by Stacey Smith Stacey Smith

What’s on the agenda for RMI for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021?

November 9, 2020: It’s been a busy year, with several new initiatives and programs for RMI including our inaugural Maryland Made to Wear Runway Show in February, our “New Directions for Maryland Manufacturing” Webinar Series and the 2020 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing and People’s Choice Awards that wrapped up in mid-October. So what can you expect next from RMI? Here are some of the things we’re focusing on for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021.

RMI Champions Webinar Series
RMI will host a series of monthly webinars in November 2020 through May 2021, each addressing a topic of importance to Maryland’s manufacturing industry. And each will include Champions of MD Manufacturing People’s Choice Award winners along with a few other companies or organizations selected by RMI. Get details here.

Virtual Meeting with Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot & Economist Anirban Basu
December 4, 2020 | 10-10:45 a.m.
Grab a cup of coffee and join RMI as we hear from and talk with Maryland’s Chief Fiscal Officer, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and Economist Anirban Basu via this virtual meeting. As an advocate for fiscal policies and business growth that strengthen our state’s economy, Franchot will discuss the the importance of manufacturing to our State’s economy with economic insights from Basu. Join us to discuss why making manufacturing a priority is essential to the state’s future economy. Registration opening soon.

RMI & MD MEA Energy Program
RMI continues to manage a Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) grant that provides the services of RMI’s energy engineers for manufacturing and R&D facilities in the PEPCO and Delmarva Power areas to be more energy efficient, save money, increase productivity and workplace comfort. The engineers assist with accessing rebates, tax savings, grants & loans to make the needed upgrades/modifications, providing hands-on help drafting the required applications, reviewing vendor quotes and more, at no cost to the manufacturer, R&D company or facility owner. If you’d like information on how your company might benefit from this program, contact Peter Gourlay at peter.gourlay@RMIofmaryland.com. Read Energy Program success story here. Get energy program details here.

Legislative Initiatives
We’ve been busy crafting a legislative agenda to positively impact Maryland’s manufacturing industry through the 2021 Legislative Session in Annapolis. We’ll have details to share soon. Be on the lookout for updates.

Want to be “in the know” on RMI of Maryland activities and programs? Sign up to get updates here.

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Webinar: Why Maryland’s Economy Needs Manufacturing

December 4, 2020
10-10:45 a.m.

Peter Franchot, Maryland Comptrioller, and Anirban Basu, Economist & Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, will discuss the following:

  • Importance of manufacturing to our economy today and in the future.
  • Job openings and why filling those jobs helps our economy.
  • Our future economy and making manufacturing an essential industry.
  • Opportunities for Maryland manufacturing growth

NOTE: No cost to tune in but registration is required. This program is being offered via a Zoom video webinar that requires a passcode to log in. An email with log in information and passcode will be sent to all registrants within 48 hours of the date of the program. If you have any questions, please email Stacey@RMIofmaryland.com or call Stacey Smith at 443-844-0047.

Cost: No cost but registration is required.

Sponsorships available. Contact stacey@RMIofmaryland.com for details.

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Champions of MD Manufacturing Webinar: Energy Efficiency Success Stories

Champions of Maryland Manufacturing Webinar #2
Energy Efficiency Success Stories
December 10, 2020

9:30-10:45 a.m.

Moderator: Mary Beth Tung, Ph.D., Esq., Director, Maryland Energy Administration (MEA)
Panelists:

  • Cornelius Grupp, President & CEO, C-Care*, Anne Arundel County (Read Champion story here.)
  • Viraj Puri, Co-Founder & CEO, Gotham Greens*, Baltimore County (Read Champion story here.)
  • John Fox, Advisor, XCo*, Queen Anne’s County (Read Champion story here.)
  • Elena Kessi, President, Aquafin, Cecil County (Read Champion story here.)

* Winner of the 2020 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing People’s Choice Award in the “Energy efficiency & Sustainability” category. Get more People’s Choice Awards details here.

Join RMI and the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) as we feature Champions of Maryland Manufacturing who have demonstrated great leadership in saving energy in the manufacturing industry. You’ll hear about an innovative HVAC technology from Queen Anne’s County’s XCo and great manufacturing success stories from Cecil County’s Aquafin, Baltimore County’s Gotham Greens and Anne Arundel County’s C-Care. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear how these firms saved thousands of dollars accessing Maryland Energy Administration grant funding and other State resources to reduce their energy expenses, increase productivity, improve workplace comfort and become more sustainable enterprises.

Cost: $0  Registration is required. This program is being offered via a Zoom video webinar that requires a passcode to log in. An email with log in information will be sent to all registrants within 48 hours of the date of the program. If you have any questions, please email Stacey@RMIofmaryland.com or call Stacey Smith at 443-844-0047.

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Champions of MD Manufacturing Webinar: Maryland’s Contribution to the Fight Against COVID-19

Champions of Maryland Manufacturing Webinar #1
Maryland’s Contribution to the Fight Against COVID-19
November 24, 2020
9:30-10:45 a.m.

