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One of the Top 25 Largest Residential Remodeling Companies, Great Day Improvements, LLC, Acquires Hartshorn Custom Contracting, Inc.

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Partnership expands product offering, footprint and manufacturing
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MACEDONIA, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/acquisition?src=hash” target=”_blank”gt;#acquisitionlt;/agt;–Great Day Improvements, LLC, one of the Top 25 largest residential
remodeling companies, best known for its popular sunroom and window
brands Patio Enclosures and Stanek Windows, announced the acquisition of
Hartshorn Custom Contracting, Inc. Hartshorn, a 28-year old Tampa,
FL-based company, specializes in the custom manufacturing and
installation of screen enclosures for pools, lanais and patios.


“We’re thrilled to welcome Hartshorn Custom Contracting, Inc. to our
family of businesses. Their exceptional quality, custom-made products
complement our existing patio enclosure business perfectly and will
allow us to better serve our customers and their design needs in
southern markets,” said company President/CEO, Michael Hoy. “Plus,
Hartshorn brings to our organization a strong and experienced team with
considerable tenure in the enclosures business, which is a huge asset.”

One of Great Day Improvements’ main differentiators as a company is
their ability to custom design and custom manufacture their products.
“We’re not a one-size fits all outfit,” said Hoy. “We have the ability
to create custom solutions for our customers, which makes us unique in
the marketplace. Hartshorn Custom Contracting has similar capabilities,
as their name suggests, which was part of their appeal,” added Hoy.
Hartshorn custom designs and custom manufactures their pool and screen
enclosure products at their Tampa, FL facility while Great Day
Improvements will continue to custom manufacture their Patio Enclosures
and Stanek Windows brand products at their Macedonia, OH facility.
Operating two manufacturing facilities in different parts of the
country, each with their own specialties, will create additional
opportunities for the company as it continues to grow geographically.

Growth through acquisition is part of a long-term business plan for the
company. “Great Day is actively seeking acquisitions in the building
products sector as part of its ‘Strategic Transactions’ initiative,”
said Great Day Improvements Chairman, Ed Weinfurtner. “We seek
businesses that can be additive in terms of people, products,
capabilities, and new geographic markets. Hartshorn is a great example
of the kind of business that fits with Great Day,” Weinfurtner added.

The acquisition of Hartshorn marks another milestone event for Great Day
Improvements. In the last 5 years, the company has doubled in size and
footprint, expanding its presence to 27 metropolitan markets throughout
the Midwest and Northeastern United States and is ranked as one of the
Top 25 largest residential remodeling companies in the country according
to Qualified Remodeler Magazine.

With the addition of Hartshorn Custom Contracting, Great Day
Improvements now employs over 425 people across 28 U.S. markets.

About Great Day Improvements, LLC

Great Day Improvements, LLC is the exclusive manufacturer and installer
of the well-known Patio Enclosures and Stanek Windows brands.
Specializing in residential and light commercial projects, the company
serves its customers across a 21-state footprint through its corporate
campus and manufacturing facility located just south of Cleveland, OH as
well as 19 local installation offices. Great Day Improvements has an A+
rating with the BBB and has an overall Google rating of 4.3 with well
over 500 reviews. To learn more, visit www.patioenclosures.com,
www.stanekwindows.com,
www.greatdayimprovements.com

About Hartshorn Custom Contracting, Inc.

Founded in 1991, Hartshorn Custom Contracting is one of Tampa, Florida’s
leading custom pool and screen enclosure manufacturers and installers.
The company currently serves an 8-county footprint in the
Tampa-Sarasota-St. Petersburg, FL market. Hartshorn has an A+ rating
with the BBB and a 4.3 online rating. To learn more, visit www.hccscreens.com
or view our video on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/hccscreens/videos/463538494373?s=1622017308&sfns=mo

Contacts

Great Day Improvements, LLC, dba Patio Enclosures and Stanek Windows
Melissa
Skinner, VP of Marketing
advertising@greatdayimprovements.com
440-817-0623

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Strainprint™ Technologies Welcomes Organic Medical Cannabis Producer to Growing List of Subscribers

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Strainprint™ Technologies Ltd, the leader in cannabis data and analytics is pleased to expand their nation-wide coverage with the addition of Stewart Farms.

