Hunt Valley, MD. Oct 5—The Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI) is announcing a Talk and Tours initiative for Maryland elected officials to highlight the sector’s importance to the state’s economy and draw attention to the many rewarding high-skill jobs available in the industrial fields. “We are announcing this initiative on National Manufacturing Day in America to ensure elected officials fully appreciate the importance of manufacturing to Maryland’s economy, said Dr. Michael Galiazzo, President of RMI.
National Manufacturing Day is a project of major national groups like the National Association of Manufacturers, National Institutes of Standards and Technology and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
Baltimore County State Senator Kathy Klausmeier and members of RMI are promoting “Talk and Tours” for elected officials at manufacturing facilities. To help draw attention to the importance of manufacturing, Klausmeier is visiting HG Roebuck & Son, Inc., a nearly 100 year old printing company to meet with employees and company leaders.
The company is a premier printer of single and multicolor commercial catalogs, tabloids, and special interest magazines. Printing and publishing accounts for nearly 20% of total manufacturing jobs in the region.
Joining Klausmeier will be Charles Roebuck, President of H G Roebuck & Son, Inc., Mike Galiazzo, RMI President, Paul Foster, Vice President Printing and Graphics Association Mid-Atlantic, and John Raut, Director of Human Resources for GM Baltimore Operations.
“Manufacturing is critical to Maryland’s economy and building middle class jobs,” said Klausmeier. Klausmeier is on the board of the Regional Manufacturing Institute and the Maryland Advisory Commission on Manufacturing Competitiveness. Manufacturing employees in Maryland earned an average of $78,781 in 2009, compared to $51,206 in other non-farm sectors. In 2009, there were 1,739 manufacturing operations in Greater Baltimore, including 134 with 100 or more employees.
“Senator Klausmeier supports manufacturing in so many ways, both in Annapolis and on the streets” said Galiazzo. “She is consistently there for our industry.”
In the coming months, RMI will bring elected officials to local manufacturers as part of its outreach to Annapolis legislators. “Once officials see the dynamic work that is going on right here in Maryland, meet the workers and see how our companies are competing globally, their perspectives change immediately,” said Galiazzo. “RMI will continue to work to make every day manufacturing day encouraging and arranging opportunities for elected officials to tour companies,” he Galiazzo said.
In 2011 RMI hosted a major rally for manufacturing in Baltimore attracting over 600 supporters and Governor O’Malley, Major Rawlings-Blake, Congressmen Hoyer and Sarbanes, and State Senator’s Klausmeier and Kittleman, who are members of the RMI Board of Directors.
HG Roebuck & Son is located eastern Baltimore County at 4987 Mercantile Road Baltimore, MD 21236.
For more info Mike Galiazzo 410-771-7111