RCBI workshops to focus on lean practices, leadership skills
The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) is partnering with the Lean Enterprise Institute to offer two workshops to help manufacturers implement a lean process for product development and execute a focused strategy for accomplishing company objectives.
Designing the Future Remotely: A Lean Product Development Immersive Learning Experience. This live online event will run 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 9-13.
Participants will learn to focus and work as a team to gain a deep understanding of what customers want, then develop efficient and effective processes to consistently create and deliver exceptional products and services. Some effective tools that often are used to undertake this approach include initial concept papers as well as charts and graphs in a war room or “big room” setting, which is the meaning of the often-used Japanese term “obeya.”
“This workshop is ideal for individuals involved in all phases of product development, continuous improvement as well as managers and other company leaders,” said Erica Cheetham, RCBI director of Quality Services.
Apply for this free workshop at www.rcbi.org/designingthefuture.
Aligning and Executing on Your Company Objectives: The Hoshin Kanri Method. This in-person workshop will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day June 8-9 at RCBI Huntington.
Participants will learn to engage all levels of an organization in developing and deploying an effective approach for achieving annual objectives while tracking progress using the Hoshin Kanri strategy. Through immersive simulations of situations likely to be encountered in the business world, they will debate, reach consensus, then make decisions that align with an overall mission.
“This course is an excellent opportunity for company executives and managers to develop and hone their leadership skills, particularly for business leaders who experienced or still face disruptions to operations, such as continuing impacts from the Covid-19 pandemic or downturns in industries such as mining,” Cheetham said.
Apply for this free workshop at www.rcbi.org/hoshinkanri.
Seating for both workshops is limited. Preference will be given to West Virginia manufacturers. The workshops are presented by RCBI’s EDA University Center. For more information, contact Cheetham at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304.781.1687.
West Virginia Inventors Society to launch April 21
Inventors from across the Mountain State will gather this spring in South Charleston for an inaugural meeting of the minds.
March 23, 2022
The West Virginia Inventors Society (WVIS) will launch April 21 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park. The brainchild of businessmen and entrepreneurs Linwood Hamilton and Brian Joseph, WVIS will provide a forum for inventors at all stages of the development process to network, evaluate each other’s ideas, connect to entrepreneurial resources and potentially secure investors.
“Not only do we want to invite seasoned inventors to participate, but anyone who has an idea for an invention that they’d like to vet,” Hamilton explained. “We also welcome service providers, intellectual property experts, community lenders, angel investors and others who can help move ideas from concept to commercialization.”
The event will be hosted by the Tech Park, the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) at Marshall University and West Virginia Executive magazine.
“We at RCBI are excited to be involved in the creation of the West Virginia Inventors Society,” said Derek Scarbro, RCBI deputy director. “Our clients, many of whom are inventors and entrepreneurs, frequently mention the need for such a group, one in which like-minded individuals can interact, brainstorm and share best practices. This is another important way for us to support product development and innovation in West Virginia.”
To attend the free WVIS kickoff, please register at www.rcbi.org/inventors. For more information, contact Scarbro at 304-781-1684.
MATRIC to Establish First and Only National Center of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Process Design
Onshoring this capability will enable faster pharma response times, fewer supply chain disruptions
March 2, 2022
The Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center (MATRIC®) today announced it will establish the Center of Excellence (CoE) for process design, defining a new standardized process development framework to streamline chemical manufacturing processes from laboratory bench through to commercial production. The initial projects will develop continuous processes for critical materials for the pharmaceutical industry currently substantially produced overseas. These new capabilities will be established as a result of the Department of Commerce’s recent Rapid Assistance (for) Coronavirus Economic Response (RACER) grant to the RAPID Manufacturing Institute, of which MATRIC is a sub-awardee.
MATRIC—applying its unique infrastructure and subject matter expertise—will lead the specialty chemical manufacturing industry with this Center of Excellence focused on accelerated process design through modular processing. Onshoring the capability to move critical pharmaceutical material manufacturing processes from concept to commercial products will enable faster response times and fewer supply chain disruptions for the Nation.
“Today, the U.S. doesn’t have the manufacturing capability to produce some key raw materials and intermediates at scale to support our pharmaceutical industry and needs,” said MATRIC Chairman & CEO Steven B. Hedrick. “The COVID pandemic and the current global supply chain issues have taught us the importance of supply chain stability and security, and this starts with critical raw materials produced domestically, distributed with purpose, and efficiently accessed.”
