Expo to connect businesses to automotive manufacturers

Jan. 29, 2019

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) and Advantage Valley will sponsor an expo March 7 in Hurricane to link businesses with major West Virginia automotive manufacturers.

Attendees of the West Virginia Automotive Supply Chain Expo will learn about the processes to become suppliers to manufacturers such as NGK Spark Plugs, Sogefi USA and Toyota and have an opportunity to meet one-one-one with representatives of these companies to learn about supplying materials, services and commodities necessary for day-to-day operations.

“One way RCBI grows West Virginia’s economy is by connecting existing businesses to contracting opportunities here at home,” said Derek Scarbro, director of RCBI’s Appalachian Hatchery initiative. “This, in turn, enables larger manufacturers such as those in the automotive sector to learn about potential state suppliers, some of whom may be capable of providing goods and services faster, more reliably and even cheaper.”

Terrell Ellis, executive director of Advantage Valley, sees great benefit in business-to-business events like the expo. “If businesses have the opportunity to learn the needs of the key industrial players, they may have the capability to become a part of the local supply chain.  It can be a win-win situation, allowing companies to make the choice to use a local supplier. This opens new markets for our businesses.”

The March 7 West Virginia Automotive Supply Chain Expo runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Valley Park Conference Center in Hurricane. The event is free and open to the public. Register at www.rcbi.org/go/autoexpo.

The expo is a project of RCBI’s Appalachian Hatchery, in partnership with Advantage Valley, which is part of POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization), a multi-agency initiative that delivers federal resources to help communities affected by job losses in coal mining and related industries. Funding is provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission, U.S. Economic Development Administration and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.  

For more information, contact Scarbro at 304.781.1684 or Ellis at 304.546.7323.