Stewart Farms is a late-stage applicant headquartered in Alberta that is building a 100,000 sq. ft. vertical aquaponics farm in Saint StephensNew Brunswick. They will be utilizing automation, vertical farming, and land-based aquaculture to produce medical grade organic cannabis for both recreational and medical markets in Canada. All of their products will be free of herbicides, pesticides and synthetic nutrients. At full capacity, they will reach more than 10,000 kgs per year of organically farmed cannabis and more than 200,000 kgs of organic tilapia.

Stewart Farms’ long term vision is to deliver tools and products to support  future customers and patients during their health and wellness journeys. “Through our partnership with Strainprint we gain direct access to their incomparable data and analytics tools. This will aid us in educating a wider audience on the medical benefits and best practices of cannabis-based medicine,” said Tanner Stewart, Co-founder & CEO of Stewart Farms. “We know our customers are looking to consume more than dried cannabis. We know Canadians of all legal ages are trying to sort through their personal engagement with cannabis as a medicine. What we want to know, on an ongoing basis, is what is and is not working for people. Strainprint’s patient-led data services will give us the insight needed to create custom products and further understand the benefits of our existing products. Finally, our goal is to partner with companies and teams that truly have people’s best interest at heart. Caring about a patient’s success is what makes up the core of the Strainprint team. We couldn’t be happier to move forward with them at our side.”

Stewart Farms will access the Strainprint Analytics web platform, the most sophisticated cannabis analytics platform available to improve product development. Strainprint Analytics is built on top of the largest and most granular scientific data set of its kind in the world, with more than 1.3 million anonymized, patient reported medical cannabis outcomes and more than 65 million data points on strain efficacy.

“We’re thrilled to provide our real-time, crowd sourced data to an environmentally conscious company that uses innovative, cutting edge farming technology to produce top-tier medical cannabis,” said Strainprint CEO, Andrew Muroff. “Our organizations are equally committed to improving lives using cannabis therapy, and our shared core motivation is to provide guidance and support to help cannabis patients achieve their health goals.”

 

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Field Trip Ventures Inc. Retains KCSA Strategic Communications as Public Relations Counsel

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Greenery Map, the world’s first and only cannabis search engine to allow users to search for cannabis products based on their desired mood, medicinal use, and method of consumption, is now offering users – both businesses and consumers – the opportunity to register and connect to the app in an entirely mobile way. Previously, businesses were required to access GreeneryMap.com from a desktop in order to manage accounts and connect to the inventory API system, but that road block has been removed, allowing for an entirely mobile experience through the Greenery Map app.

App users turn to Greenery Map to help them decide on the strain of Cannabis and product that is right for them depending on their desired mood or medicinal effect. Following the matching, consumers are given a detailed history and description of the strain so that they can make educated purchases, cutting down on time that budtenders need to spend with patrons and speeding up the purchase process. Consumers can then see all of the ways to purchase said product, including the nearby dispensaries that have it in stock, online options, and even delivery options through the app. Greenery Map fully integrates with a dispensary’s inventory API system to update in real-time and give consumers real-time information on dispensary stock for the item they are looking for. The Greenery Map system also provides cannabis businesses in both the B2B and B2C sectors a private database to share and sell information and products. For Cannabis businesses, Greenery Map also offers the opportunity to open bank and merchant accounts through their partnership with PayHouse Consulting Group.

 

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WeBank, IBM and Other Organizations Jointly Held the 1st International Workshop on Federated Machine Learning in conjunction with IJCAI 2019

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Once a concept, AI is now ushering in a key stage of application. What’s the solution to the data silos among businesses? Given the enhanced regulation on data at home and abroad, what’s the solution to data privacy and security concerns? What’s the status quo of Federated Machine Learning and how to establish an ecosystem for FML in the future?

WeBank, IBM and other organizations jointly held the 1st International Workshop on Federated Machine Learning for User Privacy and Data Confidentiality (FML’19) in conjunction with the 28th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-19) on Aug. 12, 2019, to further discussion on these issues.

President of IJCAI, Chair of FML Steering Committee, Chief AI Officer of WeBank Professor Qiang Yang delivered opening remarks at the workshop. Dr. Shahrokh Daijavad from IBM and Dr. Jakub Konečný from Google presented keynote addresses. In the panel discussion, top scholars from WeBank, Bar-Ilan University, IBM, Squirrel AI, Google, Huawei, Clustar, Sinovation Ventures and many other renowned enterprises and universities shared and discussed their findings and experience in FML as an emerging AI technology.

This workshop received 40 papers, of which 12 were presented during the workshop, 19 presented via poster. Awards include Best Theory Paper Award, Best Application Paper Award, Best Student Paper Award, Best Presentation Award. Selected high quality papers will be invited for publication in a special issue in the IEEE Intelligent Systems journal. All these attracted numerous scholars to engage in discussions and join efforts for building the FML ecosystem.