Moderator: Mike Kelleher, Executive Director, MD MEP (Read Champion story here.)
Panelists:

  • Mary Agnes Sheridan, Director of STEAM, Notre Dame Preparatory School*, Baltimore County (Read Champion story here.)
  • Rick Wincek, VP of Operations,PATRIOT*, Calvert County (Read Champion story here.)
  • Luke Chow, President & CEO, Prime Manufacturing Technologies, Howard County (Read Champion story here.)
  • Marty Rosendale, CEO, Maryland Tech Council

* Winner of the 2020 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing People’s Choice Award in the “Fighting COVID-19” category. Get more People’s Choice Awards details here.

Maryland’s manufacturing ecosystem is playing a pivotal role in the fight against COVID-19. Whether it’s locally with the production of much-needed masks, hand sanitizer and medical gowns, nationally to meet the urgent and increased demand for hospital medical equipment and self-contained treatment “spaces” or globally in the race to develop a vaccine. Statewide, individuals and entities of all sizes are rising to the challenge with initiative, innovation and determination to mitigate the health and business risks presented by the novel Coronavirus. (Read all 2020 Champions of MD Manufacturing Fighting COVID-19 stories here.) Collectively, they illustrate the powerful and positive impact of Maryland manufacturing and the potential for Maryland to be a global leader on the manufacturing front. Join Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI) on November 24th as we talk with organization representatives, company executives, and industry leaders about:

  • the profound impact Maryland is having on the fight against COVID-19
  • strategies employed in the process
  • what can be done to help Maryland scale and capitalize on the positive impact going forward

Cost: $0  Registration is required. This program is being offered via a Zoom video webinar that requires a passcode to log in. An email with log in information will be sent to all registrants within 48 hours of the date of the program. If you have any questions, please email Stacey@RMIofmaryland.com or call Stacey Smith at 443-844-0047.

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RMI’s Champions of MD Manufacturing Webinar Series

As part of Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland’s (RMI) 2020 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing program, a series of monthly webinars will be offered in November 2020 through May 2021. Each will address one of the seven Champion story categories which represent topics of importance to Maryland’s manufacturing industry. And each will include the Champions of MD Manufacturing People’s Choice Award category winners along with a few other companies or organizations selected by RMI.

Want to support these webinars, even moderate one, and put your company/organization/agency/academic institution in the spotlight?  Get sponsorship details here.

Webinar Schedule:

November 24, 2020: Fighting COVID-19 – Read all Champions of MD Manufacturing Stories in this category here.

Moderator: Mike Kelleher, Executive Director, MD MEP
Panelists: 

         Get more details and register here

December 10, 2020: Energy Efficiency & Sustainability – Read all Champions of MD Manufacturing Stories in this category here.

Moderator: Name TBD, Company TBD (sponsorship opportunity)
Panelists:

    • Cornelius Grupp, President & CEO, C-Care, Anne Arundel County
    • Viraj Puri, Co-Founder & CEO, Gotham Greens, Baltimore County
    • John Fox, Advisor, XCo, Queen Anne’s County
    • Elena Kessi, President, Aquafin, Inc., Cecil County

          Get more details and register here.

January 2021 – Resiliency – Read all Champions of MD Manufacturing Stories in this category here.

Moderator: Name TBD, Company TBD
Panelists:

February 2021: Innovation – Read all Champions of MD Manufacturing Stories in this category here.

Moderator: Name TBD, Company TBD (sponsorship opportunity)
Panelists:

    • Name TBD, Airgility, Prince George’s County
    • Name TBD, Saft, Baltimore County
    • Name TBD, Company TBD
    • Name TBD, Company TBD

March 2021: Diversity & Inclusion – Read all Champions of MD Manufacturing Stories in this category here.

Moderator: Name TBD, Company TBD (sponsorship opportunity)
Panelists:

April 2021: Workforce – Read all Champions of MD Manufacturing Stories in this category here.

Moderator: Name TBD, Company TBD (sponsorship opportunity)
Panelists:

May 2021: Community Engagement – Read all Champions of MD Manufacturing Stories in this category here.

Moderator: Name TBD, Company TBD (sponsorship opportunity)
Panelists:

    • Name TBD, Exelon, Calvert County
    • Name TBD, Conagra Brands, Washington County
    • Name TBD, Company TBD
    • Name TBD, Company TBD

Questions? Contact Stacey Smith, Director of Outreach & Events, at 443-844-0047 or stacey@rmiofmaryland.com.

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RMI and Stanley Black & Decker Talk Manufacturing with Towson University Business Program Students

Thursday, October 29, 2020 · 12:30-1:45 p.m. – Open to Towson University Students Only

Joseph Zuccaro, Lecturer, College of Business & Economics at Townson University is introducing his “Management & Leadership Principles“ course students to manufacturing through a virtual presentation with opening remarks from Mike Galiazzo, PhD, President, Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI), and guest speaker Gregg Chamberlain, Vice President, Human Resources Global Operations, Tools and Storage Division at Stanley Black & Decker.