“At the beginning of the COVID pandemic, we struggled to get our families and front-line healthcare workers access to necessary PPE, disinfectants and other critical equipment. I applaud MATRIC for making this exciting investment and establishing the Center for Excellence right here in West Virginia. Their broad-based chemical technology expertise will also help improve domestic Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) manufacturing, at a time when onshoring our pharmaceutical supply chain is critical,” said U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV). “West Virginia’s strategic location and MATRIC’s unique skillset will play a critical role in ensuring healthcare professionals across the country can quickly and efficiently get the equipment they need to safely do their jobs.”
MATRIC is a sub-awardee of the RACER grant from the Department of Commerce to the RAPID® Manufacturing Institute (RAPID). MATRIC will collaborate with RAPID, the project leader, and with partners at Teich Process Development and Procegence.
“Through its partnership with RAPID, Teich and Procegence, MATRIC’s Center of Excellence avails our economy with choices. Choices like this afford the opportunity to source from Americans for Americans, or to selectively buy from overseas, at their discretion,” said RAPID Executive Director & Chief Technology Officer Ignasi Palou-Rivera. “Just on the horizon, the most important raw materials and intermediates for pharma will again be made available inside the United States and not be locked down by a relatively inelastic supply chain originating in nations with substantial government control.”
MATRIC is headquartered in South Charleston, W.Va., at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park (WVRTP), a location with a rich history in innovation and technical expertise. Establishing MATRIC’s CoE at WVRTP will build a new manufacturing capability and capacity in the Appalachia region which, in turn, creates jobs that are not significantly different than historic, nationally important roles in mining and steel.
“We are pleased for MATRIC, RAPID and their partners to onshore this much needed capability. Employing Americans to develop processes to help other Americans, while decreasing the energy intensity that is required in batch processing, is something we are excited to lead,” U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) said. “Retraining and upskilling workers to operate modular specialty chemical plants takes some time, but it builds on the existing operator and technician programs that are available locally.”
RACER grants are awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce to high-impact projects designed to fund awards for research, development, and testbeds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.
MATRIC is the strategic innovation partner of choice that provides uncommon expertise and infrastructure to solve the most challenging science and technology problems. Focusing on the areas of chemical, energy and environmental technologies, technical engineering and advanced software technologies, MATRIC delivers innovation from concept to commercialization. We utilize our experienced and renowned staff, unique laboratory and pilot plant facilities, and flexible intellectual property models to create value for customers and investors around the world. We are an energized and expanding company that works from facilities in South Charleston and Morgantown, W.Va. www.matricinnovates.com
About RAPID® Manufacturing Institute:
RAPID serves as a nexus between process innovation, economic development, and job creation. The technology development and educational programming we sponsor will increase energy and operational efficiencies, enhance productivity, and improve sustainability, making U.S. manufacturing in the chemical process industries (CPI) more competitive in the global market and developing the next generation workforce for these industries. https://www.aiche.org/rapid
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West Virginia International Yeager Airport Unveils New Branding
February 23, 2022
On Wednesday, February 23, 2022, West Virginia International Yeager Airport (CRW) unveiled its new brand, showcasing our story of transformation while maintaining our roots through our new tagline, “It starts at home.”
In developing the new logo, CRW wanted to balance our history with our vision for aviation in West Virginia. Our new logo acknowledges the Airport’s physical location and our state’s nickname, The Mountain State, as portrayed with imagery in the logo.
While the logo has changed, CRW’s mission to become the state’s most important economic engine has not; that is represented by the curved line touching the mountain and arching into the sky to define a flight path as we make advances in aviation and education.
Even as our name has changed over the years from Kanawha Airport to Yeager Airport to West Virginia International Yeager Airport, CRW, our airport code, will always remain the same. Every detail of who we are is represented, down to the detail of the font used for CRW, visually communicating our forward momentum.
“Our new brand is indicative of the vision we have for CRW’s future as it encompasses our continued commitment to West Virginia,” Airport Director & CEO Nick Keller. “As we accelerate the forward momentum, we realized our brand needed to evolve and match the responsibility we have to become the largest economic engine in the state.”
When designing this logo, CRW contracted with the Vela Agency, knowing they would take on the big challenge with creativity and a thorough understanding of who we are.
Customers will see a completely redesigned look beginning with CRW’s website and social media platforms.
Contact: Rachel Urbanski, Public Affairs Specialist
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