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Roving Blue, Inc. Announced as a Finalist for Insight Innovation Award

April 17, 2019 –Lena, Wisconsin

Roving Blue, Inc., the Wisconsin company that is the Home of the O-Pen®, a pocket water purification device, was recently announced as a finalist for an Insight Innovation Award.

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Roving Blue, Inc. Announced as a Finalist for Insight Innovation Awards

The awards are given out annually by Insight Publications, publishers of business and manufacturing magazines in Wisconsin.  The winners are announced at the annual Thinc Technology and Innovation Conference, which will take place May 9th at UW-Fox Valley in Menasha.

According to the publisher, the awards are given to honor businesses and organizations in the New North (NE Wisconsin area) who come up with an idea that’s a game changer and then develop a way to implement it.

The timing on this is perfect, as we are getting ready to announce an exciting new product, and whether or not we win, this might be just the occasion to announce it. We are honored to be in such great company and feel like winners already simply because we were considered.”

 –Marianna “Yana” DeMyer, CEO of Roving Blue

Insight’s confidential judges panel looks through nominations to determine a winner, based not only on the idea, but the results, too. Awards are handed out in four categories: Planet, Product, Process and People.

Yes, They Know It’s Christmas Time in Africa

Roving Blue® announces the launch of a Charitable Program making their technology available for drastically reduced prices.

At least where the Maasai live in Kajiado County, Kenya, they will.

The idea was born just last week at the Global Water Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
There, members of the Maasai tribe and the IndiMark charitable organization met with several companies to explore solutions to the tribe’s many water challenges.

“We are not THE solution, but we can be an important part of the solution.” says Yana DeMyer CEO of Roving Blue®, Inc. a Wisconsin company that manufactures a water purification device called the “Ozo-Pod® 10. “This is the perfect time of year to announce our charitable pricing program. That song by Band Aid always makes me tear up, now I feel like celebrating, because we have found a way to “let them know it’s Christmas time!”

Roving Blue®’s team was inspired by the good work that IndiMark does, and wanted to help them in their efforts.
The Charitable Program makes Roving Blue’s technology available for drastically reduced prices. For example, an Ozo-Pod® 10, which sells for $179 here in the US, will be made available for $89.00. One Ozo-Pod® 10 can ensure safe water for 4 families for over a year for less than 1/300 of a cent. Readers wishing to donate may go here.

 

Roving Blue and IndiMark Launch a Charitable Program at The Global Water Center. Pictured left to right: Joseph Koyei, Jane Nampaso, Yana DeMyer and Daniel Iree

Roving Blue®’s innovative new technology puts “The Power of EO3™”, electrolytic ozone, in the palm of your hand.

Ozone, a form of oxygen, is more powerful than chlorine when dissolved in water. This low voltage device (which can be run from a motorcycle battery which can be charged by the sun) kills bacteria, virus, and cysts. Cholera, typhoid fever, e-coli and salmonella are just a few organisms that are eradicated by ozone. When its job is done, ozone quickly and harmlessly reverts to oxygen.

Roving Blue®’s technology is small, robust, and has no moving parts, so it’s ideal for austere living conditions. It will allow the villagers to keep captured rainwater pure, as well as enable them to use water from the same pools that the cattle drink from and wade in.

“The water may not be pretty, but it will be safe to drink”, ensures Yana.

IndiMark is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in July 2018. We are located in Madison, Wisconsin. Other charitable organizations may contact Roving Blue®’s Director of Sales, Meli Lussier, for details of the program.

Foxconn and WEDC partner to showcase Wisconsin companies at the first China International Import Expo

By: Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Shanghai, China – Foxconn Technology Group (Foxconn) and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) have partnered to support the participation of ten innovative Wisconsin companies in the first China International Import Expo (CIIE), a major global business development initiative taking place from November 5 to 10 in Shanghai. The partnership is in line with Foxconn’s commitment to the state of Wisconsin and the WEDC’s commitment to supporting the growth of Wisconsin businesses.

The Wisconsin firms will be featured as part of Foxconn Innovation Pavilion under its “Smart Future” theme. Their specialties include water technology, advanced machinery, healthcare, and smart city applications. The 5,300-square-foot exhibition area will host these Wisconsin companies and those operating within Foxconn’s international brand portfolio.

