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Under Armour opens UA Lighthouse to kick off local-for-local manufacturing

Under Armour opens UA Lighthouse to kick off local-for-local manufacturing, uses principles of what Mike Galiazzo called “manufacturing 4.0,” or the fourth wave of industrial revolution, which relies on automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. Read the full article from the Baltimore Sun:

By Lorraine Mirabella
The Baltimore Sun

Under Armour’s vision for the future of manufacturing — bringing production closer to where the brand’s products are sold — began taking shape Tuesday with the opening of UA Lighthouse, the company’s new manufacturing and design center in Port Covington.

Dressed in white lab coats, dozens of product developers, engineers, designers and operators of cutting-edge machinery offered a glimpse of the advanced manufacturing testing and prototype development that is underway in a vast former city bus depot.

The Baltimore-based sports apparel and footwear maker is working with partner companies at Lighthouse to create a new model for manufacturing, using state-of-the-art equipment such as 3D printers that make sneakers, a full-body scanner that measures individuals for custom clothing and robotic machinery for more efficient production.

The idea is to modernize manufacturing in an apparel and shoe industry that still relies on 100-year-old technology, Under Armour officials said during Tuesday’s opening. New technology will enable products to be made on a smaller scale, improving efficiency and product quality, while reducing the time it takes to create new designs and get them to consumers.

“Today, unfortunately, much of our manufacturing is done outside the U.S.,” said Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, adding that the make-local-for-local model being developed at Lighthouse can help reverse that. “We’d like to reinvent the process.”

Under Armour plans to use Lighthouse to develop best practices for all the brand’s products, then share proven technologies and processes with partner factories both domestically and internationally. By making products locally, for instance in the U.S. for the U.S. market, in Europe for the European market and in Brazil for that market, the company hopes to spur a rebirth of domestic apparel making.

Much of the Lighthouse space is dedicated to testing apparel and footwear lines before the products go into full-scale production. Designers and developers also are coming up with new ways to make and test apparel and footwear prototypes.

The Lighthouse staff will work alongside employees of partner companies and institutions, including the University of Maryland Engineering Department, Dow Chemical Co., Huntsman, Lectra, Bemis, Epson, Desma and 3dMD.

The center should employ more than 100 Under Armour workers by the end of the year. Additional jobs are expected to be generated at partner companies as they adopt some of the technologies.

New technologies have already led to production of a new shoe. In a limited product launch in March, the company sold the Architech, billed as the world’s first 3D printed mid-sole sneaker.

The space allows designers and production workers who normally have little contact to collaborate and be more innovative than in traditional settings, said Randy Harward, Under Amour’s senior vice president of advanced manufacturing and materials.

“It’s great that we can expand apparel manufacturing in Maryland,” said Mike Galiazzo, president of the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland. “The use of 3D technology has allowed them to make it possible to do that.”
Under Armour is using principles of what Galiazzo called “manufacturing 4.0,” or the fourth wave of industrial revolution, which relies on automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies.

“It puts it in context, things we’re going to see tomorrow, but we have it here today,” he said.

Besides the 35,000-square-foot Lighthouse, City Garage at 101 W. Dickman Street also houses The Foundery makerspace, which provides access to industry-grade tools and training, and Main Street, a mixed-use event space with customized workspaces for entrepreneurial tenants. The project was developed by Sagamore Ventures, the early-stage investment arm of Plank Industries, Plank’s private holding company.

Baltimore City Councilwoman Helen Holton, who toured the Lighthouse with other city and state officials, said she was impressed by local hiring opportunities that Lighthouse and other entrepreneurial companies in City Garage will generate as well as the technology in use.

“It’s almost like they’re creating a new paradigm for manufacturing,” Holton said. “We don’t have to go around the world. Everyone wants to buy local. … It’s an important step in creating jobs in Baltimore, which we need more than anything.”

Plank said he intended City Garage to be a place for entrepreneurs to find answers as they try to build on their ideas. When he started Under Armour, he recalled driving to New York’s garment district to learn how to manufacture the sweat-wicking T-shirts he envisioned.

“We don’t think people should have to travel that far,” he said.

2016 RMI Gala Videos & Photos

Dear RMI Members and Friends:

RMI’s Future of Maryland Manufacturing – Technology and Talent was alive with enthusiasm as over 75 students demonstrated their various projects and disciples and spoke out on the need for more girls to get involved in engineering and technology. These young designers, makers, engineers, coders, and future leaders of next generation Maryland manufacturing, along with messages from top leaders on the future of manufacturing, left everyone with a new and vibrant sense of direction and enthusiasm. I offer my sincere thanks to all who supported this event and to the voices who share our vision that manufacturing is the pathway from poverty to prosperity for many people across Maryland.

