RCBI help enables company to secure new contracts

Dixon Electrical Systems & Contracting, a successful Huntington-based business, has been serving clients across six states for more than 20 years. During that time, the full-service company has grown and now employs more than 65 people to serve its residential, commercial and industrial clients.

When Dixon officials saw an opportunity to diversify and expand their business by competing to become a supplier to Rockwell Automation, a national leader in industrial systems, they seized the chance. First, Dixon had to establish a Quality Management system that met Rockwell’s standards for becoming a contractor.

To achieve this requirement, Dixon turned to RCBI, which has a 30-year history of assisting companies in their efforts to establish and maintain quality systems. The company applied for and was awarded an Early-Stage Funding Opportunity (ESFO) grant from RCBI to help implement the requisite standards to bid on the Rockwell contract. ESFO is largely funded through the generous support of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

Carmen Archer, RCBI’s quality & environmental management systems specialist, worked closely with Dixon employees for six months to implement processes and procedures for maintaining quality and for documenting those procedures. As a result, Dixon was awarded a Rockwell contract to produce specialized electrical panels for the industrial giant. In a relativity short period, three more contracts followed.

In addition to helping secure Rockwell contracts, RCBI’s assistance has had additional benefits, according to Mark Walters, project manager for Dixon. “It has improved the communications, documentation and organization of the panel shop operation,” Walters said. “We appreciate Carmen’s help. She did a great job and was a joy to work with.”

To learn how RCBI’s Quality Services team can empower your company by helping boost efficiencies, implement quality systems and qualify for new contracting opportunities, contact Erica Cheetham, director of Quality Services, at or 304.781.1687.

Other News

View All News

New fiber laser takes cutting power to the next level

Ensuring access to the latest technology is a hallmark of what the Marshall Advanced Manufacturing Center (MAMC) does. With more than $22 million – and growing – in leading-edge equipment, MAMC provides entrepreneurs and manufacturers unparalleled access to...

read more

Learn to harness the power of 3D printers and lasers

The Marshall Advanced Manufacturing Center (MAMC) is launching a series of low-cost Saturday workshops to inspire more making locally and demonstrate the versatility of the technology available in its community makerspace. First up is 3D Printing Essentials on...

read more

MAMC makerspace extends hours

To better accommodate the public and encourage more creativity and making, the Marshall Advanced Manufacturing Center’s (MAMC) Maker Vault, the university’s community makerspace, is expanding hours of operation. Beginning Feb. 5, the Vault’s array of tools and...

read more

Barrel maker infuses ancient art with high-tech

MAMC lends hand with workforce needs The first thing visitors notice on entering West Virginia Great Barrel Company in Caldwell is the aroma. The sweet smell of freshly hewn wood mingles with the smoky scent of toasting and charring white oak to waft throughout the...

read more

MAMC honors machining, welding achievements

The Marshall Advanced Manufacturing Center (MAMC) recognized students in its career skills programs during a Dec. 7 ceremony in Huntington. MAMC partners with Mountwest Community & Technical College to offer its nationally recognized programs in Machinist...

read more