“The China International Import Expo is a unique opportunity to showcase the vast strengths of Wisconsin companies to a targeted broader audience including central, provincial and local government procurement officials. As Foxconn contributes to the transformation of Wisconsin into an international tech hub, we are eager to deepen awareness of Wisconsin innovation around the world,” said Louis Woo, Special Assistant to Foxconn CEO Terry Gou. “We are glad to partner with WEDC as we work to help transform Wisconsin into a global high-tech hub through our presence throughout the state.”

Foxconn is driving business opportunities for Wisconsin companies internationally and for global companies to invest in Wisconsin as it develops the supply chain that will support its Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park project.

The Foxconn Innovation Pavilion will promote many of the state’s key industries. One section will be dedicated to its four freshwater technology companies, which are well-positioned to contribute to China’s recent “Sponge Cities” initiative to improve the quality of urban water for millions around the country. The plan aims to utilize “blue” and “green” space in the urban environment for storm water management and control. Wisconsin’s efforts on this initiative are being led by WEDC and The Water Council, a Milwaukee-based organization that supports the global water industry.

Mark R. Hogan, Secretary and CEO of WEDC said: “With 150,000 expected attendees from more than 100 countries, the China International Import Expo will offer these Wisconsin businesses the potential to enter into new markets and develop new partnerships. We thank Foxconn for providing our Wisconsin companies with the opportunity to showcase the innovation taking place in our state and to demonstrate how the products made right here in Wisconsin could have a positive impact on the lives of the citizens of China.”

Eric Love, Chairman of STAR Water, one of the Wisconsin exhibitors, said: “The People’s Republic of China is already one of the largest markets in the world. Policy settings such as ‘Beautiful China’ and the Sponge Cities Program will further expand this market while improving the environment of China. Our company wishes to support China’s commitment to sustainability through the localization and supply of technology that can assist these fantastic environmental initiatives.”

The companies attending CIIE and exhibiting at the Foxconn Innovation Pavilion are: BioGill, BiologiQ, Black Rock Custom Stone Cutting, Dynex Hydraulics, Hong Seng, Inc., Inpro Corporation, Roving Blue Inc., SDMC America Technology, STAR Water LLC and Velicon. Representatives of WEDC, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and The Water Council also will be in attendance.

“Velicon is definitely planning to expand our sales in the Chinese market and we believe participation in the China Import Expo will provide us with exposure not only to the current markets and applications that we are catering to, but also to discrete equipment and component markets that are currently not known to us,” said Alex Edirisinghe, Program Manager at Velicon. “We are very thankful to Foxconn and WEDC for this opportunity.”

The ten Wisconsin companies attending CIIE as exhibitors at the Foxconn Innovation Pavilion are:

  • BioGill – With U.S. operations based in The Global Water Center in Milwaukee, BioGill manufactures innovative above-ground bioreactors that are a net energy neutral biological treatment technology used to remove organic pollutants from wastewater.
  • BiologiQ – A Brookfield-based bioplastic resin manufacturing company with a wide range of consumer product applications.
  • Black Rock Custom Stone Cutting – Based in Athens (near Wausau), Black Rock Custom Stone Cutting produces Wisconsin jade stone products for commercial and resident applications, such as tile, sinks, countertops, decorations.
  • Dynex Hydraulics – A Pewaukee-based manufacturer of hydraulic components and systems for use on mobile and industrial machinery.
  • Hong Seng Inc.— A newly-established, world-class American ginseng brand based in the Wausau/Marathon County area of northern Wisconsin. Hong Seng Inc. is the result of a strategic cooperation between Foxconn Health Technology Business Group, Ginseng Board of Wisconsin, and Hsu’s Ginseng.
  • Inpro Corporation – Based in Muskego, InPro is a provider of architectural products that protect buildings, including door and wall protection, sustainable building products, expansion joint systems and decorative surface products.
  • Roving Blue, Inc. – Based in Lena (near Green Bay), Roving Blue manufactures advanced, portable water purification systems that harness the power of ozone for use around the world.
  • SDMC America Technology – Based in St. Croix County in western Wisconsin, SMDC designs, manufactures and sells material handling equipment to handle non-free flowable material, such as solid waste, biosolids and organic waste.
  • STAR Water LLC – With U.S. operations based in The Global Water Center in Milwaukee, STAR Water targets urban, industrial, agricultural and mining run off by removing contaminants such as nutrients, heavy metals and toxic compounds while protecting lakes, river and oceans.
  • Velicon – Based in Oak Creek, Velicon designs, manufacturers and markets high-performance electric motors used mainly in testing applications that include power and speed testing of automotive engines and aerospace engines and turbines.

