The Composites Alliance of Rhode Island has hired marine and composites industry veteran Tripp Estabrook as project director.
This is a new position created to take this recently formed organization to its next stage of growth. The Composites Alliance of Rhode Island is a partnership of approximately 50 composites companies in Rhode Island that are working together to market and develop this statewide sector. ‘Tripp Estabrook is a vital building block toward establishing the infrastructure the Composites Alliance of Rhode Island needs to fulfill its mission and move forward,’ said Wendy Mackie, CEO of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, which has worked as a partner to help launch this new organization. ‘We now have the expert who can match the strong and diverse capabilities we have here in Rhode Island to the composites services and products needed in the marketplace.’ As Project Director, Estabrook will serve as a sales professional representing Rhode Island’s composites industry. He will be responsible for identifying and pursuing new business opportunities and will work closely with a Steering Committee, made up of Rhode Island business leaders and owners, to set strategic goals and action plans. His project management expertise will come into play with larger projects that require a team effort combining the capabilities of several Rhode Island companies.
Growth projection Estabrook’s career in the marine industry spans over 30 years and has given him a wide range of experience and contact with the trade. According to the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), the U.S. composites industry employs more than a half-million people in all fifty states and generates almost US$70 billion in revenues annually. This industry grew by 6.3% in 2014; the composites industry is projected to grow an average of 6.5% between now and 2020, according to the ACMA. The Composites Alliance of Rhode Island was formed in May 2014 after an industry roundtable that drew a hundred thought leaders from government and industry who together determined a clear need for a unified approach to exploring the capabilities of the state’s composites industry, its needs, and its ability to create jobs.
This story is reprinted from material from The Composites Alliance of Rhode Island, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.