 Please Help Us Plan Next Year’s Gala  by taking a 1 minute survey.

RMI next event is July 13th for the  RMI Energy Forum.

Mike Galiazzo, RMI President


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RMI 2016 Gala – National Anthem

RMI 2016 Gala – Mike With Students

RMI 2016 Gala – Mike Gill

RMI 2016 Gala – Drew Greenblatt with Mike and Suzie Intro

RMI 2016 Gala – Demian Costa

RMI 2016 Gala – Calvin Butler

RMI 2016 Gala – Featuring Arniban Basu

RMI 2016 Gala – Aris Melissaratos – New RMI Board of Directors Chair

Aris was elected at the Gala to serve as RMI’s Board of Directors Chair,

Aris Melissaratos is the Dean of the Brown School of Business and Leadership at Stevenson University  The School encompasses Stevenson’s undergraduate programs in Accounting, Business Administration, Business and Computer Information Systems, Fashion Merchandising, and Paralegal Studies. Aris has  vast array of experience in academic, corporate, government and civic community engagements nationwide.

See Wikipedia  on Aris   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aris_Melissaratos

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STEM Students Wow Capacity Crowd of 650 at RMI Gala

A Night To Remember
An Evening of Vision, Views and Vitality Changing Maryland Manufacturing

May 27, 2016- On Thursday evening, fourteen STEM student groups from all over Maryland came to Martin’s West to showcase their Robotics, Drones, 3D Printers,  and more to leading Maryland manufacturers.The students could have been in awe of caliber of top manufacturers including GM, Textron, P&G, Northrop Grumman, McCormick and Company among others, but it was the manufacturers who were wowed by the prestigious students. Some of the students have won world awards for their robotics projects.The Gala had some touching moments. John Raut from GM, who is battling stage-4 bone cancer, was recognized for his distinguished service to Maryland Manufacturing  and RMI’s Chairman Drew Greenblatt from Marlin Steel Wire was honored for his outstanding leadership to Maryland manufacturing as his RMI Chairmanship came to a close.

Watch the RMI Gala videos.

Aris-RMI-GalaThe audience was uplifted with visionary remarks from newly elected Chairman of RMI, Aris Melissaratos. He reminded the group what it was like when manufacturing was king when he first started working at Westinghouse over 40 years ago. He then challenged them to not rest on their laurels and to continue to innovate to stay one step ahead of global competitors.

Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill’s provided the Gala’s opening remarks.  He came out strong makingMike-RMI-Gala the case for why manufacturing is vital for Maryland’s future growth and his engaging presentation helped to lay the foundation for highly energized evening complete with student presentations, touching awards, tears and cheers.

Calvin-RMI-GalaOther speakers included Calvin Butler Jr., President and  CEO of BGE, who showcased some of the utility’s energy savings programs and the efforts they are making with a coalition of like-minded companies to invest in the distressed areas West Baltimore. He also discussed the importance of the RMI partnership in helping Maryland manufacturing reduce energy to free up costs for increased productivity growth.

Demian Costa, Managing Partner of Sagamore Ventures, an affiliate of Plank Industries, highlighted their “CityDemian-RMI-Gala Garage” initiative at Port Covington and opportunities they are creating for manufacturing entrepreneurs who are just starting out.
The project “Lighthouse” will be focus on manufacturing process improvement. Costa discussed the goal of innovating the process to increase speed-to-market by introducing local for local manufacturing that will produce better product globally.

Basu-RMI-GalaFinally, Anirban Basu, President of the Sage Policy Group, acknowledged that manufacturing only represents 4% of Maryland’s economy, but it has a tremendous wealth affect that the service industries don’t provide. He saluted RMI’s efforts to educate policy makers why manufacturing is important to our growth and that we can’t just be focusing on biotech and cyber security.

“Another out-of-the park event!,” said Neill Christopher, Vice President of Manufacturing of Acadia Windows and Doors. “The speakers were awesome, and the whole program was fast-paced and engaging. The students were particularly well spoken. If you keep this up, you’ll make manufacturing the career of choice again!,” he said.