About Foxconn Technology Group

Established in 1974, Foxconn Technology Group (“Foxconn”) is the global leader in manufacturing services for the computer, communication, and consumer electronics (3C) industry. A multinational company headquartered in Taiwan, Foxconn offers many of the leading U.S. and international companies in electronics a one-stop integrated manufacturing solution.  Foxconn generated total annual revenue of $158 billion in 2017 and was ranked No. 24 on the 2018 Fortune magazine Global 500. The company has facilities in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

Foxconn is leveraging the potential of cloud computing, mobile devices, the Internet of Things, Big Data, artificial intelligence, networks, and robotics and automation, in its transformation as a leading high-tech enterprise and industrial Internet company. The company has research centers and testing laboratories internationally and has received more than 83,500 patents worldwide.  In addition to maximizing value creation for customers, Foxconn is also dedicated to enhancing the concept of environmental sustainability in the manufacturing process and serving as a best-practices model for global enterprises.

About the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) leads economic development efforts for the state by advancing and maximizing opportunities in Wisconsin for businesses, communities and people to thrive in a globally competitive environment. Working with more than 600 regional and local partners, WEDC develops and delivers solutions representative of a highly responsive and coordinated economic development network. Visit wedc.org or follow WEDC on Twitter @WEDCNews to learn more.

Roving Blue® is a proud sponsor of Cindy Todd’s Backpacking for Behcet’s Disease Awareness

Cindy will be traveling with a sponsored Roving Blue O-Pen™ Tactical Black portable water purification device in support of her cause. We asked Cindy to share a little of her background with us as she prepares for her adventure:

Cindy Todd, Backpacking for Behcet’s Disease Awareness and Suicide Prevention

Cindy: “OK, let me start out by saying that I have Behcet’s Disease (rare autoimmune disease). I also love backpacking! I go as often as my schedule allows. I love waking up to the sound of birds, opening my tent door to see the orange of the sunrise over mountain tops AND I love the solitude. All my problems seem so small when I’m enveloped by nature.

I also value the hardships that comes with this sort of isolative, physically and mentally painful exercise. After a couple days of isolation, your mind starts to rebel. After seeing countless trees, wildflowers, etc. your mind wants more. This is the best! Yes, I know many of you avid backpackers are saying “The best part! Are you crazy?!” But it’s true. It’s an amazing opportunity to practice quieting your mind. The first few backpacking trips I did, I spent a huge part of it struggling mentally. I was frustrated. But after each one, the time of mental agony, reduced. Now I don’t experience the mental struggle at all. I’m able to quiet my mind instantly.

I’ll be backpacking from South Lake (near Bishop, California) to Dusy Basin in the Sierra Nevada’s in 2.5 weeks. So excited! I love backpacking in the Sierra Nevada’s and talking to people on the trail about my cause and answering specific questions about Behcet’s Disease. I love the alpine lakes and how you’ll be in forest and suddenly all the trees fade away. It’s exhilarating and makes me feel free! I’m heading to Switzerland in October to do some unforgettable backpacking and the Salton Sea area in November.

I’m proud of my mission and hope there are a few more people that are aware of Behcet’s Disease!”

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Follow Cindy’s travel adventures on Twitter at @TravelerHiker and Roving Blue at @RovingBlue

From all of us at Roving Blue, have a wonderful adventure in the Sierra Nevadas Cindy!

Roving Blue products named “Best of Show” in portable water purification category in upcoming retail sporting goods debut.

