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Monday, December 03, 2001
WALLS GO UP ON BLACKSTONE’S NEW WORLD HEADQUARTERS
Blackstone (www.blackstoneonline.com), one of the nation’s leading providers of electronic prepaid products and services, proudly watched the walls go up this week on its new world headquarters facility. Construction began on the 273,000 square foot over six months ago under the guidance of general contractor, Juan Estefano. The 273,000 square foot facility is located within Blackstone’s 56-mile fiber sonnet ring and will withstand a Category 5 hurricane with winds up to 150 miles per hour. The unlimited generator capacity and cellular antennas will provide uninterrupted communications with the outside world during the event of a natural disaster. According to Mike Acton, Blackstone’s general manager, “The start of construction activities at our World Headquarters signifies an important milestone for Blackstone. It is representative of the accomplishments of not only the Blackstone POS terminal, but the efforts of all of our employees, to position Blackstone as the nation’s leading prepaid provider. Eighteen months ago, our competitors said that POS was a dream – well, the dream is now a reality and our new World Headquarters is the proof.” The new facility will house all of Blackstone’s staff, excluding the POS team. POS will reside in Blackstone’s current 36,000 facility, which is being transformed into fully equipped, fully staffed housing for the POS department, including Blackstone POS and Blackstone ISP servers and routers, as well as a team of network and software engineers. The Blackstone POS is a truly innovative point-of-sale system. By successfully integrating the processing of all major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express & Discover Card) and ATM/Debit/EBT cards with the sale of prepaid products and utility payments, into one, easy-to-use POS terminal, Blackstone POS, is revolutionizing the electronic transaction industry Blackstone has rapidly become one of the country’s largest providers of prepaid telecommunications products and services with over 300,000 retail locations nationwide. Established and headquartered in Miami, Florida since 1995, Blackstone is privately owned, and managed by a team of executives experienced in payment processing, networking, information services, oil & gas and prepaid telecommunications. Under their direction, Blackstone has developed ongoing distribution relationships with internationally recognized companies such as AT&T, VoiceStream, ADMA, Americatel, Cingular, Embratel, Hypercom, Qwest and Universal Savings Bank. Today, Blackstone is successfully merging two industries, prepaid telecommunications and electronic transactions, into one terminal to the benefit of merchants across the United States. For more information on Blackstone please call 1-800-639-9590 or visit our website at www.blackstoneonline.com. Blackstone POS and Blackstone ISP are trademarks of Blackstone Communications Co.; US and foreign patents pending.