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RCBI to celebrate WV manufacturing

Oct. 02, 2012 @ 07:07 AM

HUNTINGTON — The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing is joining a countrywide coalition of industry organizations that has designated Friday, Oct. 5, as National Manufacturing Day.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has proclaimed that day as Manufacturing Day in West Virginia, an event designed to raise the general public’s awareness about the importance of the industry and improve public perceptions of manufacturing careers.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday,  RCBI’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers in Huntington, Charleston, Bridgeport and Rocket Center, W.Va., will welcome visitors for facility tours and equipment demonstrations. 

“Manufacturing Day is for everyone,” Charlotte Weber, RCBI’s director and CEO, said in a press release. “It’s intended to highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation’s economy and draw attention to today’s high-skill jobs in the various manufacturing sectors. RCBI is proud to play a role in the nationwide resurgence of manufacturing.”

Educators and students are especially welcome, she said. Those younger than 18 must be accompanied by parents or teachers, and student groups of more than five people must register in advance. To register or receive more information, contact Lucinda Curry at 304-720-7742 or lcurry@rcbi.org.

Safety glasses will be provided but guests must also wear closed-toe shoes.