Take 2 minutes to tell us what issues are important to your company and then tell us “What would you do to help Maryland Manufacturing if you were Governor?” You will see the results from all respondents across the state. Only manufacturers should take this survey. The results will be used to communicate information to the press and to plan a MEGA manufacturing event in the Fall.
RMI attended the recent Baltimore County State of the Schools luncheon that has been getting widespread positive news for Blueprint 2.0. Hear what two young GM engineers who were guest of RMI had to say.
As a recent graduate, the State of the Schools Luncheon reminded me of the excitement that we must all take to ensure that our secondary education systems are still making meaningful impacts. The various presentations of art, speech, choruses, and music from the students of the Baltimore County Public School System were not only illustrations of great talent but more importantly represents the school system’s commitment to its students. As the inspiring Superintendent begins his speech outlining the BCPS’s new Strategic Framework called Blueprint 2.0, he constantly stresses the role of Team BCPS. He starts very strong, suggesting that his address may be short in length – for no one can possibly stay so excited for so long. However, his excitement and dedication in fully delivering his message reflect the effort and urgency of which Dr. Dance and the BCPS Board of Education are taking to ensure that the state of the schools is indeed strong. Congratulations and good luck to Team BCPS!
Gregory Cleaver, Packaging Engineer, firstname.lastname@example.org
The future of the Baltimore County Public School system is in capable hands. Dr. Dance and his Blueprint 2.0, unveiled at the “State of the Schools” event hosted by The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, empower a vision of excellence in education that I haven’t seen before. It was evident that for the mission “to equip every student with the critical 21st century skills needed to be globally competitive” to be achieved, the entire Baltimore County community would need to be involved. I’ve always like the quote that “the mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled”, and after attending the event I’m convinced that Dr. Dance working through Blueprint 2.0 is the spark to that fire. I feel fortunate that I was able to attend the event and look forward to seeing the progress made over the next five years.
Lorenzo Blagrove, Facilities Engineer, email@example.com
Creating a culture of deliberate excellence for every student in every school of every community. A plan developed to lead and equip the students of the Baltimore County Public Schools so they may be prepared to be future leaders in the world. The annual conference was an event of exquisite class conducted by the engaged students of BCPS, from the soulful Dulaney High School Orchestra to the inspirational message of Superintendent Dance. Knowing that our children will be prepared to be effective individuals was comforting after leaving the conference.
On Wednesday, June 6, 2012, over 190 business, government and academic leaders came to the Crowne Plaza Hotel to hear the remarkable success stories from the RMI Green Team initiative. Dr. Leo Christodoulou, the head of the U.S. DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and leaders from the Maryland business community were able to hear how six manufacturing companies: Acadia Windows & Doors, GM Baltimore Operations, Green Bay Packaging, Kirk-Habicht Company, Lion Brothers and MarquipWardUnited were able to achieve some great energy savings in just nine months time.
The secret to the success of this program has been RMI’s approach to get buy-in first by creating that trusting atmosphere,” said Dr. Mike Galiazzo, President of RMI. “Our efforts have been unique in that we have been able to make the case for energy upgrades to all of the key officials within the plants and we created a culture of energy conservation as well,” said Galiazzo. We are filling an important void in service delivery and I believe this is a model that should be replicated,” he said. ”
“Having the RMI Green Team is like having a concierge service,” said Bill Tiger, Plant Manager for GM Baltimore Operations. “They bring resources to our attention and work with our team to make the payback case to help us make decisions that can help our bottom line. That fills a huge gap between government and industry,” he said.
RMI Would Like to Thank the Following Premier and Gold Sponsors of the June 6 Energy Forum:
Maryland Energy Administration: A Maryland state agency, MEA fuels the creationof green jobs by providing funds and resources to expand the use and availability of clean, safe energy in Maryland. Manufacturers can greatly benefit from MEA’s 2.5% low interest loan fund. RMI members are currently $benefiting from this great resource.
KCI Technologies: From schools to courthouses to residential developmentsto manufacturing plants, KCI produces innovative designs that reflect concerns for energy conservation, maintenance efficiency, and environmental responsibility.
