Armco Metals Holdings, Inc. (AMCO)
Since its founding 10 years ago, Armco Metals Holdings, Inc. (AMCO) has tirelessly worked to create low-cost, high-quality solutions to meet steel industry demands and achieve its goal to become the largest scrap steel recycler in China. The company operates through five subsidiaries located in key regions throughout the country to source, import, process, and distribute quality, environmentally friendly recycled scrap steel, as well as metal and non-ferrous metal ore.
Subsidiaries Armco Metals International, Ltd., Armco (Lianyungang) Renewable Metals, Inc., Armet (Lianyungang) Holdings, Inc., Henan Armco & Metawise Trading Co., Ltd., Armco Metals (Shanghai) Holding, Ltd. support Armco Metal’s overarching corporate mission and operate to provide the country’s steel production industry with sustainable, responsible solutions to its material needs. Aligned with China’s green initiatives, Armco Metals and its subsidiaries are helping the government reach its scrap metal consumption goal of 20% by 2015.
Leveraging long-standing relationships with more than 10 international metal suppliers, more than 100 small- and medium-sized Chinese steel production companies, and some of the country’s large state-run foundries, Armco Metals benefits from a steady and dependable supply of demand for the company’s high-quality product known for excellent market values.
Armco Metals’ management team has established a unique approach to business and environment by providing responsible solutions based on environmentally friendly practices; reliable, cost-effective sourcing; and quality metal products. Backed by more than 10 years of industry experience, company executives have successfully positioned the company as credible, dependable partner for customers, suppliers, and investors within the steel production market.
Great Plains Holding, Inc. (GTPH)
Great Plains Holding, Inc. (GTPH) operates through two wholly owned subsidiaries: Ashland Holdings, LLC, focused on the real estate sector; and LiL Marc, Inc., maker of the "LiL Marc" training urinal for toddler boys. This diversification model enables Great Plains to achieve multiple revenue streams and consistently increase hard assets.
Ashland Holdings, LLC is engaged in the acquisition and operation of commercial real estate, including, but not limited to, self-storage facilities, apartment buildings, manufactured housing communities for senior citizens, and other income-producing properties. The subsidiary’s current portfolio includes a 1,400-square-foot corporate office building; an 800-square-foot warehouse for LiL Marc operations; and two adjacent parcels of land, one of which includes a manufactured home that is rented out for additional income. Ashland and LiL Marc plan to occupy one or more of the five office spaces located in the corporate office building to accommodate expected expansion. The remaining vacant offices may be leased to tenants to create a source of revenue.
LiL Marc, Inc. is Great Plains’ principal business activity. Founded in 1999, the subsidiary engages in the manufacturing and marketing of training urinals for boys in the United States. The LiL Marc boys potty training urinal looks like the full sized urinals found in public restrooms, but are manufactured on a smaller scale in proportion to the smaller size of toddlers in training. In conjunction with the roll-out of an aggressive marketing campaign for the LiL Marc product, Great Plains’ management team is building a client list of retailers with brick and mortar stores and other consumer outlets to participate in the broader retail market. With advertising strategies in place, management envisions growth and widespread distribution of the LiL Marc training urinal.
Great Plains also intends to purchase privately-owned profitable businesses owned by baby boomers looking to retire. As the company continues to execute its expansion strategy and add additional subsidiaries, all potential purchases will be reviewed by management to ensure they meet very stringent requirements.
Mabwe Minerals Inc. (MBMI)
Mabwe Minerals Inc. (MBMI) is a U.S. based natural resources and hard asset company focused on the mining, logistics, and commercial sales of industrial minerals and metals, with a particular emphasis on barite. The company's operations are conducted through its Zimbabwe affiliate, Mabwe Mineral Zimbabwe (Private) Ltd. Transitioning into commercial production, MBMI's company fundamentals are well positioned with virtually no debt and key strategic partnerships in place.
Along with its affiliate, Mabwe Minerals Zimbabwe (Private) Ltd., an indigenous Zimbabwe company, the company owns 100% of the mineral & metal rights to Dodge Mine. The mine will be managed by the company's minority owned partner, WGB Kinsey & Company, Zimbabwe's most experienced mining & construction company representing four generations of Kinsey leadership. Management believes WGB Kinsey & Company has all the necessary equipment and management experience to efficiently perform all the mining operations at Dodge Mine.
The Dodge Mine property consists of three hydrothermal mountains representing 123 hectares containing multiple deposits of superior-grade barite, limestone, and talc. Hydrothermal barite deposits throughout Dodge Mine represent the highest grade of new barite sources to be brought into commercial production in years. A third party oil & gas drilling sector geologist recently confirmed that the multiple barite deposits are considered "World Class" in quality and highly efficient to mine via open pit extraction following the barite veins and salvaging large percentages of barite within the halo zones via jigging systems.
With a continuing worldwide shortage of high-grade barite, Mabwe Minerals is in the right place at the right time. The company's current customer uses barite as a weighting agent in oil & gas drilling applications in the Gulf of Mexico, home to the largest concentration of active rigs in the world. Coupled with the recent massive discovery of oil & gas off the coast of neighboring Mozambique along with new drilling contracts expected in the region, MBMI is in an attractive geographical location to capture the expected demands of this emerging market. Moving from an exploration stage company into commercial barite production, Mabwe Minerals is well positioned to generate significant shareholder returns.
Start Scientific, Inc. (STSC)
Start Scientific, Inc. (STSC) is an oil extraction company backed by highly experienced leadership with strong industry knowledge to identify and acquire low-risk land lease opportunities on properties with known oil deposits, develop facilities on these properties to cost effectively extract the oil, and then distribute the refined oil for sale onto the open market.
With leases or contracts to acquire leases in Texas, Mississippi and Romania already in place, the company is also negotiating several projects in North Dakota and New Mexico. The initial objective is to take advantage of low-risk producing, exploration and development oil and gas opportunities that are too small for the mid-sized oil and gas companies.
Founder Norris R. Harris contributes broad experience in oilfield property acquisitions and enhanced field production management, and has established an extensive base of contacts in the oil and gas industry to provide invaluable expertise for Start Scientific to evaluate and exploit its existing oil and gas properties and to seek other opportunities in the oil and gas industry.
Start Scientific’s management and staff collectively retain more than 65 years of experience in drilling, extraction, delivery and management of natural resource companies. In addition to leveraging the expertise of its highly qualified staff, the company seeks out partnerships and joint ventures to accelerate growth and become an increasingly vital part of the ever expanding oil industry.