Thursday, April 5, 2012

New Belgium Brewing Announces Asheville as Site for Second Brewery

Brewer will expand production capacity with east coast facility

Fort Collins, CO, April 05, 2012 - New Belgium Brewing announced today that Asheville, NC has been selected as the new location for a second brewery. The 400,000-barrel brewery and packaging facility will provide New Belgium with additional capacity allowing the Colorado-based brewer to expand into new areas of distribution. Upon completion in 2015, the facility will initially create 50 new jobs in the Asheville area with more than 100 positions expected at full buildout.

“After several years of searching we are incredibly excited to have landed in Asheville,” said Kim Jordan, CEO and co-founder of New Belgium. “From the deep sense of community to the rich natural environment and the opportunity to revitalize a brownfield site near a vibrant downtown, Asheville has everything we’ve been looking for in a location for our second brewery.”

The 17.5-acre site located in the heart of the River Arts District will accommodate the 150,000 sq. ft. facility. The brewery will feature a 200-barrel brewing system, a tasting facility, and a process wastewater treatment center on-site. Tours will be available to the public. Total cost projections are over $100 million.

“Today’s announcement by New Belgium will enhance the craft brewery cluster that is growing in North Carolina,” said Gov. Bev Perdue. “The jobs and investment the company is committing will be a major boon for the region and for the state.”

Construction is expected to begin in early 2013 with beer rolling off the line in early 2015. A full Asheville-specific press kit, a video statement from Kim Jordan and downloadable b-roll are available at .

Bryan Simpson
New Belgium Brewing

Jenny Foust
CSG|PR, on behalf of New Belgium

About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, began operations in a tiny Fort Collins basement in 1991. Today, the third largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium produces nine year-round beers; Fat Tire Amber Ale, Ranger IPA, Belgo IPA, Sunshine Wheat, Blue Paddle Pilsner, 1554 Black Ale, Abbey, Mothership Wit and Trippel, as well as a host of seasonal releases. In addition to producing world-class beers, New Belgium takes pride in being a responsible corporate role model with progressive programs such as employee ownership, open book management and a commitment to environmental stewardship. For more information, visit

Jenny Foust
Communications Strategy Group
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver CO, 80206

Bryant & Stratton College Online Invites Prospective Students to Virtual Open House

Prospective students can chat live with admissions and financial aid representatives and get questions about online education answered on April 16

Buffalo, NY, April 05, 2012 - Bryant & Stratton College Online, a premier provider of online Associate’s degree programs, will host a free Virtual Open House on Monday, April 16, from 6:00-8:00pm EDT. Admissions representatives will be available to chat live and answer questions from prospective students about the online degree programs at Bryant & Stratton College Online. Currently Bryant & Stratton College offers five online Bachelor’s degree programs and eleven online Associate’s degree programs including online health management degrees, business management degrees and others in the fields of business, criminal justice, financial services, healthcare, human resources and information technology. Representatives will also give an overview of the overall online college experience from application deadlines, the enrollment process and courses, to career services, opportunities and support available to students.

Additionally, prospective students will have the opportunity to connect directly with financial aid representatives about financial aid options and scholarships available at Bryant & Stratton College Online. Military personnel and military spouses who are considering an online degree program will be able to speak with Ed Dennis, Military Relations Manager at Bryant & Stratton College Online, about their specific needs and concerns.

Prospective students interested in attending the Virtual Open House are invited to complete a free registration at

“The Virtual Open House is like a traditional open house, but online. Attendees will have the chance to preview our flexible course schedules and career focused curriculum to make sure online education is a good fit for them. The event also gives prospective students the chance to get more information about the degree programs and financial aid available at Bryant & Stratton College Online,” said Scott Traylor, Associate Campus Director for Online Education at Bryant & Stratton College. “Selecting a school is a decision that should not be made lightly, but finding the time to research schools can be difficult, especially for busy adults who are balancing work and family responsibilities. The Virtual Open House provides a convenient way for prospective students to explore their options at Bryant & Stratton College Online and make an informed decision about their future.”

For more information about Bryant & Stratton College and its online degree programs, visit

About Bryant & Stratton College Online
Bryant & Stratton College is a private career college delivering outcomes based education and training through a flexible, contemporary curriculum in a personalized environment. The College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education which is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education the Council for higher education. With locations in New York, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin, as well as an Online Education division, and a Professional Skill Center the College has been providing real world education leading to bachelor’s, associate’s degrees and professional certificates for over 155 years. Bryant & Stratton College Online offers five online bachelor’s degree programs, eleven online associate’s degree programs and eleven online certificate programs in a variety of fields including business, criminal justice, financial services, healthcare, human resources and information technology. Some online programs are not yet available in all states. For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of graduates and other important information, please visit  General information about Bryant & Stratton College and its online degrees can also be found at

Kavitha Thimmaiah
Communications Strategy Group
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 433-7020

Countybank’s New “Kasasa Cash Back” Checking Account Rewards Consumers with Cash

Countybank today introduces the simple and rewarding Kasasa Cash Back™ checking account, which offers major cash rewards on everyday debit card purchases.

