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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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,

 

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RMI Runway Show Brings Maryland Manufacturers Together to Showcase Their Innovative & Fashionable Wares

Over 200 of Maryland’s manufacturers and industry, business, civic and elected leaders attended Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland’s “Maryland Made to Wear” Runway Show & Networking Event on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore city.

The event was designed as a festive and unique way to celebrate Maryland manufacturing and highlight its value in our everyday lives – bringing awareness to Maryland’s incredible industry of manufacturers of products we wear and use in a wide range of applications. More than 25 Maryland manufactured products made for function, fitness, fashion, comfort and safety were showcased in action on the “runway” at this inaugural event.

Neill Christopher, RMI Board member, shared his enthusiasm for the event saying, “RMI has once again demonstrated that Maryland manufacturing is innovative, exciting, environmentally responsible and FUN and FASHIONABLE. Last night’s presentation was enlightening and creative. RMI continues to raise the bar by developing opportunities for manufacturers to showcase their products in an original (and occasionally avant-garde) format. How will you ever top this? Great job!”

Participating product manufacturers hailed from Anne Arundel County, Baltimore city, Baltimore County, Cecil County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Queen Anne’s County and Washington County.

  • Check out our “Maryland Made to Wear” event photo gallery, here. And download photos at no cost. (Select a photo  and click on the download arrow on the left side. You do not need to purchase photos.)

“This event was one of the most inclusive RMI events we’ve hosted, with a collective of 26 product companies, 23 volunteer runway models and over 30 partner organizations and sponsors from all over the state pitching in in some way to make the event happen,” said Mike Galiazzo, President of RMI.

  • Click here to view partners, sponsors and contact information for each participating Maryland manufacturer.

“The innovative high-energy event helped bring the community together in a fun way to discover and celebrate how very cool, innovative and exciting Maryland manufacturing really is,” said Galiazzo.

The vision of this event was to demonstrate that manufacturing matters to Maryland’s economy, and I think we successfully did so via a rather non-traditional and exciting way,” said Galiazzo.

Event Testimonials:

“Crazy stimulating night of good food and drink and great networking with new and old friends. Proud to be one of the sponsors and runway announcers. Kudos, RMI, for putting on such an amazing event!” Lester Miller, Strategic Factory

“What a fun and creative way to showcase Maryland Manufacturers.” Sharon Turner, Alexander & Tom

“I was thrilled to be a part of this first-time event. Michael Galiazzo, you were right. People will be talking about this event until next year!” Vicki Franz, I95 BUSINESS

“What a wonderfully executed event! I learned so much about what is made in Maryland. The runway was rocking! Everyone looked like they were having so much fun. RMI knocked it out of the park, and the food was a delightful bonus.” Brigitte Peters, MD Department of Commerce

“Congratulations to Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland for hosting an amazing event last night. Great crowd of 200+ that learned about some really interesting companies manufacturing wearable products here in Maryland.” John Dinkel, Dinkel Business Development

“Fun and interesting evening. Old and new friends. Great job, RMI!” Betsy Collie, MD Business Innovation Association

“Super fun evening and innovative event!” Cheryl Hickox, I95 BUSINESS

For more information on the 2020 “Maryland Made to Wear” Runway Show & Networking Event or to express interest in being involved in the 2021 event, contact Stacey Smith, Director of Outreach & Events, at stacey@RMIofmaryland.com or 443-844-0047.

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Recap of Jan 17 Future of Maryland Manufacturing in 2020

See video presentation from the January 17, 2020 Future of Maryland Manufacturing in 2020 event featuring keynote speaker Anirban Basu, CEO of the Sage Policy Group and a panel of manufacturing executives including John Williamson, CEO of Jamison Doors, Susan Ganz, CEO of Lion Brothers and Douglas Hamilton, CEO of Hamilton Associates.

On Friday, January 17 over 140 manufacturing stakeholders attended RMI’s “Future of Maryland Manufacturing in 2020” event at PSA Insurance and Financial Services’ headquarters in Hunt Valley. They came to hear from Anirban Basu, CEO of the Sage Policy Group and a panel of manufacturing executives from Jamison Doors, Lion Brothers and Hamilton Associates. People came as far away as Frederick, Washington, Prince Georges, Kent and Caroline Counties to attend.

Jan 17 Future of Maryland Manufacturing in 2020

Basu delivered his usual engaging performance, spiced-up with much levity, as he provided his outlook for Maryland manufacturing and the U.S. economy.  He hit on a lot of key points in terms of the U.S. economy being strong, employment at record lows, nominal inflation and continued consumer spending as some of the indicators of a continued positive U.S. economic outlook.  He also provided some cautionary guidance.

Basu did caution that while the economy looks strong, corporate profits have plateaued as many companies are not investing their businesses but actually buying back shares and taking out record corporate debt. He cited the corporate debt, the national debt and personal debt being at all time highs as warning signs for the future, recommending it would be good to raise cash while times are good in preparation for a downturn.

Jan 17 Future of Maryland Manufacturing in 2020

As for Maryland’s manufacturing outlook, Basu pointed out that manufacturing employment has stayed positive now for most of the past 5 years after a long period of decline. Maryland manufacturers have become leaner and more niche players to stay globally competitive. Basu stressed that manufacturing is still a great opportunity for those seeking to join the middle class. He noted that Maryland manufacturing employees on average are earning more than $28 an hour versus the service sector in retail where earners often earn around $15 an hour. He also pointed out that Maryland’s dependence on the federal procurement largess continues to spur manufacturing growth, particularly in the defense and electronics sectors.

The audience also heard from a panel of medium-sized manufacturing companies who gave their own outlook for their company’s growth prospects. Each company is engaged in different growth phases and provided unique perspectives accordingly.

  • John Williams, CEO of Jamison Doors sited the strong growth his company has been enjoying due to the current Administration’s pro business policies.
  • Douglas Hamilton, CEO of Hamilton Associates, a private family business holding company for three distinct business segments, discussed how he is transforming each company to better compete globally. He says that while the company always manages cash conservatively to be prepared for a downturn, management is continuing to make growth and infrastructure investments in 2020.
  • Finally, the audience heard from Suzy Ganz, CEO of Lion Brothers who discussed how they transformed their turn-of-the-century embroidery company into a digital technology and innovation-led company in apparel identity, which has grown at a 40% year- on- year growth rate for the past three years. She also announced their recent establishment of their second micro manufacturing facility in Owings Mills.

Click here to view Anirban Basu’s presentation slides.