Books and Publishing, Business, Entertainment, Free News Articles, General Editorial, Product Launches

Lifelong Writer and Survivor of Cancer and Abuse Shares Her Story In a Self-Help Book

ATLANTA, Ga. -- "Through It All I'm Still Standing" (ISBN: 978-1735052519) is the first book from the talented writer and publisher Towanna Hogue as she shares her personal experiences surviving several challenges, including marriage, divorce, cancer, and starting over with readers worldwide.

The self-help book aims to bring awareness to narcissistic personality disorder and emotional abuse, with the hope of helping people in similar situations and their families deal with the effects of the unfortunate phenomena.

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There seems to be an unfortunate increase in the rate of divorce and marital challenges. Such issues, coupled with uncontrollable circumstances like chronic illnesses, have majorly affected women. Unfortunately, there are not too many resources to help victims get past such tribulations. This is where Towanna Hogue is looking to make a difference by giving a first-hand narration to millions of people, using herself as a case study.

"Through It All I'm Still Standing" is a story about experiencing love, trials, tribulations, abuse, loss, strength, endurance, faith, triumphs, and deliverance. Towanna aims to help readers tap into their spirituality by connecting to the Supreme Being to handle their affairs, no matter how challenging life may seem.

"I pray my book will help someone that is dealing with divorce, loss, hopelessness, depression, anxiety, PTSD, illness, and or abuse. Or has dealt with these issues and are still stuck in a bad place. I want you to know there is hope, happiness, prosperity, and a life to live after it all! I have experienced all of this and more. By the grace of God, Through It All I'm Still Standing! You will too!" said Towanna Hogue.

The book is designed to give hope from the first sight, with the use of the yellow lotus flower on the book cover symbolizing the author's growth. The yellow lotus is an analogy of how it grows in deep mud, far away from the sun, but eventually reaches the light and becomes the most beautiful flower ever.

"Through It All I'm Still Standing" will be available in eBook and print format on Amazon, Google Play, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, and more.

Towanna Hogue is also working on a children's book called, "There's Something I Have To Tell You All... Mommy Has Cancer."

For more information about Towanna Hogue and her works, please visit - Towanna Hogue is also available on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Towanna Hogue

Towanna Hogue is a mother of three who resides in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. As a lifelong writer, she first began writing poems and short stories in college. She has also written several magazine articles on celebrities, athletes, and societal issues. She is now a magazine publisher for Empower Atlanta Magazine.

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Pittsburgh Electrical Insulation (PEI) Acquires Fibertek to Expand Manufacturing Capacity

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Pittsburgh Electrical Insulation, Inc. (PEI) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Electrical Products Division of Fibertek, Inc. of Franklin, Tenn. Fibertek is a manufacturer of leading-edge specialty fiberglass tapes and high-performance laminates for electrical insulation applications in electric motors, generators, and transformers.

"We have long admired Fibertek's products and performance in the market and are very excited to combine our resources," said T.H. 'Tip' Paul, President and owner of PEI. "Bringing Fibertek under the PEI manufacturing group will add scope and depth to our capabilities with our converting and distributing business."

History and Synergy:

Fibertek is one of the oldest privately-owned tape manufacturers in America, with history dating back to 1898. Pittsburgh Electrical Insulation (PEI) is a manufacturer, converter, and distributor of electrical insulation materials based in Pittsburgh, Pa. founded in 1947.

PEI's founder, T. R. Paul, patented the first use and process of manufacturing a B-Stage Fiberglass Armature Banding Tape (originally trademarked as "Polyglass Banding Tape") which became the standard for EMD and GE (formerly known as General Motors) to become the standard for DC equipment on a global level. PEI is still privately owned and operated by the Paul family in its 3rd generation of family ownership.

The acquisition of Fibertek will broaden the product range that PEI has to offer within the Electro-Mechanical Insulation market, provide the capability for PEI to manufacture UL approved laminates, and allow for PEI to set up their own in-house testing laboratory for all manufactured products. The combined Manufacturing, Conversion and Distribution Services of these two leaders within the Electro-Mechanical Insulation Industry create an exciting, reliable supply option to OEM and Repair Industries.

The newly acquired Fibertek brands consist of the following products:
* Res-I-Glas Banding Tapes
* Res-I-Straint Tadpole Edging Tape
* Res-I-Band Banding Film
* Res-I-Flex Sealable Armor Tape
* Res-I-Lam Flexible Laminates
* Res-I-Lam Formed Wedges
* B-Stage Surge Rope

About Pittsburgh Electrical Insulation (PEI):

Since 1947, Pittsburgh Electrical Insulation (PEI) has been a leading manufacturer, converter, and distributor of electrical insulation materials, serving OEM and repair facilities in the Power Generation, Mining, Locomotive, Mass Transit, and Wind Power sectors.

