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Energy Efficiency Advocate and MEA Partner Peter Gourlay Recognized as a 2021 Champion of Energy by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is pleased to share that devoted industrial energy efficiency advocate, Peter Gourlay, was selected as a 2021 Champion of Energy Efficiency by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE).  Peter Gourlay lost his battle with cancer in January of 2021. This national recognition acknowledges his contributions to industrial energy efficiency in Maryland as well as his legacy that lives on in the programs, funded by MEA, that he created and administered for the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI).

The Champions of Energy Efficiency in Industry Award: Implementation and Deployment, from the ACEEE, recognizes accomplishments in the industrial efficiency sector with an emphasis on impact, innovation and leadership in reducing energy waste and spurring innovation.

After being nominated by peers, the ACEEE Board of Directors’ committee selected the six awardees recognized for their impact, innovation, and leadership in reducing energy waste and spurring sustainability.  The winners were announced on July 14, 2021 at the biennial Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry.

In recognition of Mr. Gourlay’s service, MEA Director Dr. Mary Beth Tung stated, “Peter was a trusted coach and leader who consistently advocated for energy efficiency in the manufacturing sector.  This sector is critical to Maryland’s economy by providing community-sustaining jobs, and bolstering national security by fostering local production of goods.  Peter’s work was crucial to nurturing an energy efficient and economically vibrant manufacturing sector.  While Peter is no longer physically with us, his legacy lives on in the work he started and we endeavor to continue.”

Peter served as Vice President of RMI where he worked to improve the image of manufacturing, develop a workforce pipeline, provide energy services, and led manufacturers in an analog-to-digital transformation.

“Peter Gourlay made a positive difference in the lives of all he knew,” said Dr. Michael Galiazzo, President of RMI. “His strength of character and leadership led to outstanding results in all his pursuits. His achievements were the result of his deep and abiding faith in the goodness of others.”

Peter was recognized for his leadership of successful programs including RMI’s Next Generation Energy Efficiency Gains (NGEEG) program (funded by the MEA). Under Peter’s leadership, this program served manufacturing companies within Delmarva Power’s service area on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and PEPCO’s service area in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. Gourlay also managed a $3 million energy efficiency program for Maryland manufacturers served by BGE, saving them close to $2 million off their energy bills annually. The program continues to provide strategic guidance to Maryland’s manufacturing sector. Peter bridged the gap between available energy programs and services and their use by manufacturing companies. He is part of the trusted voice of Maryland manufacturing, providing over 2,000 of the state’s small, medium and large manufacturers with objective advice and support, allowing clients to increase profits and reduce costs.

Through Peter’s dedicated work, RMI became an integral resource in the company’s productivity goals; those trusted relationships played a major role in convincing the companies to invest in energy efficiency. His success in combining manufacturing transformations with energy savings will have far-reaching benefits in the energy sector. This national recognition memorializes his passion for energy efficiency, and his charisma; and it serves as a model for those who follow in his footsteps.

For more information about the biennial Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry, please visit ACEEE’s website. Visit this link to view the 2021 Champions of Energy Efficiency in Industry awards presentation.

Please visit RMI’s website for detailed information about their work in the energy sector.

Visit Energy.Maryland.gov for more information about MEA.

 

Article source: Maryland Energy Administration (July 19, 2021). Energy Efficiency Advocate and MEA Partner Peter Gourlay Recognized as a 2021 Champion of Energy by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, from https://news.maryland.gov/mea/2021/07/19/energy-efficiency-advocate-and-mea-partner-peter-gourlay-recognized-as-a-2021-champion-of-energy-by-the-american-council-for-an-energy-efficient-economy/
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The Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland Propels State as NextGen Advanced Manufacturing Leader with the Passing of the Manufacturing Technology & Workforce Bill

New law establishes a workgroup to study and make recommendations for advanced technologies to define the future of Maryland manufacturing

BALTIMORE, July 12, 2021 – The Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI) was the key driver in the creation and passing of Maryland bills HB658 and SB444, “Transforming Manufacturing In a Digital Economy Workgroup (Making It in Maryland).” The bills officially became law on July 1, 2021, establishing a workgroup to study and make recommendations regarding advanced digital technologies shaping the future of Maryland manufacturing including quantum computing, 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI). 

RMI’s President Mike Galiazzo was instrumental in the creation, drafting and passing of the bills—securing the key legislative sponsors and lobbying for the bills during the past two legislative sessions. SB444 was formally introduced by Senator Chris West (R-Baltimore County, MD) and HB658, was introduced by Delegate Lily Qi (D- Montgomery County, MD). These were companion bills that became law.

