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...]
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.
Dr. 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.
At 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.
Leading Maryland Manufacturers Publicly Endorse RMI Energy Efficiency Approach
Companies in RMI program project annual savings of $597,000
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 twelve represented companies were: Northrop Grumman, U.S. Gypsum, Chesapeake Specialty Products, Green Bay Packaging, Medifast, Sun Automation, Maryland Applied Physics Corporation, Zentech, Ellicott Dredges, Maryland Thermoform, Danko Arlington and General Motors Baltimore Operations.
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.
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?
On Thursday, March 27, nearly 200 people gathered at the National Electronics Museum for RMI’s “Women in NextGen Manufacturing & Engineering” event to hear experts talk about the industry.
Attendees were given time to network with many top females in the field before hearing from Laura Neuman, Anne Arundel County Executive. She inspired the crowd by sharing her own personal story of overcoming challenges and adversity.
“No matter what the obstacles are, there’s always opportunity out there,” she said.
Northrop Grumman not only hosted the event, but its corporate vice president and vice president Gloria A. Flach served as the event’s keynote speaker. With years of experience in the industry, Flach was able to tell the crowd about how manufacturing and engineering are always changing.
The speech led into an informative discussion moderated by Northrop Grumman’s own Silvia Bouchard, who also offered advice to the audience on work-life balance, leadership and more.
In addition, the audience asked panel members questions about the field, ranging from “How can we educate the future generation?” to “How can I deal with setbacks on the job?”
“The panel discussion of top women manufacturer executives was inspiring,” said Kathy Synder, CEE, President and CEO of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. “Each of them emphasized the values of planning ahead, being ready to take risks and finding good mentors, something that is critically important for all young professionals.”
Overall, the event gave the more than 180 attendees a lot of information that they can implement in their own work and lives. See more pictures of the event here.
What attendees had to say when asked.
” What did you like most about the event?”. (from our post event survey)
This was my first RMI event. I was impressed with the knowledge and commitment to bolstering manufacturing in MD. Also, thought the camaraderie between attendees was great.
The extremely talented and inspiring speakers and panelists were most impressive. It was a very nice venue and well attended.
The number of attendees and enthusiasm about manufacturing in Maryland. Great speakers!
The caliber of speakers and content.
The women on the panel were fabulous. They spoke from experience and the heart. Many wonderful take-away actions received.
Having the different aspects from manufacturing (CEOs, VPs, HR) to bring different insight to the panel.
I was impressed by the wide range of expertise demonstrated by the panelists. They were well-versed and candid about sharing their personal experiences with the audience.
The panel of women as guest speakers.
The diversity and depth of the panelists. I left the event and several days later still reflected on the “nuggets” of information and experiences the speakers shared. They provided genuine, real life words of wisdom and encouragement for personal and professional development that “stuck” with me as I progress and improve.
Openness to audience for questions
The sharing of life experiences of the women in the panel
I was most impressed by the eloquent speaking of the panel and keynote speaker, they were very engaging and relevant. I felt as though I learned some keen advice.
Synergies between speaker and panelists…
The guests–especially the woman who introduced the program–(Laura Neuman, Anne Arundel County Executive)
The organization was well done as well.
The women on the panel. The difference in leadership styles between men and women is enormous in my opinion. We men follow sports, and war, as proper leadership models. Women focus on nurturing and consensus based on what I heard from the panel.
Great chemistry and open conversation and audience interaction
All the bad ass ladies.
I was most impressed with the quality of the panelists and their willingness to share their experiences with the audience. I especially appreciated the focus on the importance of mentoring younger women entering manufacturing and mastering higher-level skills for NextGen Manufacturing.
As inferred by its name, the Maritime Applied Physics Corporation (MAPC) has had a big impact in the sea and on the maritime defense industry. However, the Baltimore manufacturer has also worked in desert environments, in the mountains, in the air, on fire-ranges, in simulated warfare environments and more.
As United States defense spending is winding down, the company is seeing which products are transferable to the private sector.
Rising through the ranks, from college intern to personnel director, Nichole Hickson-Oliver will bring a wealth of knowledge and advice to our “Women in NextGen Manufacturing and Engineering” event March 27.
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.