Inaugural Tokens: Made in Washington, for Washington

Visitors to Gov. Jay Inslee’s office Wednesday received a special token of appreciation when they drop by for a public open house following his inaugural address.

You can’t spend these tokens, but they are worth a lot to our state.

Inaugural carbon fiber tokens, produced by the Composite Recycling Technology Center in Port Angeles, Wash. (Official Governor’s Office Photo)

Produced in Port Angeles from aerospace carbon fiber composite scrap diverted from landfills, these little discs help showcase how Washington state is leading the world in developing innovative green technology that is both good for the environment and the economy.

The Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) in Port Angeles is the first facility in the world to transform uncured carbon fiber composite scrap into new products. CRTC is pioneering manufacturing processes that will make it easier to recycle and create high-performance, low-cost products from this material.

The tokens are truly a statewide effort. They were produced through a partnership among five Washington state manufacturers:

• Composite Recycling Technology Center, Port Angeles

• Toray Composites America, Tacoma

• Flow International Corporation, Kent

• Players Technical, Bellingham

• ProGraphics, Bellingham

The recipient of two Washington State Clean Energy Fund awards, CRTC has also received funding from the Port of Port Angeles, Clallam County and the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Toray Composites America provides the carbon fiber composite scrap material.

Gov. Jay Inslee and David Walter, COO, Composite Recycling Technology Center at the Inaugural Ball with the Inaugural Tokens

These commemorative inauguration tokens — and other products being developed at CRTC — are proof that strong public-private partnerships in clean technology can create huge impact for Washington.