by Stacey Smith Stacey Smith

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.

by Stacey Smith Stacey Smith

RMI Opens 2020 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing

CALL FOR CHAMPIONS OF MARYLAND MANUFACTURING STORIES: Now through October 2 – National Manufacturing Day

July 30, 2020 (Baltimore, MD) – The Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI) is calling for entries for its 2020 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing program.

With support from the Maryland Department of Commerce and in partnership with 12 of Maryland’s leading business organizations, the 2020 Champions program is actively encouraging stories to be submitted by individuals, companies, organizations, agencies and academic/training entities of their manufacturing-related efforts of innovation, leadership, goodwill, transformation, and resilience.

Submitted stories will be featured in RMI’s new online Champions Directory. The Directory provides each Champion with a full page to feature their story along with photos and videos illustrating how they are championing manufacturing here is Maryland. The Directory and its stories will be promoted through RMI and the media channels of its many Champions’ Partners over the next several months.

“We know there are so many great, innovative manufacturing-related efforts taking place statewide and those efforts deserve recognition,” says RMI President Mike Galiazzo.
“The Champions Directory serves as an incredible resource whether for legislators who want to know what’s happening on the manufacturing front in their districts or educators, parents and students who want to get an idea of the career opportunities the manufacturing industry provides and entities providing the necessary training,” said Galiazzo.

There is no cost to submit a Champion story. RMI anticipates having over 300 stories in the Champions Directory by Manufacturing Day, October 2, 2020 which is the deadline for submissions. Individuals, manufacturers, businesses, organizations, agencies, and academic and training institutions are invited to submit stories of how their products, services or efforts have impacted or supported the manufacturing industry in some way in 2019-2020 in any of these six categories: Battling COVID-19, Digital Transformation, Workforce, Diversity & Inclusion, Community Engagement, Energy Efficiency & Sustainability.

Once the Champions entries are all submitted, RMI will open the voting for the 2020 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing People’s Choice Awards. The public is invited to review all Champions in the directory and vote for their favorite (one vote per email address) October 7-16, 2020.

The top three Champions in each of the six categories that receive the most People’s Choice votes will be designated as the 2020 Champions of MD Manufacturing People’s Choice winners. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 21, featured on RMI’s website and promoted via our partner outreach and recognized at a special ceremony in Annapolis, MD provided that such events/gatherings are permitted at that time.

For more information about the Champions of Maryland Manufacturing and RMI, visit www.RMIofmaryland.com or contact Stacey Smith, Director of Outreach & Events, at stacey@rmiofmaryland.com or 443-844-0047.

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About RMI
Founded in 1990, RMI is a non-profit organization that represents the interests of manufacturers statewide – providing programs, services, and advocacy. RMI is dedicated to serving people, families, and communities by growing Maryland’s manufacturing industry. RMI recognizes and promotes the work of Maryland manufacturers; offers a state-funded program providing complementary engineering resources to manufacturers; and connects secondary and post-secondary STEM students with advanced manufacturing internships, apprenticeships and job opportunities. RMI’s mission is to advocate for Maryland manufacturing and help companies grow and be competitive.

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RMI Energy Efficiency Program Helps Maryland Manufacturers Receive $302,800 in New Grant Awards

RMI Energy Efficiency Program Helps Maryland Manufacturers Receive $302,800 in New Grant Awards

Regional Manufacturing Institute (RMI) of Maryland Administers Program Funded by The State of Maryland

BALTIMORE, MD – The Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI) is pleased to announce that The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has approved grant funding totaling $302,800 for four RMI Energy Program manufacturing companies through the state agency’s Commercial, Industrial and Agriculture Grant Program (CI&A) to support improving energy efficiency and reducing energy costs. 

RMI helped the grant award recipients, who are all currently participants in RMI’s ongoing Energy Program, submit their winning grant award applications. The grant recipient manufacturing companies include four Maryland Eastern Shore manufacturers:

  • Aquafin, based in Cecil County, was awarded $69,000
  • Blind Industries and Services of Maryland, based in Wicomico County, was awarded $45,800
  • Terumo Medical Corporation, based in Cecil County, was awarded $100,000
  • Tishcon Corporation, based in Wicomico County, was awarded $88,000 

The MEA competitive Commercial, Industrial and Agriculture (C&IA) grant program opened last fall and applications were submitted by October 15, 2019 (see MEA press release for further detail and a listing of all of the grant recipients). 

The competitive grant process looked for companies to commit to energy savings projects which achieve a minimum of a 20% baseline decrease in electricity use.  The four awarded companies from the RMI Energy Program are estimated to collectively reduce energy consumption by 28% from their baseline with a 3,913,185-kilowatt energy reduction. The companies will collectively save $298,420 annually as a result of implementing their various projects.  In addition, RMI is working with the companies to access utility rebates for each of their eligible energy improvement projects which are estimated to be collectively over $300,000.

