Envelop® Protective Covers Awarded Contract from PM Towed Artillery to Protect Entire Fleet with the Firm’s Anti-Corrosive Covers

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Award Acknowledges Government’s Intent to Address the Department of Defense’s Largest Annual Preventable Cost of $23 Billion, by Working with 10-Year Industry-Leading Supplier

Envelop Covers - A Revolution in Asset Protection and Sustainment

After 10 years of continued evaluation and refinement, the entire Department of Defense is institutionally recognizing that Envelop® provides the sustainment solution of the future.

Eagan, Minnesota-based firm, Shield Technologies Corporation (STC) ended January with a record award of $12.1M from PM Towed Artillery Systems (PM-TAS) to provide its patented Envelop® Protective Covers (Envelop®) to the fleet’s approximately 1,500 M777A2 and M119A3 howitzers. Envelop®’s superior anti-corrosive covers were selected as the best value to preserve the entire fleet of new state-of-the-art artillery systems and ultimately reduce the total cost of ownership and maximize equipment lifespan.

As the largest provider of anti-corrosive technology to the Department of Defense, Envelop® Protective Covers has delivered more than 70,000 covers to all five branches of the military since 2004. Following introduction into the Field Artillery community ten years ago, Envelop® Protective Covers have evolved to meet and exceed Soldiers and Marines expectations. As with these new howitzers, numerous upgrades to equipment have been made over the past decade, and Envelop® Protective Covers has advanced its technologies beyond all others to ensure that a wide-range of critical performance characteristics, such as material strength, durability, breathability and corrosion reduction, meet the need for upgraded protection.

After 10 years of continued evaluation and refinement, the entire Department of Defense is institutionally recognizing that Envelop® provides the sustainment solution of the future. “The Government’s selection of Envelop® to protect the entire towed-artillery fleets… recognizes that environmental degradation and corrosion are the biggest detriments to readiness and a never-ending drain on maintenance funding. They’ve also recognized that Envelop® is the most effective way to mitigate these threats,” said Retired Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sergeant and Shield Technologies representative Phil Simoes.

Beginning in 2004 and culminating with the Navy's fleet-wide adoption of the technology in 2010, installing the first full-ship set of new anti-corrosion equipment covers on board USS McFaul (DDG 74), and extending to all new-construction ship programs by the end of fiscal 2011, every Navy surface ship is now outfitted with the company’s covers. Envelop® Protective Covers effectively protects the entire Navy surface fleet and, with this latest howitzer award, are on the way to protecting the nation’s entire ground fleet as well.

Envelop® Protective Covers are a revolution in asset protection and sustainment - the company’s patented system provides the most effective protective cover on the market that is the durable, breathable industry-leader in corrosion protection. Designed to protect high value assets from the harmful degradation associated with corrosion and exposure to harsh elements, Envelop® Protective Covers are without peer in the cover industry. With an annual cost to the Department of Defense of $23 billion in preventable corrosive damage, Envelop® Protective Covers’ technology saves the U.S. government time and money.

PM Towed Artillery Systems is a subordinate unit to the Program Executive Ammo, whose fleet is used by the Army, Marine Corps, and National Guard. This platform-wide outfitting of Envelop® Protective Covers and the assignment of BII (basic issue item) status will ensure that all towed artillery in the U.S. arsenal is kept in war fighting condition and menial maintenance tasks such as "busting rust" are significantly reduced, at a minimum cost to the taxpayer.

About Envelop® Protective Covers:
Developed in 2003 through a US Navy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant, Shield Technologies Corporation’s patented Envelop® Protective Covers offer unparalleled environmental degradation protection for the nation's critical assets. Unlike other covers, Envelop® Protective Covers’ technology actively fights corrosion and environmental degradation by incorporating both a breathable material and a corrosion inhibitor. With more than 1,000 cover designs available for items such as topside weapon systems, shipboard assets, towed and self-propelled artillery, ground combat vehicles, and both rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, Envelop® Protective Covers are ready willing and able to meet today’s toughest sustainment needs.

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Andy Parks, Military Ground Market Manager

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