“The passing of these bills into law is a huge victory for Maryland manufacturers and our state’s economy,” said Mike Galiazzo, Ph.D., president of RMI. “It was a bipartisan, stakeholder driven effort. Maryland is already a top state for research and development in manufacturing, and therefore the state was perfectly positioned to pass this first-of-its-kind legislation. The law not only publicly establishes manufacturing as a priority for the state but will also shape the future of Maryland manufacturing and position Maryland as a national showcase and powerhouse for next-generation advanced manufacturing.” 

RMI appointed the following representatives from manufacturing companies:

  • Kenneth Sanchez, President, Chesapeake Specialty Products, Inc.
  • Bob Mather, Vice President-Lean, I4.0 & Advanced Manufacturing, Stanley Black & Decker Global Operations
  • Kunjan Tokekar, Director of Industrial Engineering Volvo Group Trucks
  • Thomas VanCott, Ph.D., Chief Technology & Strategy Officer, Catalent Cell & Gene Therapy
  • April Richardson, Esq., Managing Partner, Food Opportunity, LLC 

A key focus in revolutionizing manufacturing is bringing people and technology together,” said Nick DeSimone, RMI Board Member and Chief Supply Chain Officer for Global Tools & Storage at Stanley Black & Decker. “Stanley Black & Decker’s connected digital ecosystem fundamentally develops best-in-class Industry 4.0 manufacturing principles, defines the workforce of the future, and strengthens our customer experiences.”

The workgroup also includes individuals from the following organizations:

Four members of the Maryland legislature appointed by the Senate President and House Speaker; MD Dept of Information Technology (DOIT); Maryland Department of Commerce; Regional Manufacturing Institute; MD Dept. of Labor; Maryland Manufacturing Advisory Board (Dept. of Commerce); Maryland Association of Independent Colleges & Universities (MICUA); Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC ); University System of Maryland (USM); Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MD MEP); RAMPMD; Maryland Tech Council (MTC); Fraunhofer Center Mid-Atlantic; Maryland AFL-CIO; and, Printing & Graphics Association Mid-Atlantic (PGAMA) Maryland Small Business Development Center.

“RMI is the catalyst and driving force for this bill—putting the state on the map as one of the first states to truly harness digital technology to enable next-gen manufacturing. I led this bill because I believe it is vitally important for Maryland to position itself on the cutting edge of manufacturing,” said Senator Chris West (R).

“I was very excited when approached by RMI to sponsor this bill,” said Delegate Lily Qi (D). “I believe this focused initiative diversifies our economic industry, allows us to provide middle-wage/skill jobs and attract the industries of the future to Maryland.”  

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.

 

Media Contact:

Sarah Broome
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Email: sarah@bsquaredllc.net

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Follow-up from RMI’s Transformational Technologies in Manufacturing Conference

Thank you for registering for June 8th RMI’s Transformational Technologies in Manufacturing Conference. If you were able to tune into the sessions yesterday, we hope you enjoyed them. For those of you unable to tune in or who may have missed a session or two, you will find a link to each session below. We have also included speaker info and links to information that was mentioned during the Conference.

View Conference sponsor information here.

Session 1: 5G in Manufacturing  View session recording here.

  • Michele Whelley, CEO, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, www.greaterbaltimore.org
  • Dr. Shawn DuBravac, President, Avrio Institute, Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland Global Campus, New York Times Best Selling Author, www.avrioinstitute.org

National Association of Manufacturer’s (NAM) Manufacturing Institute report, How 5G Is Transforming the Manufacturing Landscape, by Dr. Shawn DuBravac – Read the report here.

Session 2: 3D Printing & Scanning and Digital Twins  View session recording here.

  • Michael Raphael, Founder, President & Chief Engineer, Direct Dimensions, Inc., www.directdimensions.com
  • Dr. Michael Grieves, Chief Scientist for Advanced Manufacturing and Executive VP Operations, Technology Institute of Florida, Executive Director, Digital Twin Institute, www.fit.edu

Session 3: Using Virtual Reality in Training for Manufacturing  View session recording here.

Session 4: Quantum Technologies, 11:05-11:55 AM  View session recording here.

Rethink: Manufacturing Leadership Council Summit, June 22-24 – Murray Thom will be speaking at this event. Get details here.

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Technology in Manufacturing Conference

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The Transformational Technologies in Manufacturing Conference focused on technologies that are transforming the local, national and global manufacturing industry. Specific technologies highlighted through insightful conversations with local and national thought leaders were: 5G, Quantum Computing, Digital Twins and Virtual Reality Training.

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Champions of MD Manufacturing Webinar: Workforce Innovation, Education & Collaboration In Action

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Champions of Maryland Manufacturing Webinar
Workforce Innovation, Education & Collaboration in Action
May 25, 2021

9:30-10:45 a.m.

