Warriors In The Workplace Partners With Outdoors Again

Patten, ME) July 16, 2015     Officials at Warriors In The Workplace, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit public charity, today announced the formation of a partnership with Outdoors Again, a solely owned subsidiary of Howe and Howe Technologies, makers of the RipChair, a completely customizable all terrain wheelchair upgrade that offers renewed accessibility to nature for the handicapped.

The creation of the RipChair was featured on the Discovery Channel’s series Black Ops Brothers: Howe and Howe Tech in 2010. The tracked chair features a gas powered motor, allowing it to accept the user’s existing wheelchair, and increasing the range and terrain that it can cover. Originally designed to allow for access to hunting and fishing spots, it also proved capable of handling hill climbing and traversing sand dunes, much the same way as traditional all-terrain vehicles do. Since the prototype creation, the RipChair 3.0 has been refined to offer more options to increase functionality, which now include a snow plow and mowing deck.

“We are honored to be working with Outdoors Again and to showcase their efforts, along with those of Howe and Howe Technologies, on behalf of our wounded veterans. What they have done with the RipChair 3.0 is more than just create a great piece of technology, they have opened up the world beyond the pavement and sidewalks to those who are wheelchair bound and given them back a sense of freedom that those of us who are able bodied take for granted,” explained John Birmingham, Executive Director of Warriors In The Workplace. “We will be showcasing the RipChair at our events, beginning with the NASCAR race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway July 17-19. The RipChair 2.0 will be on display in the Fan Zone along with the Victory Weekend show car.”

Outdoors Again is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that provides outdoor activities and experiences for paralyzed individuals. The vision of Outdoors Again is to provide an all-inclusive park with full service accommodations catering to the needs of its guests and their families. Offering hiking trails, fishing ponds, kayaking, golfing, and a variety of other outdoor activities, Outdoors Again will be the world’s first outdoor recreation park designed for disabled individuals. The park aims to offer full lodging for the whole family as well as full physical therapy and health facilities. Ultimately, Outdoors Again will be creating an experience unmatched anywhere in the world in order to bring families together and allow everyone a chance to enjoy nature as God created it. For more information about Outdoors Again, or to make a tax deductible donation, please visit www.outdoorsagain.org.

Since its creation, Howe and Howe Technologies Inc. has become a world leader in extreme vehicle fabrication and one of the foremost creators of advanced robotic platform solutions and applications. With a reputation for innovation, efficiency, and outstanding ethics, Howe and Howe Technologies continues to exceed expectations and impress industry and clients alike, from the US Government to National utility companies to Hollywood movie makers. It is the ability to approach a problem uniquely, and overcome any obstacle or challenge that a project presents that has allowed Howe and Howe to show, time and again, that sharp minds with the right motivation can change the world. For more information on Howe and Howe Technologies and the RipChair 3.0, please visit their website at www.howeandhowe.com.

Warriors In The Workplace, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, was created to honor the memory of a local hero. As a Marine, he had survived 2 tours of Iraq and one in Afghanistan and had been awarded a purple heart. Facing a staggering unemployment rate and suffering from PTSD, he took his own life. Similar tragedies play out daily, with an average of 22 military suicides per day. Warriors In The Workplace is the organization that was created in the wake of his loss to help our returning veterans. The initiative is specifically geared toward the men and women of the U.S. Military, to offer them employment opportunities based upon skills they have acquired and perfected throughout their military careers. To learn more about this organization, please contact John Birmingham, Executive Director, at 207.694.1808 or by email at jbirmingham@warriorsintheworkplace.org.