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Byrd Institute receives award

Mar. 13, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CHARLESTON -- The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing has received the second annual Governor's Award for Leadership in Advanced Green Manufacturing.

The award was presented Monday as part of a special event focusing on technology and entrepreneurship in West Virginia at the state capitol. IOF-WV Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day is an annual event presented by Industries of the Future-WV to bring attention to high-tech manufacturing, innovation and entrepreneurship, and how they're transforming the West Virginia economy.

RCBI "has been bringing a 'green' touch to regional manufacturing since we were established in 1990," RCBI Director and CEO Charlotte Weber said in accepting the award.

Sophisticated equipment available at RCBI allows manufacturers to make products in less time, with less energy and less waste, she said.

Weber also spoke Monday afternoon as part of a panel discussion sponsored by TechConnectWV in the House of Delegates chamber. She detailed RCBI's role in implementing innovation and technology, including Additive Manufacturing technology utilizing 3D printers that create actual objects from digital files.