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Maryland Manufacturing Day at the Yard, October 1, 2015


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Come join us at Camden Yards on Thursday, October 1, 2015 for a celebration of National Manufacturing Day and join in the celebration of Maryland manufacturing as the Orioles take on the Toronto Blue Jays. The RMI of Maryland and MD MEP are excited to be able to host this year’s celebration of manufacturing day at Camden Yards. The purpose of the Maryland Manufacturing Day at the Yard is to show appreciation to the manufacturing companies, their employees and their families who work tirelessly making things right here in Maryland!

Manufacturing Day is a national celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Although Manufacturing Day officially occurs on the first Friday in October—this year is October 2, 2015—any day can be a Manufacturing Day and we intend to celebrate Maryland’s manufacturers throughout the month of October. Allowing this next generation of industry leaders the opportunity to see all of the amazing products that are made right here in Maryland and giving them the chance to learn the stories behind these products will help to inspire each young mind and get them excited about all the opportunities that a career in manufacturing can offer them!

In order to shed a positive light on modern manufacturing and inspire the next generation to pursue careers in manufacturing, we strongly encourage you to join us for this unforgettable night! Bring your family and loved ones out the ballpark so that they have an opportunity to meet others in the Maryland manufacturing community, see a wide variety of the awesome products at the Make It In Maryland display, enjoy an Orioles baseball game, and most importantly learn about the importance of manufacturing!

From the RMI & MD MEP

Please join the RMI and MD MEP as we celebrate Manufacturing Day by recognizing and celebrating with Maryland’s manufacturers, their employees and their families. This event will put the spotlight squarely on the manufacturing industry in Maryland, which provides countless families and individuals with an opportunity to make a living while contributing to the economy and making a difference on the world we live in. By celebrating this event at Camden Yards, we hope to bring Maryland’s manufacturing community to the masses helping to change the image of manufacturing and demonstrating to the community at large that Maryland’s manufacturers are strong, innovative and thriving companies that are proud to say that they “Make it in Maryland”.

The Line-up

October 1, 2015

Baltimore Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays

The Rundown

5:30 – MD Manufacturing Pre-game Party

  • Location: 6th Floor, Eutaw St. Warehouse
  • Enjoy delicious food and drinks while having the opportunity to network and connect with others in the Maryland manufacturing community.
  • Make It In Maryland Product Showcase – set up in Maryland Square entrance

7:00 – National Anthem performed by Paul Reed Smith

  • Paul Reed Smith is the founder of the world famous PRS Guitars. He and his team manufacture beautiful guitars for artists like Carlos Santana and Dave Navarro, in Stevensville, MD.
    7:05 – Baltimore Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays

  • Seat Sections 94 & 96


Ticket price includes access to the MD Manufacturing Pre-game Party in the Eutaw St. Warehouse, food and drinks as well as seats in the Maryland Manufacturing Day at the Yard section for the O’s game. Manufacturing Day is a family friendly event so we encourage you to bring your employees, friends and family members to come celebrate with us!

  • Manufacturer – $30
  • Non-manufacturer – $40

Tickets can be purchased online at: www.MDMEP.org

Deadline for purchasing tickets: August 31, 2015

Make it in Maryland product display

In addition to the MD Manufacturing Pre-game Party, the MD MEP’s Make It In Maryland (MIIM) program will have their product displays set up throughout the ballpark for spectators to browse. If you are a Maryland manufacturer and not yet part of the MIIM program, we would love to have you join and showcase your product(s) in our displays!

Please contact Tyler Burford at tburford@mdmep.org or at 443-832-4794 to learn how you can be part of MIIM at no cost!


If you have any questions regarding the Maryland Manufacturing Day at the Yard, please contact Sara Keith at skeith@mdmep.org

Sponsor Packages

Grandslam Sponsor – $5,000

  • Four radio slots to promote your company and Manufacturing Day (105.7 The Fan)
  • 2 passes to the Orioles Corporate Suite
  • 20 tickets to the game with access to pre-game party (food and drinks included)
  • Company name included in Camden Yards rolling banner between innings
  • Recognition on signage in pre-game party entrance
  • Company name on T-shirt
  • Inclusion in RMI and MD MEP social media and event marketing

Home Run Sponsor – $2,500

  • Two radio slots to promote your company and Manufacturing Day (105.7 The Fan)
  • 10 tickets to the game with access to pre-game party (food and drinks included)
  • Company name included in Camden Yards rolling banner between innings
  • Recognition on signage in pre-game party entrance
  • Company name on T-shirt
  • Inclusion in RMI and MD MEP social media and event marketing

