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.
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.
Service Sets Bridgeport Company Apart
Once tennis partners, Ed Waske and Bob Martino are now business partners whose Bridgeport-based company, Engine & Airframe Solutions Worldwide, provides repair and maintenance services to aircraft companies around the globe.
Champion Brake and Driveshaft
For a small manufacturer, taking on new business poses a challenge when the necessary state-of-the-art equipment required is too expensive to purchase. Rusty Efaw, owner of Champion Brake and Driveshaft in Grafton, solved this problem by collaborating with RCBI.
Earlier this year, Becker/SMC faced a significant challenge. The Huntington-based manufacturer had been restructured and was using a new business management system, both of which complicated the recertification process for ISO 9001: 2008.
RCBI technology, expertise help NGK continue to thrive
NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.), Inc. prides itself on being a state-of-the-art operation with a number of “firsts” on its resume, so it’s not surprising that the company is on the leading edge when it comes to Additive Manufacturing technology using 3D Printers.
Custom Manufacturing Services Inc.
Custom Manufacturing Services Inc. (CMS), an established manufacturing services company in Princeton, W.Va., has benefited from a recent series of workforce training courses from RCBI that helps enhance its competitiveness and improve its quality. The company provides a wide range of turnkey manufacturing services including through-hole assembly of circuit boards, cable and harness assembly, electro-mechanical assembly, sheet metal fabrication, and finishing.
Liberty Engineering and Machine finds equipment, expertise at RCBI
Liberty Engineering and Machine Inc. is a custom job shop located in Craigsville, W.Va., that specializes in CNC machining, industrial machining and metal fabrication services. In its first year of operation, the company has partnered with a regional company to help with sales of its products and services.
Fulmin Industries LLC and Fulmin International Inc.
Robert Contaldi is a small business owner who twice now has benefitted from leveraging the equipment and staff expertise available at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (RCBI). He currently operates two high-tech companies in West Virginia -- Fulmin Industries LLC and Fulmin International Inc.; both are in Mineral County.
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.