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 or call (443)844-0047.


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 or call (443)844-0047.


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 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,



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 or 443-844-0047.


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.


February 20, 2020: Network, Party & Celebrate MD Manufacturing

RMI invites you to network, party & celebrate with us on 2-20-2020!

Enjoy delicious food, drinks, music and the opportunity to connect with manufacturers, organizations, agencies and companies that are part of Maryland’s vibrant manufacturing ecosystem. See some of Maryland’s coolest manufactured items in action on our “runway” as we take a short break from networking to showcase products made for function, fitness, fashion, comfort and safety via a fun and unique runway show. It’s a festive networking event and party designed to reinforce why MARYLAND MANUFACTURING MATTERS.

View Flyer Here

See Our Runway “Models” Here

View List of MD Manufactured Products To Be Featured On the Runway

Check Out Businesses, Organizations & Agencies Attending Here

See who is supporting this fun and festive event here

5:00-6:15 pm  Networking & Music
6:15-7:15 pm  Remarks & Runway show featuring Maryland made products
7:15-8:00 pm Networking & Music continues

Note: Food and drinks (beer, wine, signature cocktail and non-alcoholic beverages) will be available all evening from 5:00-7:30 p.m.
View Menu Here.

Dress code: Casual, Business casual

$75 RMI members; $95 non-RMI members.
No refunds after 1/20/2020.

Questions? Email or call (443)844-0047.

January 17, 2020: The Future of Maryland Manufacturing in 2020

RMI Presents:
The Future of Maryland Manufacturing in 2020

Keynote Speaker: Anirban Basu
Chairman and CEO, Sage Policy Group

(This event sold out last year.)
January 17, 2020 | 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. | PSA Insurance, Hunt Valley, MD

As we kick-off the business year of 2020, join RMI on January 17 for an important, lively and entertaining discussion on the Future of Maryland Manufacturing in 2020. Discover what’s next! Gain insights into the new and emerging trends that manufacturers need to know about.

Anirban Basu portrait

Our distinguished guest speaker will share statistics, insights and perspectives on the manufacturing sector including:

  • What does the global forecast look like for manufacturing and what role/impact does manufacturing play/have on Maryland’s economy?
  • What do manufacturers need to do to attract the talent necessary to compete in 2020 and beyond?
  • What does 2020 look like for Maryland’s manufacturing industry?

Following Mr. Basu’s presentation, we’ll hear thoughts for 2020 and beyond from several of Maryland’s leading manufacturing company executives:

Speakers: Douglas Hamilton CEO of Hamilton Associates. Suzy Ganz, CEO of Lion Brothers. John T. Williams, CEO of Jamison Door Company

Location/Time: RMI Premier Partner PSA Insurance will once again host this annual program at their beautiful Hunt Valley facility approximately 1 mile off of I83 with convenient, no-charge parking. Coffee and danishes will be available during the program, and a boxed lunch will be provided at the end of the program to eat at the event or to take to go compliments of PSA Insurance & Financial Services. 

This will be a great opportunity to prepare your company for the coming year with fantastic insights on topics that can directly impact your business.

Seating is limited. Register today.

Special thanks to our host and food and beverage sponsor:

PSA Insurance Logo

This program brought to you through RMI with these partners and sponsors:


Manufacturing Business Connect Event Brings Montgomery County Manufacturers Together in Rockville

RMI Montgomery County Business Connect EventOn November 8th, RMI & Montgomery County Executive Co-Hosted the Montgomery County Manufacturing Business Connect Event at the Hilton Rockville as RMI brought 20+ state and local resource providers together to meet with Montgomery County manufacturers.

You can see more pictures from the event on Montgomery County’s Flickr album


Three Maryland manufacturers, Douglas Hamilton of Hamilton Associates(left) John Freeburger of Holmatro(center), and Matt Turpin of Zentech Manufacturing(right) shared their positive experiences and tremendous cost-savings realized through RMI’s energy-saving grant program at RMI’s Montgomery Business Connect Event.

from Montgomery County’s description:

“It’s a new day for Montgomery County,” said County Executive Marc Elrich at the Montgomery Manufacturing Business Connect forum. This first of its kind forum, co-hosted by the County Executive and the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI), connected local manufacturers with state and local government resources. There are more than 400 manufacturers in Montgomery County. Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz highlighted the importance of manufacturing in Montgomery County and across the state. Xometry CEO Randy Altschuler was the keynote speaker, and he told the crowd that his company is based here because he loves living in Montgomery County.


November 8, 2019: Montgomery County Manufacturing Business Connect Event in Rockville, MD

November 8: Montgomery County Manufacturing Business Connect Event in Rockville, MD

Attention manufacturing executives, HR, CFOs and facility managers from leading biotech, pharma, IT, defense, printing and other industry executives from Montgomery County. Find out how you can access thousands of dollars of state and local resources to address your workforce needs, reduce energy expenses and find grant funding, access financing/tax credit programs and more…all in one place.


Registration, Breakfast and Networking Starts at 7:30 AM

Program Flyer & Agenda

Energy Panel Flyer