CTRL Systems: CTRL Systems offers an ultrasound turnkey package for energy savings beginning with compressed air systems and includes sensors, software, kilowatt monitoring, manpower, and incentive programs.
Rexel USA delivers sourcing and energy efficiency solutions that help electrical and communications professionals do their jobs better.
Energy Solutions Plus: A global provider and leader in the field of Power Quality, offering unparalleled turn-key correction and protection of plant & equipment.
Whiteford Taylor Preston, LLP’s Green Industry Group seamlessly integrates in-depth understanding of sustainable development with our firm’s existing practices and is proud to be one of only a few law firms with five LEED Accredited Professional attorneys.
Check back soon for video highlights and additional information that was generated from the Energy Forum.
RMI Represented on Sparrows Point Partnership Business Advisory Board
Towson, MD - Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz today announced a major economic development initiative to promote business growth opportunities related to the expansion of the Port of Baltimore. The Sparrows Point Partnership brings together 16 prominent business and private sector leaders who will advise the County on the highest and best uses for industrially zoned properties on the Sparrows Point peninsula, the area closest to the Seagirt Marine Terminal. The Partnership will also look at the impact of the Port’s expansion on manufacturing zoned properties in the North Point, Essex, Rossville and Middle River areas. From this study, the County will implement an action plan to promote port-related job activity around the Sparrows Point peninsula. [Read more...]
Agenda + Speakers List Below
NEXTgen-M is a Baltimore first.
If you are interested in rapid technologies and smart manufacturing this event is for you. We are bringing together manufacturers, entrepreneurs, educators, techies and all who see a future for rapid tech in the Baltimore region.
You will learn how rapid tech is being applied in industries to include, manufacturing, forensic, medical, and military. Technologies include 3D imaging, modeling, 3D printing (additive manufacturing), laser cutting and CNC milling (subtractive manufacturing). [Read more...]
Today, I was at Green Bay Packaging (GBP) in Hunt Valley for the Inside Series hosted by RMI and the World Trade Center Institute. The Inside Series is a program that takes people inside manufacturing companies to learn about successful strategies, company culture, international trade and leadership. Today, we heard from Tyson Aschliman, General Manager. Tyson, a member of the RMI Board of Directors, is a dynamo and the GBP story is a great example of a next generation advanced manufacturing company.
Over four generations, the Kirk-Habicht Company family business has always led a unique manufacturing operation. The 105 year-old Baltimore-based company has had one common theme: it has always been open to change.
They started out making ship telegraph systems in the early 1900s which led them into the brass hardware market for ships providing brass door knobs, bar plates, kick plates, spittoons and then brass railings for buildings in downtown Baltimore. When the brass market declined, the company transitioned to become a spring manufacturer for larger manufacturing operations starting with Sweetheart Cup, Westinghouse and Western Electric. [Read more...]
Senators Kathy Klausmeier and Senator Allan Kittleman worked with RMI as “lead” sponsors of Senate Bill 658. The idea for the bill came from RMI Board Chair Drew Greenblatt and it will benefit companies in Maryland. Senators Klausmeier and Kittleman serve on the RMI Board of Directors and are advocates for manufacturing.
Other cosponsors are: Senators Astle, Colburn, Forehand, Garagiola, Glassman, King, Middleton, and Peters.
Senate Bill 653 – Bill Summary: This bill would re-couple Maryland’s income tax standards for expensing of business property with the federal Internal Revenue Code for purposes of Section 179 expensing and bonus depreciation. SB653 would allow accelerated tax depreciation for equipment purchased by Maryland businesses, a benefit enjoyed by manufacturers in neighboring states – putting Maryland Manufacturers at a competitive disadvantage. [Read more...]
“Our successful manufacturing journey is predicated on recognizing that the experts are, in the manufacturing area” said Jerry Solomon, Vice President for MarquipWardUnited’s (MWU) Baltimore Operations.
The Maryland-based manufacturer is a global leader in manufacturing equipment solutions and offering parts and service for the corrugated box industry. “We know that if we invest in our 300 associates that staff our operations, we will grow our business and we will help them grow as well,” said Solomon.
