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Envision Receives First Purchase Order From Global Consumer Innovations, Llc For Aquapad™ “Sandless Sandbags”

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Envision announced that it has received its first purchase order from Global Consumer Innovations (GCI) LLC to produce GCI’s innovative Aquapad™ Sandless Sandbags, revolutionary water barriers that provide a more secure method for protecting property against flood waters and leaks from broken pipes, water heaters and other sources of liquid.

At only 1-inch thick and weighing only 1 pound when dry, Aquapads are designed for ease of transportation and storage. The bags lie flat until coming into contact with water, whereupon they soak up the liquid like a sponge and inflate, simultaneously absorbing approaching water and building a barrier to control where it flows.

Envision will produce the Aquapads in its Envision Industries manufacturing facility, which employs a staff nearly 50 percent of which is blind or visually impaired. Envision also provides funds for research, education for those engaged in rehabilitation of visually impaired individuals, as well as a wide range of programs for those who are visually impaired, ranging from arts and other cultural activities, an integrated child development center for typically-sighted and visually impaired children, adult support groups, orientation and mobility training and other rehabilitation, assistive technology training, and much more.

Envision Industries’ role in producing the Aquapads will involve cutting and assembling raw materials, heat sealing and sewing to finish the product and packaging it for shipment. Existing staff will require minimal training to carry out these tasks. To optimize the production process, the company will ramp up staffing and machinery as necessary. The finished product will be shipped off to retailers and to end users and has opportunities for government, commercial and retail application, thus broadening the customer channels for Envision’s products beyond its traditional government/military clientele.

“This is an exciting milestone in our relationship with GCI and more importantly in the implementation of our overall strategic plan,” said Michael Monteferrante, President and CEO of Envision. “We are honored to be involved in bringing a groundbreaking – and hopefully ground-saving – product to market, and encouraged that the order diversifies our customer base. We look forward to filling more orders for the Aquapad and to establishing more opportunities to manufacture products with broad applicability with GCI or other partners in the future.”

“We are delighted to be partnering with Envision on this venture,” said Casey Holder, founder/Co- CEO of GCI. “In this way, we are bringing a product to market that doesn’t just help those who whom may be threatened by water disasters but also helps many with vision loss through jobs and programs offered by Envision. We look forward to sending many more orders Envision’s way and to building on our relationship long into the future.”

About Envision: Envision promotes advocacy and independence for those who are blind or low vision. Founded in 1933, Envision is one of the largest employers of individuals with vision loss in the nation. Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Envision’s mission is to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration for the blind and visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research. For more information, visit www.envisionus.com.

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