RCBI ramps up production of protective equipment

April 2, 2020

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) at Marshall University is working around the clock to produce personal protective equipment as part of the fight to reduce the spread of the corona virus.

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SBA’s Paycheck Protection offers loans to cover payroll

The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with zero-fee loans of up to $10 million to cover payroll and other operating expenses during the COVID-19 crisis. Created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, this new effort is an incentive administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA) designed to help businesses keep their workforce employed.

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Marshall University’s RCBI innovates face shields to meet needs of healthcare industry

March 30, 2020

In an effort to meet a crucial need to protect healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, staff members at Marshall University’s Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) have innovated ways to produce face shields using 3D printing and laser technology.

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RCBI’s apprenticeship initiative earns national designation

March 30, 2020

The Robert C. Byrd Institute’s Apprenticeship Works initiative has been designated by the U.S. Department of Labor as a national program qualified to support manufacturers across the country.

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Seven industry leaders join RCBI workforce advisory board

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) at Marshall University has named seven additional industry leaders from across the state and region to its Workforce Development Advisory Board.

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Elkins farmer and entrepreneur wins Vanguard Ag competition

Feb. 28, 2020

Elkins, W.Va. – Wil Spencer, owner of Environotics Unlimited, is the winner of the 2020 West Virginia Vanguard Agriculture Competition, sponsored by the Robert B. Byrd Institute, (RCBI). Spencer was presented the award at the annual West Virginia Small Farm Conference in Charleston Friday afternoon.

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RCBI assists aerospace company in tackling challenges of expansion

An international company is teaming with the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) to develop the skilled workforce it requires to undertake a major expansion of its manufacturing operations.

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Craft beverage summit is on tap March 3 in Huntington

Nationally known expert Don Schjeldahl will headline Craft 2: A Farm to Bottle Summit March 3 in Huntington as the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) brings together interests from across the region to support the emerging craft beverage economy.

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RCBI to train ex-prisoners affected by opioid crisis

A one-of-a-kind initiative by the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) at Marshall University will provide former female prisoners affected by the opioid crisis new leases on life and a pathway to careers in manufacturing.

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RCBI drives innovation with nearly $700,000 in seed funding

A professor has an idea for a new product. An entrepreneur wants to test his design for a better fastener. An existing business seeks to launch a new product line. These and many other ideas have become reality with the help of the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) at Marshall University.

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