RCBI Joining in Manufacturing Day

The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) is joining a countrywide coalition of industry organizations that has designated October 5, 2012, as National Manufacturing Day.

In conjunction with the nationwide observance, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has proclaimed October 5 as Manufacturing Day in West Virginia.

RCBI is participating in this special day, designed to raise the general public’s awareness about the importance of the industry, expand the public’s knowledge about today’s manufacturing and improve public perceptions of manufacturing careers.

On October 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., RCBI’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers in Huntington, Charleston, Bridgeport and Rocket Center, W.Va., will welcome visitors for facility tours and equipment demonstrations.

“Manufacturing Day is for everyone,” said Charlotte Weber, RCBI Director & CEO. “It’s intended to highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation’s economy and draw attention to today’s high-skill jobs in the various manufacturing sectors. RCBI is proud to play a role in the nationwide resurgence of manufacturing.”

“Educators and students are especially welcome,” Weber said. Students under 18 must be accompanied by parents or teachers. Student groups of more than five persons must register in advance. To register or receive more information, contact Lucinda Curry at 304.720.7742 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Visitors must wear safety glasses, which will be provided. Closed toe shoes are required.

RCBI’s Huntington Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center is located at 1050 Fourth Avenue in the city’s downtown. RCBI Charleston is at 100 Angus E. Peyton Drive in South Charleston. RCBI Bridgeport is at 2400 E. Benedum Industrial Drive. And RCBI Rocket Center is at 410 State Route 956.

The co-producers of the first annual National Manufacturing Day are the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute, the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International (FMA) and the U.S. Commerce Department's Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).