Two of the Wisconsin manufacturer’s products, the O-Pen™ and the Ozo-Pod™ 10  were highlighted by the organizers of the Nations Best Sports 2018 Fall Semi – Annual Market, Aug 28-31 at Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas.

The O-Pen™ designed for hikers or travelers, will treat any clear surface or tap water with an advanced ozone technology. Ozone is far more powerful than chlorine, yet reverts to oxygen when it’s job is done, leaving no chemical residues or after-tastes.

See the Tactical Black O-Pen™ in action.

The Ozo-Pod™ 10, the company’s most versatile product, treats larger quantities of water.
Both products are dual purpose, they not only make clean water, they make”Water That Cleans™”.

“We are delighted and inspired for our water purification products to be recognized like this. This is our retail “Bricks and Mortar” debut into the sporting goods world. We chose NBS for this because of their long tradition of serving independently owned retailers.”
CEO- Marianna “Yana” DeMyer

NBS, Nation’s Best Sports is a nationwide sporting goods buying group. Established in 1956, the event highlights the latest products in Camping, Fishing, Hunting, Paddle & Water Sports, Apparel, and Accessories. Their mission is to provide independently owned retailers the ability to effectively compete in an ever-changing environment through aggressive purchasing, marketing and service opportunities.

Outdoor retailers looking to see the latest advancement in portable water purification will have the chance to see and order the products, for the first time, at this show. Roving Blue will be in Booth #517 as well as in the Best of Show room. The show is open to NBS members only.

Contact Information

Meli Lussier
Roving Blue

(843) 259-0010

Portable Water Purification System Company Roving Blue Hires new MVP for its “MVP”

Roving Blue, Inc, a Wisconsin manufacturer of advanced, portable water purifications systems announces the addition of Kathleen Cyphert to its Department of Defense and Government Business Development Team.

Ms. Cyphert has over 30 years of military service in the Air National Guard and the Air Force reserve, working at various levels within the organization that include HQ Air Force, and National Guard Bureau staff.

“It’s an exciting time to come to work for Roving Blue. This company is poised to benefit from high-level pushes for lighter, faster response for drinking water for troops and victims of natural disasters.  One Roving Blue MVP unit weighs as much as one case of water yet represents 800 cases of water. The fact that the technology is sustainable, low-energy, and chemical-free is an added bonus.”

Prior to joining Roving Blue, Inc., Kathleen served as the Industry Liaison for the National Guard Association, or “NGAUS”. She also served as Director of Business Development for a defense contractor specializing in aircraft training and worked in Human Capital Management for the Department for the Navy.

Kathleen earned her MBA at George Washington University in Washington DC.  She Is a member of the National Guard Association and the Enlisted Association of the United States.

Kathleen Cyphert may be reached at Kathleen@RovingBlue.com.

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The Roving Blue “MVP” – a compact water purification system that can serve 40-150 people a day in humanitarian aid/disaster situations.

 

ROVING BLUE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES PARTICIPATION IN US ARMY JOINT WARFIGHTING ASSESSMENTS

Roving Blue recently participated in the US Army’s Joint Warfighting Assessment in Hohenfels, Germany from April 30-May 10th. The purpose of these assessments are to field test emerging technologies and improve equipment in the soldiers’ hands, year over year, thus ensuring greater soldier survivability and efficiency in the field.

Amidst other technologies, Roving Blue was one of four water purification companies selected to participate in the exercises, which take two years of intense planning to execute. CEO Marianna “Yana” DeMyer and CFO James Gilmet attended the event to personally demonstrate the capabilities of the latest prototype water purification system, Roving Blue MVP-TK™ unit, an ozone-based small water purifier designed to both hydrate troops in mobile vehicles, while simultaneously providing a way to keep produced water pure via an ozone-circulation system called the Tank-Keeper™. This technology represents the latest advances in ozone generation in a tiny (under 25 lbs) system capable of producing the equivalent of a water bottle per minute (.5L) from freshwater surfaces.

During the field exercises the soldiers measured output and evaluated the unit on size, weight and power consumption. Roving Blue was by far the smallest, lightest and most efficient water system to participate.

For more information on the MVP-TK™ capabilities and other small water purifiers, please visit Roving Blue.

