Robert P. Larsen is appointed CEO. Mr. Larsen is the President of OboTech LLC and is an expert on renewable fuels, advanced technologies for transportation, collegiate and secondary school vehicle competitions, and the development and promotion of Green Racing. He has been involved with Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies office for over 30 years through his long and distinguished career at Argonne National Laboratory as the leader of the Vehicle Systems Section and later director of the Center for Transportation Research. Among his other accomplishments he served as the technical and race director of the Progressive Automotive X-PRIZE and participated in several small start-up technology firms. He has served on the Board of Directors for SAE International, is the winner of a national Technology Transfer award as well as the recipient of multiple awards and recognitions from Argonne and other technical organizations.
Port of Port Angeles Commissioner Colleen McAleer said she is pleased about Mr. Larsen’s appointment as CEO. “I am delighted to learn of Bob Larsen’s appointment as CEO of the Composite Recycling Technology Center,” Ms. McAleer said. “His leadership has been instrumental in forming the company and guiding it to this new level of maturity. The expansion of the Board and Bob’s selection as CEO points to the rapid evolution of the company from a concept to a reality, and the business acumen of these individuals will help to guide the CRTC in its operational success. We are excited by the prospect of the CRTC opening its doors in just a few months, and are delighted that the process of hiring employees has already begun. By pioneering a new industry right here in Port Angeles, the CRTC will be an important engine of economic development for our region. I have no doubt that Bob is the right person to lead CRTC to a bright future.”
Starting next week, Mr. Larsen will be providing a series of talks to organizations around Clallam County describing the status and plans for the company’s start-up. CRTC is on track for starting production in October and achieving profitability in the second quarter of 2017. It is poised to become a major engine of economic growth and creation of family-wage jobs in our region. Its world-leading approach to recycling carbon fiber pre-preg has almost unlimited growth potential and has garnered interest and support from around the globe.
David L. Walter is appointed President of the Board of Directors. Mr. Walter comes to the CRTC with an extensive background in sales, marketing, operations, global business management and development based on a distinguished 34-year career with the DuPont Company. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) who is highly adept in innovation, team building, problem solving, and strategic planning. He is a Partner in the Kingsway Consulting Group and is a much sought after speaker on sustainability, having led the effort to take DuPont’s Building Innovations global business from 81 million pounds of landfill in 2008 to zero pounds by the end of 2011.
David Walter was recommended to the CRTC Board of Directors by the City of Port Angeles after an open search process. Port Angeles mayor Patrick Downie participated in the interview of candidates and expressed his excitement about this appointment.
"The progress and continuing development of the CRTC is a direct result of the collaborative efforts of the Port of Port Angeles, Peninsula College, and the City of Port Angeles. We are working together with a shared vision to reach a common goal. I am delighted to that David will be joining the CRTC Board of Directors. He brings to this project a wonderful and highly successful professional background. I am very impressed with his leadership skills and capacity for innovation and creativity."
Ray A, Grove is appointed to the Board of Directors and chairmanship of the Technical Advisory Board that will provide the CRTC with access to outside technical expertise and the most current information on research and developments in the composite industry. He brings extensive expertise in carbon fiber manufacturing, utilization and recycling, having been involved in composites and carbon fiber materials development and applications during his 35-year distinguished career with Boeing. He was on the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Product Development team for the majority of his career, leading R&D activities to develop and implement materials technologies to all BCA product models. Before retiring from Boeing, Ray led the carbon fiber recycling activities for 3 years for the company.
Founded in September 2015, the Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) is an innovative non-profit company whose mission is to lead and grow a composite recycling industry that fully diverts carbon fiber scrap that is destined for landfill, and turns it into value-added products. Since carbon fiber is stronger than steel with significantly lower weight (up to 75% less) the product applications in segments like transportation, clean tech and high performance sporting goods are boundless. The CRTC will accomplish its mission through direct product manufacturing, by providing technical design services, and by making low-cost recycled carbon fiber feedstock available for other manufacturers to utilize.
The CRTC’s start-up has been made possible by the Port of Port Angeles, which pioneered the concept of composite recycling in Clallam County and obtained grant support from Clallam County, Washington State's Clean Energy Fund, and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to complete CRTC’s facility, which is scheduled to open in August of 2016. Other significant CRTC partners include Peninsula College, whose composite workforce training program will be co-located with the CRTC, Washington State University, and other research and industry partners throughout the U.S. and internationally.
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