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Vertical Harvest Makes Fast Company’s Fourth Annual List of the Best Workplaces for Innovators Diverse Innovators List

The urban vertical farming company joins Microsoft, T-Mobile, Adobe, PayPal, and many others in the Fast Company September 2022 awards issue

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Fast Company announced its fourth annual Best Workplaces for Innovators list, honoring organizations and businesses that demonstrate a steadfast commitment to encouraging innovation at all levels. Vertical Harvest is a finalist in the Diverse Innovators category for its Grow Well employment program designed for accessibility and hiring practices developed for people with neurodiversity and disabilities. 

Developed in collaboration with Accenture, the 2022 Best Workplaces for Innovators ranks 100 winners from a variety of industries, including computer science, biotech, consumer packaged goods, nonprofit, education, financial services, cybersecurity, engineering, diversity, sustainability, B2B, and consumer products and services. Fast Company editors and Accenture researchers worked together to score nearly 1,500 applications, and a panel of eight eminent judges reviewed and endorsed the top 100 companies. 

Vertical Harvest is proud to operate an integrated workforce (50/50) of people with and without disabilities under the umbrella of its Grow Well employment resources. This innovative approach to customized employment represents a profound rethinking of recruiting, hiring, training and retaining employees and making the labor market more inclusive and accessible. By designing jobs around an individual's unique abilities and resourcing appropriate accommodations, positive work experiences can become a reality for people who are often excluded from building meaningful careers. By understanding what people need to be at their best, everyone can show up and work better, together — which presents an incredible opportunity to make the fast-growing Controlled Environment Agriculture industry more accessible and equitable. CEA represents a $4 billion engine for green jobs that can't be offshored and hold the promise to revitalize local food economies and increase nutrition security for urban communities.

Vertical Harvest CEO and co-founder Nona Yehia said, "One example of innovation was led by our General Manager Chris Hogberg and two of our differently abled employees Sean and Kai. The team redesigned an area in our greenhouse known as 'Comp5' to double the growing space we previously had for petites and microgreens and generate 2x the yields in two-thirds of the space. With their ideas for design, they drove crop density much higher and optimized growing time with a new approach to lighting and climate control. Additionally, they created improvements in the ergonomic experience for our workers which has made the harvesting and packaging operations even more efficient. Sean, who identifies as having a developmental disability and came to us as a full-time dishwasher, is now one of five or six people in the country with this kind of CEA systems design expertise. We believe that when we focus on ability vs disability, the sky's the limit."

Fast Company's Best Workplaces for Innovators issue (September 2022) is now online: The print issue will be on newsstands Aug. 16, 2022.

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EOI Lighting USA Announces New Venture

The new series will serve as the new platform into tomorrow's prerequisites with exceptional performance, energy savings and budget minded pricing

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EOI Lighting USA, a manufacturer and pioneer of LED-based and solid-state energy-saving products, has officially announced its new Wide Area Illumination Technology, EFL Series Flood Lights. As a sustainable LED Flood lighting solution, the EFL Series is designed with higher operating efficiency in a compact form.

EOI is offering the best "Wide Area Illumination Technology" Flood Lights for the Utility, Municipality and Co-op Industries. The EFL Series are designed and engineered to replace up to 400W HID floods utilizing the EOI FL1 Floods along with the EFLL Floods replacing up to 1000W HID fixtures in a variety of applications. The EFL Series are 60%-70% more efficient, designed in a compact form factor with industry leading efficacy up to 159 LPW.

The EFL Series leverages both breakthrough LED Wide Area Illumination Technology and precision engineered optics to save energy without negatively impacting the exceptional (robust) performance. EOI offers Numerous Lumen packages available, 2700K, 3000K & 4000K, 20kV/10kA surge protection available, 6x6 and 6x5 NEMA light distribution available, discrete LED for Glare Control, user friendly Light Weight Design and standard ANSI C136.41-7 Pin receptacles making the EFL Flood Series the only choice for your flood light requirements.

The EFL Series incorporates Low-E Copper die cast aluminum alloy casting with slim design, corrosion resistance polyester powder painted with minimum 2.0 mil. thickness, along with its compact form, built-in handles for ease of installation, tool-less entry and extremely light in weight and portability, making it today's choice as it takes the end user into tomorrow with its Wide Area Illumination Technology.

"As a manufacturer of highly engineered LED street and area lighting luminaires that supports the utility, municipality and co-op marketplace throughout North America, we set out to pioneer an industry leading new Flood Light Series that is efficient in terms of performance, energy usage and cost savings," said Michael J. Hodgdon, National Sales Manager at EOI Lighting USA.

"Our combination of technological features and highly engineered optics makes the EFL Series the right choice for your Wide Area Illumination needs."

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EOI continues to make huge investments assuring our position throughout the North American LED Street & Area conversion processes. We are committed to our Corporate Business plan, putting our customers first, and providing exceptional engineered, environmentally friendly, value priced and industry leading warrantied products.

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TCR Acquisition LLC Responds to Kaleyra, Inc.’s Recent SEC Filing Regarding Its Alien Ownership

Highlights U.S. Political Campaign Concerns

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TCR Acquisition LLC, a U.S.-owned and operated entity headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, today issued the following statement in response to Kaleyra, Inc.'s July 25, 2022 "Regulation FD" filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In that filing, Kaleyra stated that it is "confident" that it is in compliance with the regulations and other laws administered by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

According to Frederick Joyce, C.E.O. and General Counsel of TCR Acquisition (, "[t]here is only one way to safely determine if Kaleyra's ownership of The Campaign Registry complies with CFIUS and the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, and that is to have this matter reviewed by appropriate federal authorities, not by Kaleyra's executives and its paid attorneys. If Kaleyra's board and senior officers are confident that they have complied with CFIUS and other alien ownership requirements in the U.S., then they should be willing to submit this matter to U.S. governmental review."

