On Thursday, February 26, RMI met with a group of Carroll County manufacturers – including Northrop Grumman, Land Sea and Air Manufacturing and LAI International – at Carroll Community College in Westminster to discuss RMI’s new energy efficiency initiative targeted at reducing energy at manufacturing plants in the Baltimore region.
The meeting was hosted by Denise Beaver, director of Carroll County’s Office of Economic Development. Firms heard from RMI’s project management team and from Neill Christopher, Vice President of Acadia Windows and Doors, a past participant of an energy efficiency program similar to RMI’s.
Christopher made a strong case to join the newest RMI energy program, carried out in partnership with the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), which is targeting 60 Baltimore region manufacturers and providing more than $30,000 in energy efficiency consulting services to qualifying companies.
“RMI made a lasting impact on our company,” he said. “First, they played a critical role in helping us make the right choices to save energy and then helped us to get it funded through a great loan program with the MEA. We needed to fund some capital improvements and the MEA Lawton Loan funding allowed us to make the investments and not even pay back the loan until we started realizing our savings several years later. … It’s a great deal.”
RMI is now in the process of recruiting six manufacturers from Carroll County to join the program.
“Carroll County’s Economic Development Office is a great partner for RMI,” said Mike Galiazzo, President of RMI. “I can’t say enough good things about Denise Beaver and her team in helping us recruit manufacturers for this program.”
Other participants from the Baltimore region include GM Baltimore Operations (automotive), Green Bay Packaging (Paperboard/Packaging), Sun Automation (Corrugated Machinery), Zentech Manufacturing (Circuit Board Industry), Medifast (Food/Dietary Sector), Maritime Applied Physics Corporation (Maritime Sector), Northrop Grumman (Electronic Systems), U.S. Gypsum (Construction Materials), Specialty Chemical (Building Materials), Danko Arlington (pattern shop, foundry, and machine shop), Ellicott Dredge (Dredging Equipment sector) and Maryland Thermoform (Plastics Sector).