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Join RMI & WTCI as we go Inside Tenax on May 19th

See the Baltimore Sun article

Join The WTCI and RMI to go inside Tenax Corporation – a subsidiary of Italy based Tenax Group. Tenax came to Maryland in 1987 and is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of thermoplastic netting and fencing. Tenax Corporation serves North, Central, and South America, and its parent Tenax Group has distribution centers and sales departments in more than 50 countries across five continents. Tenax Corporation is proud of its pioneering role in the made in the USA movement and of its role in demonstrating how domestic manufacturing can compete in global markets. This event is open to RMI and WTCI members only.



Inside Series Featuring Tenax

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RMI is bringing to our May 26th Gala the Baltimore Region’s top young talent who are makers, designers, RMI-kids-feature-cinnovators, coders, “manufacturers in training” and more! They will be demonstrating their projects to include: robotics, 3d printing, drones, virtual reality, coding, design, engineering and more that will impress you!

These youths like to compete and make things. When adults validate their achievements, young learners become RMI-kids-feature-btomorrow’s leaders. Your presence and helping hand can make a difference in their lives. Please come out and meet these future leaders of our industry and encourage them to “keep up the good work”.

Many RMI members are supporting programs like these already. Please support these passionate young learners by joining us on May 26, and commit to growing talent for our industry while having fun! We need you to stand up in support of the Future of Maryland Manufacturing – Young Talent.

And, there is more…. others invited include First Robotics, Baltimore Polytechnic, VEX, Park School, Western High, RMI-kids-feature-dCarver Voc-Tech, Poly-Tech, Patapsco High, Sollers Point Tech, & Dundalk High and more.

Part of your ticket price helps pay for students, parents and teachers to attend. If you know a program that should be invited and/or you would like to sponsor a table for these young learners, call me 410-771-8111.

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If you want to know who to thank for bringing these kids and others to RMI’s Gala, it’s Ed Mullin of Mind Over Machines, and Director of the Baltimore Robotics Center. Ed is an amazing RMI-kids-feature-aforce who gets results bringing together education and industry, and teaching young minds to grow!



Calvin Butler, Anirban Basu, Demian Costa Featured at May 26 RMI Gala

Maryland’s 2016 Manufacturing Gala – The Future of Maryland Manufacturing

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Demian Costa, Managing Partner, Sagamore Ventures

Demian Costa will provide a look at advanced manufacturing at Under Armour, the City Garage, Port Covington development and future talent for next generation advanced manufacturing. Sagamore Ventures, the venture investment arm of Plank Industries, the family investment arm of Kevin A. Plank, founder, Chairman and CEO of Under Armour.




Calvin Calvin G. Butler Jr., CEO, BGE

BGE is celebrating 200 years of service with a long history. Calvin Butler is a dynamic leader who is making a big difference, powering our economy and career opportunities for young talent.

Basu Anirban Basu, President, Sage Policy Group

Anirban Basu is nationally recognized for his insights and knowledge of economic factor. He is a strong advocate of manufacturing and he is know for his excellent and easy to understand talks.

DrewGreenblattHonoree: Drew Greenblatt, President, Marlin Steel Wire

RMI will be honoring our Board Chair, Drew Greenblatt who is a tireless advocate for American manufacturing. Drew will soon be leading the
National Association of Manufacturers Small Business Council.

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This year we are adding many more students with a focus on them. First Robotics, Vex Robotics, Digital Harbor Foundation students and many others will demonstrate student projects related to STEM.

RMI Leads Change To Benefit All Manufacturers

A letter from Mike Galiazzo, RMI President

HoganI’m following up on my last update to you regarding proposed manufacturing legislation (SB386-Adminsitration & SB181-Senator Manno) that would have implications for your business. I testified that the bills were “not ready for prime time” and needed amendments to create an equal playing field for existing companies statewide. RMI worked with the Governor’s staff and Senator Manno to address key concerns. Amendments to both bills were added to incentivize both new and existing companies, but legislators decided to not pass the bills out of committee.

