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The Nelson Paint Company creates pesticide product for use in Hawaii!

October 20, 2012
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KINGSFORD - After more than six years of product development, Nelson Paint Co. of Kingsford has registered two pesticide licenses with the state of Hawaii Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for .68 caliber herbicide filled projectiles designed specifically to eradicate invasive plant species in the state of Hawaii.

Nelson has also been granted sole source supplier status with the state of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources and the University of Hawaii, and is producing herbicide projectiles for the U.S. Army, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Maui Invasive Species Council, Kauai Invasive Species Council, and the Nature Conservancy.

Nelson Paint is the inventor of Encapsulated Projectile Technology in the form of tree marking paint leading to the current popular paintball gaming sport, and known worldwide as the leading softgel encapsulation Research and Development facility. And with R&D customers spanning the globe, Nelson was the unquestioned choice for the University of Hawaii when they sought a research & development colleague for their new Herbicide Ballistic Technology (HBT)

(DURING OPERATION HOT Mic Weed Eradication Mission, Rick Louys, in front, president of Nelson Paint Co. of Kingsford and Dr. James Leary, in the helicopter in the background, from the University of Hawaii use a herbicide filled with projectiles to eradicate invasive plant species in Hawaii.)

HBT was invented with the singular purpose in mind of delivering strictly controlled amounts of herbicide to invasive weed species to protect and rehabilitate native plant populations. Applied from the ground or by helicopter with readily available commercial paintball equipment, the process is extremely effective in targeting and eradicating select invasive plants.

"Until now, elimination of invasive plants in Hawaii's steep mountain topography and dense jungle has required workers to rappel down 1000 foot cliffs to eliminate one plant, then re-ascend, reposition a few feet away, and then repeat the process for the next plant, or utilize a helicopter spray ball to kill everything in a 30 foot diameter area", said Rick Louys, president of Nelson Paint Co.

"Both current processes pose a high safety risk to workers and pilots, and often result in collateral damage to native plants. Also, endangered species plants are often co-located near the invasive species, which makes the current methods unsuitable. With Nelson's HBT technology, weed management specialists are now able to treat and eliminate individual plants on steep canyon walls using paintball guns with surgical precision, greatly increasing the safety of weed elimination and allowing a 100-fold increase in the number of weeds that can be treated in the same amount of time."

"This is important to the State of Hawaii because over 80 percent of the plants growing there are invasive, and they grow and reproduce faster than the state, local, and federal weed management agencies can eliminate them utilizing the standard technology."

By utilizing Nelson's proprietary, nontoxic, biodegradable encapsulation formula, adverse environment impact is non-existent. Invention of the projectile, refinement of the manufacturing process and perfection of the encapsulation formula has taken years of testing and development by Nelson. Meticulous attention to detail in all these processes by Nelson in concert with field testing jointly conducted between Rick Louys from Nelson and Dr. James Leary of the University of Hawaii has led to the success of the HBT project.

"Additional noted advantages of applied HBT include 60 yard or more effective range with sub-meter accuracy, accommodation of application to traditionally inaccessible steep terrain with slope grades between 15 to 60 degrees and greatly reduced amounts of herbicide placed in the environment due to the surgical accuracy of targeted applications," Louys said.

Both the University of Hawii and Nelson Paint Co. see HBT as today and tomorrow's most effective and low cost solution to the ever growing problem of defending native plant populations while leaving a positive environmental impact on all fronts.

Product and application process have been tested with unprecedented success and collective approval in diverse habitats throughout the U.S. resulting in existing and emerging worldwide business opportunities. Pilot programs to expand the HBT program are currently underway in 12 other States across the United States, with strong interest from Australia, New Zealand, and other Pacific Rim Countries.

"This project has required thousands of man-hours from Nelson and the State of Hawaii and other agencies, and has taken several years to achieve commercial success. It is one part of our long-term business plans to continue to diversify our business. I am proud that we have been able to achieve success in the pesticide industry, where the oversight is extremely rigorous, the failure rate of applications for registration are high, and projects like this evolve in years, not in months," Louys added.


