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ARCH® Cutting Tools Corp. acquires CONTOUR360

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich.Sept. 13, 2021PRLog — ARCH® Cutting Tools Corp., an ARCH Global Precision Company (“ARCH”), today announces the acquisition of CONTOUR360 of Cornish, Maine.  The reputation of CONTOUR360 for supplying high-quality engineered solid round cutting tools was the foremost consideration for developing the relationship.   As a leader in the industry, delivering custom tools to customers in the aerospace, medical, automotive, defense, and industrial manufacturing markets, CONTOUR360’s relentless dedication to customer relationships will blend seamlessly with the ARCH Cutting Tools culture.

“I am extremely proud to have the CONTOUR360 team join the ARCH family.  As I’ve gotten to know the capabilities and values of CONTOUR360, it has become clear that the team’s dedication to quality, service, and innovative tool design shines through in everything they do,” said Jeff Cederstrom, Division President – ARCH Cutting Tools. “These values, along with a clear entrepreneurial spirit, are strongly aligned with the ARCH Cutting Tools culture.  The reputation of CONTOUR360 is second to none, and we look forward to working together.”

Tom Gleason, an owner of CONTOUR360, said, “We are very proud to be joining the ARCH Cutting Tool team and confident that the legacy that CONTOUR360 has built over the past 28 years will provide a solid base upon which the company can grow. Our baby is in good hands.”

“Without fail, everyone I’ve dealt with in the ARCH family has conducted themselves with honesty, integrity, and a passion for the industry,” said John Moller, an owner of CONTOUR360. “For these reasons, the decision to join the ARCH team was a no-brainer. The partnership between ARCH Cutting Tools and CONTOUR360 is a perfect fit and an important step as ARCH builds a world-class cutting tool brand.”

ARCH President and Chief Executive Officer Eli Crotzer believes that the strengths of CONTOUR360 will complement the customer-focused culture that ARCH Cutting Tools has built over the years.

“I have had the pleasure of getting to know this ownership group over the last five years, as well as visited the CONTOUR360 facility on multiple occasions,” Crotzer noted. “From the beginning of our relationship, I was impressed with the technical expertise within the CONTOUR360 workforce.  As ARCH continues to build and expand upon our leading national customs and specials business, there is no question that CONTOUR360 will further enhance our offering to the marketplace.”

About ARCH® Cutting Tools

ARCH, a Jordan Company based in metro Detroit, is recognized as a world leader in high-performance solid round and indexable cutting tools. With manufacturing facilities located throughout the United States, the company’s engineering and machining facilities are dedicated to the betterment of precision machined parts, products, tools, and related supply chain processes. ARCH Cutting Tools combines the expertise of leading American manufacturing professionals and expanding technologies to serve the medical, aerospace and defense, and industrial markets.


Stacey Eeman,

Director, Marketing and Business Development



Luxury Realtor Katrina Léonce Named one of Atlanta Magazine’s Real Estate All-Stars

The prestigious list is based on sales volume and recognizes the top 5-10% of metro Atlanta agents.

ATLANTASept. 13, 2021PRLog — Katrina Léonce of Katrina Sells Georgia is featured in Atlanta Magazine’s September issue, on their notable list of Top Real Estate All-Stars in the metro area. Atlanta Magazine and Atlanta Magazine’s HOME publishes its annual comprehensive list to recognize the top performing real estate agents and teams in the Atlanta market, based on sales volume.

This honor comes on the heels of Léonce ranking #146 in Georgia in the 2021 REAL Trends + Tom Ferry America’s Best Real Estate Professionals’ nationwide list. America’s Best Real Estate Professionals honors America’s finest real estate agents who are ranked among the top 1.5% of 1.4 million real estate professionals in the United States. She also landed on Keller Williams’ list of top 100 agents in the Southeast, placing #56 out of 1200 agents.

As an expert in the Georgia real estate market, the hardworking entrepreneur brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to buying and selling real estate in today’s housing market. She continues to serve as a premiere real estate authority in Georgia, particularly for clients in the luxury home market.

She is the #1 solo agent in the Keller Williams West Cobb brokerage and also serves on the Agent Leadership Council, providing mentorship and support to her colleagues and young professionals starting out in the industry.

“Making the America’s Best list was a major milestone in my career” says Léonce, “but to be honored in my hometown on this illustrious list is truly a compliment to the high standards my team and I enthusiastically strive to maintain. I attribute a large portion of my success to the care calls I made to my sphere and clients throughout the pandemic to see if there was any assistance I could offer, be a listening ear, and just checking in to make sure the people I cared about were okay. Those care calls turned into a substantial amount of business, although that was not my intent.”

Léonce explains, “Last year’s real estate market had its challenges, especially during the period where realtors were labeled non-essential workers and not able to show homes. During that time, I shifted my technology platforms to accommodate virtual tours, created 3-D imaging for listings, and continued to follow the science with measures to keep our clients safe when we were able to begin showings”.

