Economic Development Group Visits RCBI

Nov. 23, 2015

HUNTINGTON — Representatives from the Region II Planning and Development Council of West Virginia recently visited the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) where they saw firsthand some of the latest advances in innovative technology being used to train our workforce, develop the next generation of manufacturers, and design the latest in advanced manufacturing, robotics and 3D Printing.

The group toured RCBI Huntington, which operates West Virginia’s only MIT-certified Fab Lab that connects students and individuals to a world of knowledge and information as well as training facilities that are leading the way in cooperative education by partnering students with industry leaders to provide real-life job training. 

“These collaborative and innovative practices will help West Virginia become a leader in producing homegrown talent for our advanced manufacturing industry,” said Charlotte Weber, RCBI Director and CEO. “I am always pleased when officials such as the Region II Planning and Development Council take what they have seen at RCBI and share it with the marketplace as an example of how partnerships between business and higher education invest in our workforce and grow our economy.”

To schedule a tour of RCBI’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers in Huntington, Charleston or Bridgeport, call 800.469.RCBI (7224).

Operating for more than 25 years as West Virginia’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, RCBI encourages job creation, economic development, innovation and entrepreneurship by supporting manufacturing technology. RCBI provides local access to leading-edge equipment, specialized training and business development assistance for everyone from sole proprietors to Fortune 500 companies so they can remain at the forefront of innovation in an increasingly global economy.