Greenwood, SC, April 05, 2012 - Countybank today introduces the simple and rewarding Kasasa Cash Back™ checking account, which offers major cash rewards on everyday debit card purchases.

Kasasa Cash Back is a free checking account that rewards account holders with cash back on everyday debit card purchases, and without points or category restrictions like other programs. The cash back amount is based on how much the consumer spends on his or her debit card.

Like all Kasasa accounts, Kasasa Cash Back has no minimum balance requirements to get the cash back, no monthly service fee, free online banking, and nationwide ATM fee refunds.

“We all appreciate rewards and these days everyone can use extra cash. Plus, our research shows that cash is the most highly desired reward of all,” said R. Thornwell Dunlap, III, president & CEO at Countybank. “With our new Kasasa Cash Back account, we’re providing our account holders with exactly what they want.”

To earn cash back, each monthly qualification cycle account holders are asked to do a few simple things like access online banking, receive monthly eStatements, and have an electronic transaction (such as direct deposit) post to their account. And if an account holder does not meet the qualifications in a given month, the account is still free and eligible for benefits the following month.

Kasasa, the first and only collection of bank accounts that actually takes an interest in account holders, was introduced to South Carolina in 2009 through an aggressive, highly engaging marketing campaign that asked consumers, “Do You Kasasa?” Countybank, in other words, was asking consumers to expect more from their banking relationships.

“Kasasa accounts have been extremely well received by our community,” added David Dougherty, Retail Banking Manager. “The widespread enthusiasm for our Kasasa accounts makes me certain that consumers will be every bit as excited about Kasasa Cash Back.”

Countybank is offering three other Kasasa financial products, including Kasasa Cash®, Kasasa Saver® and Kasasa Tunes®. All Kasasa products are free, reward-based accounts, with no minimum balance to earn the rewards, no monthly service fee, online banking and nationwide ATM fee refunds.

Kasasa Cash - A free checking account that rewards consumers with high interest for every month they qualify.

Kasasa Saver - A free, high interest saver account linked to a Kasasa Cash or a Kasasa Cash Back checking account. The cash rewards, including the ATM fee refunds are automatically deposited into the Kasasa Saver account when the account holders qualify. The balance in the Kasasa Saver account also earns a high rate of interest.

Kasasa Tunes - A checking account that rewards consumers with digital downloads from iTunes® when they qualify.

Kasasa is distributed to Countybank from BancVue, the leading provider of innovative products, dynamic marketing, and data-driven consulting solutions to community financial institutions nationwide. To date, BancVue’s products have delivered more than 1.8 million customers and nearly $18 billion in deposits to community banks and credit unions representing more than 5,000 branches around the country.

For more information on Kasasa accounts, consumers can visit or visit

Do you Kasasa?
Kasasa® is the first national brand of the most innovative checking accounts available today. The accounts, offered exclusively by the finest community financial institutions, are designed to be the first and only accounts that actually take an interest in their account holders by paying them to use their account with what interests them most—high interest, cash back, automatic savings, money to donate to charity or iTunes® or downloads. Kasasa, developed and distributed by BancVue, marries innovative banking products with the personal touch of community financial institutions. For more information, visit

Lara Brown Hudson
Greenwood Building, 5th Floor
104 Maxwell Ave
Greenwood, SC 29646

Blue Asset Management LLC to offer Loans for sale in New Jersey

Blue Asset Management LLC, a real estate management and asset disposition company operating in New Jersey and Florida, is offering in $15 million+ in performing and non performing first mortgage loans collateralized by properties in New Jersey.

Wayne, NJ, April 05, 2012 - Blue Asset Management LLC, a real estate management and asset disposition company operating in New Jersey and Florida, announced it is offering in excess of $15 million in performing and non performing first mortgage loans collateralized by properties in New Jersey.

According to Charles Blumenkehl, managing partner at Blue Asset Management, “We are very bullish on the future of real estate in New Jersey, and believe these loans we are offering to the local market will bring solid returns collateralized by investment caliber real estate. We have loans ranging in size from $100,000 to over $1 million, and are excited for the opportunity to enable local investors and operators to assist in the real estate recovery in our local New Jersey markets while at the same time bringing properties back to marketability helping both the occupants and surrounding properties.”

Blumenkehl said the properties would be offered both through his office and is working with and exploring various disposition channels to achieve distribution of the assets. For more information about the loans, contact Charles Blumenkehl at Blue Asset Management LLC in New Jersey at 973 835-1400 or log onto the company’s website at

Charles Blumenkehl
Blue Asset Management LLC
2282 Hamburg Tpke, Ste. B
Wayne, NJ 07470
(973) 835-1400 ext. 234