Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Pier 1 Imports: The One Stop Shop for Furnishings and Decorative Products

When it comes to furnishings and décor, Pier 1 Imports is one of the leading names in the United States. The company is based in Fort Worth, Texas and imports products from different foreign designers. The business also has their Trend and Product Development team, who creates their designs or collaborates with these foreign artists.

Pier 1 Imports provides America with the highest quality of furniture, decorative accessories, seasonal décor, table-top items and other furnishings and décor. The company operates several stores across the country that feature some of the most unique pieces that would surely find a place in your homes. The business searches the world for the most gifted artisans that would help them create some of the most trendy and fashion-forward pieces.

The operations of the company generate more than $1.86 billion in annual revenue. More than 17,000 associates help the company sell their products from their stores and on their eCommerce website. The company operates across the United States, Canada and in Mexico. It also used to maintain an operation in the United Kingdom, but was sold in 2006 to an Iceland-based company. In addition to the furniture and decorative pieces that are marketed by the company, Pier 1 Imports also partners with the US Fund for UNICEF to market their greeting cards and other cause marketing products. The company is one of the longest-running partners of the organization.

It is in San Mateo, California that the business holds its corporate office. Created in 1962, Pier 1 Imports operates under its slogan “Find What Speaks to You.” The business remains traded publicly on the New York Stock Exchange. Common shares of the company are marketed using the ticker symbol PIR.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Patriot National, Inc.: A Comprehensive Technology and Outsourcing Solutions Provider

The products and services offered by Patriot National, Inc. help insurance companies and employers. For years, the company has been helping these two parties mitigate risk, save time and money, and comply in several complex regulations.

Patriot National, Inc. is registered as a leading provider of comprehensive technology and outsourcing solutions. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the company provides specialty underwriting and policyholder services, software solutions, claims administration services, employment pre-screening services, self-funded health plans and general agency services. The business offers services in every facet of the insurance industry and aids in increasing the productivity of businesses, reduce employment risk and mitigate claims experience. It works with insurance carriers to design workers’ compensation and other multi-line programs.

The company continues to rake in citations and awards for its expertise in the insurance industry. In 2015 alone, it has already received various accolades, including the 2015 Hot List of Leading Background Screening Providers.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Park National Corporation: The Parent Business of the Park National Bank

Despite the changing landscapes of the financial markets, Park National Corporation continues to deliver exceptional service to their clients and business partners. The company is a holding venture of the Park National Bank, a community bank that offers a wide range of financial products and services for more than a century now.

It was in March 1992 that Park National Corporation was incorporated. Through its operating subsidiary, the company engages in community banking and provides solid financial solutions to small and medium-sized businesses in the state of Ohio. For years, the bank has been a trusted partner to customers, businesses and institutions in the area it serves. It offers savings and depository products and services and as well as a range of lending activities.

There are currently 116 banking offices that the business owns and operates. These facilities are located in 28 counties in the state and as well as one located in Kentucky. In addition to its lending, depository and savings products, the company is also engaged in investments. They have securities that are categorized as available-for-sale. The pooled deposits and savings of the company continue to fuel its lending activities. As of December 2014, the largest portion of its lending activities is their commercial loans which sum up to more than $1.9 billion. As a trusted financial partner, the company also offers its strong knowledge in managing finances to better help their clients reach their financial goals.

As of December 2014, the company has total deposits amounting to more than $5.08 billion. In addition to this amount, the company has access to the Federal Home Loan Bank to finance its quick release of loans and other financial activities. It is in Newark, Ohio that the company holds  its corporate office. The business remains publicly traded on the American Stock Exchange, using the symbol PRK.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Ophthotech Corp: Creating Treatment for Back of the Eye Diseases

The eye might be a small organ, but it plays a vital role in the way we lead our lives. This organ is also susceptible to various diseases, other than the common glaucoma and cataract we know. There are diseases related to the eye that are brought about by age.

Ophthotech Corporation is one of the companies that focus its resources in the development of therapeutics that are geared towards addressing diseases related to the eye, particularly those that occur at the back of the organ. It was in January 2007 that the company was incorporated. Today, it has its advanced product candidate, the Fovista, which is used in combination with anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) drugs. It also has another product under development, the Zimura, which is a treatment for geographic atrophy.

It is in New York City that the business holds its corporate office. The business remains publicly traded on the NASDAQ and markets its common shares using the ticker symbol OPHT. It is listed as a component of the Wilshire 5000 Index.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Onstream Media Corp: Provider of Web Conferencing and Other Related Services

Companies listed on the Fortune 100 continue to make use of the digital-media services offered by Onstream Media Corporation. The company is headquartered in Pompano Beach, Florida and continues to market its offerings globally. The business is listed as an online provider of webcasting products and related services that allow companies to gain access to relevant web content and web communications services.

The offerings of the company are divided into two segments: Digital Media Services Group and Audio and Web Conferencing Services Group. The Digital Media Services Group of the company is comprised of two sub-divisions, namely Digital Media Services Platform (DMSP) and Webcasting. This is the small business arm between the two major divisions, which generates at least 32% of the annual revenue of the company. It provides live streaming and publishing platform for several users. The Audio and Web Conferencing Services Group offers web conferencing that is reservationless. Through its managed networks, the company is able to offer its products and services to a wide array of industries.

