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Posted on: September 6, 2016

Port Leader of Composite Recycling Initiative Tapped for New Position

Jennifer States, who helped put Port Angeles on the international map for innovation by working to launch the world’s first facility to transform scrap carbon fiber into new products, has been named business development manager at DNV GL. Based in Norway, DNV GL is the largest technical consultancy to onshore and offshore wind, wave, tidal, and solar industries, as well as the global oil & gas industry.

States leaves the Port of Port Angeles, where she served as Director of Business Development since 2014. In that role, she spearheaded the team effort to launch the Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) as an independent non-profit organization, then was partially on loan from the Port to serve as CRTC’s Vice President of External Affairs. On Tuesday, the Port Commissioners read a policy resolution into the record praising the accomplishments of Ms. States.

“Jennifer’s persistence and dedication were invaluable to work through the many challenges to move CRTC forward. And now, CRTC is bringing good paying jobs to our community and fostering collaboration which will encourage more growth,” Port of Port Angeles Executive Director Karen Goschen said. “While we are going to miss Jennifer we are also excited she has an opportunity to follow her passion for renewable energy.”

The Port is currently recruiting a new business development director, the position is open until filled and can be found at: http://www.portofpa.com/jobs.aspx.

Last week was the ceremonial ribbon cutting at the Port’s new facility, which is now home to CRTC and Peninsula College’s Advanced Manufacturing – Composite Technology program. Now that the CRTC has moved in, they are focused on ramping up production capabilities as well as their R&D efforts.

“Thanks to a large extent on Jennifer’s tireless work, the CRTC has become a reality and is already well-known and respected nationally and internationally,” Bob Larsen, CRTC CEO said. “It’s exciting to see the fruit of Jennifer’s labor has launched a world-first new industry in Port Angeles based on repurposing carbon fiber scrap into new products. It’s is what manufacturers and researchers around the world have been clamoring for, and what Jennifer has been working so hard for two years to make happen. I know we wouldn’t be in this position without her vision, her commitment, and her determination to make it happen. She made a huge contribution to the success of the CRTC. We are indebted to her and will miss her greatly.”

“Jennifer has been instrumental in the development of the Composite Recycling Technology Center,” Port Angeles Mayor Patrick Downie said. “Her bright and pioneering spirit has been integral in establishing Port Angeles as an international and national center for new innovation and technologies. I am very confident that she will be highly successful in her new professional responsibilities.”

Prior to joining the Port, States was Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Program Manager for Wind and Water Power Technologies, as well as Renewable Energy for National Security. She served on two different yearlong assignments to Federal agencies in DC: with the Department of Energy’s Wind and Water Power Technology Office and with the Army’s Energy Initiative Task Force. States served as board member for the Oregon Wave Energy Trust and was Managing Director for the US headquarters of juwi international, a renewable energy development company.

As DNV GL Business Development Manager within Energy Advisory Americas, States will focus on emerging issues for utilities such as grid management, smart grid, renewable integration, demand response, storage, and more. States and her husband are the owners of a winery and bistro based in Sequim called Wind Rose Cellars.

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