Léonce has earned 5-star reviews across all real estate platforms for her commitment to client care. This stellar service has converted to countless client referrals and top accolades across the nation. Her exceptional leadership, community engagement strategies, and innovative methods, allow her to standout and surpass expectations in an ever-changing industry.

About Katrina Léonce: Léonce holds memberships as a Keller Williams Luxury Home International Realtor, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, Certified Senior Real Estate Specialist, Atlanta Board of Realtors Top Producer, Atlanta Board of Realtors Top 5%, Cobb County Multi-Million Dollar Club, National Association of Realtors, Cobb County Association of Realtors, and Susan G. Komen Survivor Speaker.

For more information, visit www.KatrinaSellsGeorgia.Com. To connect on social media and get up-to-date real estate news, follow @KatrinaSellsGeorgia on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

London, England Resident, Desiri Okobia’s Book, “Kitsu’s Diary” Nominated for Global Award

Desiri Okobia up against hundreds of authors worldwide for prestigious 2021 Author Elite Award

LONDONSept. 13, 2021PRLog — “Kitsu’s Diay,” written by London, UK resident, Desiri Okobia, has been nominated for a 2021 Author Elite Award, an honor bestowed for literary merit and publishing excellence in the writing and publishing industry.

Desiri Okobia’s book is up for an award in the Young Adult Fiction category, which is a classic retelling of ‘good girl meeting bad boy,’ written from the angle of Kitsu’s Diary recollections. It gives insight into the mind of a teenage girl and why they fall for guys who for all intents and purposes should be avoided.

“Four years ago we launched an experiment called the annual Author Elite Awards. In the process we’ve attracted many of the best authors in the world,” said Kary Oberbrunner, founder of Igniting Souls Publishing Agency and the Author Elite Awards. “Our goal is to celebrate a force that creates life change in our society—books and the authors who write them. In our noisy world, books offer a unique appeal—the ability to lose ourselves in a story. Nothing else provides such transcendence.”

Authors of all kinds—indie (self-published), traditional, or collaborative published—are being considered for the award in one of twelve categories. Entries are being reviewed and evaluated on popular vote, social contribution, and overall presentation (cover, content, flow, and originality).

If interested in supporting Desiri Okobia and participating in the popular vote portion of the award evaluation, visit and click the “Vote Now” button. Once there, click through the poll to view the Young Adult Fiction category, then find and click on “Kitsu’s Diary – The Things I wish I knew when I was Fifteen.”

The top ten finalists in each category will be invited to present their book synopsis at an Author Elite Awards Red Carpet Session on October 22, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio. Winners will be announced later that evening at the Author Elite Awards Ceremony where they will be invited to give an acceptance speech. Winners will also receive:

●          The Elite Boon of Merit Award.

●          Press release and media story written for national press by a professional PR firm.

●          Traditional media and social media press including features on select podcasts, shows, vlogs, blogs, and articles.

●          Lifetime access to the 30 Days to a Bigger Stage Experience©, an online program helping authors get publicity for their book.

●          The opportunity to have a 90-second book synopsis video shared to a global audience.

About the Author Elite Awards

The Author Elite Awards is an award bestowed for literary merit and publishing excellence in the writing and publishing industry. It is presented annually by Author Academy Elite, a premium service provider for authors, at the Author Elite Awards Ceremony. For more information on the awards, visit

New and Indie Musicians Have New Channel to Develop New Fans

Are you a new or developing musician or band looking to be discovered by new fans? A Canadian media company is looking to film you in 4K for a new Roku Channel. The channel will be available to over 20 million viewers worldwide and growing.

ProPics Canada Media Vancouver Whistler & Toronto

ProPics Canada Media Vancouver Whistler & Toronto

VANCOUVER, British ColumbiaSept. 12, 2021PRLog — As the online streaming trend continues to grow around the world, so do opportunities for small and indie musicians. ProPics Canada Media Ltd is launching a Roku Channel this fall which will feature original programming and one of these programs will feature new music.

Although ProPics Canada Media Ltd will start in western Canada in terms of the actual filming, interviewing and live recording of musicians and bands, they will accept video submissions from artists around the globe. For non local artists, they will conduct interviews via Zoom and other online options. For local ( Western Canadian) artists, ProPics Canada Media Ltd will visit the bands / musicians in person and record performances in clubs, outdoor events and even in their own homes while also conducting interviews prior to the performance(s). The sessions will be recorded in 4K / UHD with high quality sound and interesting interviews to invite new fans.

The musicians will also be able to link  the videos to their social media, websites and other online media distribution channels to share the performances and episodes. The episodes will not pay the artists for appearing but it will also not be profiting from the musicians either. As the channel gains viewership and turns to a monetised model down the road, it will then be able to help in moving the channel into a profit sharing model to help new musicians but for the foreseeable time, it is a way to gain new exposure for musicians and introduce new music to potential listeners.

