RCBI now enrolling for fall classes across W.Va. 

June 26, 2018

After May graduations to recognize nearly 50 individuals who completed machining and welding programs, RCBI is enrolling new students for fall classes.


State manufacturers report more than 1,000 job openings

June 26, 2018

An ongoing survey conducted by the RCBI finds that West Virginia manufacturers are in the process of hiring more than 1,000 positions, the majority of which are new jobs. The survey further indicates a high demand for workers in specific areas, such as machining, CNC machining, and welding.


RCBI coding camp offers students hands-on experience

June 6, 2016

Students from across the region will learn in-demand computer coding skills June 25-29 during Python Coding for Kids Camp at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) in Huntington.


Illinois manufacturer finds solution to workforce challenge in Apprenticeship Works

May 25, 2018

Martin Engineering faced a problem, one that could hinder production. The company’s most experienced tool and die maker was planning to retire within five years. How could his extensive knowledge and his critical skills be passed on to other employees?


Archer joins RCBI’s Quality Services team

May 14, 2018

Carmen Archer of Proctorville, Ohio, has joined the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) as Quality & Environmental Management Systems Specialist. As a member of the RCBI Quality Services group, Archer assists manufacturers so they conform to quality and environmental standards that increase productivity, reduce waste and meet international specifications, including transition to the ISO 9001: 2015 family of standards that contribute to an organization’s sustained success.


Lowe joins RCBI as technical trainer in Williamson

May 14, 2018

Justin Lowe of Canada, Ky., has joined the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) as technical trainer for its new Machinist Technology/CNC Program based at Southern West Virginia Community & Technical College in Williamson.


RCBI honors machining, welding students

May 8, 2018

HUNTINGTON — High-skilled jobs in industry await graduates of the Machinist Technology/CNC Program and the Welding Technology Program at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI).


SBIR Road Tour – June 21, 2018

Huntington, West Virginia

The SBIR Road Tour is coming to Huntington on June 21, 2018. The Road Tour provides small businesses and researchers the opportunity to learn firsthand about America’s largest seed fund, which awards billions of dollars annually. Read more.


7:30 - 8:00 a.m.: Continental Breakfast/Registration/Networking

8:00 - 8:10 a.m.: Host Introduction

8:00 a.m. - noon: SBIR/STTR Federal Agency Presentations, Panel Sessions

and One-on-One Meetings

8:10 - 8:40 a.m.: America's Seed Fund – SBIR/STTR Overview (Office of Innovation

& Technology, SBA)

8:40 - 8:55 a.m.: Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC)

8:55 - 9:40 a.m.: Reverse Pitches – Participating Federal Agencies (5 minutes each)

9:45 - 10:25 a.m.: Grant Opportunities for a Public Purpose (SBA panel)   

10:25 - 10:40 a.m.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office – (USPTO presentation)                             

10:40 - 11:20 a.m.: Staying on Track: Aligning Your Company for Success (SBA panel)

11:20 a.m. - noon: Inside the Head of an Evaluator: Common Mistakes (SBA panel)

Noon - 1:00 p.m.: Lunch (speaker to be announced)

1:15 - 2:00 p.m.: Legal Workshop – WV Resources

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.: SBIR Winners – How I Did It. Success Can Be Achieved. What It Means for My Business. (State panelists share their insights)

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.: WV Resources for Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Researchers (Agencies, experts detail what state assistance is available)

3:30- 3:45 p.m.: Wrap-up and Adjournment


Women-in-manufacturing program to graduate first Bridgeport class

May 3, 2018

BRIDGEPORT — Ten women are set to graduate from a one-of-a-kind program that prepares them for careers in advanced manufacturing. The Step Up graduation is Wednesday, May 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. at RCBI Bridgeport, 2400 E. Benedum Industrial Drive.


Kanawha native named director of RCBI aerospace center

April 20, 2018

Rand native Ralph Workman, an engineer and manager with extensive experience in the aviation industry, has been named Director of RCBIAero, the Robert C. Byrd Institute’s (RCBI) new aerospace proof-of-concept and training center in Huntington.