Moderator: Michele Whelley, CEO, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore (EAGB)

Panelists:

      • Dr. Nilanjan Banerjee, Associate Director for Cybersecurity for Manufacturing Initiatives, UMBC*, Read Champion story here.
      • Joseph Zuccaro, Lecturer – College of Business & Economics, Towson University*, Read Champion story here.
      • Neill Christopher, Acadia Windows & Doors and The ARC of Northern Chesapeake, Read Champion story here
      • Becky Kemp, Workforce Development & Apprenticeship Program Manager, MD MEP 

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

Join RMI, our Presenting Sponsor, MD Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MD MEP), and special guest moderator Michele Whelley, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore CEO, as we highlight Champions of Maryland Manufacturing who have demonstrated great leadership in their manufacturing workforce efforts. They’ll share stories of innovation, education and collaboration that will provide inspiration and information from which Maryland’s manufacturers will surely benefit.

  • Hear how a Baltimore County manufacturer partnered with a local nonprofit organization serving those with disabilities for its hiring needs and why this company calls these individual some of their most valuable employees.
  • Don’t think you can afford to hire an individual dedicated solely to providing security for your digital assets? Learn how your manufacturing company can upskill a current employee for a cybersecurity role through a new and innovative Maryland program.
  • Not sure where to find great talent for open positions at your manufacturing company? Hear the unique way one local educator is preparing his college students for careers of all types in the manufacturing industry and how you can connect with his students for your internship, apprenticeship and job opportunities.
  • Plus, Becky Kemp from MD MEP will share information on valuable workforce hiring and training incentives and programs available to help Maryland manufacturers hire, train and retain a qualified workforce.

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 24 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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Inaugural Baltimore County Virtual Manufacturing Job Fair

The Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI), in partnership with the Baltimore County Department of Economic & Workforce Development and the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) is hosting a virtual manufacturing job fair on April 8th. The Virtual Manufacturing Job Fair will connect job seekers in the greater Baltimore region with open positions of all types, requiring varying skill levels and experience, at manufacturing companies in Baltimore County, Maryland. Read more

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Accessing the Virtual Manufacturing Job Fair from a CCBC Location

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Presented by Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI), in partnership with Baltimore County Department of Economic & Workforce Development and Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), the Virtual Manufacturing Job Fair will connect job seekers with open positions at manufacturing companies in Baltimore County. The Virtual Job Fair will take place on April 8, 2021 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Job seekers who may not have access to a computer and/or the internet, as well as those who wish to have hands-on help navigating the job fair platform, can participate in the April 8th Virtual Job Fair from one of CCBC’s computer labs.

Details for tuning into the April 8th Virtual Manufacturing Job Fair from a CCBC Computer Lab Location

April 8, 2021 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

There is no cost to participate in the April 8th Virtual Manufacturing Job Fair and no cost to use a CCBC computer lab to tune into the Virtual Job Fair. However, registration for participation in the Job Fair is required, as is registration for using a CCBC computer lab on the day of the event.

By coming to a CCBC location to tune into the virtual Job Fair on April 8th, you will be provided with access to a computer, internet service and CCBC staff who can assist you with using the online job fair platform (vFairs), offer coaching support to interact with employers virtually and support for interview opportunities. Please bring a smart phone if possible.

Note: If you attended the CCBC in-person prep session on March 24th, your registration includes a seat at the same CCBC computer lab location on April 8th. No need to register again. If you did not attend the March 24th prep session, you can still register below and participate from a CCBC computer lab location on April 8th.

CCBC Computer Lab Locations:

Register to participate in the April 8th Virtual Job Fair from one of CCBC’s computer lab locations here. There is no cost. (Clicking the button below will take you to CCBC’s QuickReg system where you can select a specific CCBC location.)

Note: CCBC has titled this registration as “Virtual Job Search Skills Course” which is what you will see on the QuickReg page. Individuals should try retrieving credentials before trying to create a new QuickReg account as they may already have an account from a past course. Get QuickReg HELP here: https://javawebapp.ccbcmd.edu/QuickReg/HelpCE.jsp

If you have questions about registering to use one of CCBC’s computer labs to participate in the April 8th Virtual Job Fair, contact the Continuing Education Call & Information Center at 443-840-4700. You can also get help here: https://javawebapp.ccbcmd.edu/QuickReg/HelpCE.jsp.

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Job Seeker Prep Session for RMI’s Baltimore County Virtual Manufacturing Job Fair

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Presented by Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI), in partnership with Baltimore County Department of Economic & Workforce Development and Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), the Virtual Manufacturing Job Fair will connect job seekers with open positions at manufacturing companies in Baltimore County.

