WV company achieves ISO registration

An Apple Grove, W.Va., company has earned registration to a new international standard that will ensure it continues its role as an important link in a long supply chain that connects the company’s innovative product to consumers. M&G Polymers USA achieved ISO 9001: 2015 registration after assistance from RCBI. The new registration transitions the Mason County manufacturer to the updated 2015 version, which strengthens its position in manufacturing and engineering markets.

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Entrepreneur launches product with help from RCBI

HUNTINGTON -- For years, Dr. Greg Crews attempted to make a better feed bucket for horses. He found the help he needed to bring his concept to life at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI). Less than two years later, his buckets are being sold across the country, and he’s making plans to expand his product line.

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New Quality Registration Opens Doors of Opportunity for Cogar

With implementation assistance from the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI), Cogar Manufacturing of Glen White has earned ISO 9001: 2015 certification, which will open new doors and present diversification opportunities in international markets.

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Mohawk Industries Expands Apprenticeship Model Developed in Partnership with RCBI

HUNTINGTON — The world’s largest flooring company is taking an apprenticeship model developed in partnership with the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) to corporate sites in more than a dozen states. It is a move borne of necessity for Mohawk Industries.

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3D-Printed Cap Giving W.Va. Business a Boost

HUNTINGTON — Established in 2014, Aridea Solutions provides clients with real-time environmental monitoring systems. The company's water quality monitoring system, for example, uses sensors to collect information directly from streams. The solar-powered system sends the data in real time to Aridea, which alerts the Charleston-based company when there is a problem with the quality of the water.

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RCBI assists longtime Huntington-based manufacturer

James H. Fletcher launched his company in Chicago in 1937, determined to develop mine technology for both improved productivity and increased safety. The following year the company’s first product — a rubber-tired, battery-powered tractor — debuted at a coal show in Cincinnati. At that time, roof control in coal mines wasn’t much different from what it had been decades earlier. Crews hauled, sawed and lifted massive timbers into place by hand. The advent of machines dramatically changed that.

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RCBI Helps Fayette County Business Grow

HUNTINGTON— The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) helped the owners of a small Fayette County company expand their business by tapping Additive Manufacturing, better known as 3D printing. As West Virginia's Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, RCBI provides assistance to companies and entrepreneurs so they can take advantage of this innovative technology.

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Monroe County Innovator Turns to RCBI for Technical Expertise

HUNTINGTON — Like many successful entrepreneurs, Matt Mann sees opportunity in unexpected places. While accompanying a friend to purchase fabricated stone for his house, Mann had an innovative idea. By taking advantage of technology and expertise at RCBI through its Innovate WV early stage funding initiative, the Monroe County resident has created an inventive, easy-to-install product that is now available coast to coast.

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Prototype Helps Steel Company Win New Business

HUNTINGTON —  With assistance from an Innovate WV grant, funded in part by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, a Huntington-based steel fabricator developed prototypes of a product that helped the company win new orders at an international trade show.

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Huntington Manufacturer Has a Worldwide Reach

“We started out in 1986, with two employees and no customers,” says J. Allen Mayo, president and CEO of Rubberlite Inc.

Today, the company has 140 employees and the products from its plant on Huntington’s Guyan Avenue are sold around the world — to more than 1,200 customers in 43 countries. The company manufactures high-tech engineered rubber and plastic foams that go into an almost unbelievable array of uses – from shoes and bras to cars and trucks, and even the Space Shuttle.

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