RMI will continue to work with the firms to ensure energy savings are achieved.  The manufacturing companies had previous energy audits from RMI and had benefited from the program’s help in deciding the best energy projects to pursue in the near-term.

“MEA’s C&I grant program is a tremendous help to Maryland’s manufacturing industry, as it really helps us move these projects forward to help manufacturers save energy,” said Peter Gourlay, the manager of RMI’s Energy Program.  “Manufacturers look for a quick payback on their energy investments and the CI&A grant program is a great pump-primer to getting companies to commit,” he said.

Under RMI’s State-funded Energy Program, manufacturers in two major Maryland utility areas (PEPCO and Delmarva Power) are eligible to receive thousands of dollars of engineering services to help them reduce energy consumption and save on energy costs. The program tasks RMI with reaching out to eligible manufacturers through a proven approach to identify energy savings projects and help convince management to implement energy savings projects to save them money, while reducing their energy consumption.  

Over the past six years, the RMI Energy Program has helped over 100 eligible manufacturing companies receive over $8 million in cost savings, including: 80,000 MWh energy reduction,
$6 million saved from energy upgrades plus $2.15 million saved million in rebates and grants received ($1.3 million received from previous MEA C&I grants and another $1 million from energy rebates).

“RMI is helping manufacturers become more competitive by cutting their energy costs and accessing project funding sources from MEA’s incentive programs and through utility rebate programs,” said RMI President Michael Galiazzo. “As manufacturers pivot to assess their new operating environment, RMI’s Energy Program can be a great resource to helping to one of the top costs for manufacturers,” he said.

Despite the current COVID-19 pandemic, RMI’s Energy Program continues to engage eligible Maryland manufacturers served by Delmarva Power and PEPCO.  RMI’s engineering team has full capability to operate remotely and works with facility managers to assess opportunities for them to cut costs. “In additional our technical expertise to provide remote energy audits, RMI can be helpful as companies adapt to the new normal by changing building air flow to ensure a healthy operating environment,” said Gourlay.  “These changes could impact a company’s energy use and we can make sure that this will be conducted in the most cost-efficient manner,” he said.

Companies wishing to benefit from RMI’s Energy Program or receive RMI’s no-cost help to apply for the next round of MEA CI&A grants, are encouraged to call RMI’s Energy Program Manager Peter Gourlay at 443-275-2489.

Founded in 1990, the Regional Manufacturing Institute (RMI), a non-profit association, was created for manufacturers in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. Today, RMI of Maryland represents the interests of manufacturers statewide – providing programs, services, and advocacy. 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.

by RMI RMI

July 28 Manufacturers Only Focus Group on Zoom at 9 am

July 28 Manufacturers Only Focus Group on Zoom at 9 am – Anirban Basu will facilitate an open discussion with manufacturers on their ideas for helping Maryland manufacturing thrive. (Private virtual meeting discussion with Maryland Manufacturers only. Sponsors of this webinar may participate even if they are NOT a Maryland manufacturer.)
Manufacturers who participated in Webinar Series 31, #2 and/or #3: no cost; Other manufacturers: $35.

Sponsorship Opportunities: Want your company to stand out about the rest in our promotions of these special webinars?  Check out the New Directions Webinar Series sponsorship details here.

Questions?   Email stacey@RMIofmaryland.com or call (443)844-0047.

by RMI RMI

June 30 Webinar at 11 am – Growing Maryland Manufacturing

June 30 Webinar at 11 am – Growing Maryland Manufacturing, – What steps would policymakers need to take with respect to education, training, infrastructure and taxation to promote more rapid manufacturing growth during the years ahead?
RMI Members: no cost; RMI non-members: $30.

Sponsorship Opportunities: Want your company to stand out about the rest in our promotions of these special webinars?  Check out the New Directions Webinar Series sponsorship details here.

Questions?   Email stacey@RMIofmaryland.com or call (443)844-0047.

by RMI RMI

June 12 Webinar at 11 am – Manufacturing Reshoring

June 12 Webinar at 11 am – Manufacturing Reshoring, – Is there likely to be a movement toward re-shoring industrial production to the U.S. in general and Maryland in particular?
RMI Members: no cost; RMI non-members: $30.

Sponsorship Opportunities: Want your company to stand out about the rest in our promotions of these special webinars?  Check out the New Directions Webinar Series sponsorship details here.

Questions?   Email stacey@RMIofmaryland.com or call (443)844-0047.

by RMI RMI

May 21 Webinar at 11 am – COVID-19 Impact

May 21 Webinar at 11 am – COVID-19 Impact, What are the challenges and opportunities for Maryland manufacturing?
RMI Members: no cost; RMI non-members: $30.

Sponsorship Opportunities: Want your company to stand out about the rest in our promotions of these special webinars?  Check out the New Directions Webinar Series sponsorship details here.

