Two W.Va. manufacturers selected as finalists in Shale Innovation contest

Special to HNN from a Provided Press Release

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Two West Virginia manufacturers nominated by the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) have been selected as finalists in a shale gas innovation contest that will award $100,000 to the winners.

Carbon Fiber Composites, Inc. of Ona and NG Innovations, Inc. of Cross Lanes were chosen for their shale gas innovation concepts.

 “West Virginia manufacturers are at the front of the field in this contest because they deliver innovative products and processes that meet their customers’ needs,” said Charlotte Weber, Director & CEO of RCBI. “Their recognition as finalists is great news; it reinforces West Virginia’s role in industry and shows that our manufacturers can compete with the best. I wish them each the best of luck as the competition continues.”

Bill Hall, Executive Director of the Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center, who set up the first contest in 2012, said: “This year, thanks to a grant from the Benedum Foundation, we have been able to extend the Shale Gas Innovation Contest to West Virginia. The response from innovators in West Virginia has been strong and we have two finalists from West Virginia. Our award ceremony on May 15th includes an Innovation Panel discussion with Chevron, GE and ADI Analytics, presentations by all 13 finalists as well as a state-of-the-shale-gas presentation.”

Carbon Fiber Composites was selected for its "out of autoclave" process to produce lower cost, high-strength, carbon-fiber composite materials for use in oil and gas applications for which corrosion resistance is paramount. NG Innovations submitted a "C-FIT" unit that identifies the density and amount of fluid in transit by satellite and identifies loading/unloading points, and tracks and date/time stamps truck movement by satellite.

Four winners of the Shale Gas Innovation Contest will be announced May 15.

More than 80 applicants entered this year's competition, the third in the annual series, from which 13 finalists were chosen. The competition is co-sponsored by Ben Franklin Technology Partners, ANGA, Aquatech, Baker Hughes, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, CONSOL Energy, Chesapeake Energy, Chevron, EQT, First National Bank, GE Oil & Gas, Little Pine Resources, the Marcellus Shale Coalition, PPG Industries, Praxair, Range Resources, Seneca Resources, and Williams.


About RCBI

As West Virginia’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, RCBI ( encourages job creation, economic development, innovation and entrepreneurship by supporting manufacturing companies of all sizes. RCBI offers access to leading-edge production and prototyping equipment (including 3D Printers) and specialized training for everyone from sole proprietors and start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.



The Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center ( is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and is funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority. The center’s goal is to increase sustainable employment while supporting the commercialization of technologies that enhance responsible stewardship of the environment.



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