MWU is part of a much larger parent company, Barry-Wehmiller, which is comprised of nine divisions, and is a diversified $1 billion provider of manufacturing technology and consulting solutions, making it one the of the largest packaging machinery groups in the Western Hemisphere. [Read more...]
We had a very successful four days. Companies from as far as San Antonio Texas attended!
NEXT WORKSHOPS SUMMER 2012
The Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland invites you to learn the power of Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt’s well known Theory of Constraints (TOC). Join us for a four-day accelerated learning experience designed and delivered by the world’s top TOC experts from Goldratt Consulting, Dr. Goldratt’s company, to gain:
- Major insights into what actually constrains your organization from immediately generating much more sales and ongoing growth in revenues and profits.
- A roadmap to develop the necessary skills that would overcome internal and external constraints, and insulate your company from fluctuating market conditions.
- The knowledge of what it will take to achieve immediate bottom-line results while fostering unprecedented communication and synchronized performance among functions and management levels.
- Exposure to actual cases and examples of TOC implementations at some of the leading companies from around the world.
TOC For The Ever Flourishing Company is the program used by companies to send key people to check the potential validity of TOC for their companies, including the holistic approach to its implementation. Throughout the workshop, participants learn and apply the various concepts through hands-on simulations, exercises, and highly interactive discussion. The program is consistently praised for its insightfulness and practicality.
Monday, March 12, 2012 9:00 AM – Thursday, March 15, 2012 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Westin BWI Hotel Information – Special Rate of $139 a night mention RMI of Maryland
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You are invited to learn the power of Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt’s well known Theory of Constraints (TOC) to become an Ever Flourishing Company – a company which continuously and significantly increases value for employees, customers and shareholders. Join us for a four-day accelerated learning experience designed and delivered by the world’s top TOC experts from Dr. Goldratt’s company to gain:
• Major insights into what actually constrains your organization from immediately generating much more sales and ongoing growth in revenues and profits.
• A roadmap to develop the necessary skills that would overcome internal and external constraints, and insulate your company from fluctuating market conditions.
• The knowledge of what it will take to achieve immediate bottom-line results while fostering unprecedented communication and synchronized performance among functions and management levels.
TOC For The Ever Flourishing Company is the program used by companies to send key people to check the potential validity of TOC for their companies, including the holistic approach to its implementation. Throughout the workshop, participants learn and apply the various concepts through hands-on simulations, exercises, and highly interactive discussion. The program is consistently praised for its insightfulness and practicality. A short overview of the agenda is below.
Part 1: Laying the Foundation
• The course starts with The Goal and extrapolates from it the essential TOC concepts that will be applied throughout the rest of the program.
• The five focusing steps, the measures of T, I and OE, local versus global optimization
• The Management Attention constraint
Part 2: Flow and the TOC Approach to Managing the Flow of Goods and Services
• The concepts of flow – key insights from Ford, Ohno and Goldratt
• Using TOC to improve flow and provide fast response time with unparalleled reliability and availability – TOC’s Drum Buffer Rope, TOC Replenishment, and Critical Chain Project Management.
Part 3: Blue Oceans and the TOC Approach to Having a Decisive Competitive Edge
• Turning the improvements made into a decisive competitive edge (and the inherent dangers of not doing so)
• Examining the needs of customers in various types of industries, and the generic ways in which TOC provides direction for solution
• Uncovering the step-by-step process in which markets are targeted, offers are developed, and sales are executed in a TOC company
Part 4: Ever Flourishing Companies and the TOC Approach to Holistic Implementation
• The real goal: to be Ever Flourishing and what is blocking companies from achieving it
• The Strategy & Tactic Tree (S&T) as a tool to organize, synchronize, align and communicate up, down and across the organization
• Examining some standard S&T’s
• The process to reach ever flourishing
Part 5: Harmony and the TOC Approach to Company Culture
• The Engines of Disharmony
• Turning the Engines of Disharmony into Engines of Harmony
• Using TOC tools to improve relationships and culture
• Wrap up