The Campaign Registry is the exclusive vendor used by all nationwide mobile telephone companies to verify who sends text messages and what is contained in text messages sent to mobile phones used by U.S. customers. This registry is responsible for screening billions of text messages sent to U.S. mobile phones every month. The senders of these text messages include public law enforcement and safety officials, state and federal election campaigns, not for profit organizations, and thousands of commercial entities.

Increasingly, political campaigns around the country at all levels — from school boards to the U.S. Senate and the Presidency — are relying on text messaging as a convenient means of connecting and communicating directly with voters and supporters. The Campaign Registry plays a crucial role in authenticating and protecting these increasingly important communication channels. Public confidence in the integrity of The Campaign Registry is essential for maintaining and bolstering confidence in the electoral process. It is therefore particularly concerning that foreign ownership and interests could put a thumb on the scale of information flow - or could distort or bias these communication channels in favor of unknown or foreign goals. With 2022 federal election campaigns already in progress, and to ensure the integrity of the 2024 Presidential campaigns, it is critical that The Campaign Registry be owned by a transparent, U.S.-owned and operated entity."

In 2018, Congress passed the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) — a major expansion of CFIUS's authority and a standardization of CFIUS processes — enacted largely in response to the threat that Chinese investments sought to dominate U.S. industries such as semiconductors, artificial intelligence, robotics, and information technology, as well as to stem potential spying in widely used applications such as TikTok. Public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission reveal that The Campaign Registry is owned and controlled by Chinese, Italian and Indian individuals and corporate entities.   

"CFIUS review is just one area of concern here," said Frederick Joyce. "The more fundamental problem is that this critically important data registry, The Campaign Registry, with responsibility for screening and validating the entities and phone numbers that the mobile phone sector uses to send billions of messages every month, is owned and controlled by a foreign entity with funding from China and other foreign sources. This has the potential to seriously impact national security and personal data security. It is reasonable to assume that many if not most of the customers that use The Campaign Registry are not even aware of these Chinese ownership issues."

Two years ago, the government of Italy signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the People's Republic of China to participate in China's 'Belt and Road' program that seeks global dominance in every critical infrastructure sector. The fact that Kaleyra is headquartered in Milan, Italy, brings additional attention to this China connection. The high incidence of cyberattacks on Italian businesses provides another justification for ensuring that The Campaign Registry be independently owned by U.S. citizens and operated in accordance with the highest U.S. standards for cyber security and customer data privacy.

"TCR Acquisition" stands for 'Telecommunications Company Repatriation Acquisition.' According to Mr. Joyce: "That is our defining mission: to repatriate into the United States critical and essential telecommunications and Internet services that have been acquired, in whole or in part, by China and other foreign entities that intend to usurp U.S. technology for their own commercial and political benefit." Key members of the TCR Acquisition team have held the nation's highest security clearances and have served in senior positions in the federal government with respect to national security and public safety communications. "We couldn't be more serious about this mission, said Mr. Joyce. "Every member of the TCR Acquisition Team is firmly committed to 'bringing home' essential U.S. communications and Internet services starting with The Campaign Registry."


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Judah VanSyckel Named 2022 Legal Elite by Columbia Business Monthly for Five Categories

Attorney Judah VanSyckel of Saluda Law, LLC has been named one of South Carolina's Legal Elite in the Healthcare, Corporate Investigations, Criminal - General, Criminal - DUI, and Criminal - White Collar Categories. This recognition is based on the nominations of his fellow lawyers in South Carolina.

Judah VanSyckel Named 2022 Legal Elite by Columbia Business Monthly for Five Categories
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Saluda Law is proud to announce that Attorney Judah VanSyckel has been named by Columbia Business Monthly as one of the 2022 Legal Elite for the Healthcare, Corporate Investigations, Criminal - General, Criminal - DUI, and Criminal - White Collar categories. Mr. VanSyckel is thankful to have been recognized by Columbia Business Monthly and other Attorneys for his work in these areas. 

A former healthcare fraud prosecutor, Mr. VanSyckel's practice areas include criminal defense, whistleblower matters, and healthcare matters. Mr. VanSyckel's practice areas are primarily focused on litigation matters. Mr. VanSyckel's criminal defense practice includes State and Federal matters. Mr. VanSyckel's whistleblower practice includes False Claims Act/qui tam work, FIRREA/FIAFEA matters, and IRS whistleblower work. In addition to actively litigating cases, Mr. VanSyckel has also assisted businesses with matters involving Medicaid and Medicare payments and overpayments and resolving questions around these issues. Mr. VanSyckel would like to thank his clients for the trust that they have placed in him over the years with their legal needs. 

Mr. VanSyckel is admitted in the State Courts of South Carolina, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He is also a 2010 graduate of the Charleston School of Law and a 2006 graduate of the Honors College at the University of South Carolina. 

Saluda Law, LLC ( is located at 137 E. Butler Street, Lexington, SC 29072. The office can be contacted at 803-939-6927. A satellite office is located at 119-A North Main Street, McCormick, SC 29835. That office number is 864-465-4092. Mr. VanSyckel has reviewed and approved this release.

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