RCBI event to connect manufacturers with aerospace industry

March 26, 2019

The Robert C. Byrd Institute’s RCBI AERO will sponsor a free seminar “Doing Business with the Aerospace Industry” on April 25 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at its Huntington Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center.

“West Virginia has a lot to offer the aerospace industry,” said Jim Smith, director of RCBI AERO. “With our existing infrastructure, low cost of living and a strong manufacturing base, we’re well poised to expand our aerospace economy while meeting the growing demands of the industry.” Manufacturers interested in becoming aerospace suppliers and those who would like to expand operations are encouraged to attend the April 25 event, Smith said.

A representative from the Aerospace Industries Association will highlight the state of the aerospace industry in the United States, what the industry is looking toward in the future and what major aerospace companies are looking for in subcontractors or partners, particularly when it comes to quality (such as AS9100), cybersecurity and workforce standards.

Because seating is limited, registration is required by April 24 at www.rcbi.org/go/aeroseminar. For more information, contact Smith at or 304.781.1688.

RCBI AERO is a U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) i6 Regional Innovation Strategies initiative – the only one in West Virginia. The mission of the nationwide program is to spur innovation and capacity building in select regions.

With EDA support, RCBI AERO is developing an aerospace corridor in the state and region that serves the needs of prime contractors and suppliers, strengthens the region’s workforce, identifies areas for growth, increases the rate of product development and connects manufacturers to funding and contracting opportunities in the aerospace industry.