Through Zuccaro’s course, more than 130 business students are conducting a team-based, hands-on project analyzing manufacturing companies from sectors prevalent in Maryland: Chemical & Petroleum, Electronics, Fabricated Metal, Food & Beverage, Leather Products, Machinery, Nonmetallic Minerals, Paper & Packaging, Plastics & Rubber, Primary & Metal, Printing, Textiles & Apparel, and Transportation. “Since a majority of TU students are from Maryland and remain in the state upon graduation, it benefits them to know about the major industries present in the state and the career opportunities they offer,” Zuccaro says. “It also makes sense to promote these industries and make employers aware of the local, motivated talent available for their workforce.”

In Thursday’s virtual program, students will hear from Dr. Galiazzo, how important manufacturing is to Maryland and from Mr. Chamberlain, will hear how Stanley Black & Decker, a Maryland-based Fortune 500 manufacturer of industrial tools, is handling a wide range of issues like Covid-19, technology and recruitment and diversity in the workforce.

Zuccaro’s efforts to introduce his Towson University business program students to the manufacturing industry have earned the University recognition as an RMI 2020 Champion of Maryland Manufacturing and People’s Choice Award winner. Read Townson University’s Champion story here: https://rmiofmaryland.com/champions/towson-university/

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RMI Announces 2020 Champions of MD Manufacturing People’s Choice Award WInners

Over 11,000 Votes Casts to Choose Top 2020 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing

Baltimore, MD, October 20, 2020.  Individuals from across the State of Maryland cast over 11,000 votes online, as part of Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland’s (RMI) People’s Choice Awards, choosing their favorite stories of those that are “championing Maryland manufacturing.”

Voters chose from 143 unique stories in seven categories featured in RMI’s new online Champions of Maryland Manufacturing Directory that demonstrated great leadership, innovation and resiliency from a variety of organizations including manufacturers, non-profits, academic institutions and agencies who are part of Maryland’s manufacturing ecosystem in the following categories below.  The top two Champions which received the most votes in each category listed below are the winners of the People’s Choice Awards.

The 143 Champions stories in the Directory provide a fantastic resource for anyone to learn more about Maryland manufacturing.  Champions stories were submitted from every Maryland county and Baltimore City.  These stories can be found at here.

“The contributions came from all kinds of organizations who champion our industry every day,” said Mike Galiazzo,” President of RMI.  The outpouring was unprecedented and the interest from across the State has been nothing but amazing,” he said.  “This year’s Champions celebration was much different that our past mega events because of the pandemic, but the current environment also has illuminated Maryland’s great contributors to our industry as never before,” said Galiazzo.

Recognizing the Champions of Maryland Manufacturing is a key element of RMI’s image campaign to help put a face on today’s next generation manufacturing. By helping to tell the stories of those that are championing the manufacturing effort in Maryland, we help policymakers better understand the products made in their jurisdictions and how those goods help us in our daily lives. We also help educators, parents, and kids see manufacturing as a viable, enriching career opportunity.

RMI will be hosting webinars with each of our People’s Choice awardees so that the public can hear directly from them regarding their phenomenal impact in their communities and on Maryland’s economy.

Future announcements on the webinars can be found on RMI’s website under “upcoming events” at www.rmiofmaryland.com.

About RMI: The Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland’s (RMI) mission is to advocate for Maryland manufacturing and help companies grow and be competitive. RMI was Founded in 1990 as a non-profit association, created for manufacturers in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. Today, RMI of Maryland represents the interests of manufacturers statewide – providing programs, services, and advocacy.  RMI represents the interests of manufacturers in every Maryland county. RMI is dedicated to serving people, families, and communities by growing manufacturing.  Jobs in manufacturing provide livable wages that contribute immeasurably to stronger families, communities and economic growth.

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Champions of MD Manufacturing People’s Choice Awards Voting Starts October 7

Beginning on Wednesday, October 7 through Friday, October 16, the public will be invited to review all 2020 Maryland Champions‘ of Maryland Manufacturing stories and vote online for their favorite in each of the seven Champion story categories: Innovation, Workforce, Diversity & Inclusion, Fighting COVID-19, Energy Efficiency and Community Engagement.

Based on the voting, the two Champions in each of the seven categories that receive the most People’s Choice votes will be awarded the title of  “2020 Champions of MD Manufacturing People’s Choice Winners.” Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 21 and recognized through press, email and social media announcements by RMI and our 12 Champions program partner organizations. But there’s more…

Each month, starting in November and running through May 2021, RMI will host and promote a webinar featuring a discussion with the top two People’s Choice winners from one of the seven categories. This will give the business community, educators, students, legislators/policy makers and general public the opportunity to get to know these Champions and their efforts more intimately and gain a greater appreciation for their value to our state’s manufacturing industry. It’s great exposure for these Champions and just another way RMI will continue to shed a positive light on Maryland manufacturing!

Be sure your story or that of an individual, company, agency, organization or academic/training institution of your choice is in our Champions Directory by October 2nd in order for you or them to be included in the People’s Choice voting. Submit your story or theirs, or encourage them to submit their own story, using this online “Tell Us Your Story” form. There is no cost to submit a story or to be included in the People’s Choice voting.

Questions? Email stacey@rmiofmaryland.com or call 443-844-0047.