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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. 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


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

Biggest Problem Facing Maryland Manufacturers and the Solution



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