Double Play sponsor – $1,000

  • 10 tickets to the game with access to pre-game party (food and drinks included)
  • Recognition on signage in pre-game party entrance
  • Company name on T-shirt
  • Inclusion in RMI and MD MEP social media and event marketing

Additional Sponsorship Options

  • T-shirt Sponsorship – $3,000 (limited to availability)
  • Bar Sponsorship – $2,000

About RMI of Maryland

For over 25 years, the Regional Manufacturing Institute (RMI), a not-for profit organization, has served as the “voice of manufacturing” informing senior policy-makers on the importance of manufacturing to the State’s economy to ensure that adequate resources and attention are devoted to manufacturing. RMI serves as a unique manufacturing resource node and connector for Maryland manufacturing representing the interests of manufacturers statewide – providing programs and advocacy. Presently, RMI partners with over 40 organizations and initiatives to advance manufacturing across Maryland, in Annapolis and at the community level. RMI’s well earned stature enables it to reach top level CEOs in the State, the Governor of the State of Maryland, U.S. Senators and Congressional Representatives, state and local government political leadership and the media. Together, RMI and MEP represent leadership and service to the Maryland manufacturing industry.

About MD-MEP

The Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MD MEP) is a Maryland independent non-profit funded by the industry and the State of Maryland to grow and strengthen Maryland manufacturing. MD MEP is an affiliate of the National Institute of Standard and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership. This nationwide network of MEP centers stretches throughout all 50 States and Puerto Rico. The MD MEP offers a suite of services, driven by a team of industry professionals, that promote business growth and connects manufacturers to public and private resources, expertise and assistance that is essential for increased competitiveness and profitability. Focused on providing high quality solutions and programs to improve Maryland manufacturers’ operations, spark innovation and increase growth, the MD MEP is committed to making the State of Maryland a leader in manufacturing.

What is Manufacturing Day?

Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY) is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.

Although MFG DAY officially occurs on the first Friday in October —this year is October 2, 2015—any day can be a MFG DAY!

Why have Manufacturing Day?

MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive. For more information visit www.mfgday.com.

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Join RMI for GreenTech on Wednesday, September 9


Join us on September 9 at RMI’s next GreenTech Series forum and hear from C-Care’s Senior Operations Leader Gary Moffat as he discusses the company’s sustainability initiatives at their Linthicum, Maryland facility.

C-Care, in conjunction with one of their primary customers, has received a silver level certification by the Cradle-to-Cradle Products Institute as determined by the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA). This recognizes that C-Care has met the rigorous cradle to cradle principles of material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness.

The company is dedicated to reducing energy consumption and is making a
$1.5 million investment in energy efficiency initiatives to upgrade its 135,000 square foot manufacturing facility and 24,500 square feet of warehouse space for raw material and packaging storage. The firm recently won a $434,000 grant from the Maryland Energy Administration to help upgrade the facility.

C-Care LLC is a leading Maryland contract manufacturer of personal care products based in Linthicum, Maryland. The company handles over 5,000 raw materials and provides product development, packaging, know-how, and creativity services to OEMs for skin care, hair care, and hair color products.

Don’t miss this great opportunity for manufacturers only to hear about the great work being performed at C-Care’s Linthicum facility.


Join RMI at the July 15 GreenTech featuring Procter & Gamble’s sustainability initiatives and special guest, Roger Campos, Governor Hogan’s Business Ombudsman

Join us on July 15 at RMI’s next GreenTech Series forum and hear from Procter & Gamble’s Hunt Valley Site Engineering Leader, Carlos Nakamichi, and Site Sustainability Lead, Michael Roth as they discuss the sustainability program at this facility. We will also be joined by Roger Campos, Governor Hogan’s Business Ombudsman, who will provide an update on key administrative initiatives and Governor Hogan’s condition.

Roger Campos

Meet fellow Maryland manufacturers for some relaxed networking and refreshments from 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.


RMI Encourages Manufacturers to Benefit from New “Building Tune” Up Rebates

Rebates could cover up to 75% of cost improvements

RMI Welcomed BGE’s Jeff Jerome to speak to Maryland manufacturers last night at RMI’s Monthly GreenTech Series for manufacturers only at the Building Museum of Industry about a new initiative to encourage companies to “tune up” their facilities.  The meeting followed RMI’s monthly Energy Leadership Meeting where manufacturers in RMI’s energy program shared insights on their efforts to improve energy at their plants. Attending firms included: McCormick & Company, Frito Lay, Nestle, DAP, Cobham, Chesapeake Bay Candle, PRIME Manufacturing, Advanced Bookbinding, Murray Corporation, Holmatro and Acadia Windows and Doors.

