The Robert C. Byrd Institute offers a comprehensive stable of resources to support economic development and growth across the Mid-Atlantic region. Leveraging its expertise in manufacturing, technology and workforce development with a full complement of leading-edge equipment, RCBI enables manufacturers and makers to move their innovative ideas and creative solutions from concept to market.
How do manufacturers compete in a global market? By using hands-on, expertly guided “shared” manufacturing services at RCBI.
RCBI helps manufacturers identify, develop and implement documented quality systems to help ensure that they remain effective, sought-after and environmentally conscious suppliers.
Apprenticeship Works, the National Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Partnership (NAMAP) at RCBI works with partners nationwide to expand apprenticeship opportunities in advanced manufacturing.
RCBI’s role in today’s global economy begins with a commitment to innovate, propelling West Virginia’s communities, industry and workers to meet market needs. RCBI plays an important role by collaborating with our partners, entrepreneurs, manufacturers, artists, academics and engineers by focusing on the needs of innovation and technology-based opportunities.
In addition to delivering customized instruction for industry’s current workers, RCBI is creating a pool of technically skilled individuals who can go to work immediately in manufacturing plants. The technical skills you learn at RCBI make it possible for you to enter a shop floor setting and begin work immediately, earning good wages with benefits, knowing that your career is building.
RCBI plays an important role in economic development by connecting small and mid-sized manufacturers to the opportunities of first-tier suppliers as well as larger industrial sector ones. RCBI’s business and workforce development teams coupled with the RCBI 21ST Century Manufacturing Network also support economic growth in many ways.