RCBI Selects Weston Native as Employee of the Month

George E. Whelan

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – George E. Whelan of Weston, Lewis County, has been named Employee of the Month for September by the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI), Director and CEO Charlotte Weber announced.

Whelan, who serves as associate manager for public information, is based at the RCBI Bridgeport Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center. The Weston native is a 1969 graduate of Lewis County High School and earned a degree in journalism from Marshall University in 1973.

Whelan, who joined the RCBI staff in 2002, began his career as sports editor of the Buckhannon (W.Va.) Record in 1975. From 1977 to 1981 he was news and sports editor for WHAW-WSSN radio in Weston and sportswriter for the Weston Democrat newspaper. After a stint as Lewis County magistrate from 1981 to 1986, he returned to the Weston Democrat as sports and news editor until 2002. As a newsman, he earned several awards from the West Virginia Press Association.

He has been active in the Weston community, serving on the boards of directors of the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce, Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Citizens Bank of Weston. He is also a member of the Downtown Athletic Club in Weston and has coached Little League baseball and basketball in Lewis County for 37 years.

As a result of his community activities, Whelan was named Lewis Countian of the Year in 1993. He and his wife, Kathy, have been married for 31 years.

“George Whelan brings skill, experience and an impressive record of community service to RCBI,” Ms. Weber said. “He plays an important role in helping RCBI achieve its goals of support of manufacturing and manufacturers across West Virginia. We’re fortunate to have him as a member of our team.”

RCBI provides access to cutting edge technology and technical training to manufacturers across the region. Operating from Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers in Huntington, South Charleston, Bridgeport and Rocket Center (near Keyser in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle), its mission includes developing a quality, just-in-time supplier base for the Department of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the commercial sector.