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Elastomer-integrated Composite Grows High-temperature Application Options

Rishon Coupling

RCF Technologies (Vidalia, Ga., U.S.) produces a material called Rishon, an elastomer that integrates the capabilities of rubber into composites. In short, Rishon combines the properties of fabrics and elastomers into a single, homogeneous product.

Including RCF’s proprietary elastomer through the weave of a fabric achieves a novel material with distinctive properties. For example, Rishon operates from -170ºF to +850ºF continuously. It is an FAA-approved fire barrier in thicknesses as low as 0.027″, and it can become a heat and/or flame insulator in thicknesses as low as 0.050″. The material is compatible with almost all fluids on an aircraft, according to RCF, and bonds to virtually all metals and most composites using the parent material in the B-stage as the adhesive. Rishon is a low modulus material, so it absorbs both sound and vibration. It is inherently non-conductive but can become electrically conductive while remaining flexible with almost no added weight. Rishon has also been determined to outgas far less than the strict NASA requirements for space use.

Using Rishon, RCF Technologies has developed a reusable inflatable bladder. The material’s ability to operate at temperatures up to 850ºF, as well as produce hollow, complex shapes reliably, is well suited to function as an inflatable, reusable mandrel for thermoplastic composites manufacture, the company notes. The bladder is inserted into the tool and then inflated to create the necessary pressure. Once inflated, the tool is heated under pressure, enabling the thermoplastic material to cure. After the curing process is complete, the tool is cooled, and a vacuum is applied to pull the bladder. The bladder, having served its purpose as a mandrel, can be easily removed and reused for subsequent manufacturing cycles. Unlike traditional methods and materials, the use of Rishon during the thermoplastics manufacturing process will meet the requirements without compromising its structural integrity.

RCF also manufactures lightweight metal couplings, clamps, isolation mounts, flexible connectors and sealant tapes, insulation, electrically conductive as well as non-conductive parts, seals, gaskets, ducting and many specialty items using Rishon.

Thirty-one Georgia Companies Receive 2020 GLOBE Awards, Four Recognized as Exporters of the Year

ATLANTA, December 3, 2020 —The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) today announced its International Trade division’s 2020 GLOBE Award recipients. This state-led awards program highlights Georgia companies that entered new international markets in the previous year. During calendar year 2019, GLOBE winners from 17 counties across Georgia collectively entered 75 new international markets.

“Success in global markets takes commitment and hard work. Our Georgia made products and services are making a mark around the world,” said Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp. “We’re proud to celebrate these companies for their contributions to a thriving Georgia economy through exports.”

The 2020 GLOBE Award winners represent nearly every corner of the state, and are predominately small businesses. This year, 84% of the recipients employ fewer than 100 people, with 52% of the winning companies employing fewer than 20 people. In addition, nearly half of the winners this year entered one of the 12 markets where GDEcD has international representation.

“We are excited to celebrate our 31 GLOBE Award winners. The strong international framework our trade team and our Georgia exporters have established over the past several years has kept Georgia on a solid trajectory, despite disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson. “From aerospace manufacturing to agriculture, nearly every sector of our economy is represented among our awardees, proving how exporting and the state’s strong international partnerships help strengthen Georgia’s economic vitality.”

Four outstanding companies were also recognized as 2020 Exporters of the Year. These four small, mid-size and large exporters of the year are highlighted here. A digital image of the crystal GLOBE Award that will be presented to recipients is also available here.

The 2020 Exporters of the Year are:

Exporter of the Year, small company: Poriferous, LLC, Newnan
Exporter of the Year, mid-size company: Sunnyland Farms, Inc., Albany
Exporter of the Year, mid-size company: Vital4, Marietta
Exporter of the Year, large company: Zcorum, Alpharetta
*** Additional details about each of the winners follow below. ***

In addition, Parts and Repair Technical Services, Inc., in Stockbridge, was recognized for excellence as a new exporter. P.A.R.T.S. Inc. represents more than 140 U.S. aircraft parts manufacturers, specializing in urgent, non-stock listed, hard-to-find, or obsolete parts, and has emerged as a trusted and well-known partner to countries across the world.

A complete list of the 2020 GLOBE Award winners:

AGRI International LLC, Atlanta
American 3B Scientific, LP, Tucker
Crider Foods, Stillmore
DataSeers, Alpharetta
Easy Bar Inc., Kennesaw
Fischer Connectors, Inc., Alpharetta
Hydro Dynamics, Inc., Rome
Inno Concepts Inc. dba CocoaTown, Alpharetta
Jetaire Group, Fayetteville
LivFul, Inc., Alpharetta
Matrix Surgical USA, Atlanta
Okabashi Brands Inc., Buford
One-World, Inc., Tucker
Osborne Wood Products, Inc., Toccoa
Parts and Repair Technical Services Incorporated, Stockbridge
Patientory, Inc., Atlanta
Petrolern LLC, Brookhaven
Plurium Technology, LLC, Peachtree Corners
Poriferous, LLC, Newnan
Rackettown Mustangs, Lyons
RCF Technologies, Vidalia
Richland Distilling Company, Richland
Rotorcorp LLC, Atlanta
Sunnyland Farms, Inc., Albany
The Seydel Companies, Pendergrass
THERMOCOAX, Alpharetta
Trans Globe, Woodstock
Valtorc International, Kennesaw
Vital4, Marietta
Zcorum, Alpharetta

“Our entire International Trade team looks forward to celebrating our GLOBE Award winners every year,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Deputy Commissioner for International Trade Mary Waters. “I’m very proud not only of our winners’ exceptional international achievements, but also of the guidance and tailored information our trade team has been able to equip them with every step of the way.”

The GLOBE Awards program began in 2014 as a way to recognize local businesses contributing to Georgia’s economic growth through global trade. Since its inception, the GLOBE Awards have recognized nearly 200 Georgia businesses from 48 counties across the state who entered new international markets.

For additional information about the state’s International Trade team, visit

Exporter of the Year, small company: Poriferous, LLC
Based in Newnan, Poriferous specializes in porous polyethylene surgical implants used in rhinoplasties and facial aesthetics. Additional information can be found online at

Exporter of the Year, mid-size company: Sunnyland Farms, Inc.
Based in Albany, Sunnyland specializes in delivering gourmet nuts, candies and confections directly to consumers. The company also sells wholesale pecans directly to businesses. Additional information can be found online at

Exporter of the Year, mid-size company: Vital4
Based in Marietta, female-owned Vital4 provides data to corporations to prevent bribery, corruption, terrorism, money laundering and other security risks. The company has found a great need for their services in other countries. Vital4 won the 2018 Metro Atlanta Export Challenge and came in second place at the Metro Atlanta Pitch Challenge in 2019. Additional information about Vital4 can be found online at

Exporter of the Year, large company: Zcorum
Based in Alpharetta, ZCorum provides software tools and management services such as engineering and customer support to cable, telephone, fiber and wireless companies globally. Additional information can be found online at

About GDEcD
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state’s sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a destination for arts and location for film, music and digital entertainment projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development. Visit for more information.

Marie Hodge Gordon
Director of Communications

Alison Wentley
Communications Specialist

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Sky’s the Limit

In 1993, when she was still living in Los Angeles, Dianne Zimnavoda was contacted by the state of Georgia. “They had formed a consortium of power companies, universities, state government agencies, and they were looking specifically to recruit aerospace companies. Somehow we made their short list,” says Zimnavoda, president of RCF Technologies, the company her engineer father founded in Los Angeles in 1975. They make specialty seals, hoses and couplings for aircraft out of an extremely heat resistant and proprietary material called Rishon®.