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At the Defense Alliance Architect of Defense Award Ceremony – Minneapolis, MN

Lena, Wisconsin based Start-up Roving Blue, Inc. Honored With “Architect of Defense” Award

For Immediate Release:

Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN – 22 January, 2016:

Roving Blue, Inc., one of only two companies recognized out of a 34 state area, was honored by The Defense Alliance with its annual “Architect of Defense” award.

The Defense Alliance is an organization whose mission is to network and expand the defense industry job and technology base of the Upper Midwest, and promote the region’s innovative contributions to the nation’s defense.

According to Executive Director, Chip Laingen, The Company was chosen because it “Demonstrated superior tenacity in listening to and responding to military customer design inputs to improve its products, and innovative commercialization efforts.”

The honored guest and presenter of the evening was Major General Neal Loidolt, U.S. Army, Commanding General of the fabled 34th Infantry Division (the “Red Bulls”), who spoke about the U.S. Military’s role in global security, and the National Guard’s role in that ongoing mission.

More than 75 people from defense-oriented organizations attended the event which was hosted by HGA, one of the nation’s leading architectural and engineering firms.

The Defense Alliance is a regional catalyst for technology-based economic development.  It recently passed the $150 million mark in contract gains for companies assisted since 2011, when the SBA recognized and funded it as an Advanced Defense Technologies Cluster (ADT).  Learn more at the Alliance’s websites (www.defensealliance.com / www.powerfordefense.com).

Participation in the Defense Alliance is sought among groups and individuals with an interest in seeing the region’s defense contributions grow, including large and small firms, academic and R&D institutions, our elected officials, and professional military and trade organizations.  Its founder is Paul Wagner, Chairman & CEO of Minnesota Wire. manufactures a highly ruggedized, portable water filtration device for military expeditionary use, and for the commercial outdoor, and disaster preparedness and response markets.

The evening was sponsored in part by:  Polaris Defense, which has a rapidly growing defense portfolio; and Veteran Beer Company, a craft brewer that only hires Veterans and provides a substantial portion of its profits to Veteran causes.

The other awardee is Navitas Systems is an innovative battery solutions provider for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Energy (DoE), and commercial users.  Their novel 6T lithium battery will be used in a variety of ground combat vehicles (including the new Humvee replacement called JLTV– recently awarded to Oshkosh Truck).

Yana award at DA

Pictured left to right:

CDR Chip Laingen, Executive Director, Defense Alliance, Major General Neil Loidolt, Commander 34th Infantry Division, Marianna “Yana” DeMyer, CEO Roving Blue, James Gilmet, CFO Roving Blue

Contact:

 

Marianna “Yana” DeMyer

​CEO

920-621-2163

yana@rovingblue.com

Roving Blue, Inc.

5220 St. Patricks Rd.

Lena, WI 54139

At AEWE with EXFOR Soldiers in Ft. Benning, GA Part 2

EXFOR Soldiers begin set up of the Roving Blue Small Water Purifier at AEWE.

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EXFOR 5 - second in sequence

EXFOR Soldiers conduct a non-networked assessment with the Roving Blue Small Water Purifier (Roving Blue, Inc.) and the Weatherproof WASP (Federal Resources) during AEWE 2016 at Fort Benning, GA. The Roving Blue Small Water Purifier offers a five-stage water purification process which includes dual debris screens, sediment filter, activated carbon + silver filters, and ozone generator for sanitation- producing up to 1 liter per minute of drinkable water from surface freshwater sources. The Weatherproof WASP is an expeditionary power solution that offers solar power recharging capability for multiple types of batteries including the BA2590 and conformal battery.

EXFOR 1

An EXFOR Soldier examines the purified water produced by the Roving Blue Small Water Purifier.

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Water produced by the Roving Blue Small Water Purifier from surface water.

EXFOR 3

A Water Treatment Specialist (92W) tests water samples during the Roving Blue Small Water Purifier’s non-networked assessment as part of AEWE 2016 at Fort Benning, GA.

