Meet the AIS Clean Tech Team

Our company (AIS, Inc.) was officially co-founded as a corporation in 2021 by Von Carlson (center), Paul Schmitt (right), and Ryan Sommerfeld (left). Our diverse team has collaborated on different successful technologies and industries previously, but never as a team. Collectively we have decades of relevant experience in; sales, marketing, construction, product development, manufacturing, and logistics.

Due to the nature of the 2020/2021 global pandemic and economic uncertainty, we challenged ourselves to develop a viable business plan while solving environmental concerns. As our business plan progressed, we soon realized the larger impact our product could have on communities worldwide.

Von Carlson (center) is the Co-Founder and CEO of AIS, serving as the team leader and the driving force behind the company’s goals and operations. His energy and experience add significant value throughout the organization’s day-to-day business and the strategic direction for the company.

Paul Schmitt (right) is the Co-Founder and CTO of AIS and is known as the leading recycled composite plastic engineer and mineral composite process engineer with accolades and innovations spanning over three decades. Paul heads the company’s research and development department and is the inventor of our proprietary comptrusion process.

Ryan Sommerfeld (left) is the Co-Founder of AIS and serves as the company’s Chief Information Officer. His twenty-five-plus years in construction, technology, and marketing contribute to a wide range of responsibilities within the business. Ryan oversees the company’s branding, product design, marketing, communication, and information technology.

Our technology is based on a discovery in the late 1990’s. This technology was shelved due to other endeavors at the time. In 2020, a conversation between friends was sparked, leading to a reevaluation of what was possible. These discussions lead to our comptrusion technology, a new process of formulating a structural composite into custom molds. By utilizing this new technology, we can break free of extruding lines and truly create consistent quality products without the exorbitant space needed for past machinery.

The real opportunity for AIS is much bigger than building a single, closed-loop manufacturing facility in Minnesota. The genuine opportunity for AIS is providing a solution for recycling centers and communities across the globe. AIS is positioned to assist communities in operating independently of landfills, provide employment, converting waste to produce energy, and manufacturing a stronger, longer-lasting recycled product that can be produced at a lower cost while providing additional revenue.

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