Box Elder company wins SBA award

“Rob Hrabe knew VRC Metal Systems was in the running for Veteran-owned Small Business of the Year, but was surprised when they were given the award.”


“The antiviral antibacterial properties of copper had been well known for quite some time, dating back to biblical times. But the problem is [that] it’s expensive to coat surfaces in copper.” Rob Hrabe CEO

VRC Metal Systems ranked #132 for the Inc. 5000 Series List of the fastest growing private companies in the Midwest. March 25, 2020

BOSS Magazine – INNOVATION – VRC Metal Systems – COLD PLAY – Pg. 64

Cutting-edge repair technology that keeps air force jets aloft is about to disrupt commercial metalwork, and VRC Metal Systems is at the helm of its supersonic path to adoption. https://mag.thebossmagazine.com/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&edid=0b6c61a2-796d-4409-8924-9f474e9b30fb


“The Entrepreneur of the Year award was presented to Dr. Christian Widener, co-founder and chief technology officer of VRC Metal Systems in Rapid City.”

Gov. Daugaard Announces Economic Development Awards at 2018 Annual Conference

“The Entrepreneur of the Year award was presented to Dr. Christian Widener, co-founder and chief technology officer of VRC Metal Systems in Rapid City.”https://news.sd.gov/newsitem.aspx?id=23179


Jim Holland, Rapid City Journal Staff

Home-grown tech company ready to leave the nest

Hannah Hunsinger, Rapid City Journal Staff

“Late last month, VRC was awarded a $2.7-million contract from the U.S. Navy for a hand-held capable high-pressure cold spray repair system.”

“More icing on the cake: VRC was recently recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing privately-owned companies in the nation

The company was No. 413 out of 500 companies to make the top cut, and one of only nine manufacturing firms featured on the list.”https://rapidcityjournal.com/business/local/home-grown-tech-company-ready-to-leave-the-nest/article_0ffad7d4-33ff-5cc7-826f-4d4da01b2dab.html

VRC Ranked One of “40 Best University Start-Ups for 2017”

VRC Metal Systems Founded On Academic Research and Government Partnership


Rapid City, SD – A unique collaboration between South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSMT) researchers, the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the Army Research Lab has resulted in a technology-driven manufacturing process that is changing the way metals are repaired and maintained.https://sdepscor.org/2016/vrc-metal-systems-founded-academic-research-government-partnership/#prettyPhoto

July 2016 – Dam Operators Keep Their Cool With Cold Spray Repairs


Better hydropower dam turbine repairs are just a cold spray away with PNNL’s research and development of cold spray technology for cavitation repair. Bonneville Power Administration funded a partnership between PNNL, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, VRC, a premier equipment manufacturer, and MOOG, a cold spray repair contractor.https://energyenvironment.pnnl.gov/highlights/highlight.asp?id=2368

February 12, 2016 – Cold War technology savior for aging B-ONEs

Ellsworth AFB maintainers will soon be making repairs in a new facility to help extend the life of aging B-1 bombers.

B1 panel spray

The 28th Maintenance Group started using this technology about three years ago, in partnership with the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and other agencies to effectively repair aircraft parts and performs preventative maintenance of the 27 B-1 bombers here.https://www.afgsc.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/2612/Article/655095/cold-war-technology-savior-for-aging-b-ones.aspx

January 14, 2016 – Rapid City Named Best City for Working Students

ChristianWidener - SDSMT

Rapid City has been named the top city in the country for working students, according to a new list published by SmartAsset.  This is good news for the community and even better news for South Dakota School of Mines & Technology students who are gaining relevant work experience while earning an exceptional education at a reasonable price. https://www.designfax.net/cms/dfx/opens/article-view-dfx.php?nid=4&bid=461&aid=3942&et=featurearticle&pn=01

June 16, 2015 – Army researchers develop hybrid cold-spray system, transition to industry

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has developed a novel, hybrid cold-spray system in collaboration with the South Dakota School of Mines (SDSM) that is being transitioned throughout the Department of Defense and is anticipated to save millions of dollars in sustainment costs. https://www.designfax.net/cms/dfx/opens/article-view-dfx.php?nid=4&bid=461&aid=3942&et=featurearticle&pn=01

June 5, 2015 – VRC Metal Systems recognized as Black Hills Startup of the Year

VRC Metal Systems of Rapid City was honored June 5 as Startup Business of the Year during the 34th annual Black Hills Community Economic Development awards banquet in Rapid City. From left are BHCED executive director Blaise Emerson; VRC Metal Systems chief technology officer, Dr. Christian Widener; VRC Metal Systems president, Rob Hrabe and BHCED president Rick Rylance. https://www.designfax.net/cms/dfx/opens/article-view-dfx.php?nid=4&bid=461&aid=3942&et=featurearticle&pn=01

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