Where the opportunities for musicians to profit in this project is that at the end of every episode, the viewers will be able to link directly to the features artists / bands website, social media etc to purchase downloads directly from the musicians or their current music distribution services, of which ProPics Canada Media Ltd has no involvement, investment or royalty shares. The musicians retain all control and ownership of the music performed. There is NO CHARGE to musicians to be featured in an episode and no charge for the ProPics Canada Media Ltd production what so ever.

At the end of the day, the channel gains more viewers and hopefully the artists gain more fans who in turn go to the musicians website and make purchases, profiting the musicians.

Musicians interested in being included in the productions and being featured on the channel launching this fall, can email their details and sample tracks to ProPics Canada Media Ltd Website

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Sad Notes From New Orleans Music World in Hurricane Ida’s Aftermath As COVID-19 Hits Home

Memphis ABC 24 Covered News of Peters Passing

Memphis ABC 24 Covered News of Peters Passing

DALLASSept. 11, 2021PRLog — Posted courtesy of Wright Enterprises San Francisco~Dallas Community Spotlight~~~

Amid the winds, rains, and all the weather-related despair, the everyday occurrences of life continue and among them is having to say a long goodbye to loved ones.  Damon Batiste of NOLA’s Royal Family of Music, the Batistes and founder of NOSACONN (New Orleans South Africa Connection), shared the news of the loss of his business partner Tommy Peters and fellow musician Bennie Pete, like Batiste, also a New Orleans cultural ambassador.

Their unexpected deaths due to COVID-19 could be considered a one-two sucker punch amid the perfect storm of the worldwide pandemic and a hurricane.  Just nine months ago, Tommy Peters, cast a great vision for the music industry’s fight against the pandemic sharing his optimism of BB King’s Blues Club New Orleans under the leadership of Batiste.

“I have all the confidence in the world that Damon Batiste will be a strong force in resisting the economic impact of the Coronavirus in New Orleans,” said Peters.  Discussing the impact of the worldwide pandemic bringing the entertainment industry to its knees, Peters talked about the economic impact on business. “Congress has got to get out of gridlock and do something to help small businesses with PPP, not just the major corporations who are more equipped to ride the storm.”

Peters’ additional comments about overcoming the pandemic’s effect can be found in the article: New Year New Vision Damon Batiste & NOSACONN Inc. Take On Call To Action For Nation’s Healing:”

“Tommy was a dynamic and successful businessman with a big heart,” said Batiste.  He and his wife, Liz Peters, complemented each other.  He built venues for musicians to bring healing to the world.  Tommy was a blessing in my life and will be deeply missed, added Batiste.  My prayers go out to all of the family, friends, and fellow employees all with a hole in our hearts.”

Batiste who has been traveling along the southeast with his daughters’ dog “Buddy,” who he rescued from the family home amid the onslaught of Ida’s rains and winds while his wife Johanna Maison, with daughters Nala and Leilah and son, “DJ-Damon Jr”., escaped ahead. He first landed alone with Buddy in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, about two hours from Orlando, where Peters died. He then followed his family who first stayed in Houston, Texas but eventually landed in Dallas.

Speaking from the Sheraton Galleria in Dallas, Batiste said: “I just found myself just driving in a state of unbelief.  The real storm hit and then the emotional whirlwinds of having Tommy leave us September 5th and Bennie gone, September 6th have me still trying to find my footing.  I know their inspiration to be resilient will bring us all through this.”

Batiste sent out to his worldwide network of musicians and friends from New Orleans to San Francisco to Ghana and South Africa, the news of loss with a message of condolences to Grammy-nominated Hot 8 Brass Band.  “This excerpt from the band’s website is the core of who Bennie was, a true leader and a caring icon,” added Batiste.

“Bennie was a rock in our lives. Yes, he was a leader, a teacher, and a mentor. More than that, Bennie was an inspiration to our band and to many other musicians, and the entire musical and cultural community.”  (Full Statement:

Complete article with mention of Peter Batiste Sr., Jon Batiste, Sir Earl Toon, Alan Blankstein, Sam Pollard and Dallas’ TBAAL Founder Curtis King posted at:

Damon Batiste on New Orleans Resilience at the Sheraton Galleria:

Creative Industries Webinar (Free)

TORONTOSept. 9, 2021PRLog — The creative industries include ventures and interests in the film, music, visual arts, technology, literary and dramatic fields. Culture, including cultural representations are also dynamics in these narratives. In this webinar, industry experts and entrepreneurs who work in the creative industries will discuss issues and developments that impact the ability of creators to leverage their output to a global marketplace. The webinar takes on a practical discussion with people who work in the creative and cultural industries.

Speakers include:

Dr. Anna-Marie White, Strategic Advisor, Toi Maori- New Zealand

Tika Gilbert, Architect, Designer and Photographer, Tika Gilbert Designs – Bermuda

J.Sandiford, Digital Entrepreneur and Author, Antonio Media – The Netherlands

Tamahou Temara, General Manager, Toi Maori – New Zealand

Rodrigo Barreda, Education and Programming Director, LACAP – Toronto

When: September 15th

Time: 3:30-4:30pm ET.

To register visit:

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