Advantage Valley & RCBI host first Virtual Supply Chain Expo in July
Advantage Valley and the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Manufacturing, along with its partners at Huntington Area Development Council, Putnam County Economic Development Authority and Charleston Area Alliance, hosted a virtual supply chain expo with Steel of West Virginia, Inc., a division of Steel Dynamics, one of the largest domestic steel producers and metal recyclers in the United States. The event was a chance for local and regional suppliers to have an opportunity to learn more about doing businesses with the company.
On July 14th, from 1-2 PM, staff from Steel of West Virginia presented to potential suppliers about their procurement processes and supplier opportunities. Staff from partner agencies were on hand to guide this discussion. Then on July 23rd, 15 companies had the chance to meet one-on-one (virtually) with the purchasing staff of Steel of West Virginia. These meetings were based on suppliers' abilities to serve contract services and supplier requests from the company. All 76 participants on the first virtual call were given the opportunity to submit an RFQ to be considered for these one-on-one sessions.
All types of businesses were encouraged to attend, especially those who provide metal machine shop or fabrication services, steel punching, tool and die services, repair and manufacturer of equipment, equipment inspection services, coatings, painting, heat treatment, inventory management services, recycling or disposal services, non-destructive testing services, to name a few.
Participants were thrilled with the opportunities and ten companies estimate that they will execute sizable new contracts with Steel of West Virginia or Steel Ventures. Stay tuned for more reports on our successes.
The next Virtual Supply Chain Expo is planned for mid-September with Constellium in Jackson County.