Over the past few years, RMI has gathered significant data from manufacturers which indicates there are great opportunities for them to “tune-up” their facilities at minimum costs with an ROI 1.5 years or less. “This new offering will really help manufacturers as it significantly expands the current benefit opportunities and streamlines their current offerings in a very practicable application,” said Bob Barazotto, RMI’s Chief Engineer for RMI’s Energy Initiative.

Manufacturers can qualify for the tune up rebates by bundling a multitude of needed fixes that often cause significant energy waste including: controlling outside air; preventing simultaneous heating and cooling; insufficient HVAC maintenance; compressed air/leaks, controls sequencing and controlling exhaust fans.  RMI will help companies understand how they can qualify for this opportunity by providing a complementary audit and follow up recommendations. For those companies that qualify, BGE will pay 75% of the cost to find and implement these energy savings opportunities with a rebate cap of $15,000 or $30,000 depending upon your facility size.

All types of manufacturers can benefit; regardless of industry sector, facility size, age of equipment, or type of operation. These rebate funds are not only used to pay for materials, equipment and 3rd party costs, but can also be tapped to pay for your internal labor costs. Call RMI today to find out more at 443-275-2489.


Comments on the Decades of Dedication Gala

Thank you to everyone who sent me emails on the event. Here are some of the comments.

Outstanding!!! Wonderful !!! – the event was one of the most interesting and top drawer events I have ever attended.

 Joe DiCara, One Source Imaging Solutions

Dr. Mike and the RMI had a vision-a vision of a resurgence of manufacturing in Maryland; a vision of “re-shoring” before the term had even been coined, and a vision of the return of middle class jobs and opportunities for all.

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, Acadia Windows and Doors

Loved your Salute to your Family and what a coup to get such a strong program together – new Governor and Aris. You should feel nothing but peace. 25 years of such dedication is worthy of much celebration and tribute and that respect I give to you forever. May you be blessed and strengthened in all your days and years ahead. Thank you for including me.

 Rebecca Hoffberger, American Visionary Art Museum

Thank you for a great event celebrating Maryland manufacturing. Thanks in large part to your efforts the event was one of the best networking opportunities for manufacturers we have attended. The theme of recognizing long term employees was well received.

Joyce and connected roughly 18 manufacturing companies to candidate customers, suppliers and key industry service providers and stakeholders. Our guests included new and emerging companies as well as a company who had not decided to locate in Maryland. Since the event they have decided Maryland is definitely where they want and need to be.

The RMI event was a great place to both renew relationships and to begin new ones. Manufacturers were thrilled and several thanked us for making them aware of the event.

Well done.

Kind regards,

Carl Livesay, Maryland DBED

Good job last night Mike! You and team looked like well oiled machine filling the room RMI does not need to partner with anyone holding an event.

Scott MacDonald, Maryland Thermoform Corporation

I just wanted to congratulate you and your team for putting together such an incredible event.  You did a fantastic job as MC – it was an uplifting and motivating night for all involved.  The idea to recognize the veteran manufacturing employees was thoughtful and so important.  The personal touch you provided by honoring your sister was touching and relevant to the family concept of manufacturing. Everyone to whom I spoke about it had similar thoughts.  A job very well done!

Thanks again for a fantastic night. 

Ken Sanchez, Chesapeake Specialty Products

That was a memorable evening!

Thanks for your service.

It is great to be a member of your “family”.

Bill Ballard, Project Manager and EFI Group Partner

This was a great event! Thank you again for allowing us to have a table….the Canam folks really enjoyed it and was very impressed with you and RMI!

We will be putting this out through our social media outlets! Just waiting for picture taken from last night!!

Jodie Bollinger, Frederick County Economic Development

It was a great event!  Thanks for the opportunity to sponsor.  I know our customers had a great time.

Sorry I did not get to say hello you were a little busy  J

Have a great weekend and thanks for the great job you do at RMI.

God Bless.

Alison Sheaffer, PPL Energy Plus

Well done.  Congratulations on last evening’s event.  A great celebration of Maryland manufacturing and the promise for the future.  

Best regards,

Bob Jirsa, McGladrey, LLP

I sincerely appreciate your invitation to attend last night’s RMI Gala.

It was awesome!

One can only appreciate the time, effort, blood, sweat and tears, that went into pulling off such a successful event.

Heartiest congratulations to you and your committee.