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Last night’s Future of Maryland Manufacturing Gala was an outstanding success

With 650 people attending, last night’s Future of Maryland Manufacturing Gala was Mike-2016-RMI-Galaan outstanding success.  Watch the RMI Gala videos.  We will wait until next week to send out full details but I wanted to thank all the young students who made our event great and to everyone who attended.

It was extraordinary evening, from the students at Catonsville High singing the national anthem to the exhibits, demonstrations and talks by these future leaders, representing programs from across the state. Drew Greenblatt was honored and we announced he is now the Board Chairman Emeritus.  Aris Melissaratos, Dean, Brown School of Business at Stevenson University was nominated and unanimously voted in as RMI’s New Board Chairman.

All the Featured speakers, Calvin Butler, Demian Costa and Anirban Basu sent strong messages that the Future of Maryland Manufacturing should be a priority for economic development.  Secretary of Maryland Department of Commerce Mike Gill presented a strong case for advancing manufacturing in Maryland and indicated to the crowd that would be working closely with RMI on legislation to help manufacturing across the state.

Finally, RMI presented John Raut of GM, who is a long time RMI Board member, with our Outstanding Service to Maryland Manufacturing Award.  The evening clearly represented a new and stronger voice for the Future of Maryland Manufacturing.

BGE’s Calvin Butler Jr. Featured, Drew Greenblatt, Marlin Steel Honored at RMI Gala

BGE’s Calvin G. Butler Jr. Featured at RMI’sFuture of Maryland Manufacturing Gala


CalvinCalvin G. Butler Jr. became chief executive officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) on March 1, 2014. Butler previously served as BGE’s senior vice president, regulatory and external affairs. In that role, he was responsible for executing the company’s strategic direction and cultivating relationships with government, regulatory, community and other key stakeholders. Butler also served as Exelon’s senior vice president of corporate affairs and held other leadership positions within Exelon and BGE’s sister company, ComEd (Chicago). Butler played a critical role in helping to successfully navigate company and stakeholder relations during the merger between Exelon and Constellation Energy.   Read more.

RMI Honors Drew Greenblatt, President Maryland Steel & Chair, RMI Board of Directors for His Distinguished Service to RMI and Manufacturing Across America


Drew drew_greenblattGreenblatt bought Marlin Steel in 1998 when it was a small maker of a commodity product.  Since then, he has grown revenue seven fold and is currently expanding its factory floor space 53%.  In the face of challenges to the global economy. Marlin Steel has invested over $4.5mil in robotics in a quest for quality and speed.  Read more.


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Governor Larry Hogan Appoints Dr. Mary Beth Tung as Director of Maryland Energy Administration

Governor Hogan made a fantastic choice in selecting Dr. Tung as the MEA director. RMI looks forward to continuing our partnership with MEA and our energy efficiency program for manufacturers.

- Mike Galiazzo, RMI president

Tung to Assist Hogan Administration in Lowering Energy Bills, Creating Jobs, and Protecting Environment

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointment of Dr. Mary Beth Tung as the director of the Maryland Energy Administration, where she will further the Hogan administration’s commitment to sensible and energy policies. Dr. Tung has been serving as deputy secretary over operations at the Maryland Department of the Environment since her appointment in March 2015.

“Dr. Tung has proven to be an instrumental member of the Department of the Environment and I am proud to have her join the Maryland Energy Administration team as its director,” said Governor Hogan. “In her new role, she will be pivotal in helping our administration promote energy policies that lower Marylanders’ energy bills, fuel the creation of jobs, and protect our environment.”

As deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment, Dr. Tung helped develop innovative solutions for the department to work more efficiently while providing guidance and support to its science-based efforts.

“Mary is a talented and hard-working team leader who always finds ways to improve environmental results and customer service,” said Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles. “She has excelled over the last year in coordinating programs, projects, and personnel among the Department of the Environment, the Energy Administration, and other state agencies to achieve state energy and environmental goals.”

Previously, Dr. Tung had worked extensively in the legal and scientific communities. As an attorney, she specialized in business law, intellectual property, and biotechnology patent law. She has also taught at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and studied and performed biomedical research in immunology, pharmacology, and virology.

In addition, Dr. Tung earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law, a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from Wright State University, a postdoctoral associate in pharmacology and virology from the Yale University School of Medicine, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Cincinnati.

“I was honored to serve as deputy secretary, and am excited to take on this new challenge as director of the Maryland Energy Administration,” said Dr. Tung. “As we work to help Maryland meet its efficiency and environmental goals, we must also think about the ratepayers in all of our decisions and making energy as affordable, reliable, and green as possible.”

