RCBI offers free manufacturing training as part of the initiative
HUNTINGTON — The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) at Marshall University is offering free computer-based training in machining and machine tools throughout West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky as part of an initiative to revitalize American manufacturing and ensure a strong national defense.
Boot Camps, for high school and older students, include online instruction and the option of additional hands-on machine training at one of RCBI’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers or partner sites across the three states. No experience is necessary.
“For some people, this will be their first exposure to machining. For many manual machinists, our bootcamps will provide an introduction to the operation of computer-controlled machinery. And for experienced CNC (computer numerical control) machinists, bootcamps will teach advanced techniques and processes to improve efficiency, accuracy and productivity,” said Derek Scarbro, RCBI Assistant Manager.
Through a partnership with the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, RCBI is expanding a joint Department of Defense and Department of Energy initiative to restore American leadership in the machine tool industry through transformative thinking, technological innovation and workforce skills development.
RCBI will serve West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.
As part of this initiative, RCBI will purchase additional CNC machining equipment for its education and training centers in Huntington and South Charleston to supplement its more than $22 million in advanced manufacturing technology currently available.
Mountain Health Hospitals Receive National Recognition
HUNTINGTON — St. Mary’s Medical Center and Cabell Huntington Hospital, members of the Mountain Health Network, have been recognized in the annual Top Hospitals Rankings and Ratings for 2022-23 by US News & World Report.
St. Mary’s was recognized among the elite 12% who won honors as the best hospital in the Metropolitan Valley. St. Mary’s has also been recognized as a high performing hospital for heart bypass surgery, heart failure, heart attack, colon cancer surgery, COPD, kidney failure, pneumonia, hip replacement surgery and knee. Cabell Huntington has been recognized as a high performing hospital for heart failure, kidney failure, stroke, COPD, hip and knee replacement.
The annual Top Hospitals Rankings and Ratings, now in their 33rd year, are designed to help patients and their doctors make informed decisions about where to receive quality care for difficult or elective procedures.
For the 2022-23 rankings and ratings, US News assessed more than 4,500 hospitals in 15 specialties and 20 procedures and conditions. In the 15 specialties, 164 hospitals were classified in at least one specialty. State and metropolitan area rankings reflect the region’s top performing hospitals in several areas of care.
US News assessed each hospital’s performance using various measures, such as survival rates, complication rates, patient experience and level of nursing care. The Best Hospitals methodology considers data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the American Hospital Association, professional organizations and medical specialists.
Energy Services of America acquires assets from Ryan Environmental
HUNTINGTON – Energy Services of America announced Friday that its newly created subsidiary, Ryan Construction Services Inc., has acquired certain assets, including equipment, vehicles and small tools, from Ryan Environmental LLC of Bridgeport, West Virginia, for 1 $.8 million in cash pursuant to an order issued by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of West Virginia on August 9.
The order also included the acquisition of certain assets, including equipment and small tools, from Ryan Environmental Transport LLC, also located in Bridgeport, for $1 million in cash, Energy Services said in its announcement.
Although included in the order and under common ownership with Ryan Environmental, the Ryan Transport assets were not owned by the bankruptcy estate. The court also issued a separate order directing Ryan Environmental to return all leased vehicles to Enterprise Fleet Management, which will be leased under a new agreement by Energy Services. The fair market value of the leased vehicles is around $1.1 million, according to the company.
Ryan Construction will lease Ryan Environmental’s former offices in Bridgeport from landlords under a new agreement and will immediately begin working with former Ryan Environmental clients under new master service agreements. Former Ryan Environmental employees will be offered a job opportunity with Ryan Construction, the company said.
“It’s an exciting day for Energy Services,” said Doug Reynolds, president of Energy Services. “Our new subsidiary, Ryan Construction, will open a new geographic market in northern West Virginia and expand the services offered by Energy Services. In addition to gas distribution services, Ryan Construction will bring new markets with cathodic protection, heavy civil and broadband construction services.
Reynolds is also the managing partner of HD Media LLC.
Ribbon cutting on Main Street Hurricane for HellaFit
HURRICANE, W.Va. — The City of Hurricane will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for HellaFit: Boxing-Cardio-Fitness at 2 p.m., Monday, August 15.
Company owner Jace Heller said, “HellaFit’s goal is to provide people with a fun and productive workout that will keep them coming back for more.”
The gym offers a variety of classes, and most can be enjoyed by the whole family. Classes are suitable for all fitness levels but can be modified if necessary.
HellaFit is at 2704 Main St. in Hurricane. City officials and community members will be on hand Monday to celebrate this new downtown addition.
Best-selling author coming to Booktenders in Barboursville
BARBOURSVILLE — Join Booktenders at 6 p.m. on August 24 for an evening of questions and answers with Ali Hazelwood the day after the release of his new book “Love on the Brain.”
The event will take place in the parking lot adjacent to Booktenders, 621 Central Ave. in Barbourville. After the question and answer session, she will do a signing and a quick meet.
Booktenders is collecting questions for Ali via Facebook, Instagram and email until August 22 so they can curate a list and get the answers attendees want to hear.
The event is chargeable. The $35 ticket includes a signed copy of “Love on the Brain,” soft drinks, snacks, and dessert from The Mixing Bowl. They will have a special beer available for purchase and a food truck on site.
Proof of vaccination is required and Booktenders asks those who attend to wear a mask in the store. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
Playmates Preschool Centers Host Employee Picnic
HUNTINGTON — On Sunday, Aug. 7, Playmates Preschool & Child Development Centers held its summer employee appreciation picnic at St. Cloud Commons.
Nearly 200 Playmates employees, members of the management team and family members attended the stand-up event. Attendees had food and beverages as well as the opportunity to socialize with all Playmates employees at the many Playmates agency centers and functions.
At the end of the event, Jeanette Barker, Executive Director of Playmates, addressed everyone in attendance and reinforced her and her management team’s appreciation for all hands involved in making Playmates the best. possible.
As a closing event, the Executive Director handed out a total of nearly $100,000 in individual rewards to each Playmates employee and a promise to continue this bi-annual event.
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