the bridge directThe Bridge Direct, a well-respected marketer of children’s consumer products, has entered into an agreement to merge with Toronto-based Tech 4 Kids. The company plans to use this opportunity to accelerate a roll up strategy, working closely with its merger and acquisition advisors and banking partners. The new company will target their products to a diverse group of mass market and specialty retailers around the world.

“It is no secret that industry stakeholders are looking to do more business with fewer and stronger partners. This makes it harder for smaller companies to stay relevant and competitive,” Jay Foreman, CEO of The Bridge, said in a statement. “Challenges facing the industry are compounded by the additional costs and complexities associated with meeting the increasingly high safety standards required by regulators, retailers and licensors. As a result, many industry business owners are looking for a way to scale up, reduce their risk or simply cash out.”

“It is our expectation to acquire or merge with new businesses every twelve to eighteen months. Our strategy is designed to offer these owners a convenient solution with access to global markets,” Brad Pedersen President and CEO of Tech 4 Kids said in a statement. “This move will provide a unique platform that will position us amongst the top tier of toy manufacturers in North America and provide the growth plan to reinforce our position as a key industry player.”

The new company will begin to show product lines at the Fall Toy Preview in Dallas in October. The head office will be located in Boca Raton, Fla., and offices will continue to be maintained in Toronto and Hong Kong.

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  • MURRIETA, Calif., April 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brookfield Residential continues its legacy of creating the best places to call home with Agave, a fresh collection of magnificent single-family homes coming this Spring to Spencer’s Crossing in Murrieta. Thoughtfully crafted in both single-level and two-story designs, the neighborhood offers a range of floorplans with large, open living areas, modern amenities, and innovative spaces that are ideal for growing families. Interiors span from approximately 2,818 to 3,453 square feet with four to five bedrooms, including luxurious master suites; two to three baths; gourmet kitchens for easy meal prep; flex spaces and bonus rooms to use as play areas or home offices; and two- to three bay garages, plus mud rooms for storage. Included outdoor rooms and private yards are an added luxury at every home, as well as Connected Home Technology, which offers homeowners convenient control of front door locks, lights, thermostats and more right from their smart phone or tablet. Prices for Agave homes are anticipated to start from the mid $400,000’s.

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  • Washington, D.C., April 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced today that he will soon be introducing legislation that would remove marijuana from the list of federally controlled substances so that states could adopt their own cannabis programs.

    “We agree with Senator Schumer that this legislation is long overdue and commend his leadership as the Senate’s top Democrat to finally modernize our nation’s marijuana policies. Removing cannabis from the federal Controlled Substances Act will allow states to continue to successfully regulate cannabis, undermine criminal markets, create new economic opportunities, and will pave the way to much-needed research into the therapeutic potential of cannabis,” National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) Executive Director, Aaron Smith, stated in response to the announcement.

    “We look forward to working with Sen. Schumer and his colleagues in Congress to advance federal legislation that will allow our industry to reach its full potential as one of America’s fastest growing business sectors,” Smith added.

    Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized the medical use of cannabis and nine states and D.C. permit the use of cannabis by adults over 21. An impressive 64 percent of Americans believe that cannabis should be made legal, while a national poll conducted in January found that 70 percent of Americans oppose federal interference in state marijuana laws.

    As the nation’s largest cannabis trade association, NCIA represents over 1,500 businesses serving the legal cannabis industry. Hundreds of NCIA members will descend on Washington, D.C. May 21-23 for NCIA’s 8th Annual Cannabis Industry Lobby Days to educate lawmakers on the social and economic benefits of regulating cannabis and to share the challenges they face due to the conflict between state and federal laws.

  • LIVERMORE, Calif., April 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FormFactor, Inc. (Nasdaq:FORM) will report financial results for its 2018 fiscal first quarter on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time. The public is invited to listen to a live webcast of FormFactor's conference call on the Investors section of the company's web site at www.formfactor.com.  A telephone replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call. The telephone replay will be available through May 4, 2018, 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time, and can be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (international) and entering confirmation code 6187246. Additionally, the replay will be available on the Investors section of our website, www.formfactor.com.

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