Benedum Renews RCBI Grant to Link Technology, Food Supply Chain

October 15, 2015

HUNTINGTON — The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation has awarded the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) an additional $266,000 to continue its initiative that enhances local food supply chain productivity through advanced technology applications.

The Agricultural Innovations at RCBI initiative leverages its existing processes, standards, both additive and traditional manufacturing techniques and staff expertise to improve the efficiency and profitability of agricultural operations.

"The efforts help identify and direct technologies for the farm-to-market sector that lead to marketable products, useful innovations and, ultimately, spur new jobs and model programs that can be shared and replicated by others," said Charlotte Weber, RCBI Director & CEO.

Specific goals for the RCBI initiative involve:

  • Using advanced prototyping and 3D Printing innovations to develop technology-driven products and services that create new jobs and product opportunities in the food and agriculture sector
  • Reinforcing 21st century business promotional tools of e-commerce and Social Media marketing
  • Helping food producers, distributors and buyers augment and expand food supply systems by applying Lean Manufacturing and other industry-proven practices
  • Creating new models for public and private partnership to promote the agriculture economy