at 323-937-5488 / 310-821-2463.

About TruFocals

The company was co-founded by Dr. Stephen Kurtin in 2006.  A successful inventor, with more than 30 patents to his name, Dr. Kurtin was not satisfied with the exisiting vision solutions.  Recognizing that multi-focals, reading glasses or carrying multiple pairs of single vision glasses did not provide a satisfactory solution, he set out to develop a better one.  TruFocals were developed to provide clear, adjustable vision in all situations.

TruFocals are available through eye care professionals or via http://www.trufocals.com. TruFocals are scratch-resistant and antireflective, contain anti-smudge coatings; and protect your eyes from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

This product is covered by one or more of the following US patents: 5,138,494; 5,668,620: 5,956,183; 6,040,947; 6,053,610; and 7,008,054.