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Invite Elected Officials to Visit Manufacturing Companies

I sent an email to my elected officials this morning (below) inviting them to visit manufacturing facilities in their district. Please consider sending an email.

It’s very easy if you go to the Maryland Chamber of Commerce website. Simply add your address, text . Based on your address the system automatically selects your federal and state representatives and you select who you want to receive your email.

Go to (right side, Contact Your Legislator)

“Manufacturing is a topic of conversation today. Thank goodness. Maryland manufacturers have been left relatively unsupported over the past decade. Now policymakers realize that “Making it in Maryland” means good paying manufacturing jobs that lead to middle class.



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RMI Board Member Susan Ganz talks with Baltimore Sun About Innovative Manufacturing

Recently RMI Board Member Susan Ganz (Lion Brothers), was featured in a Baltimore Sun column by Jay Hancock.  Here is an excerpt…


Lion Brothers is outsourcing again. Unpaid child laborers will design one of the Owings Mills company’s newest embroidered emblems.

That’s a good thing, in this case. If the factory of the future is about fast turnarounds on custom orders produced close to the customer, Lion Brothers’ new Girl Scout badge is a small but telling indicator that U.S. manufacturers might have a place in the global economy after all.

President Barack Obama’s blueprint for reviving American factories should help retain and perhaps create manufacturing jobs at the margins. Tax incentives for capital investment and cutting income tax rates while eliminating loopholes could help U.S. manufacturing continue its recent rebound, manufacturers say.

But those factors aren’t as significant as some that are largely out of U.S. control — the value of the dollar and the rising cost of manufacturing in China, for example. Neither are they as important as U.S. companies’ attention to innovation, investment and change, which you can see at Lion Brothers every day.

The company makes tens of millions of badges for the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts every year. Most are produced at Lion Brothers’ plant in China, for the usual reasons of lower labor costs and other expenses.

But the Girl Scouts’ new “Make Your Own” badge, which will be conceived and designed on the Web by Scouts — so that each girl’s badge is unique — can’t come from China.

The badges “are made one at a time,” says Susan Ganz, Lion Brothers’ CEO. “The cost of making one overseas and then shipping them back and individually packing them, labeling them and shipping them out would be time-prohibitive and costly.”

So they’ll be made in Owings Mills, along with the other 30 percent of the company’s Scout badges and emblems that need to be made on short notice for quick delivery.

“We have a huge opportunity, at this moment, to bring manufacturing back,” Obama said in last week’s State of the Union speech.

Read More:  Obama plan not the biggest factor for U.S. factory revival (Baltimore Sun, January 28, 2012)


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Chesapeake Bay Candle: A showcase for U.S. Manufacturing

Recently, local manufacturer Chesapeake Bay Candle (Glen Burnie, MD) hosted Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Jane Oates, and RMI’s Mike Galiazzo.

The group toured Chesapeake”s 125,000 square foot facility (opened in June, 2011), the company’s first manufacturing plant based in the United States. The plant has 35 employees currently, with plans to expand to 100 within the first 12 months.

From left to right: Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training, Jane Oates; Mike Galiazzo, Executive Director of the Regional Manufacturing Institute; Mei Xu, owner and president of the Chesapeake Candle Company; and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis upon arrival at the Chesapeake Candle Company’s manufacturing facility in Glen Burnie, MD.


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Renewing Efforts to Train Workers for Manufacturing

Dr. Mike GaliazzoIn his State of the Union address, President Obama spoke about renewed efforts to train workers for manufacturing. This is good news. RMI has been a leader in working with community colleges, through the Technology and Innovation in Manufacturing and Engineering (TIME) Center, to develop relevant curriculum.

RMI was an early supporter of the National Association of Manufacturers skills certification initiative. (

“We have a huge opportunity, at this moment, to bring manufacturing back. But we have to seize it. Tonight, my message to business leaders is simple: Ask yourselves what you can do to bring jobs back to your country and your country will do everything we can to help you succeed.

Join me in a national commitment to train two million Americans with skills that will lead directly to a job.”

President Obama (January 24, 2012)

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Green Bay Packaging: A Not-So-Ordinary Box Company

To the average person, the operation required to produce boxes for grocery stores, medical and beverage companies may not seem that complex, but at Green Bay Packaging Inc. (GBP), their approach is quite the contrary.

After all, how much sophistication does it take to make a square or rectangular box that just needs to be filled with product for shipping?


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RMI Town Hall Getting Results

Nearly 150 participated in RMI’s Town Hall Talks on October 27th

  • Senate President Mike Miller and Senator Klausmeier announced legislation dubbed” Kathy’s bill” to support manufacturing. ACTION ITEM: RMI will work directly with the Senators to pass this and other bills to help manufacturing during the 2012 legislative session.
  • Senator Klausmeier and Senator Kittleman, both RMI Board members, will meet with Drew and Mike to discuss a bill to reduce corporate taxes. ACTION ITEM: RMI will meet with the Senators to develop a draft bill.


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Make it in Maryland Rally

Hundreds gathered for an RMI rally in support of the manufacturing industry in Maryland. The event was headlined by Paul Reed Smith of PRS Guitars (made here in Maryland).