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Facilities Planning Services Group Creates Re-Shoring Team Plan to Help Re-establish Manufacturing in the USA

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Facilities Planning Services Group has announced the formation of the FPS Re-shoring Team. This team of specialist will help USA companies relocate their manufacturing operations back to the mainland to lessen their dependency on offshore outsourcing of critical raw materials, components, or wholesale product supply. This also applies to non-USA companies wishing to establish operations in the USA.

Established in 1972, the FPS Group has an international reputation for superior performance in facilities planning and technology implementation in the Manufacturing and Distribution sectors. The re-shoring team was created by Lin Brown, President of Facilities Planning Services to focus on supply chain issues highlighted by the pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic and China-USA trade war have acutely raised awareness about the vulnerability of the USA to protect its citizens during national emergencies. When a sudden spike in demand goes well beyond capacity, or a supply logistics shock, the impact can be deadly. Pandemic related shortages of medical supplies, materials and equipment clearly highlighted the nation's vulnerability. As a result of these unintended consequences, many companies, encouraged by the government, are re-thinking their offshore supply chains and operations.

FPS GROUP's re-shoring team was created specifically to help companies relocate back to the USA while maintaining critical customer service levels. FPS re-shoring services provide complete site selection, production process planning & implementation, identifying or solving labor issues, restructuring strategic supply chains, discovering comprehensive financial and tax incentives, the moving of physical assets, staff training, and making strategic destination contacts.

Members of the Re-shoring Team have had direct experience with Fortune 500 companies as well as federal and state governments and its agencies: Caterpillar, Asian-Pacific, Toyota, Smithfield, Pepsi Bottling, Carolina Turkeys, Boar's Head Provisions, and First Citizens Bank; US Dept. of Labor, N.C. Utilities Commission, and Richmond Federal Reserve are examples. The team has international contacts/references in Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa.

Brown encourages managers to use current and unfolding disruptions to assess their supply strategies and initiate actions that will improve their resilience in the future. Areas of focus include: 1) Plan to diversify sources for critical components and materials. 2) Where diversification is not possible, reconsider what levels of safety stock or strategic inventory reserves are appropriate. 3) Examine logistics bottlenecks and plan alternatives, including re-location.

In addition to Brown, the re-shoring team members are Jeff LeClair, Supply Chain Management and Logistics; Dennis Pittman, Human Resources Strategic Planning and Management; James Patterson, Strategic Communications / Media and Government Relations; Dan Quinn, Operations Management and Strategic Planning and FPS President Lin Brown, Modeling Manufacturing and Distribution Operations and Systems.

For more information, contact Lin Brown, FPS Group, Wilmington, N.C. at (910) 617-6950. Email:

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ZenTek Consultants Launches Training & Networking Hub for the Civil Engineering Industry

NEWARK, N.J. -- ZenTek Consultants is pleased to announce the launch of the ZenTek Civil Engineering Hub, the premier professional tool for anyone who works in the Civil Engineering & Survey industries.

Enhance your technical skill set, network with other civil & survey professionals, keep track of the latest industry news and events, even get the technical support you need to be effective on your projects, all in one location.

The ZenTek Civil Engineering Hub gives you access to:
* Training Videos (Hundreds of hours of classes, with more added regularly)
* Resources & Guidance
* Practical Application Tools
* Civil& Survey Blog
* Community Discussion Boards
* News & Updates

"In the current environment, with so many people needing to retrain, enhance their skills, or even look for new jobs, having a single source of education and support is priceless. The ZenTek Civil Engineering Hub gives civil design professionals a vital tool to develop their career and keep them at the forefront of current technologies," explains James Coppinger, Principal at ZenTek Consultants.

All this, plus more, in one constantly updated site to meet all your professional needs for a low monthly subscription rate. You can try the ZenTek Civil Engineering Hub for free for 3 days. Visit to begin enhancing your career and business.

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Mullen’s Miracles foundation announces the activation of its second stage to nourish the needs of those in crisis

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Mullen's Miracles announced today the activation of its second stage as a newly established non-profit organization dedicated to nourishing the needs of those in crisis. Mullen's Miracles is providing individualized options, respective support systems, and support provisions to those on the edge, to those assisting others in crisis and to those that have lost a loved one to suicide.