MannoRMI is pleased that SB386 and SB181 were tabled for this session. While both the Governor and Senator Roger Manno had good intentions, there were provisions in both bills that may have adversely impacted local manufacturers. RMI’s suggestion was to remove these elements or modify them to be aligned with the needs of both existing and new manufacturers.

We applaud Governor Hogan, Senator Roger Manno and the many sponsors of these bills for their leadership in putting forth legislation to support manufacturing in the State of Maryland and look forward to collaborating with them later this year so that we have good legislation to support all manufacturers ready for the 2017 session.

- Mike

RMI Out and About

Opportunities for Manufacturing at Tradepoint Atlantic

BasuRMI is a member of the Baltimore County Economic Advisory Committee (BCEAC) headed by Anirban Basu. We provide updates to the Baltimore County Council on Industry Trends. At our meeting on March 22nd we discussed the opportunities for manufacturing at Tradepoint Atlantic (formally Sparrows Point) www.tradepointatlantic.com.

Maryland Chamber Competitiveness Coalition Meeting

KathyRMI is a founding member of the Maryland Chamber Competitiveness Coalition. On March 24th, Chamber interim President Kathy Snyder, hosted a briefing with former Delegate John Bohanan, Cornerstone Government Affairs, on the status of the Augustine Commission and a review of the Competitiveness Coalition’s recommendations that included recommendations to expanding manufacturing across the state. Aris Melissaratos and Calvin Butler, chairs, gave excellent overviews of the goals and progress including working to influence Augustine Commission recommendations for lower taxes and less regulations. The Competitiveness Coalition and the Augustine Commission are two of the most vital organized efforts to make Maryland more pro-business working cooperatively with the leaders of the legislature and Governor.

Baltimore County Public Schools State of the Schools

DanceOn March 23rd was amazing. Students from all grades participated in from of over 1,100 at Martin’s West. Superintendent Dallas Dance announced a special programto mentor young boys. RMI serves on Dr. Dance’s Business Advisory Board. Recently, RMI President Mike Galiazzo had breakfast with Dr. Dance and his top aides to discuss a program to get students more engaged in visits to manufacturing facilities beginning with GM’s John Raut. More to come!

Workman Comp Insurance Costs

RMI member Ken Sanchez, President, Chesapeake Specialty wants to get manufacturers together to share information on insurance costs. On March 28th, RMI President Mike Galiazzo met with RMI member Tom Carroll of Diversified Insurance on this topic. RMI will be hosting a session or two for companies to learn from each other and to explore options for reducing costs.

Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore

ShannonRMI President Mike Galiazzo met with Shannon Landwehr on March 29th to discuss manufacturing in the region and to get an update. Shannon will replace Tom Sadowski on the RMI Board as she takes over as interim President and CEO. Tom was picked by Bob Caret, Chancellor, and University of Maryland System to become Vice Chancellor for Economic Development. Last fall RMI sponsored a forum by the state chamber featuring Dr. Caret. Mike have known Bob since his first job at Towson University. Maryland is fortunate to have an educational leader with a pro-business philosophy leading efforts to blend business and education partnerships for the state.

Light City Visionaries (They came up with the idea!)

BrookeBrooke Hall and Justin Allan spoke at the World Trade Center Institute’s Light City reception on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center on April 2nd. RMI President Mike Galiazzo spent time with Commerce Secretary Mike Gill and Deputy Secretary Steve Pennington of Commerce discussing programs for Maryland manufacturing. Deb Kielty, was on hand to greet her many admirers.

JustinPeter Bowe, Ellicott Dredge, and member of the Augustine Commission was there. He has done an excellent job of supporting a leadership program in international trade. Peter is a big supporter of the Digital Harbor Foundation, a group of young talented students, who will be showcased at the RMI May 26th Gala


Last Friday, Mike attended Light City University’s conference at the City Garage. Very impressive program! Demian Costa, managing partner Sagamore Ventures, the investment arm of Plank Industries, was there along with hundreds of others including Mayor Stephanie Rollings-Blake.

