Carbon Fiber Composites receives $10K grant

HUNTINGTON  The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) has awarded Carbon Fiber Composites, an Ona-based aviation manufacturer, $10,000 to develop a new aircraft concept for the general aviation market.

RCBI's Early Stage Funding assistance is designed to enhance business development and innovation among West Virginia companies. Carbon Fiber Composites is the first general aviation company in the state to receive this award.

Since 2003, Carbon Fiber has been producing composite airframe parts and fabricating and manufacturing aerospace components in West Virginia for customers nationwide.

Funding for similar general aviation projects is available through RCBI's Appalachian Hatchery, part of POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization), a multi-agency initiative that delivers federal resources to help communities affected by job losses in coal mining and related industries. Funding is provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission, U.S. Economic Development Administration and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

Aerospace technical services and training are provided by RCBIAero, RCBI's proof of concept and training center, which is an EDA-funded Regional Innovation Strategies initiative.

St. Mary's received two heart-care awards

HUNTINGTON  St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington recently received word of two awards.

For the sixth consecutive year, St. Mary's received the American Heart Association's "Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award."

The award recognizes the hospital's commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence. The goal is speeding recovery and reducing hospital re-admissions for heart failure patients.

St. Mary's earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period, according to a news release.

The hospital also received the Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation Gold Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association (AHA) for the treatment of patients who suffer cardiac arrests in the hospital.

More than 200,000 adults and children have an in-hospital cardiac arrest each year, according to the AHA. The Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation program was developed with the goal to save lives of those who experience in-hospital cardiac arrests through consistently following the most up-to-date research-based guidelines for treatment.

RCBI partners with OSU agency in Piketon

HUNTINGTON - Marshall University's Robert C. Byrd Institute is partnering with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) at The Ohio State University's South Centers in Piketon, Ohio, to be a service provider for manufacturers and other businesses in southeast Ohio.

The organizations share similar missions, which focus on providing access to university resources including facilities, equipment and expertise. Each has a portfolio of services that help both startups and well-established businesses grow and adapt to market changes. In addition, both offer resources that include quality management training and certification, assistance with access to capital, marketing assistance, access to advanced technology and manufacturing consulting services.

As an official partner, RCBI's shared manufacturing equipment, design engineering services, prototyping, 3D printing, quality assessment training and other specialized training will be available to manufacturers and businesses who work with Ohio State's MEP in Piketon.

Manufacturers that want to take advantage of the services offered at RCBI will be able to make arrangements through the MEP at Ohio State by calling 740-289-2071, Ext. 231 or by emailing Ryan Mapes at


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