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State and local officials join RTI officials on a tour of the company’s new Martinsville plant Thursday when it produced its first certified commercial product. The hot ingot being forged is the yellow bar behind Mary Rae Carter (in the pink jacket). (Photos by Steve Sheppard and Bulletin photographer Mike Wray) Gov. Bob McDonnell (center) and others watch from the control room as hot ingot is forged at RTI's Martinsville plant Thursday. The company produced its first certified commercial product. Gov. Bob McDonnell (right) listens as RTI CEO Dawne Hickton (center) explains the titanium forging process during a tour of RTI's Martinsville plant on Thursday.
A burning hot ingot rests in RTI's Martinsville plant on Thursday. RTI on Thursday produced its first certified commercial product at the new $135 million plant. State and local officials joined the company in celebrating its milestone. Shown during Thursday’s tour of RTI in the Patriot Centre industrial park are (from left) Mary Rae Carter, state deputy secretary of commerce and trade for rural economic development; two unidentified men; Dels. Danny Marshall, Charles Poindexter and Don Merricks (partially hidden); Gov. Bob McDonnell; 5th District U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt; Gary Urso, general manager of engineering and capital projects for RTI; and Dawne Hickton, RTI chief executive officer. RTI Chief Executive Officer Dawne Hickton (left) shows Jodie Moxley of Airbus around the new plant at Thursday’s announcement. The plant processes titanium for Airbus, which is RTI’s largest single customer.
Airbus Senior Vice President Eric Zanin addresses those gathered for RTI’s announcement of its certified commercial production startup. He is standing in front of artwork showing an Airbus jet. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell addresses those gathered for RTI’s announcement of its certified commercial production startup. He is standing in front of artwork showing an Airbus jet.

 
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