Entrepreneur says training he received at RCBI contributed to his success
Vintec Manufacturing LLC is a specialty parts and contract manufacturer in Poe, West Virginia. Founded in 2000 by owner/operator Vincent Dumrongkietiman, the Nicholas County company makes parts for the mining and automotive industries, industrial plants and the U.S. Department of Defense. Vintec recently moved its operations into a new, larger building to accommodate continued growth and business expansion.
The growing company got its start at RCBI’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center in South Charleston. Dumrongkietiman – who was there as part of an internship while earning an Associate in Mechanical Engineering Technology degree and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering Technology degree at West Virginia University Institute of Technology – was able to take advantage of the wide array of RCBI’s advanced manufacturing equipment. “While working as an intern at RCBI, I needed to have a part manufactured for one of my own mechanical designs,” he explained. “After that, I started picking up side jobs making parts for various companies, and Vintec snowballed from there.”
Dumrongkietiman credits the training he received and the hands-on use of RCBI’s advanced manufacturing equipment as keys to his success. “During my internship and after, I received hands-on training and had access to millions of dollars of the most modern machinery and software. By utilizing the facilities of the Robert C. Byrd Institute, my startup costs were manageable.”
In 2004, the growth of Vintec allowed Dumrongkietiman to leave the incubation-style of operating from RCBI’s Technical Services and purchase his own manufacturing equipment to set up shop in Smithers, W.Va. The company has continued to grow, and recently moved again to a new, larger shop facility. Dumrongkietiman noted that his new shop has nearly four times the space (4,800 square feet) he had in Smithers and will allow significant growth.
The company currently has two full-time and two part-time employees. Dumrongkietiman said he hopes to hire additional workers in the coming year.
While his company has grown over the years, Dumrongkietiman said he still relies on RCBI. He said he regularly uses many of the different pieces of advanced manufacturing equipment at RCBI’s locations in South Charleston and Huntington. These include taking advantage of RCBI’s 3D scanning and printing for prototype or specialty parts work, and using the Faro arm portable measurement system, the abrasive water-jet cutter technology, the Swiss machine and the CNC mill and lathe.
In fall of 2012, Dumrongkietiman approached RCBI to assist on an energy industry project that required the expertise of a combination of traditional CNC machining and advanced manufacturing with 3D Printing technology. Early stage assistance through InnovateWV ensured the complex work was completed successfully.
Training as a quality supplier is another area that Dumrongkietiman plans to leverage from RCBI so he can continue growth in the automotive and aerospace industries. He said his company is interested in ISO 9000 implementation assistance from RCBI to bolster the company’s business prospects and opportunities.
“We would not have been able to do all of this without the equipment and training we got from the Robert C. Byrd Institute,” Dumrongkietiman said. “RCBI has, simply put, given me the opportunity to start a business using top-of-the-line equipment, without going into debt. But, more importantly, RCBI has given me the experience and confidence I need to be successful.”
For more information, visit http://vintecmfg.com/ or call 304.541.0396.