Kathy's only child Eric William Mullen took his life on 10-02-18. This decision shattered her world. As an extension of her motherhood to Eric, family, and friends, Kathy is committed to finding a way to help others have the support they need when in a crisis and reduce loss through suicide. This commitment she made to Eric has become her guiding light. She formed Mullen's Miracles and has personally funded the first two stages of all the work that has occurred.

Taking the time to develop the organization correctly, Kathy is building her non-profit with authenticity and an authority to ensure every aspect of her organization can have the benefits available to those seeking what Mullen's Miracles offers.

"From aligning the programs and offerings to the compliance and messaging, the board members, core teams, and branding and marketing; this organization is being structured with the authority that will allow us to help all those who need it while honoring Eric and his memory. With every step and in every stage, I am committed to growing Mullen's Miracles into a legacy organization that will serve nation-wide well beyond my involvement," says Founder and Executive Director Kathy Mullen.

This stage of Mullen's Miracles includes building up the overall architecture of the programs that have been identified, while focusing on the operational elements, growing the team and the board. An array of content will be distributed across numerous online channels through blogs, audios, images, and videos, sharing the message and methodology.

The third stage is the birthing and launch of the core programs, directory, and the organization as a whole on Friday, October 2nd, 2020. This date coincides with the second anniversary since Eric's passing, bringing a new healing and added meaning to that date.

In this present stage, Mullen's Miracles is building requesting support in spreading its message, growing its team, and connecting its directories to more resources for those in need of them. Mullen's Miracles is a humble organization founded on a personal mission and vision. It is open to adding, supplementing, and expanding ideas that will allow it to reach and aid those in need.

Learn more about joining the team, the directory, adding to the programs or volunteering at

Mullen's Miracles is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in the state of Georgia, USA.

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SimpleNexus’ Pamela Faulkner and Anna Ratanawan Named to HousingWire’s 2020 Women of Influence List

LEHI, Utah -- SimpleNexus (, developer of the leading digital mortgage platform for loan officers, borrowers and real estate agents, today announced that Director of Mortgage Solutions Pam Faulkner and Vice President of People Operations Anna Ratanawan have been named 2020 HousingWire (HW) Women of Influence honorees. Now in its tenth year, the Women of Influence awards program recognizes high-achieving women across the mortgage, real estate and fintech industries.

"SimpleNexus applauds Pam and Anna for being recognized as Women of Influence who are shaping the future of the housing economy," said SimpleNexus Founder and CEO Matt Hansen. "Their savvy, expertise and professionalism make it possible for us to continue setting the bar for what a digital mortgage platform should be."

Faulkner was recognized for keeping SimpleNexus' fast-growing team of more than 100 technologists grounded in what really matters to frontline mortgage lenders. Her three-decade career in mortgage technology includes 13 years at cloud-based mortgage finance technology provider Ellie Mae. Faulkner also serves on the board of directors and audit committee of the Farm Credit of Western Arkansas, a unit of the Farm Credit System, America's oldest government-sponsored enterprise (GSE).

Ratanawan was recognized for building the highly passionate and productive teams that have been pivotal to SimpleNexus' emergence as a digital mortgage technology frontrunner. Notably, Ratanawan reorganized SimpleNexus' product and engineering divisions, a change that has accelerated SimpleNexus' product roadmap and enabled staff to advance their skill sets. Before joining SimpleNexus, she served as director of people operations at online fashion boutique and senior human resource manager at global project management SaaS firm Workfront. Ratanawan is an elected member of the Utah County Executive Human Resources (HR) board of directors where she organizes meetups, education and training for HR professionals and mentors HR students.

"This year's Women of Influence represent leaders who have faced some of the most unprecedented challenges the housing industry has seen in years," HousingWire Magazine Editor Kelsey Ramírez said. "Their strength set an example of leadership that impacted not just their teams or companies but the industry overall. This was one of the most competitive years we have ever seen for the award."

The full list of 2020 HW Women of Influence honorees can be viewed at

About SimpleNexus, LLC:

SimpleNexus is the digital mortgage platform that enables lenders to originate and process loans from anywhere. The company's best-in-class, easy-to-use app connects loan officers to their borrowers and real estate agents to easily communicate and exchange data in a single location throughout the entire loan life cycle. Loan officers can manage their loan pipelines, order credit, run pricing, send pre-approvals and sign disclosures - all on the go.

About HousingWire:

HousingWire is the most influential source of news and information for the U.S. mortgage and housing markets. Built on a foundation of independent and original journalism, HousingWire reaches over 40,000 newsletter subscribers daily and over 4 million unique visitors each year. Our audience of mortgage, real estate, financial services and fintech professionals rely on us to Move Markets Forward. Visit or to learn more.

