THE FOLLOWING RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE RIGHT HERE IN MARTINSVILLE:
Center for Advanced Film Manufacturing
This new 28-credit, performance film training program evolved out of a strategic partnership between two of the world’s leading producers of advanced window films - Eastman Chemical Company and Commonwealth Laminating & Coating – along with the NCI, PHCC and Martinsville-Henry County EDC.
The Advanced Film Certification program is built around the specific needs of performance film companies. The program is designed for people who want to pursue careers in advanced manufacturing and specialize in the performance film industry, as well as other fields. Interviews for open positions are guaranteed for individuals who complete the certification program. Local employers have direct access to hire graduates first.
Classes are held in multiple locations, including PHCC, NCI, Eastman Chemical Company and Commonwealth Laminating & Coating. Most of the basic manufacturing learning occurs at PHCC, while NCI houses equipment for hands-on, industry-specific training. The equipment is similar to the advanced machines found in actual manufacturing operations.
This training program is the beginning of more comprehensive offerings planned for the Center for Advanced Film Manufacturing. Phase 2 will involve advanced training of experts suitable for lead operators and technicians. Phase 3 will provide in-depth training on film and polymers. And, the focus of Phase 4 will be window film tinting and installation.
The FAB Lab, certified by the Virginia FAB Lab Network, is a 1,600 sq. ft. facility in Uptown designed to support innovation in the region. Local industry and entrepreneurs can access the FAB Lab for engineering new products confidentially. The facility houses 10 design stations; a Roland Camm-1 SERVO 24” vinyl cutter; Roland MDX-20 Mill/Sanner; Stratasys uPrint SE Plus; Formech 686 Vacuum Former; Universal Laser 4.60; Routermate 4’X 4’; Torchmate 2’ X 4’; Morgan Industries Plastic Injection Molding Machine; Makerbot Replicator 1; along with work tables.
The GenEdge Alliance is a statewide consulting resource, based in Martinsville, to assist Virginia businesses with innovation, competitive markets and business growth. Consulting fees are subsidized by 60% via a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Standards & Technology Branch. Services to industry focus on optimizing manufacturing processes, supply chain optimization, and sustainability, and customized to address the particular company’s issues.