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ASHLAND — Sales and marketing firm ecoSolutions Intl. has filed its first quarterly earnings report with the Securities and Exchange Commission since applying to become a publicly traded firm.

ecoSolutions Intl reported revenue of $1.745 million during the first quarter, up from $23,668 a year ago. The company narrowed its losses to $85,830 from $383,464 during the first quarter of 2007.

Founded as 360 Interchange in 2004 by Bill Patridge, the company has evolved from being a trading company capitalizing on the growth of manufacturing in China to a sales and marketing organization specializing in working with large companies to help them create eco-friendly products. The company is headquartered in Ashland with an office in Shanghai, China.

On May 7, ecoSolutions Intl filed to become a reporting company with the SEC. Once the registration becomes effective, it will file quarterly, annual and other required reports.

"In addition to becoming a more transparent organization for our investors, this gives us the opportunity to trade our common stock on the Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board, potentially widening interest in the company," said Patridge, who also said he would eventually like to see shares traded on the NASDAQ.

On March 18, ecoSolutions received approval from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to list its common stock on the Pink Sheets and it is now trades under ECOI. According to an SEC filing, the company signed a letter of intent in February to buy Vinyl Trends of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, for a combination of cash and stock. Vinyl Trends finishes and distributes products made from foam and recycled foam.


Airport freight decreased in April as shippers looked for lower-cost alternatives.

The airport reported 523,169 pounds of cargo were handled by Ameriflight, Empire Air and Aeroflight, down 3.46 percent from last April when 638,186 pounds passed through the terminal. The 2,145,271 pounds through four months trails 2007 totals by 6.2 percent.


United Van Lines named Jason Flick of Southern Oregon Moving Systems in Medford as its Household Goods Regional Fleet Van Operator of the Month for February.

The recognition acknowledges excellence in operational proficiency, cargo claims prevention, customer service and safety.

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