U.S Small Business Administration honors West Lafayette company

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Producing a photo voltaic meals dehydrator has served up countrywide acclaim.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Producing a photo voltaic meals dehydrator has served up countrywide acclaim.

5 decades after starting his business, Dr. Klein Ileleji has been identified by the U.S. Smaller Company Administration as a person of the top compact enterprise exporters in the nation

JUA Systems International – a company that aims at building drying meals effortless, risk-free and sustainable –was lately named both the Indiana and Wonderful Lakes Region Exporter of the 12 months.

 In 2016, Dr. Klein and Dr. Reiko Ileleji, cofounded JUA Technologies Worldwide, which provides the Dehytray, a solar food items dehydrator.

The plan driving the products deliberately came from exploration that Dr. Klein Ileleji performed with the Office of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue College, making an attempt to tackle food insecurity in acquiring nations around the world.

By his analysis, he found that was a considerable have to have to produce an affordable technique to dry fruits that experienced been harvested in advance of they spoiled.

Klein Ileleji took his conclusions back to Purdue and established Dehytray, and began to offer his merchandise to farmers in Asia and Africa.

Stacey Poynter, left, U.S. Small Business Administration's Indiana District director, honors Dr. Klein Ileleji, cofounder and CEO of JUA Technologies International LLC, with the award for Indiana and Great Lakes Region Exporter of the Year. Geri Aglipay, U.S. Small Business Administration's Great Lakes regional administrator, joined the celebration, on May 5, 2022, in West Lafayette. JUA Technologies International created a solar food dehydrator.

“I developed a dehydrator that encompasses all sorts of food stuff,” Klein Ileleji claimed. “It is modest sufficient for the major crop, but it is a lot more significant for the make, and that is how it started out. At the time the know-how was developed, the query is how do you get it to the people today? And which is when I commenced the firm.”

Applications supplied at Purdue University, these types of as the Purdue Foundry system, give startups a platform to experiment and establish subsequent-industry blueprints.