Thursday, May 26, 2016

Navy Officials: 3D Printing to Impact Future Fleet with ‘On Demand’ Manufacturing Capability

by John Joyce, NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate Communications 

DAHLGREN, VA. -- Is it possible to produce parts and equipment from scratch for Sailors – aboard ships and on demand? Can the Navy rush deliver parts and high-tech gear such as customized unmanned systems, avionics components, and improvised explosive device detectors to its warfighters? “Yes we can,” say Navy officials and when Additive Manufacturing – also known as 3D Printing – fully hits the Fleet, Sailors could receive their orders within a substantially reduced time frame. Remarkably, Sailors and Marines are already inventing new products, expanding the realm of possibilities made real by 3D printing while saving time, resources, and money.

Bell and Howell Signs on as Tech Sponsor of Robolliance

DURHAM, N.C. -- As a leading provider of technology solutions and services for communications, commerce and industrial automation, Bell and Howell has signed on as a technology sponsor of Robolliance. Founded by Sharp Electronics Corporation, Robolliance is a forum for technology organizations and industry experts in robotics, surveillance and security to advance the understanding and awareness of autonomous robotic solutions.

Carbon Conversions Welcomes New VP

LAKE CITY, S.C. -- Carbon Conversions has announced that Keith Graham has joined the company as Vice President - Business Development. Keith was previously General Manager, Business Development, Sales & Marketing at Toray Carbon Fibers America. Carbon Conversions recycles carbon fiber-reinforced parts and the waste streams used to produce those parts. The company incorporates reclaimed carbon fibers in advanced materials that are used to make new, high-performance components. Carbon Conversions' engineers work with manufacturers to integrate materials using reclaimed carbon fiber into their product designs.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Slateplate Shines at Raleigh Chamber Business Showcase

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase held recently at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown helped shine the spotlight on Slateplate (, the ultimate piece of style for serving and entertaining. The well-attended event saw a steady stream of interested business professionals visit the Slateplate exhibit where they were able to get a feel for the smooth, durable serving tray handcrafted from high-quality, natural slate right here in the U.S.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Discovery Education President and CEO Bill Goodwyn Named Among Top 100 CEO Leaders

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, announced today that President and CEO Bill Goodwyn has been named one of the top “100 CEO Leaders in STEM” by STEMconnector®. The one-stop for STEM Information, STEMconnector’s recognition of Goodwyn is based on his “unique perspective on the issues facing America’s STEM workforce,” and leadership of a mission-based education company whose work will “definitely help drive the discourse going forward.”

Better IV Becomes SCRA Client Company

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. -- As part of its ongoing mission to foster high-tech economic growth in South Carolina, SCRA's SC Launch program today announced the acceptance of Charleston-based company BetterIV, Inc. into the program as a client company. Client companies are accepted into the SC Launch economic development program to receive mentoring and other support services. Accepted companies may also be eligible to receive matching grant funds or investments.

North Carolina Bar Association Observes Law Day

CARY, N.C. -- Students from across the state gathered in Raleigh on Friday, May 6, as the North Carolina Bar Association observed Law Day 2016. Joining the students who are being honored for their efforts in the annual Law Week competitions was Judge Elizabeth Keever (ret.) of Fayetteville who received the Liberty Bell Award. The students were recognized for their efforts in essay writing, poster art and moot court. The finals of the moot court competition were conducted Friday morning before a panel of N.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeals justices and judges, respectively.

Bobbitt Starts Construction on Tech Company’s New N.C. Home

HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. -- Bobbitt Design Build recently began construction on a 25,000-square-foot, multi-phase project for RoviSys’ North Carolina office at 480 Green Oaks Parkway in Holly Springs. The Bobbitt team worked with RoviSys – a leading independent provider of integrated strategies, systems and services that advance the performance of industrial processes and companies – to create a fun and productive workspace for its growing team of technical professionals.

PR101: Tradeshows = Publicity

by David Dean Menzies

If you are a business owner or a senior executive at an organization or company with something to sell, you more than likely have considered tradeshows as a tool for generating leads, increasing brand awareness, and engaging in meaningful relationship building. Respected industry voices agree there is value in these events to reach target audiences; for example, 78 percent of tradeshow attendees travel more than 400 miles to attend events, ensuring a national audience, and 81 percent of tradeshow attendees actually have authority to make purchases at shows. According to the Trade Show News Network, the top five tradeshows in the U.S. (based on a combination of factors) in 2015 varied widely with regard to industry focus. At number five they have something called the Specialty Equipment Market Association or SEMA, the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world held in Las Vegas; number four is the International Construction and Utility Equipment Association Demo Expo in Louisville; the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market January show in Atlanta grabs the bronze medal, while the organization's annual sister event in July grabs the silver; and at number one is the well-known Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Although the subject matter differs at each of these shows, there is one commonality: massive attendance. I mean, H-U-G-E huge: CES draws 109,507 attendees and 3,631 exhibitors, while even the number five event, SEMA, attracts 2,400 exhibitors and 159,700 attendees. If you’ve taken the important step of participating in one of these mega shows, or even a smaller regional or industry trade show to build your company profile, you have the opportunity to leverage your hard work and noteworthy participation by building a proactive PR plan to get yourself in front of prospects. The best part is, it’s not hard and it’s not expensive.