Micro Matic USA Inc. Donates Walk-in Refrigerator to New Orleans Homeless Shelter

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Cheers Beverage Conference, an event for foodservice and hospitality executives that was held January 29-30 in New Orleans, Micro Matic USA Inc. (Northridge, CA). a leading manufacture and distributor of draft beer dispensings, Louisiana, January 30, 2007 - equipment, donated a walk-in refrigerator to The Brantley Baptist Center, an urban ministry located at 201 Magazine St., just a few blocks from New Orleans' historic French Quarter.

Following its participation at the 2007 Cheers Beverage Conference, an event for foodservice and hospitality executives that was held January 29-30 in New Orleans, Micro Matic USA Inc. (Northridge, CA). a leading manufacture and distributor of draft beer dispensing equipment, donated a walk-in refrigerator to The Brantley Baptist Center, an urban ministry located at 201 Magazine St., just a few blocks from New Orleans' historic French Quarter.

"It made perfect sense for us to donate the walk-in refrigerator, which we had shipped to New Orleans to use as an Exhibitor at the Cheers Conference, to a local organization that has done so much for victims of Hurricane Katrina and could benefit from its use," said Peter Muzzonigro, Micro Matic President.

The Brantley Center is a 250-bed shelter that provides a variety of services for homeless people and others in need. Since it first opened its doors in 1927 during the Great Depression, the urban ministry has provided food, overnight lodging, hot showers, laundry facilities, employment assistance, counseling for drug and alcohol dependence, mail services, and worship opportunities to the people who pass through its doors. In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The Brantley Center also served as a dormitory, providing food and shelter for volunteers from all over the country, who had come to New Orleans to assist in rescue, clean-up and rebuilding efforts. In the year before Katrina struck New Orleans, the Brantley Center typically served about 165,000 meals to the chronic homeless population of New Orleans and sheltered between 75,000 and 80,000 homeless men and women each year.

The 6x8x10-foot walk-in refrigerator, which is typical of those used in full-service restaurants, has a galvanized steel finish, and aluminum exterior and interior walls. After the conclusion of the Cheers Conference, Micro Matic had the unit disassembled, moved to The Brantley Center, and reassembled onsite.

"This donation will be very useful to our work. Our Center did not suffer the flooding that struck 85% of New Orleans - but we did lose both our walk-in cooler and freezer to Hurricane Katrina," says Dr. Tobey Pitman, Executive Director of The Brantley Center.

"We were happy to offer a helping hand to The Brantley Center, whose mission is to provide a helping hand for so many in need," adds Muzzonigro.

About Micro Matic: Founded in 1953, with over 1000 employees worldwide, Micro Matic is recognized as a leading global supplier of extractor valves and coupling heads to the brewing industry serving more than 120 countries.

Micro Matic USA is comprised of three operating divisions: Dispense Service, Manufacturing and Industrial.

The dispense service division operates four distribution centers in the USA, each equipped with state-of-the-art education facilities, the Micro Matic Dispense Institute, dedicated to teaching the essential skills for installation and maintenance of draft beer systems.

The USA manufacturing division operates production and assembly operations in Brooksville, Florida where dispense products for the brewing industry are produced and assembled, and in Reno, Nevada where a proprietary range of closed liquid transfer valve systems for the specialty and commodity chemical markets are manufactured. Industrial products are sold through a global network of industry solution providers.

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