Demian confirmed he will speak at the RMI Gala on May 26. He will discuss the City Garage, Port Covington and Under Armour’s advanced manufacturing.

Saturday Night BGE hosted a Light City Reception

CalvinBGE President, Calvin Butler, and RMI President Mike Galiazzo spoke about the need to grow manufacturing in Baltimore City and the Region to provide a greater number of people opportunities to find or good paying manufacturing jobs. BGE’s Ammanuel Moore and John Quinn two great friends of RMI, were there and we discussed the success of RMI partnership with BGE. Mike met Michael Moore CEO, Tradepoint Atlantic (Sparrows Point). We discussed efforts to attract manufacturing to the 3100 acre industrial and maritime park. Mike will be visiting with him soon to discuss their strategies for business attraction.

RMI: The Future of Manufacturing, 2016 Report

Report-CoverThe future of Maryland manufacturing can be described in two words: technology and talent. Technology will be driven by the “Internet of Things,” new materials, sensors, and artificial intelligence. Talent will be more highly educated, agile and collaborative. The future of manufacturing, unfolding now, is called the “4th industrial revolution.” Read more


More in this report:

Maryland’s Manufacturing Miracle — It Can Happen Current Trajectory Must be Altered

Manufacturers of All Sizes Are Saving with Energy Efficiency Upgrades

RMI Program Identifies Over 40 Million Kilowatt Hours of Energy Reduction Opportunities for Maryland’s Manufacturing Industry

List of Maryland Manufacturers Served by the RMI Energy Edge Program

Developmental Disability Workers Make A Big Difference at Acadia Windows and Doors

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Maryland’s 2016 Manufacturing Gala – The Future of Maryland Manufacturing

May 26, 2016 Maryland Manufacturing Gala at Martin’s West – 5:30-9:00 p.m.

We invite you once again to join us for this important Gala event to bring us all together to celebrate what we do and remind the media and our policy markers why manufacturing is critical to Maryland’s future economic competitiveness. On May 26, our Gala will look to the Future of Maryland Manufacturing as we bring over 75 students to demonstrate robotics, drones, 3D printing, coding and STEM projects, and to meet manufacturers. Featuring:

  • Calvin G. Butler Jr., CEO, BGE
  • Anirban Basu, President, Sage Policy Group
  • Demian Costa, Managing Partner, Sagamore Ventures
  • Honoree: Drew Greenblatt, President Marlin Steel Wire Products
  • Student Demonstrations: Robotics, 3D Printing, Drones and STEM Projects

Read more about our featured speakers: Calvin Butler, Anirban Basu, Demian Costa Featured at RMI Gala

Once again, this will be the best manufacturing networking event of the year. We have several table sponsorship options. See Table Sponsorship Details.  Limited tables available for prime seating, see chart.


A Recap of Last Year’s Gala

At last year’s RMI Maryland Manufacturing Gala, over 600 manufacturing employees and stakeholders came together for an evening celebration to recognize the longest serving employees in Maryland’s manufacturing industry. The evening was highlighted by Governor Hogan’s remarks, recognition of the longest serving employees, Paul Reed Smith’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and local high school students from the Baltimore Robotics Center and First Robotics showcasing their drones and robots giving us a glimpse of Maryland’s future manufacturing innovators. The whole evening was geared towards creating a sense of community among the audience participants and helping the public understand the value of manufacturing and its workers to our communities and our lives.

RMIGALA_PIC2Why you shouldn’t miss this year’s Gala

“Thank you, Mike, Peter and the RMI for continuing to bang that drum when yours was the only instrument in the orchestra. Last evening was a powerful indicator as to how far that resurgence has come, and a powerful indicator of the momentum that will drive the resurgence into the future. Thanks for all that you do to keep manufacturing in the spotlight, and to make the future brighter for all present and future Maryland manufacturers.”