Questions?   Email stacey@RMIofmaryland.com or call (443)844-0047.

by RMI RMI

New Directions For Maryland Manufacturing

Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI) has developed a partnership with Anirban Basu, Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, to engage Maryland manufacturers in galvanizing stakeholder support of our industry during this critical juncture in Maryland’s economy. 

While all Maryland businesses have been impacted during the pandemic, it is manufacturing that is the key wealth generator and innovation catalyst to help Maryland bounce back. This new initiative solidifies that NOW is the time for Maryland to fully mobilize its manufacturing assets and draw the newly unemployed into our industry, so our State can come roaring back bigger and better than ever!

As a kick-off to this new initiative, RMI is launching a webinar series with Anirban Basu to help manufacturers better understand the “new-normal” working environment, as the world has changed. As manufacturing executives grapple with a multitude of issues with ramping back up, RMI and the Sage Policy Group will help frame the larger picture and what that may mean for Maryland manufacturers and how we might increase our competitive position for the future.

Going forward, RMI and the Sage Policy Group been assembling a coalition of manufacturing leaders to help shape the dialogue as we engage Maryland’s influencers.  

New Directions for Maryland Manufacturing Webinars

1.COVID-19 Impact, May 21 at 11 am What are the challenges and opportunities for Maryland manufacturing? RMI Members: no cost; RMI non-members: $30

2. Manufacturing Reshoring, June 12 at 11 am Is there likely to be a movement toward re-shoring industrial production to the U.S. in general and Maryland in particular? RMI Members: no cost; RMI non-members: $30

3. Growing Maryland Manufacturing, June 22 at 11 am What steps would policymakers need to take with respect to education, training, infrastructure and taxation to promote more rapid manufacturing growth during the years ahead? RMI Members: no cost; RMI non-members: $30

4.Maryland Manufacturing Focus Group, June 30 at 11 amAnirban Basu will facilitate an open discussion with manufacturers on their ideas for helping Maryland manufacturing thrive. (Private virtual meeting discussion with Maryland Manufacturers only. Sponsors of this webinar may participate even if they are NOT a Maryland manufacturer.) Manufacturers who participated in Webinar Series 31, #2 and/or #3: no cost; Other manufacturers: $35

Want your company to stand out about the rest in our promotions of these special webinars?
Check out the New Directions Webinar Series sponsorship details.

Questions?   Email stacey@RMIofmaryland.com or call (443)844-0047.

Premier Sponsor of the Webinar Series

by Stacey Smith Stacey Smith

Letter from Secretary Kelly Schulz on COVID-19 : Critical Updates & SBA Loan Approval

Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland received the letter below on March 19, 2020 from Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz with links to the most current COVID-19 information and updates, FAQs , loans for businesses, recent orders by Governor Hogan, and a link to send questions and concerns to the Secretary and her team at Maryland Commerce. Be safe.

Mike Galiazzo, RMI President

A Letter From Kelly Schulz, Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce

Dear Partners and Valued Members of Maryland’s Business Community,

We understand these are difficult times, and we at the Maryland Department of Commerce are here to provide some guidance for businesses across the state.

This morning, Governor Hogan announced that as of today at 5PM , enclosed malls should close pedestrian concourses and other common areas, including food courts and retail stores only accessible from inside the enclosed shopping center. This does not require stores to close that are attached to malls and directly accessible from the outside.

Today’s announcement also impacts recreational establishments across the state, including bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, and amusement parks. Please read the executive order for more information.

These closures are in addition to those previously announced by the Governor, including all bars, restaurants, and other similar establishments that sell food or beverages for consumption on site; all Maryland casinos, racetracks, and simulcast betting facilities ; as well as all fitness centers, health clubs, health spas, gyms, aquatic centers, and self-defense schools. This does not include hair salons, barber shops, funeral homes, or food trucks . Drive-thru, carry-out, and delivery services will also continue.

If a business does not fit into one of the categories for closing in the executive order, there is nothing saying that they are required to close, but we strongly recommend that everyone use their best judgement and consider the possible impact on employees and customers if remaining open. Public utility, such as the need to provide food or essential supplies, must be balanced with the need to preserve public health.

If a business remains open, it is critical that they follow social distancing guidelines and do everything in their power to prevent groups of 10 or more people from congregating in one area. If a business is not covered in one of Governor Hogan’s executive orders, please use it as guidance.

Businesses with 10 or more people that are not included in the executive order are not required to close, but we need everyone’s help to prevent the virus from spreading. This may require you to make difficult choices. Guidance from the CDC for businesses is available here.

Governor Hogan also announced today that Maryland has received official designation from SBA that allows small businesses to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans during this state of emergency. Learn more about these low-interest loans and how they can benefit businesses throughout the state .

It is essential that you continue to check our Coronavirus Information for Businesses webpage for the latest information and guidance. This site will be updated frequently as new information becomes available. It includes an FAQ that will also be updated regularly.

Please let us know if you have any questions by emailing Secretary.Commerce@Maryland.Gov .

Thank you,