Scott Vogel Joins Symmetrix Composite Tooling Team

Please join us in welcoming Scott Vogel to the Symmetrix team.

“Scotty joins the Symmetrix team at an important time in the company’s growth,” says John Barnitt, President of Symmetrix Composite Tooling. “His deep understanding of composite materials and tooling design, along with his business and project management skills, will allow us to continue to offer exceptional customer service to our growing list of clients as we expand our capabilities and capacity.”

In his new capacity of Vice President, Scott will work with our existing clients as well as in business development. Scott brings an extensive background in composites technology to the Symmetrix team. He was most recently Chief Operating and Technical Officer of the Southern Spars Group and President of its Future Fibres LLC division. During his career with Southern, which included previous positions as lead engineer and division manager, Scott not only designed innovative composite structures using a variety of materials and methods but was instrumental in the business becoming an industry-leading global brand. His significant projects included the development and commercialization of the highly successful and game-changing ECsix carbon rigging product, and more recently the expansion of their composites manufacturing expertise in Sri Lanka.

“Coming from a business where customers put an equally high value on fit and form as well as function, I know that the success of any composite manufacturing process begins with good tooling,” says Scott. “Symmetrix clients leverage a commitment to technology, craftsmanship, and service that I look forward to helping bring to a wider audience.”

Scott has an engineering degree in Naval Architect from the New York Maritime College. The competitive sailing community knows him as the long-time bowman for Dennis Conner’s America’s Cup campaigns. He lives with his family in Rhode Island.

Symmetrix Awarded Workplace Apprenticeship Grant

Symmetrix Composite Tooling was awarded the Non-Traditional Apprenticeship Development Grant by the Governor’s Workforce Board of Rhode Island. With the help of Apprenticeship Rhode Island, Symmetrix is designing an in-house workplace development program that will include both in-house and off-site instruction.

As the grant outlined, “considered to be outside of the skilled trades, Non-trade apprenticeships are increasingly being recognized as effective pathways towards careers that offer family-sustaining wages and pathways from entry level to middle skilled or professional careers. The Apprenticeship model is now being utilized around the country in non-traditional occupational areas.”  Our non-traditional application is composite tooling. The craftsmen at Symmetrix must have competency in both digital fabrication on a large scale as well as old school composite tooling techniques. Through collaborations with our vendors, local trade schools, industry associations, and instruction from our in-house experts, Symmetrix craftsmen will have in-depth education in all aspects of our production process.

“The program has two goals. The first is to develop our team of craftsmen so we can better support our customer. The second is to show a pathway of advancement to our team members based on knowledge, skill, and repetition,” says John Barnitt, Symmetrix President.

The grant from the Governor’s Workforce Board of Rhode Island will go towards writing the program’s curriculum. Symmetrix hopes to have the program up and running by fall.

The New Guy: Steve Dennis

Please help us in welcoming Steve Dennis to the team of Symmetrix Composite Tooling as Shop Manager. Steve has spent a lifetime behind the tools at various boatbuilders around Rhode Island. He comes to us with a vast experience of fiberglass work and a strong, authoritative tone. He has quickly fit in as a welcome resource, keeping track of the many jobs moving through the shop. While we gave him is own office and promised we wouldn’t make him get his hands dirty, he can’t help but jump in where needed.

Steve’s hiring allows for Sean Lane to advance to Operations Manager. Symmetrix works to stay in the forefront of pattern and mold technologies. Sean’s new position allows him to research new technologies, materials, and methods for Symmetrix to keep improving.