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Awards and Honors, Business, Free News Articles, Software

FormFree Head of Vendor Management and Compliance Katie King Honored as HousingWire 2020 Women of Influence

ATHENS, Ga. -- FormFree® Head of Vendor Management and Compliance Katie King has been recognized by HousingWire (HW) as a 2020 Woman of Influence. In its tenth year, the Women of Influence awards program honors 100 women who are "shaping and propelling the mortgage, real estate and fintech industries forward."

King was recognized for her contributions to the housing economy during the 2008 housing market crash and for her role at FormFree, where she oversees all matters relating to compliance, audits, vendor management and enterprise risk. A 20-year veteran of the housing and finance industries, King earned her compliance and government relations bona fides as a senior leader at such organizations as Black Knight Financial Services (NYSE: BKI), Citizen's Bank (NYSE: CFG) and SunTrust Bank (now Truist, NYSE: TFC). As Director of Business Development and Client Relations at Hope LoanPort, King deployed the nation's first consumer-direct portal, which helped 750,000 distressed homeowners access the National Mortgage Settlement.

"Katie's experience has positioned FormFree to excel even in the midst of a public health pandemic," said FormFree CEO Brent Chandler. "Her swift efforts have been instrumental in helping our partners understand that we need to urgently advance industry acceptance of direct-source borrower data to streamline processes, improve security and decrease costs for lenders, servicers, investors and - most importantly - borrowers."

"This year's Women of Influence represent leaders who have faced some of the most unprecedented challenges the housing industry has seen in years," said HousingWire Magazine Editor Kelsey Ramírez. "Their strength set an example of leadership that impacted not just their teams or companies but the industry overall. This was one of the most competitive years we have ever seen for the award."

The full list of HW's 2020 Women of Influence award honorees can be viewed at

About FormFree:

FormFree is a market-leading fintech company whose revolutionary products AccountChek and Passport are changing the credit decisioning landscape and encouraging lenders nationwide to incorporate a more holistic view of each borrower's financial DNA. To date, thousands of U.S. lenders and brokers have ordered millions of FormFree's patented verification reports representing over a trillion dollars in loan verifications. FormFree delights borrowers and lenders with a paperless experience, reduces origination timelines by up to 20 days and offers automated analysis and standardized delivery to lenders and investors using a secure ReIssueKey(tm). For more information, visit or follow FormFree on LinkedIn.

About HousingWire:

HousingWire is the most influential source of news and information for the U.S. mortgage and housing markets. Built on a foundation of independent and original journalism, HousingWire reaches over 40,000 newsletter subscribers daily and over 4 million unique visitors each year. Our audience of mortgage, real estate, financial services and fintech professionals rely on us to Move Markets Forward. Visit or to learn more.

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Seattle Company, Oscilla Power, Developing Breakthrough Approach to Recharging Underwater Vehicles

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Oscilla Power, Inc. is proud to announce the receipt of a $200k grant from the US DOE to further develop technology that enables autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to recharge themselves using ocean waves. In this Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) project, Oscilla Power will collaborate with Lockheed Martin, through their Rotary and Mission Systems group, to explore how this capability can be incorporated into their AUV and UUV systems.

AUVs are now seeing significant use across a wide range of marine applications and the AUV market is projected to grow rapidly at a compound annual growth rate of 20.8% to over $1.6 Billion by 2025. However, the capability of an AUV is limited by its battery capacity. An NREL report noted that there were a number of key advantages in increasing the amount of power available, particularly the ability for longer duration missions. Oscilla's technology offers the ability for the vehicle to recharge its batteries using only the environment, potentially enabling unlimited range and duration.

According to Balky Nair, President of Oscilla Power, "The development of a capability that can be integrated into commercial AUVs to provide enough power to recharge the on-board batteries could be potentially game-changing for ocean science and military operations."

Solar panels have been used previously for AUV recharging, however, this approach suffered from very low power and constrained operations to daytime only. A significant advantage of using waves for this purpose is that ocean waves are more than 100 times more energy dense than solar, allowing for much higher power to be produced. AUV's spend the majority of their time working at depth so higher power is advantageous to minimize surfacing and recharging time.

Oscilla expect to demonstrate a fully working laboratory prototype early next year. If successful, Oscilla plans to work with Lockheed Martin to progress to a full ocean demonstration shortly afterwards, with the ultimate objective of transitioning the technology to commercial and military platforms.

About Oscilla Power, Inc.:

Oscilla Power, Inc. is focused on developing advanced technology to extract energy from ocean waves.

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Shuler Research Studies COVID Public Communication Effectiveness

HOUSTON, Texas -- Shuler Research, a social modeling research group noted for predictions based on public risk tolerance, is studying effectiveness of COVID-19 information and how the public uses it to make strategic decisions.

