SolaRid and IPM Products Manufacturing
IPM Products Manufacturing has a management team consisting of experienced CEO and President and associates with experience in government, agriculture, manufacturing and technology as well as highly respected institutional advisors and individuals who provide the company with consulting advice and business development relationships.
Our Management Team
SolaRid Arkansas, LLC
Don Richardson (above) and Dr. Corbet Lamkin – Co-Managing Members
Dr. Ronald Hart, PH.D.
Dr. Hart, who co-developed the first direct proof that DNA damage was causal to the onset of cancer, is an internationally recognized scientist, scholar and expert in business acceleration strategies for emerging growth companies. He is the former Chief Scientist and Executive Director of the FDA’s National Center for Toxicology Research and was the only person in the 100-year history of the FDA to be named “distinguished scientist in residence.” In addition, he was a co-author of the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986 and co-chair of the Interdepartmental Committee on Technology Transfer for the United States government.
Dr. Hart has received over two dozen national and international awards and recognitions for his managerial and scientific contributions. In policy development, Dr. Hart has chaired the White House Committee on Formaldehyde, the Inter-Departmental Committee on Environmental Health and Related Issues, the White House Task Force on Agent Orange, the Inter-Departmental Committee on Technology Transfer and the White House Committee on Chemical Carcinogenesis, among others. He also has received appointments as Distinguished Professor at a number of institutes.
Dr. Hart has served on the boards and advisory committees of the National Academy of Science-USA (NAS), including as Chairman of the NAS Committee on Indoor Air and the NAS Board on Toxicology and Environmental Health. Dr. Hart has served on the editorial boards of more than a dozen professional journals, has authored or co-authored over 650 scientific publications, and has served as editor for six scientific volumes. Dr. Hart serves or has served either as a director or as a strategic advisor to over a dozen public and private companies, including: St. Renatus, Inc., SNTech, Inc., AeroFarms, Telesca, Inc., First Commercial Bank, and others. Dr. Hart received his Ph.D. in physiology and biophysics from the University of Illinois in 1971.
Dr. Alley Watada
Dr. Alley Watada is a distinguished agricultural scientist. From 1986-1996, Dr. Watada was the Investigations Leader of the Quality Evaluation, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Beltsville, Maryland. There he also led a unit to develop nondestructive methods for measuring the quality of fruits and vegetables. In 1981, Dr. Watada became the USDA’s Chief of Horticultural Crops Quality Laboratory (HCQL) research on postharvest biology and technology of fruits and vegetables in developing improved methods and techniques for handling, transporting, and marketing fresh fruits and vegetables. Dr. Watada’s research was integrated with the food safety guidelines of Food Drug Administration, Department of Human and Health Services and Agricultural Marketing Service. Dr. Watada currently serves as a technical advisor to companies in the rapidly growing fresh-cut produce industry.
IPM’s business initiatives and product’s technology are supported institutionally by the Global Technology Deployment Initiative (GTDI – http://deployglobaltech.com). The GTDI is a global organization that helps technology providers accelerate the deployment of their technology worldwide. In a collaborative Technology Pipeline Program – SolaRid™ insect control units are also installed at the headquarters of Heifer International ( http://www.heifer.org ). Heifer is an international organization that provides assistance to communities engaged in the fight to end poverty and to care for the Earth. Providing visibility by decision-makers in over 125 countries as well as the over four million yearly visitors.
The company’s patent-pending, Insect Control Devices (ICD), trademarked, SolaRid™, are made in the USA in Tempe, Arizona. The business focus is thick film electrical devices including Electroluminescent (EL) Technologies. The processes of screen printing layers of the EL panel integrating engineered phosphorous powders and electrical tracers creating specific light frequencies and embedding Semiochemical attractants and printing the electrocuting grid system are proprietary.
The products’ twelve and twenty-four hour models operate different components and sensors accumulating data generating predictive analytics and remote communication, are all controlled by custom printed circuit boards made in Arkansas, which operations, firmware and circuit designs are also proprietary. The products are also assembled in Arkansas.
Detailed manufacturing procedures have been carefully developed. The assembled product is thoroughly inspected in a 26-step Quality Control checklist prior to packaging.
The product is designed for commercial distribution. The ICD unit and solar panel are connected, folded flat with two units packaged in 16” x 24” x 10”, corrugated boxes weighting 25 lbs, with 96 units palletized or 1,920 units per international shipping container.