Marshall University RCBI partners with MEP at Ohio State

HUNTINGTON — The Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University is partnering with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership 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, the institute’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.

“We are happy to be part of the impressive network of partners The Ohio State University’s MEP has built to support manufacturers and entrepreneurs,” said Charlotte Weber, institute director and CEO. “For nearly 30 years, RCBI has worked with companies across the country to solve their innovation challenges, manufacture parts, design product prototypes and transition to new markets, so this partnership is a natural fit.”

Formalizing the partnership benefits the manufacturing companies of Southeastern Ohio, said Ryan Mapes, Endeavor Center manager and program leader.

“The convenient access to RCBI’s depth of experience and affordable rates for its design assistance, equipment and technology makes this partnership a valuable addition to our network,” he said.

For participation or more information, call 740 289-2071, Ext. 231 or by emailing Mapes at mapes.281@osu.edu.