Numerous companies around the world make use of the products offered by the company to continue on bridging the divide brought about by geographical locations. Its pioneering, digital-asset-management active server pages (ASP) technologies continue to offer the right tools that would improve productivity and bolster revenue. These technology platforms provide web conferencing tools, webcasting and content-publishing services. Through the conferencing services offered by  Onstream Media, businesses are able to brainstorm in one venue regardless of physical location.

It was in May 1993 that the business was incorporated. Today, it continues to trade its common shares publicly. It is listed on the Over-the-Counter Markets Group and uses the ticker symbol ONSM. It maintains three other offices located in New York, California and in New Jersey. Additionally, it also maintains an office in London for its international operations.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Niska Gas Storage: North America’s Largest Natural Gas Facility Owner and Operator

As an energy company, Niska Gas Storage plays a pivotal role in the industry. The company owns and operates storage systems that are capable of holding billions of tons of natural gas. It is in Wayne, Pennsylvania that the business holds its corporate office.

Incorporated in January 2010, the business has several facilities across North America, that helped bolster the company’s position in the market as the largest owner and operator of natural gas storage assets in the region. Its properties are capable of holding about 250.5 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of working gas. These assets are also leased to various companies, who are in need of these facilities.

Part of the assets of Niska Gas Storage is the AECO Hub in Alberta, Canada, Wild Goose storage facility in Northern California and the Salt Plains storage facility in Oklahoma. The company is listed as a component of the Wilshire 5000 Index and is traded publicly on the New York Stock Exchange (NKA).

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

New Home Company, Inc.: Creating Homes with a Heart

There are a handful of home building companies in the United States and New Home Company, Inc. sets itself apart from the herd by creating houses that are not only built with the finest materials but also crafted from the heart. The business is known for the passion and commitment they put into every project they take.

It was in June 2009 that the business was incorporated. As a real estate developer, New Home Company engages in all phases of the business, including the acquisition of land, the designing of the home, the construction of the establishment and up to the marketing of these properties. The focus market of the company is the state of California and has a very strong focus in the markets of San Francisco and Sacramento, two cities with rapidly growing market for homebuilding.

The operations of New Home Company are segmented into two divisions: fee building and homebuilding. The fee building segment of the business is rolled out to independent third-party property owners. The services offered by this segment include the designing, construction and selling of properties. They also have unconsolidated joint ventures that have created 54 communities with more than 3,890 lots. As of December 2014, the company by itself, has a total of 32 communities created with more than 2,000 lots. They also have several acreage that are continuously being developed into promising communities that are conducive for starting a family.

Committed to creating high quality houses, the business continues to build homes with warranty to ensure the highest level of service and products. For years, New Home Company has created homes in affluent areas. The company remains publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange and markets its common shares using the ticker symbol NWHM. The company’s corporate office is located in Aliso Viejo, California.

Friday, September 4, 2015

NASDAQ Stock Market: The 2nd Largest Exchange in the World

Based on market capitalization, the NASDAQ Stock Market is considered to be the second largest exchange in the world. The venture is often referred to as just NASDAQ and is even stylized as Nasdaq. It is an American/Canadian stock exchange.

The company is headquartered in New York City, New York. It is best known for providing the infrastructure, tools and strategic insights for capital-market opportunities. It operates under three market tiers, namely the NASDAQ Capital Market, the NASDAQ Global Market and the NASDAQ Global Select Market. These three tiers represent various companies with highly diverse market capitalization-weighted index. It was the first electronic stock market and opened its trading in February 1971.

The name NASDAQ is an acronym, which stands for National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations. The NASDAQ has a market capitalization of more than $8.5 trillion. It is listed as one of the components of the Wilshire 5000 Index.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NanoString Technologies: A Trusted Ally in Molecular Diagnostics

It is in the biotechnology industry that NanoString Technologies, Inc. thrives. The business is one of the leading providers of systems and scientific tools that are used in molecular diagnostics and in translational research. The offerings of the business have helped shape the future of medicine and aid in the creation of novelty therapeutics for a wide range of unmet areas in medicine.

It was in 2003 that Krassen Dimitrov, Dwayne Dunaway and Amber Racliffe created the company. Under the leadership of these three experts, the business went public and is now traded on the NASDAQ. Common shares of the company are marketed using the ticker symbol NSTG. Currently, the business oversees its operations from its headquarters in Seattle, Washington. It was in 2008 that their flagship product, the nCounter Analysis System was made commercially available.

Several companies and research institutes make use of the nCounter Analysis System. This technology was created in the lab of Leroy Hood at the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB). The platform provides a simple, multiplexed digital profiling of single molecules. It is the highly preferred platform for organizations which are engaged in cancer research, next-generation sequencing validation and in biomarker validation and screening. Through this advancement, scientists and researchers are now able to embark on research undertakings that were once deemed as impossible. It has shed light on some of the most complex areas in microbiology that would soon lead to the creation of novelty therapeutics.

Currently, the company’s encounter Analysis System strongly focuses on the testing segment of the genomics research market. By continuously advancing and modifying this platform, NanoString Technologies sees a strong contender for diagnostic testing that can be deployed in hospitals and in laboratories. The company continues to be a strong ally in medicine that pushes boundaries and help save lives.