Tad Robinette, owner of Liberty Hill Company, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business in Huntington, is the first small manufacturer in West Virginia to be awarded a Northrop Grumman contract as a result of an Advantage Valley/RCBI sponsored Supply Chain Expo. The incredible trajectory of Tad’s entrepreneurial success with Liberty Hill has been made possible by the many partnerships Tad has cultivated over the last year with organizations like RCBI (Robert C. Byrd Institute), HADCO (Huntington Area Development Council), and Advantage Valley. As a result, Tad secured a multi-million dollar deal to manufacture weapons system components for Northrop Grumman’s facility at Rocket Center in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle.

Robinette is relatively new to manufacturing. He was introduced to computer-numerical-control (CNC) machining 18 months ago as part of a free RCBI apprenticeship program for military veterans, which he followed up with more advanced machinist training at RCBI. That spurred him to start his own business, which he has scaled by leveraging the shared manufacturing technology available at RCBI. Most impressively, Scarbro said, Liberty Hill quickly established all 110 controls of the NIST 800-171 requirements, a key cyber security compliance measure required by defense contractors.

Tad is now scaling-up his company with the continued support of Advantage Valley’s FASTER  WV business coach Tyler Brandstetter, through a program that will allow him to access the capital needed to continue his company’s growth.

“I feel honored that Northrop Grumman took a chance on a small West Virginia company like mine,” Robinette explained. “I realize that I have to prove myself, and that’s exactly what I intend to do.”  –  Tad Robinette