Strongwell Names New Director, Research and Development
January 10th, 2023

BRISTOL, Va. — Strongwell (USA) announces the promotion of Bhyrav Mutnuri to Director, Research and Development, reporting to the Vice President of Sales and Engineering. Mutnuri replaces Joe Spanovich, who recently retired from the position after over 30 years of service with Strongwell.

In his new role, Mutnuri gains responsibility for the daily operations of Strongwell’s corporate lab, oversight of Strongwell research and development efforts, and management of trial and test programs through the management and assignment of staff and utilization of resources. In addition, he will work closely with customers and potential clients to commercialize new custom products for Strongwell.

He began his career with Strongwell in 2018 and most recently served as Product Development Engineer. Prior to his tenure at Strongwell, Bhyrav had many years of experience in the composites industry with an emphasis on manufacturing using pultrusion, testing, and mechanical characterization. He also played a key role in improving process effectiveness and product quality and oversaw major R&D efforts at another pultrusion company. Bhyrav also worked for West Virginia University as an Engineering Scientist, and the Advanced and Applied Polymer Processing Institute as a Research Associate.

Mutnuri holds a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in India, and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. He resides in Bristol, Tennessee, with his wife and son.

He is a member of several industry and standard committees including Load and Resistance Factor Design where he is currently a voting member, ASTM International where he is Chairman of D20.18 – Reinforced Thermoset Composites, Cooling Tower Institute, Pultrusion Industry Council, and Fiberglass Grating Manufacturers Council.

David Oakley, Strongwell’s President and CEO, commented on Mutnuri’s promotion: “Strongwell is proud of its earned reputation as world leader in pultrusion and pultruded composites, and the responsibility to maintain and grow that reputation is not one we take lightly. One of the keys to our success is the emphasis we place on research and development activities. Bhyrav’s promotion to Director of R&D is a good fit for his skill set and keeps us on track with the numerous projects in the works and customers we support. We are all excited for what Bhyrav is going to accomplish in this role.”

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Headquartered in Bristol, Virginia, Strongwell is the recognized world leader in the manufacture of pultruded fiber reinforced polymer composites. The company has pultrusion manufacturing facilities in Bristol, Virginia; Abingdon, Virginia; Chatfield, Minnesota; and Apodaca, Mexico. Strongwell is a financially strong, privately held company, producing products including structural shapes, grating, handrail, structural building panels, decking systems, composite armor, ladder rail, and many OEM products for its diverse customer base. To learn more about Strongwell, please visit