RCBI Names Chris Figgatt Employee of the Month

Christopher H. Figgatt

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Christopher H. Figgatt of Hurricane has been selected as Employee of the Month for February at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing, RCBI Director and CEO Charlotte Weber announced.

Figgatt, who joined the RCBI staff two years ago, is a production engineer at the RCBI Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center in South Charleston. Before that he worked from 2005 to 2007 in maintenance and engineering at Toyota Motor Manufacturing at Buffalo, W.Va. From 1999 to 2002 he was an assistant automotive technology instructor at Garnet Career Center in Charleston and from 2002 to 2004 was a diagnostic equipment consultant for Snap-on Tools, Inc. in Charleston.

A Charleston native, Figgatt earned a B.A. degree in business administration in 1998 from West Virginia State University, a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering technology in 2007 from West Virginia University Institute of Technology and is working toward a M.S. degree in safety from Marshall University Graduate College. He recently was awarded Engineer Intern certification from the West Virginia Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and is pursuing Professional Engineer certification.

“Chris is the sort of person most folks like to be around,” Ms. Weber said. “He’s friendly, diligent, ambitious and curious and demonstrates each day how much he likes his work. RCBI is very fortunate to have such a dedicated, knowledgeable, and customer focused person.”

Figgatt and his wife, Aimee, are the parents of a son, Matthew. They have started a small farm at their home in Teays Valley where they raise about 50 egg-laying chickens and grow a variety of vegetables and herbs. He enjoys hunting, fishing, camping “and just about any outdoor activity.” He also likes to tinker with antique engines, tractors and machine tools.

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.