EXFOR 6 treatment

Photo Credit:  U.S. Army photo by Angie DePuydt, Maneuver Battle Lab

At AEWE in Ft. Benning, GA

Words cannot express how very proud I am of these two innovators for taking an incredible risk in pursuing a much needed solution to the global clean water crisis with the development of Roving Blue. Their perseverance and accomplishments along the way, especially with the military, are nothing short of inspiring. It’s an honor to work with you and help bring a product to market that can change the world one gallon at a time, Yana DeMyer and Jim Gilmet.
Jim and Yana AEWE logo
 
~ Meli Lussier
 
#myheroes #socom #aewe #entrepreneurs
 
Photo credit: Tucker Campion
Pictured:  Marianna “Yana” DeMyer, CEO
                       James Gilmet, CFO

At SOCOM in Largo, FL – Demonstrating How Clean Water Becomes Water That Cleans

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Dummy where in the world

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No, we aren’t in the middle of a zombie apocalypse… (although our bet is that our water purification units could survive one!)

Our CEO (Yana DeMyer), our CFO (Jim Gilmet) and our esteemed military liason (Tucker Campion) are at SOCOM in Largo, FL this week. SOCOM is the Unified Combatant Command charged with overseeing the various Special Operations Component Commands of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps of the United States Armed Forces.

According to SOCOM, these events that provide an opportunity for technology developers to interact with operational personnel to determine how their technology development efforts and ideas may support or enhance Special Operations Forces.

We are proud to have been selected to participate!

At Water Missions International – North Charleston, SC

This week we had the opportunity to demo our MVP-A unit at Water Missions International headquarters. WMI is a non-profit leader in both global emergency water relief initiatives as well as providers of sustainable community water solutions in many third world countries. If you are looking for a great cause to donate this season, check out www.watermission.org

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Roving Blue – Not Just for Water

Roving Blue, Inc., a Lena, Wisconsin startup that manufactures a briefcase-sized portable water purification system has been selected to attend a TE (Technical Experimentation) Event sponsored by The United States Special Operations Command.  The 4-day event in Largo, Florida, begins December 1st.

“SOCOM” is the Unified Combatant Command charged with overseeing the various Special Operations Component Commands of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps of the United States Armed Forces.

USSOC logoSOCOMRB unit

According to SOCOM, these events that provide an opportunity for technology developers to interact with operational personnel to determine how their technology development efforts and ideas may support or enhance Special Operations Forces.

According to CEO Marianna “Yana” DeMyer, Roving Blue’s experiment was designed to highlight the fact that “our system doesn’t make just clean drinking water – It makes water that cleans

The reason for this claim is that the tiny water purification system (less than 25 lbs) utilizes dissolved ozone gas – a sanitation agent more powerful than chlorine – as the final stage of the process.  For a few minutes after the water exits the system, it carries the ozone with in it; as a result anything that the water comes into contact with, also gets sanitized.

This has been a key factor in the Military’s interest in our product”, Yana says, “There are lots of portable water purification systems out there, but none that carry our downstream sanitation capability. With our unit, soldiers can clean out their water bladders, canteens or jerry cans every time they fill them with our water”.

This could apply to surface sanitation, foods (ozone is lethal to E.coli and salmonella), medical implements, even wound irrigation.

About Roving Blue, Inc.:

The Roving Blue SWP is a lightweight, portable water purification system that produces purified drinking water from fresh water sources such as ponds, streams and ditches. It represents a significant advancement over microfiltration and UV systems due to its employment of dissolved ozone gas (more powerful than chlorine) for highly effective microbiological control. Advanced filtration + ozone gas is how many water bottling companies produce their bottled water.

In a recent JIFX (Joint Interagency Field Experiments) Event at Camp Roberts, CA, the Roving Blue team ran an experiment designed to prove that a single Roving Blue unit could support squad and platoon size elements for 24 hours. Our results actually exceeded this need by 108 gallons. The conclusion was that, with available fresh surface water, the unit could supply clean drinking water for up to 63 men per day.

Photos and Hi-Def videos of our military interactions are available upon request.