Nelson Offers Custom Paintballs for 100 Case Paintball Orders

multiballs.jpgKingsford, MI June 21, 2010 Nelson Paintballs - Nelson Paintballs, the Inventor of the Paintball, now provides custom paintballs with a choice of shell colors, fill colors, grade of paintball fill, and scents to those ordering 100 cases or more.

Rick Louys, President of Nelson Paintballs, said, "We at Nelson provide the best solutions to the paintball industry. Our 100 case custom paintball capability showcases our unique manufacturing expertise and outstanding customer service. When you do business with Nelson, you aren't just a number, you are our business partner."

According to Louys, the new program, has proven quite popular. "This is a need that has gone unanswered in the paintball industry until now. We have had an overwhelming response to this program. If you want a pink and white shell, with blue fill and apple scent, that is what you will get if you order 100 cases or more. This is ideal for fields or events looking to differentiate themselves," Louys said

Nelson is the original inventor of the paintball, and has been selling paintballs since 1960. Nelson offers a full line of all-PEG-based recreational paintballs as well as other paintball equipment and accessories. Nelson's products .68 caliber, .62 caliber, .43 caliber, .40 caliber, and 6 MM in multiple shell and fill colors as well as clear training projectiles, red-colored fill training projectiles, Deter-it tactical projectiles, SOC bags, and EOTAC Clothing. Paintball sizes sold include .68 caliber, .62 caliber, .43 caliber, .40 caliber, and 6 MM in multiple shell and fill colors.

For further information and sales inquiries, contact Nelson Paintball Sales at (800) 236-9278.


Nelson Paintballs Sponsors National Guard Paintball Adventure for Youth

ngpaintball.jpgKingsford, MI May 30, 2010 Nelson Paintballs. Nelson Paintballs provided assistance to the Michigan National Guard by sponsoring the Guards annual paintball game recruiting event.

Rick Louys, President of Nelson Paintballs, said, "It was truly our pleasure to assist the National Guard in their recruiting efforts, and at the same time, make it possible to expose potential new players to the game of paintball. We generated a lot of interest from people that have never played before"

Nelson provided paintballs, markers, accessories, and air supplies for the daylong tournament put on by National Guard members. Nelson had staff on hand providing technical assistance and answering questions about paintball from participants.

Nelson is the original inventor of the paintball, and has been selling paintballs since 1960. Nelson offers a full line of all-PEG-based recreational paintballs as well as other paintball equipment and accessories. Nelsons products include Anarchy, Special Forces, NelSplat, Hotspot, and Hemorrhage brands, as well as clear training projectiles, red-colored fill training projectiles, tactical projectiles, and custom encapsulation projects. Paintball sizes sold include .68 caliber, .62 caliber, .43 caliber, .40 caliber, and 6 MM in multiple shell and fill colors.

For further information and sales inquiries, contact Nelson Paintball Sales at (800) 236-9278


Nelson Announces Addition of Deter-it CRASHER Glass Breaking Projectiles to Tactical Product Line

Kingsford, MI May 1, 2010 Nelson Paintballs - Nelson Paintballs, the Inventor of the Paintball, has introduced Deter-it CRASHER Glass Breaking rounds for law enforcement and military agencies to complement its line of Deter-it Less Lethal kinetic energy rounds.

Nelson Deter-it CRASHER Projectiles are extremely dense injection-molded Nylon projectiles designed to break vehicular and structural glass upon impact during hostage and barricade incidents. Nelson Deter-it CRASHER Projectiles are extremely resilient, allowing reuse during training when used against even moderately hard targets and have an operating range of -60 to 150 Degrees Fahrenheit with an indefinite shelf life.

Rick Louys, President of Nelson Paintballs, said, ?Nelsons Deter-it projectiles are in use for less lethal applications by local, state, and federal agencies throughout North America. The addition of Deter-it CRASHER is one more step in rounding out our tactical product line. Nelson has a long history of solving problems that exist for its customers. We created the solution to tree marking needs for foresters, we created paintball technology, and now we are proud that we are providing solutions to tactical situations faced by military and law enforcement agencies the world over.

