Chief Operations Officer Dave Walter shows off the Composite Recycling Technology Center’s first product, the Aero Paddle-brand Swift pickleball paddle, at the Washington Manufacturing Awards event, held at the Seattle Museum of Flight on April 26.

Chief Operations Officer Dave Walter shows off the Composite Recycling Technology Center’s first product, the Aero Paddle-brand Swift pickleball paddle, at the Washington Manufacturing Awards event, held at the Seattle Museum of Flight on April 26.

Composite Recycling Technology Center wins award for sustainability

PORT ANGELES — In the first five months of operation, the Composite Recycling Technology Center has earned the Silver Award for Sustainability from Seattle Business magazine.

A total of 16 awards were made to pioneering Washington manufacturing companies at an awards ceremony last week at the Museum of Flight. The ceremony attracted business leaders from across the state.

“The winners were companies with innovative products who found ways to boost their competitiveness through improved manufacturing processes and effective marketing,” said Leslie Helm, editor of Seattle Business magazine, in a news release. “It’s companies like these that remind us of the current strength and future promise of Washington’s manufacturing sector.”

“Sustainability is one of the CRTC’s aspirational goals, something we strive to achieve in all our operations,” said David Walter, CRTC’s chief operating officer. “We are proud that our efforts have been recognized so early in our company’s history.”

The award was based on the CRTC’s first product, the Swift pickleball paddle, from the CRTC’s Aero Paddle brand.

Made from recycled aerospace carbon fiber diverted from Washington’s landfills, the Swift paddle is the first product made from repurposing scrap carbon fiber.

The CRTC is the only facility in the world to divert uncured carbon fiber composites scrap from landfills and transform it into consumer products, according to the business.

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