RCBI Names Carpenter Employee of the Month

Arley Carpenter

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Arley Carpenter of Nitro, W.Va., has been selected as Employee of the Month for December by the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing, RCBI Director and CEO Charlotte Weber announced.

Carpenter serves as RCBI director of manufacturing services, working out of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center in South Charleston.

Prior to joining RCBI in 1997, Carpenter served four years as general manager of Mountaineer Archery, Inc. in Huntington where he introduced CNC (computer-numerical-controlled) machining to the manufacturing of compound bows.

A 1971 graduate of Herbert Hoover High School in Clendenin, W.Va., he attended West Virginia State College and earned an Associate degree from Marshall University in 2003. He received training in computer-assisted design and computer-assisted manufacturing (CAD/CAM) at Manufacturing Concepts, Harrisburg, Pa.

After graduating from high school, Carpenter worked as a mechanic for Mountaineer Datsun in Charleston before becoming crew chief in 1975-76 for a Nissan factory-backed race car driven by Dr. Damon Pleasant of Lexington, Ky. The team won the Sports Car Club of America national championship in 1976. He then worked as a mechanic for Allen Lucas Nissan in Charleston before becoming sales manager for Import Automotive Warehouse in Huntington. He joined Fletcherwire Co. in Dunbar, W.Va., in 1977 as maintenance supervisor and later was promoted to general manager. He served as plant manager for Gilbert & Bennett Manufacturing in Dunbar from 1986 to 1993, when he joined Mountaineer Archery.

Carpenter is a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the American Society for Testing and Materials. He also is a member of serveral archery organizations including the Huntington and Wayne County archery clubs.

“With his extensive experience in manufacturing and management, along with his ‘can do’ attitude, Arley Carpenter is a major asset to RCBI,” Ms. Weber said. “He plays a key role in our programs supporting the efforts of manufacturers and we believe we’re fortunate to have him as a member of the RCBI staff.”

RCBI provides access to cutting edge technology and technical training to manufacturers across the region. Operating from Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers in Huntington, South Charleston, Bridgeport and Rocket Center (near Keyser in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle), its mission includes developing a quality, just-in-time supplier base for the Department of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the commercial sector.