RCBI Expands Machinist Technology Training Staff

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – John W. Grimm, a veteran of more than 40 years in manufacturing, has accepted an appointment with the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (RCBI) as a CNC machinist and instructor in the RCBI Machinist Technology Program.

Director and CEO Charlotte Weber said Grimm will be based at the RCBI Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center in Rocket Center, located near Keyser in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. RCBI also maintains Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers in Bridgeport, South Charleston and Huntington.

“We’re very pleased that an individual possessing John Grimm’s breadth and depth in manufacturing and training skills is joining the RCBI staff,” Ms. Weber said. “With a record number of individuals entering our Machinist Technology Program this year, coupled with the increased customized training activity in the region, Mr. Grimm’s arrival is most timely.”

New Machinist Technology Program classes begin Aug. 25 at Huntington, Bridgeport and Rocket Center.

Grimm and his wife, Caroline, are relocating to West Virginia from Indianapolis, Ind. He has been serving as technical writer/instructor for Educational Systems Workship, Inc. at Crown Point, Ind.

A 1963 graduate of Toronto (Ohio) High School, Grimm earned a Bachelor of Specialized Studies in Industrial Management degree from Ohio University in 1995.

He began his career in manufacturing in 1966 at Weirton (W.Va.) Steel Corp., remaining there until 1994. He served as a tool and die maker and assisted in work that led to several patents pertaining to the canning industry. He also was a member of the Jefferson County Tech Prep Consortium, which is responsible for setting up a curriculum of technical education for the Jefferson County schools and Jefferson Community College.

Grimm has additional experience as a tooling engineer for Werner Co. in Anniston, Ala., and Advance Engineering Co. in Northwood, Ohio; as tool room supervisor and tooling engineer at Teledyne Continental Motors Turban Engines in Toledo, Ohio, and as tool room supervisor for Fulton Industries, Inc. of Wauseon, Ohio.

He is the father of two daughters, Tanya Carson of Indianapolis and Bernadette Pejic of Cleveland. His free time interests include golf and woodworking.