Register: Attend RMI GreenTech Series Social

RMI is pleased to announce its new GreenTech Series, a monthly FREE after-hours social outreach series focusing on innovative Maryland manufacturers who are producing energy efficient technologies and services.

Come join us from 4-7 p.m. on August 19 at the Baltimore Museum of Industry as we feature RMI Green Team member, Matt Turpin, President of Zentech Manufacturing, which is the largest electronics contract manufacturer in the state of Maryland. Zentech designs and manufactures circuit-board-based products primarily for defense, medical and dental clients. The company services more than 45 clients whose product line ranges from aircraft radar systems in the defense arena; to blood diagnostics, sleep apnea diagnostics and dental applications in the medical fields; to LED lighting.

General Motors Baltimore Operations Promotes Manufacturing at Maryland Elementary Schools

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Red Pump Elementary School, photo via BaltimoreSun.com

On Tuesday, May 20, Chad Henige, Edward Tilley, and Gregory Cleaver from General Motors Baltimore Operations visited Red Pump Elementary School in Bel Air, MD to talk to students about manufacturing electric motors and supply chain logistics. They discussed how the principles of magnetism apply to electric motors, how the motors are built, and the logistics involved in shipping the electric drive units to Korea. [Read more...]

Register: Join WTCI and RMI to get an inside look at General Motors

Along with the World Trade Center Institute (WTCI), we are proud to to present “Inside General Motors.”

Get a look inside the facility and see where A1000 transmissions, 6-speed torque converters and Chevrolet Spark EV electric drive motors are produced!

General Motors Baltimore facility was named No. 1 in Green Business by the Baltimore Business Journal in 2011. By attending, you’ll learn more about green practices.

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Green Team Member Medifast: A Great Weight-Loss and Energy-Reduction Model 

Medifast2Dr. William Vitale founded Medifast in 1980 primarily as a doctors’ and physicians’ referral business that provided specially formulated meal-replacement plans for life-saving weight loss. Today, the business has expanded as a business-to-consumer sales company that provides meal-replacement products for everyday consumers.  The company started out providing low-calorie shakes, using doctors and hospitals as the channel for product distribution. To-date, Medifast products and programs have been recommended by more than 20,000 doctors and used by more than a million customers.

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RMI Green Team Member Maryland Thermoform Prides Itself on Innovation and Custom Solutions

Maryland ThermoformAt its heart, Maryland Thermoform’s business is all about heating a sheet of plastic, draping it over a mold and allowing it to cool for various customer design needs. But it’s much more than that. Technologically, it gets more complicated than molding plastic sheeting.

“Thermoforming is a very creative process. It’s kind of like a black art,” said Scott Macdonald, CEO of Maryland Thermoform.

The process can be very symmetrical or very artsy.

“You can develop products with your hands or machinery. It can look as if you made it by hand, and to me that’s very cool,” Macdonald said.

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RMI’s NextGenM Energy Forum Recap

Leading Maryland Manufacturers Publicly Endorse RMI Energy Efficiency Approach
Companies in RMI program project annual savings of $597,000

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Over 250 manufacturing stakeholders came together at RMI’s Energy Forum in Timonium to learn about RMI’s new energy efficiency program, which was launched last fall, and heard directly from the first two groups of companies who are participating.

The event was hosted by the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI) in partnership with the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) and the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and featured an address by Governor O’Malley, an address by MEA Director Abigail Hopper, an executive panel discussion, a town hall meeting and networking opportunities.

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Green Team Member U.S. Gypsum Continues to Create Innovative Products

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For more than 110 years, Chicago-based United States Gypsum (a subsidiary of USG Corporation) has been a leader in producing innovative construction materials like Ultra Lightweight drywall and joint compound used throughout the residential and commercial environment. While you’re strolling the aisles of Home Depot, you’re sure to see USG’s unique Ultra Lightweight products on display. Or, while you’re visiting the new Disney’s Cruise Line Terminal or NASCAR’s new Hall of Fame, you will see USG products prominently featured in their design construction.

But, did you know that U.S. Gypsum also had its hand in the construction of the tallest building in the world?

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Register for RMI’s NextGenM Energy Forum – June 3, 2014

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Manufacturers: Looking to save money on your energy spend? Look no further than our “NextGen-M Energy Forum,” which we are hosting in partnership with the Maryland Energy Administration. Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley will serve as the event’s keynote speaker.

The event will also feature 12 leading Maryland manufacturing companies who are committed to our energy efficiency program.

In addition to Governor O’Malley, Abigail Hopper, Director of the Maryland Energy Administration, will also speak.
Don’t miss out on the forum, which will offer practical and tested ways to cut costs through the reduction of energy spending.

Get more information on the event here.

RMI’s successes in lowering manufacturers’ energy bills covered in The Baltimore Sun

Leadership Meeting at GM Baltimore Operations

Leadership Meeting at GM Baltimore Operations

Thanks to a $3 million grant, we have had the opportunity with target energy efficiency opportunities with Maryland manufacturers in the BGE service territory, in partnership with the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA).

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How a Maryland Electronics Contract Manufacturer Stays Competitive in Today’s Global Marketplace

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When Zentech’s President, Matt Turpin, was asked how his Baltimore company can compete against Asian electronics manufacturers, he smiled quietly.

“At least once a month, I get asked about how we, as a local company, can compete in this space,” said Turpin.

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