Warm regards,

Steve Fishkind

Great job.  Honestly, I am leery of such events and doubt their value.  Typically it’s hard to talk to folks and there is little opportunity to truly do any meaningful networking.  Your gala was a clear exception.  Truly a great event and productive night.  I had a fun time and was able to catch up with so many people I have not seen in long time.  Well done.

Alexander W. Koff Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP

The kids greatly enjoyed meeting the governor.

It was a very nice event.

Ed Mullin, Baltimore Robotics Center


Thanks Peter Bowe, Ellicott Dredges

Great job with the event tonight. It was a big hit with my clients and was a wonderful success!


Josh Barnes, Harbor Design and Manufacturing

Thank you again for allowing us to participate in such a wonderful tribute to manufacturing. I saw people there that I hadn’t seen in many years and actually met one of my Maryland With Pride members for the first time. One company at my table was happy to have an opportunity to renew an old acquaintance with Paul Reed Smith. Another commented on how well thought of you must be to have the kind of support for the event that was demonstrated by the exemplary turnout of family, friends, and business associates.

Christine Platter, The Project Resource Group

I thought that the Gala was a big success. Congratulations!

Bob Brennen, Mikes & Stockbridge

 Amazing job last night. Truly the event of the year.

 Jodi Hume, The Business of Life, Inc

Bravo Maestro Mike!

Art Jacoby, Buy Maryland Cyber

Just a note to tell you how honored I was to attend the Gala with Paul Smith and company.  Thank you again for all you do for Maryland manufacturing.

Len Johnson, PRS Guitars

Your event brought back a lot of memories. I saw old friends that I have enjoyed working with through out the years and about our many efforts to promote Maryland manufacturing.   And, congratulations on the relationship you have already established with the Governor.    Keep it going.

Cliff Ishmael, Strategic HR

Register Today for RMI GreenTech Series

Join us on April 15th at the Baltimore Museum of Industry from 5:00-7:00 p.m. as RMI hosts its manufacturers-only monthly GreenTech Series.


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RMI Gala Energizes 600 Manufacturing Stakeholders

15053-0195-LR.jpgOver 600 manufacturing employees and stakeholders came together on Thursday for an evening gala 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 electric guitar rendition of the Stars Bangle Banner, Gloria Flach’s powerful keynote and local high school students from the Baltimore Robotics Center showcasing their drones and robots giving us a glimpse of Maryland’s future manufacturing innovators.

To view and/or download the photos captured from the event, click here. (Please click on the individual photo and then right click to download).

Click here to view a re-cap of the event.

Governor to address manufacturers at RMI’s Decades of Dedication Gala

Governor Hogan will join us at the RMI Decades of Dedication Gala.

Governor Hogan will join us at the RMI Decades of Dedication Gala.

Larry Hogan has made a point of addressing the importance of manufacturing during the time since becoming Governor of Maryland. On March 26, he will address hundreds of manufacturers directly for the first time during the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland’s “Decades of Dedication Gala” at Martin’s West in Baltimore County.

“We are honored to have Governor Hogan participate in our celebration of all that manufacturing does for this community,” said Dr. Mike Galiazzo, President of the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI). “I think it’s safe to say that I speak for manufacturers across the state when I say how encouraging it is to see the governor take such a vested interest in what we do.”

The event commemorates RMI’s 25th anniversary, and is themed as a dinner banquet honoring local manufacturing companies’ ongoing contributions to the state, as well as an opportunity for those companies to recognize their longest serving and important employees. The keynote speaker is Gloria Flach, Northrop Grumman’s corporate vice president and president of electronic systems sector.

It will take place from 5:30-9:30PM, with tickets and table registration still available. More than 40 local manufacturing companies have already reserved tables.

Click here for registration information.

Join RMI on April 15 for our next GreenTech Series

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Baltimore’s Tenax Responsibly Manufactures a World of Netting Products for America

When it comes to fencing and netting, the name Tenax comes to mind. Their fencing can be seen protecting the Chesapeake Bay waterways and keeping deer from entering backyards. It can also be seen at high-prestige events like downhill skiing at the Winter Olympics, where orange safety fencing and blue limit fencing separates the skiers from the onlookers at the finish line.

tenaxOn a recent tour of the Baltimore Tenax facility, you can hear and see the buzz of activity as their large extruder machines churn out thousands of yards of plastic netting for a variety of industries. “This is the primary busy season, right now, January through June,” said Steve Petrides, President of Tenax U.S. The company’s value-added design and flexibility in the design process differentiates them from the competition. [Read more…]