Yana DeMyer instructs troops in MVP-M™ water purification operation during a field exercise at JWA.

Roving Blue CEO Yana DeMyer Interviewed on EriCast

Eric Paulsen, local Wisconsin radio personality and host of the new podcast EriCast, talked with Roving Blue CEO Marianna DeMyer about their remarkable, portable ozone water purification technology which can also sterilize, clean, and freshen things beyond water.

Listen to this incredible discussion on Episode 2 of #EriCast here:

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Episode 2 of EriCast where Yana DeMyer and Eric Paulsen discuss Roving Blue and all things ozone.

Eric’s podcast will soon be available on iHeartRADIO, so stay tuned for more information and great interviews from this amazing talent!

 

Where Are They Now?

Roving Blue was recently caught on film at Quality Assembly & Logistics (QAL), our manufacturer’s facility in Marinette, WI, where Roving Blue CEO Marianna “Yana” DeMyer” was filmed instructing QAL Service Technician Ron Seymour on the assembly of our newest product, the MVP-M. These units are being assembled to be tested in the field by US Army’s REF (Rapid Equipping Force).
Yana was being filmed as a “Where Are They Now” follow up segment to Roving Blue’s appearance last year as a finalist on the show “Project Pitch It”, where local entrepreneurs and their ideas are put to the ultimate test. Tune in every Saturday, starting February 10th at 6:30 PM CSTChannel 12 WISN in the greater Milwaukee area to catch season 2 of the show.

ThomasNet.com Interviews Roving Blue CEO Yana DeMyer

ThomasNet.com is the leading product sourcing and supplier discovery platform for procurement professionals, engineers, plant & facility management personnel. They recently interviewed Roving Blue’s CEO, Marianna “Yana” DeMyer about her journey into manufacturing portable ozone-based water purification devices.

1)  What is the mission of Roving Blue?

Our mission is to establish and grow our position as a leading supplier of advanced ozone-based water purification components and systems.

2)  What exactly is the technology that you are using in your mobile purification units?

Our mobile water purification units use 3 technologies; the first two are well understood and accepted: ultra-filtration and carbon filtration, its our 3rd technology which gets all the attention.

It is our ozone generator.  Its different because of the way we make our ozone.  We make it out of the water, not the air. This eliminates a lot of equipment, (such as air pumps), and that means in applications where size and weight are considerations, our technology becomes the clear winner.

3)  Clearly, Roving Blue is bringing disruptive technology to water purification.  Why don’t more of the right people know who you are yet?

Companies don’t get much smaller than we are right now. We don’t have a big ad budget, and rely heavily on social media to get the word out. Up until now that is. It’s not by mistake that we picked Thomasnet.com as a key partner to move forward, to “get the word out”. I personally have used Thomasnet.com for years, sourcing products and components that I need. I just knew that once the engineers and other sourcing folks could find us globally, it would be a great factor in our success.

4)  What else do you want the world to know about Roving Blue?

What I want people to know about Roving Blue is not as important as what I want people to know about ozone. Ozone has a perception problem. Most people understand it as a kind of pollution, or that there is a hole in it high up in the atmosphere, but it is so much more than that.

Ozone is a form of oxygen, “O3” instead of “O2”, and is a completely natural gas. You know that clean fresh smell after a rainstorm? That is the smell of ozone gas, which is produced with lightning.

Ozone is amazing stuff!  When it is dissolved in water, it is far more powerful than chlorine at killing things.  Yet when its job is done, it reverts back to oxygen, usually within minutes.  So there are no chemical byproducts or residues. This makes ozone hands down the cleanest and GREENEST sanitation agent available today.

Ozone is also misunderstood by a lot of technical people in this world, because the only way they have ever seen ozone being produced has been by using air and sparks (just like lightning) and they are all sizable contraptions. We can make our generators so small that you can put it in your pocket, as we did with our “O-Pen” pocket water purifier.

Other than that, I want the world know that we are not so much here to sell our products, as we are willing to partner with anyone who has to fight water quality issues across the board. Whatever industry you are in: food & beverage, paper, dairy, agriculture, aquaculture, the list goes on and on.  Everyone who deals with water has to fight water quality issues, we want to be your portable solutions provider!