In July of 2019, CRG established its new High-Temperature Composites Center (HTC). This new center lets CRG focus on applications for its signature high-temp resin, MG resin.
The HTC’s vision is to support carbon/carbon (C/C) manufacturing with materials and process innovation, expand the national industrial base for C/C production, and reduce cost and lead time for C/C parts production.
The HTC team includes materials scientists, chemists, aerospace engineers, mechanical engineers and chemical engineers led by HTC Vice President, Michael Rauscher. Read more about the HTC here.
CRG’s intellectual property portfolio grew as it was issued four new patents in 2018. These included:
Patent No. 9,622,924, Fluid Absorption and Distribution Enhancement System. This is a a fluid absorption pad product for use in medical, pet, or food industry.
Patent No. 9,820,164, Subterranean System Comprising Wireless Communication Network and Syntactic Foam Panels. This patent covers any subterranean system, such as tunnels and subway systems, constructed with CRG’s syntactic foam panel material to facilitate wireless communication within the underground system.
Patent No. 9,908,993, Hybrid Fiber Layup and Fiber-Reinforced Polymeric Composites Produced Therefrom. This patent covers a method for a making a fiber-reinforced polymer composite using different types of fiber reinforcement and cured with a no oven, no autoclave process, using the exothermic heat generated by the reactive resin for curing.
Patent No. 10,119,238, Reinforced Syntactic Structure. This is a utility patent that describes the design and construction of a shell structure using CRG’s syntactic foam material and its uses in structural reinforcement or remediation of aging, corroded, or damaged underlying structures such as beams, columns, pillars in mining sites or industrial buildings.
On November 10, 2017, CRG corporate offices and its labs and development areas moved to its new location at 510 Earl Blvd., Miamisburg, Ohio. The new facilities offer more production space and integrated lab space, as well as modern offices and conference rooms, with room to expand.
Corporate headquarters are now conveniently located on nearly five acres just southwest of the Dayton I-75/Rt 725 interchange. The new facility provides 56,500 square feet of space, expandable to 88,000 square feet, with a manufacturing area that totals 38,000 square feet and features two 20-ton cranes and one 5-ton crane.
CRG is currently the #1 SBIR awardee in the State of Ohio, based on receiving over $50 million in awards on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program since being founded in 1997. The company also ranks #1 in the same metric over the last year, the last 3 years and the last decade. These SBIR awards have allowed CRG to build a tremendous portfolio of intellectual property they can capitalize on through both subsidiaries and within the core business. The $50 million in SBIR awards has led to an additional $90 million in non-SBIR revenue during the history of the company.
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation’s R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.
Applicants are evaluated on six research-based ingredients for an effective workplace: opportunities for learning; a culture of trust; work/life fit; supervisor support for work success; autonomy; and satisfaction with earnings, benefits and opportunities for advancement. These are all factors associated with employee health, well-being and engagement. The winners were recognized at the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees meeting on August 22, 2017. Read about it in on-line news.
In March, 2017 CRG celebrated 20 years of successful business. Over the years its business model has transformed from straightforward R&D to becoming a technology commercialization incubator, forming new start-up companies based on the advanced technologies and products it has come up with, much of the research funded through government SBIRs/STTRs.
So far, three new companies are experiencing success as subsidiary spin-offs of CRG: Spintech LLC, Advantic LLC, and NONA Composites LLC, now called Kineticure LLC. More spin-offs are on the drawing board, taking advantage of technologies ranging from structural power supply to specially designed patient litters that stabilize patients with head and spine injuries.
In an economic climate that has been marked with one of the longest recessions since the Great Depression, CEO Patrick Hood is grateful that CRG and its employees have persevered and continue to develop great ideas that change how people do things.
CRG received its seventh When Work Works award for 2016. The award, which highlights exemplary workplace practices among employers across the U.S., is given by the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management.
Employers are ranked on six factors of effective workplaces: a culture of trust; opportunities for learning; work/life fit; supervisor support for work success; autonomy; and satisfaction with earnings, benefits and opportunities. Read the Dayton Daily News article here.
On May 8th, 2015, the Dayton Business Journal published a cover story about CRG titled “Innovation Machine.” The article highlighted CRG’s spin-off businesses Advantic, Spintech and NONA Composites and the industries they target.
“Patrick Hood spent years trying to perfect a model to commercialize products from his research and development firm. Seems he found the right formula and now the Dayton region stands to benefit.” If you’re a DBJ subscriber, read the full article here.
On April 13th, 2015, the Dayton Chamber of Commerce FOCUS magazine released an article about NONA Composites, LLC. NONA Composites is this year’s recipient of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Soin Award for Innovation. The award, created in 2007 and named for its sponsor, local entrepreneur Rajesh Soin, recognizes a company with a unique product that exemplifies the region’s tradition of innovation and entrepreneurship.
The Soin Award is designed to identify, honor and financially assist a company in the Dayton region that demonstrates the historical innovative spirit of the community. It carries a $25,000 prize – no small matter when a company is less than two years old. “We’re still a very small business and every dollar counts,” said NONA Composites President Ben Dietsch. “This award has helped us go a long way in being able to continue to reach out from a sales and marketing perspective and do some internal product development.”
CRG was named as a finalist for the BBB/s 2015 Eclipse Integrity Awards. These awards are given to Miami Valley businesses and nonprofits that model ethics, honesty and integrity for the community. Read the article in the Dayton Business Journal.