An on-going survey asks "Current projections of vaccine effectiveness are 40-60%, similar to research demonstrated mask effectiveness of 50-75%, did you know this?" Respondents report 89% to 11% that they did not.

A key question is highly correlated with strategy choices: "Population (herd) immunity is all or nothing - a threshold effect?" Respondents are 60% in agreement and 40% in disagreement. This affects, for example, the public reaction to economist Joe Brusuelas' recent comment (see image).

A difficulty of epidemic or pandemic modeling is that predictions change behavior, which change predictions. Weather forecasting does not have this problem. But economic forecasting also has it. founder Robert Shuler, developer of an economic based crash rate theory for NASA and book author, says, "Pessimistic reinforcing forecasts between the economy and a pandemic are not just possible but likely. With more accurate understanding and messaging, people will make better decisions. Our focus is on the understanding that the decisions are based on, not what the decisions are. Reasonable people may choose different paths, and more than one path may lead to a solution, but if expectations are not met businesses crash and we lose both the economy and our health."

The survey will run through the first week of August at

It includes an animation of good/bad behavior effects on unlock (unexpected), a special graphic with unlock, seasonality and immunity showing effect on total cases, and takes only 5 minutes for participants to evaluate and give feedback. Over 48% of say they learned something from the survey. They will contribute to better COVID information and faster, more effective strategies. is an independent research think tank focusing on the puzzle of society, civilization, evolution and systems behavior.

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YUASA Systems to Demonstrate New Endurance Test Capabilities for Flexible Displays

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Bayflex Solutions announces that YUASA Systems, the leading provider of endurance test systems for displays and flexible electronics, will demonstrate new solutions for flexible display testing at the Society for Information Display (SID) Display Week, taking place virtually August 3-7, 2020.

Building on its world-class capabilities for repeated physical motions using unique tension-free technology that enables non-destructive performance evaluations, YUASA will demonstrate three new capabilities at the Display Week Exhibitor's Forum:
* A new optical analysis system (CS-CAM) that integrates an optics package and image processing software into a standard CS clamshell-type flexing mechanism. Using a side-view mounting configuration, the CS-CAM can provide real-time edge strain analysis for early delamination detection while testing multi-layer film stacks.
* A new test cartridge (CS-TD) for both the standard and twin mechanical jigs that enables "teardrop" shape flex testing, with adjustable parameters for neck width, tear length and width to simulate different sizes and shapes of hinges on display devices. Alternatively, this cartridge can adjust the neutral plane for multi-layer flexing.
* A new medium size flexing jig (CS-M) suitable for testing tablet and laptop displays. As with all CS jigs, the CS-M provides clamshell type flexing of linear or planar objects to 0.5 mm radius, and works with the ECP system control and data capture package.

In addition to these new products, YUASA Systems, working with its U.S. partner Bayflex Solutions, is developing new capabilities in multi-environment chambers (PICO) that provide desktop endurance testing in multiple hostile conditions such as humidity, temperature, as well as data analysis capabilities that can provide real-time assessment and predictive analytics based on test data.

Finally, in order to adapt the "new normal" of work from home, YUASA Systems and Bayflex Solutions now offer equipment on a subscription basis in addition to purchase, and have opened test centers in Japan and the U.S. so that clients can ship samples for testing.

"YUASA Systems is pleased to continue to offer advanced testing capability to the display industry, for flexible displays, touch screens, and other flexible components. The development of the CS-CAM, CS-TD cartridge and CS-M products were in response to the requirements of display and touch screen materials suppliers, panel makers, and system integrators, all of whom need to have repeatable, controlled endurance testing simulating real-world physical conditions," said Eisuke Tsuyuzaki, Principal, Bayflex Solutions. "This year's solutions are significant as we are eager to introduce a completely new series of optical imaging and enhanced data analysis capabilities."

About YUASA Systems

Yuasa Systems continues to develop endurance testing systems for over twenty-five years. Trusted in automobile, consumer electronics and other industries it has developed modular systems with tension-free(tm) mechanisms to better isolate test characteristics and conform to functionality tests according to the latest international, domestic and industry-led de-facto testing standards for flexible materials, components, cables or modules. Learn more:

About Bayflex Solutions

Since 2015, Bayflex Solutions is a U.S. based systems integrator for flexible products. An exclusive distributor of Yuasa Systems, and proven developer of endurance testing system control, electronic & image processing and data analysis. Bayflex Solutions has been a long-term collaborator with leading North American companies & standard bodies to ensure the latest flexible testing needs.

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