Neill Christopher,Vice President of Manufacturing, Acadia Windows & Doors.


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  • Textron/AAI Corporation
  • Green Bay Packaging
  • Lion Brothers
  • Northrop Grumman
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  • Acadia Windows & Doors
  • Diversified Insurance
  • InSource Solutions
  • PNC Bank
  • The Arc Baltimore
  • M & T Bank
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  • Capitol Strategies
  • ENERActive Solutions, LLC
  • K.C. Madigan & Associates
  • MDMFG.org
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  • Silverado HVAC
  • Tulkoff Food Products
  • Expedient
  • Chesapeake Specialty Products
  • Hamilton Associates
  • Meggitt Polymers & Composites
  • Prime Manufacturing
  • Washington Gas
  • American Yeast/Lallemand
  • SMI Sign Systems
  • The Columbia Bank

March 15, 2016 RMI GreenTech Series Featuring W. R. Grace’s Kurt Krammer

On March 15, RMI invites you to join our next manufacturer’s only GreenTech Series event as we feature Kurt Krammer, Environment, Health and Safety Officer from W.R Grace.

Grace employs approximately 3,700 people in over 30 countries.
In Maryland, Grace has a 65 acre facility in Curtis Bay employing approximately 650 employees with 300 union maintenance and operating personnel.

Meet fellow Maryland manufacturers, and enjoy some relaxed networking and refreshments from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Maryland’s only “manufacturers only” forum.

What: RMI’s GreenTech Series & Networking (Manufacturers Only)
When: Tuesday, March 15th, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Baltimore Museum of Industry


New Legislation Proposed to Lure Manufacturers to Maryland

There is proposed legislation that is gaining ground that would enable Maryland to offer property and income tax incentives to lure new manufacturing companies to the state of Maryland based on the New York model where they provided 10 year tax deferments to companies that would locate in the state. The unintended consequence is that it could put existing manufacturers out of business, read the Baltimore Sun article: “Some Maryland manufacturers cry foul over bills to boost manufacturing”.


RMI supports All manufacturers. We applaud legislative efforts to attract new manufacturing business to Maryland and we support any and all efforts to expand existing manufacturing companies. The Governor and Senator Manno have made manufacturing a priority and for that we are grateful. While conceived out of a desire to support increased manufacturing jobs in the State of Maryland, we recommend amending SB386 and SB181 and their respective House Bills, to make it fair for all manufacturing companies.

We understand why the preferential tax treatment for companies is being proposed so as to attract new companies to Maryland. However, the reduction/abatement of personal income taxes for individuals working for these manufacturing companies is an incentive that creates a non-competitive situation for current manufacturers. We believe this section of the bills may do more harm than good.

The good news is that Democrats and Republicans support efforts to attract new manufacturers to Maryland. Governor Hogan and Senator Manno introduce bills to grow manufacturing.

The potential bad news is that these bills give employees of new companies coming to Maryland, or existing companies establishing operations inside certain Manufacturing Empowerment Zones ( proposed amendment in SB181), the following incentive: Employees of companies in Manufacturing Empowerment Zones earning $65,000 or less annually, will not pay state income tax for 10 years.

Potential Impact to your company: Your workers may leave for jobs in a Manufacturing Empowerment Zone because employees in these zones pay no income tax for 10 years. Both the Governor’s Office and Senator Manno have said that they welcome input and suggestions from Manufacturers on their bills.

RMI encourages you to make your voice be heard.


Governor’s Bill SB386
Governor’s Legislative Office: 410-974-3336
RMI contact: Chris Carroll
Email: chris.carroll@maryland.gov

Senator Manno’s Bill SB181
Office: 410-841-3151
Email: roger.manno@senate.state.md.us