Dr. Tung’s appointment takes effect immediately.

RMI NextGen-M Energy Forum

Wednesday July 13, 2016 from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM EDT

Radisson North Baltimore
2004 Greenspring Drive
Timonium, MD 21093





Mary-Beth-TungDr. Mary Beth Tung, Maryland Energy Administrator (MEA) Director will join us. She was recently appointed by Governor Hogan. Mary is an outstanding leader and manufacturers will benefit. Come out to meet her and the companies who will be taking about their successful results.

Join RMI and our energy partner from the Maryland Energy Administration and our manufacturing partner from the Maryland MEP on July 13 in Timonium as we feature leading Maryland manufacturing companies who are graduating from our energy efficiency program. You’ll hear about the impact the RMI Energy program has had on each firm and the various upgrades that they are now pursuing. You’ll also hear some of the unique employee experiences that have helped to create a culture of energy awareness.

These top Maryland manufacturers are now positioned to use less energy, spend less on energy, and have lower emissions. A win-win-win! Featured companies include:

  • Beynon Sports
  • Cloverland Farms Dairy
  • J.M. Huber
  • Lallemand American Yeast
  • MD/VA Milk Producers
  • Pompeian
  • Pritchard Brown
  • Products Support, Inc

The RMI Energy Forum is like no other event. We don’t do PowerPoints. Presentations are compelling and interactive and we involve our audience too. Hope you can join us.

RMI Energy Program Participant – No Charge;
RMI Member or Manufacturer – $35.00
Not an RMI member – $50.00

Exhibitors: $750 for exhibit space with 8 foot table along with two complementary tickets.
Special benefit: short speaking opportunity on your technology at your display area to help manufacturers save energy.
Contact Peter Gourlay at 443-275-2489 as soon as possible for arrangements.


If you have questions please call:

Peter Gourlay, 443-275-2489

Mike Galiazzo, 410-771-8111

Maryland Business Works Covers 50% of Employee Training Cost for Manufacturers

Dear Friends:

DLLR Secretary Kelly Schultz

DLLR Secretary Kelly Schultz

I was speaking with DLLR Secretary Kelly Schultz Monday at MEDA, and she asked me to reach out to manufacturers about Maryland Business Works, a program that covers 50% of the cost of training for workers in companies with 100 or fewer employees. Last year, I had a conversation with her about the need to have funding for training workers. Kelly stepped up to the plate and and knocked it out of the ball park with Maryland Business Works!

The deadline is approaching so apply today. Call me if you need help getting connected or for more info. 410-771-8111

Mike Galiazzo, President RMI

Maryland Business Works Covers 50% of Employee Training Cost for Manufacturers

The Maryland Department of Labor is eager to partner with Maryland’s businesses to support employer strategies for retention, growth and, expansion with this substantial initial investment of $500,000 in business engagement funds.
This project requires a dollar-for-dollar match by the employer, which allows for an overall investment of $1 million in incumbent worker training.

There is a $4,500 training cap funding level that may be awarded to a specific trainee for a project or series of projects during a program year running from July 1 through June 30 each year with a $40,000 funding cap for awards to a specific employer for a project or series of projects during the program year.


Contact the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning at 410-767-2173 or DLWDALbusinessservices-dllr@maryland.gov for more information.


Demian Costa on Port Covington, City Garage + Advanced Manufacturing

Demian Costa of Sagamore VenturesFeatured at RMI May 26th Gala
Demian Costa’s talk will focus on innovation and manufacturing in the Port Covington project to include the City Garage “Where Great Ideas Begin.”

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Demian Costa

Demian Costa

Demian Costa is the Managing Partner of Sagamore Ventures, the venture investment arm of Plank Industries, a privately-held company with diversified holdings in commercial real estate, hospitality, food and beverage and thoroughbred horseracing,all under the Sagamore group of brands. The company is based in Baltimore, MD, USA and serves as the family investment arm of Kevin A. Plank, founder, Chairman and CEO of Under Armour, Inc. (NYSE:UA).

Port Covington

Port Covington

Demian is a military veteran having served 12 years as a US Navy SEAL.  Following his military career, Demian Co-Founded FX Studios, focused on building virtual and on premise employee wellness programs globally. He is currently focused on Venture, Private Equity, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation growth in Baltimore and beyond. Demian holds an undergraduate degree in finance and an MBA from the University Of Maryland Robert H. Smith School Of Business.


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