Minnesota Defense Executives, Paul Wagner and Tom Ashenbrenner, Join Primordial as Advisors

Primordial announced today that defense industry executives, Paul J. Wagner and Tom R. Ashenbrenner, have joined the company as advisors.  The executives bring to Primordial their expertise in working with defense contractors such as General Dynamics and Alliant Techsystems (ATK).

"During the Land Warrior field testing, we learned the importance of battlefield communication and presenting soldiers with the information that they need," said Tom R. Ashenbrenner, Manager of Military Applications, Minnesota Defense.  "Primordial is clearly a leader in providing the innovative solutions required to increase a soldier's survivability and lethality."

Mr. Wagner and Mr. Ashenbrenner led Minnesota Defense's initiative to equip US Army Land Warriors with a $2 million wearable interconnect system.  Working day and night, the company delivered the first workable prototypes in just 556 hours.  For their effort, Minnesota Defense received praise from high-ranking military officials including LTC David Gallop, Project Manager, Land Warrior.

The addition of Mr. Wagner and Mr. Ashenbrenner to Primordial's team boosts the company's defense industry prominence and provides inroads to organizations such as the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) and the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).

Biography: Paul J. Wagner

Mr. Wagner is the President/CEO of Minnesota Wire & Cable Company (MWCC). Started in 1968, the company has grown to 160 employees with annual revenue of $14 million. Before joining MWCC, Mr. Wagner worked for Northstar Financial Corporation and the Metropolitan Sports Center. In 1985, Mr. Wagner joined MWCC's sales department, helping to double the company's revenues. Mr. Wagner became MWCC's president in 1992 and CEO in 2000.

Mr. Wagner developed and later sold MWCC's Minnesota Med-Equip subsidiary. He also started the company's Minnesota Defense division. While developing relationships with clients and business partners, he has traveled to over 24 countries, toured Asia with Minnesota's governor, and received the Governor's International Trade Award.

Mr. Wagner sits on the boards of MWCC and IntelliPatch. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Saint Thomas.

Biography: Tom R. Ashenbrenner

In 2001, Mr. Ashenbrenner joined Minnesota Wire & Cable Company (MWCC) as its New Business Development Manager. Mr. Ashenbrenner now has profit and loss responsibilities for the company's Minnesota Defense division. As a result, he is focused on assessing new business opportunities and leveraging Minnesota Defense's success on the United States Army's Land Warrior project.

Previously, Mr. Ashenbrenner worked for Garrett-Callahan Chemical Company. In addition, he served as the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce's Membership Development Director for seven years.

Mr. Ashenbrenner received a Bachelor of Art degree in Biology from Saint Cloud University.

About Minnesota Defense

Minnesota Defense is a division of Minnesota Wire & Cable Co. (MWCC).  Founded in 1968, MWCC has 160 employees, 60,000 square feet of facilities, and $14 million annual revenue.  Minnesota Defense developed Soldier Interconnect 1.0--a wearable electrical interconnect system--for the currently fielded Land Warrior.  For more information, visit

About Primordial

Primordial is the leader in vision system software for soldiers.  Primordial's flagship product is designed for soldier systems such as the Land Warrior and Objective Force Warrior.  Primordial equips troops with capabilities (e.g. target locking, battlefield routing, and threat assessment) that were once limited to tank operators and fighter pilots.  For more information, visit