Industry Expert Joins RCBI Quality Services Team
Sept. 20, 2016
Huntington native Darron Nelson has joined the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) as interim Quality/Environmental Management System Specialist. Nelson brings nearly 25 years of manufacturing experience to the position.
“Darron’s been involved in every facet of manufacturing, from design and engineering to machining, and from distribution and sales to environmental compliance and quality management,” said Charlotte Weber, RCBI Director & CEO. “The experience and expertise he brings to RCBI is crucial as we accelerate efforts to help West Virginia businesses expand markets, improve efficiencies and bolster competitiveness.”
With extensive background in mining-related industries, Nelson will fill a critical role as RCBI expands outreach to coal-reliant suppliers during the economic transition. In his most recent position as OEM (original equipment manufacturer) Product Line Manager at SMC Electrical Products of Huntington, Nelson was responsible for helping the mining industry supplier find new uses for its products and expand markets, including export opportunities.
“I enjoy working to enable businesses to be more competitive and more productive,” Nelson said. “My mission is to empower manufacturers in our area so they can thrive for the sake of the families that rely on them.”
Nelson’s technical background also adds a new component to RCBI’s Quality Services, said Erica Cheetham, Director of Quality Services. “Darron’s technical and design experience will be instrumental in helping manufacturers improve product quality, develop new designs and diversify,” Cheetham said. “His unique skills equip us to build on what we already do.”
As a certified ISO Lead Auditor, Nelson will play a key role as RCBI assists manufacturers in the transition to ISO 9001: 2015 – international quality standards that businesses must meet to supply major manufacturers, contract with government agencies and export internationally. He’s also a LEAN and Six Sigma Black Belt.
Nelson will combine his manufacturing experience and farming background to support RCBI’s Agricultural Innovations, an initiative to improve opportunities for the farming and agricultural economy across West Virginia through advanced manufacturing technologies, improved supply chains, and support for entrepreneurship and innovation.