To help job seekers prepare for participation in the Job Fair, two Prep Sessions are being offered at no-cost, one in-person at several CCBC locations on March 24th and one virtual through Zoom on April 2nd.

Missed participating in one of the Prep Sessions? No problem. Watch the video recording here: https://youtu.be/ImLPh06XAdk

Details for the no cost, IN-PERSON Prep Session

March 24, 2021 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

In-person services provided at CCBC include: Assistance with using the online job fair platform (vFairs), resume and interview preparation for the April 8th Virtual Job Fair environment, and other coaching support. Computers and internet service will be provided.. Please bring a smart phone if possible. Note: Registration for the CCBC in-person prep session also reserves an in-person seat at the same CCBC computer lab location for the April 8th virtual job fair.

In-person Prep Session Locations:

Register for the March 24th in-person job fair prep session (called Virtual Job Search Skills Course) via CCBC’s QuickReg here: Registration is closed. You can watch the video recording of the virtual Prep Session here: https://youtu.be/ImLPh06XAdk

Note: CCBC has named this in-person prep session “Virtual Job Search Skills Course” which is what you will see on the QuickReg page. Individuals should try retrieving credentials before trying to create a new QuickReg account as they may already have an account from a past course. Get QuickReg HELP here: https://javawebapp.ccbcmd.edu/QuickReg/HelpCE.jsp

If you have questions about registration for the in-person prep session, contact the Continuing Education Call & Information Center at 443-840-4700. You can also get help here: https://javawebapp.ccbcmd.edu/QuickReg/HelpCE.jsp

Details for the no cost, VIRTUAL Prep Session

Friday, April 2, 2021 | 10-11 a.m.

Information provided via the Virtual Prep Session include: overview on how to access and use the online job fair platform (vFairs), interview tips for the April 8th Virtual Job Fair and other coaching support. This virtual session will be offered via Zoom. Register to attend via the button below and information for how to log into the Zoom session on April 2nd will be emailed to you on March 31.

Register for the April 2nd Virtual Prep Session here: Registration is closed. You can watch the video recording of the virtual Prep Session here: https://youtu.be/ImLPh06XAdk

Questions? Email stacey@rmiofmaryland.com.

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RMI’s Manufacturing Disruption Mitigation Assistance Program

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Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI) and Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) Launch Cost-Free Air Handling Assistance Program for Maryland Manufacturers

Manufacturers can potentially reduce the risk of business disruption from COVID-19 by improving facility air flow, filtration & ventilation. RMI’s Manufacturing Disruption Mitigation Assistance Program (MDMAP) can help eligible Maryland manufacturers with this process.

(View shareable MDMAP flyer here. For a brief overview on how air handling can impact the risk for COVID-19 in a manufacturing facility and details on the Manufacturing Disruption Mitigation Assistance Program (MDMAP), watch this video here.)

Through our MDMAP, our contracted team of engineering professionals:

• Provide an in-depth, onsite assessment of a manufacturer’s site and system operations related to ventilation and energy efficiency.
• Identify solutions (e.g., HVAC system upgrades) and a strategy for improving facility air flow, filtration & ventilation.
• Identifying opportunities to increase energy efficiency.
• Assist in identifying and applying for funding resources (e.g., tax incentives, rebates, grants, loans, etc.) for the identified opportunities, solutions and strategies.

All at no cost to participating eligible manufacturers!

RMI’s MDMAP is your next resource to ensure production continuity and your competitive edge…all at no cost to you!

Are you a Maryland manufacturer interested in this program? Complete and submit this MDMAP Interest Form and a member of RMI’s MDMAP team will be in touch with you.

Questions? Email stacey@rmiofmaryland.com.

* Must be a Maryland manufacturer to participate. Other restrictions may apply. RMI can help determine eligibility. Contact stacey@RMIofmaryland.com for assistance.

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RMI’s 2021 Calendar of Events

RMI’s 2021 Calendar of Events

With COVID-19 restrictions in place, RMI will be hosting a majority of our events virtually in 2021. One exception thus far is our Golf Classic in May which will be an in-person event. Additionally, we are aiming to host a “Celebration of Manufacturing” in late November in person, but we have scheduled a back-up date for March 2022 if we are not able to bring a large group together in November this year.

Below is a list of our events scheduled thus far. Others may be in the planning stages and will be added soon, so check back regularly for new event announcements and details.

Celebration of Manufacturing
November 18, 2021 | 5:00-8:30 PM

The “Celebration of Maryland Manufacturing” will be a festive occasion. We’ll be celebrating RMI’s 30 years championing the State’s manufacturing industry as well as the individuals, companies, organizations, government entities and academia who have contributed to our efforts along the way.