Nelson is the original inventor of the paintball, and has been selling paintballs since 1960. Nelson offers a full line of recreational paintballs, other paintball equipment and accessories, clear training projectiles, red-colored fill training projectiles, Deter-it tactical projectiles, SOC Tactical Gear, and EOTAC Clothing.

For further information and sales inquiries, contact Nelson Paintball Sales at (800) 236-9278.


Nelson Paintballs Announces New Climate-Controlled Distribution Facility in Montgomery, AL

Kingsford, MI October 28, 2009 Nelson Paintballs - Nelson Paintballs is pleased to announce a new climate-controlled warehousing and distribution location in Montgomery, AL, making one day shipping and reduced shipping costs available to Southern customers.

Rick Louys, President of Nelson Paintballs, said, ?We are happy to announce the establishment of a new, state of the art 11,000 square foot warehousing facility in Montgomery, AL. This new location will complement our distribution locations in Kingsford, MI and McMinnville, OR, and will allow one and two day shipping to our customers in Florida, Texas, and other areas in the Southeast and Central Southern States while saving customers money on shipping and providing fresher product.?

Louys stated, ?In discussions with our customers located in the southern United States, we identified a need to speed up delivery to those customers and overcome cold weather shipping issues. We have just expanded our ability to deliver the consistent high-quality paintballs Nelson is known for all the way to the customer?s door. This greatly expands our strategic depth in conjunction to our strong dealer and distributor network already in place throughout North America and Europe.?

Nelson is the original inventor of the paintball, and has been selling paintballs since 1960. Nelson offers a full line of all-PEG-based recreational paintballs as well as other paintball equipment and accessories. Nelson?s products include Anarchy, Special Forces, NelSplat, Hotspot, and Hemorrhage brands, as well as clear training projectiles, red-colored fill training projectiles, tactical projectiles, and custom encapsulation projects. Paintball sizes sold include .68 caliber, .62 caliber, .43 caliber, .40 caliber, and 6 MM in multiple shell and fill colors.

For further information and sales inquiries, contact Nelson Paintball Sales at (800) 236-9278.


Nelson Paintballs, Inventor of the Paintball Welcomes New .50 Caliber Paintball Initiative

Kingsford, MI October 28, 2009 Nelson Paintballs - Nelson Paintballs, the Inventor of the Paintballl and originator of the .50 caliber paintball, is pleased to welcome the newest initiative to expand .50 caliber paintball play.

Rick Louys, President of Nelson Paintballs said, ?We were the originator of .50 caliber paintballs. We have been selling them since 1998 and have set the standard for .50 caliber quality with our manufacturing expertise. With our long and strong track record, we have long since overcome the hurdles to quality manufacturing that others will face. Seeing an increase in interest in our long-standing product is something we welcome."

Louys stated, "We know that there has been buzz recently in the marketplace regarding the .50 caliber paintball. The industry and players should know that Nelson has been manufacturing and selling these balls for over 10 years, largely as private label products, and welcomes the evolution of the sport. In addition to .50 caliber paintballs, we have been manufacturing .68 caliber, .62 caliber, .50 caliber, .43 caliber, .40 caliber, and 6 MM paintballs for years and continue to offer all of these products from our climate-controlled distribution centers in MI, OR, and AL, as well as through our strong network of dealers and distributors in North America and Europe."

Nelson is the original inventor of the paintball, and has been selling paintballs since 1960. Nelson offers a full line of all-PEG-based recreational paintballs as well as other paintball equipment and accessories. Nelson?s products include Anarchy, Special Forces, NelSplat, Hotspot, and Hemorrhage brands, as well as clear training projectiles, red-colored fill training projectiles, tactical projectiles, and custom encapsulation projects. Paintball sizes sold include .68 caliber, .62 caliber, .43 caliber, .40 caliber, and 6 MM in multiple shell and fill colors.

For further information and sales inquiries, contact Nelson Paintball Sales at (800) 236-9278.