Experts from IBM and Google Share Groundbreaking Findings with a Focus on the Theory and Application of FML

Privacy and security are becoming a key concern in our digital age. On 25th May last year, the implementation of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by the EU, the toughest Act on data privacy protection, stressed that user data collection must be open and transparent. A series of laws and regulations from China and overseas also pose new challenges to the traditional way of handling data and model for cooperation. Seeking ways for AI to adapt to this new reality became top priority, a demand that led to this workshop on FML.

A wealth of solutions and breakthroughs were shared by Dr. Shahrokh Daijavad from IBM and Dr. Jakub Konečný from Google in their speech on FML.

Besides how FML can help tackle challenges in the business world, Dr. Shahrokh Daijavad also shared the concept of Fusion AI, which means to train models on widely distributed data sets, but fuse them to produce one equivalent to what centralized training would yield. “Unlike traditional machine learning, in Fusion AI, model parameters are shared and data is not transferred, which makes Fusion AI model better than models that moving data centrally.” Given the widely distributed data, the development of Fusion AI and FML became ever important and imminent.

“FML enables machine learning engineers and data scientists to work productively with decentralized data with privacy by default,” said Dr. Jakub Konečný from Google. He also shared with us how FML works and its use cases at Google. In the case of Gboard, as on-device data is privacy sensitive or large or is more relevant than server-side proxy data, and labels can be inferred naturally via user interaction, the application of Federated RNN compared to prior n-gram model can increase the accuracy of next-word prediction by 24%, and the click rate of prediction strip by 10%.

Major Figure Panelists Discuss the Way Ahead for FML

The moderator of the panel discussion, AI Principal Scientist of WeBank Dr. Lixin Fan joined panelists including Professor Benny Pinkas from Bar-Ilan University, Dr. Shahrokh Daijavad of IBM Academy of Technology, Chief Architect of Squirrel AI Dr. Richard Tong, Research Scientist of Google Dr. Jakub Konečný, Dr. Baofeng Zhang from CTO Office of CBG Software in Huawei, Executive VP of Clustar Dr. Junxue Zhang, VP of AI Institute in Sinovation Ventures Dr. Ji Feng and other experts in a host of in-depth exchanges with attendees, to shed light on the way ahead for FML.

Experts shared thoughts in the panel discussion on questions including but not limited to: How to meet the security and compliance requirements? Is there a way to extend the value of data while observing user privacy and data security? Given the classic trade-off between data regulation and development of AI, how to achieve the long-term goal of establishing a stable and win-win business ecosystem?

List of Award-Winners

Best Theory Paper Award, Best Application Paper Award, Best Student Paper Award and Best Presentation Award selected by all attendees were announced at the closing of the workshop.

Best Theory Paper Award: 
Preserving User Privacy for Machine Learning: Local Differential Privacy or Federated Machine Learning? By Huadi Zheng, Haibo Hu & Ziyang Han;

Best Application Paper Award: 
FedHealth: A Federated Transfer Learning Framework for Wearable Healthcare. By Yiqiang ChenJindong WangChaohui YuWen Gao & Xin Qin;

Best Student Paper Award: 
Quantifying the Performance of Federated Transfer Learning. By Qinghe JingWeiyan Wang, Junxue Zhang, Han Tian & Kai Chen;

Best Presentation Award: 
Federated Generative Privacy. By Aleksei Triastcyn and Boi Faltings.

President of IJCAI, Chief AI Officer of WeBank Professor Qiang Yang, Chief Architect of Squirrel AI Dr. Richard TongandVP of AI Institute in Sinovation Ventures Dr. Ji Feng presented the awards.

“The mission of this International Federated Machine Learning Workshop is to facilitate further understanding in the academia, business community as well as legal and regulatory institutions by promoting the establishment of FML ecosystem in the hope that more businesses will join and build a platform for students aspired to work in FML to find research teams that suit them,” said Professor Qiang Yang.

Held Aug. 10-16, 2019 in Macao, China, IJCAI-19 is one of the leading International Academic Conference on AI, attracting over 3000 AI research personnel and experts. The 1st International Workshop on Federated Machine Learning (FML’19) was a highlight for experts joining this event. Visionaries in the academia and industrial sector expressed the willingness to be part of the effort for academic research, application of FML in the future, and the development and boom of AI ecosystem.

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