- More temperature resistance: Steel can withstand a wider range of temperatures compared to most commercial plastics. Operating range of steel is -150 F to +1600 F (-101 C to +871 C). Operating range of plastics is -60 F to 250 F (-51 C to +121 C), although there are specialty plastics with a somewhat higher range. Steel can withstand rapid or cyclic temperature fluctuations better than most plastics.
- More corrosion resistance: Stainless steel resists corrosion in atmospheric and pure water environments. High-alloyed stainless steel grades resist corrosion in most acids, alkaline solutions and chlorine environments. Most plastics cannot.
- More versatile: Steel can be coated with plastic to gain the benefits of both products.
- Cleaner: Industrial oils, grease and solvents stain plastic more deeply than steel, harder to keep clean. Stainless steel surfaces are easier to maintain in original appearance.
- Stronger: Steel has greater tensile strength and is more durable. Ventilation holes degrade strength of a plastic washing container more than they do in wire mesh or laser-cut sheet metal.
- Less water absorption: Steel has none; Plastic has some water absorption, depending on the plastic.
- Greater protection against fire: Special high chromium and nickel-alloyed steels resist scaling and retain strength even at high temperatures.
- Less expensive to make: Marlin Steel uses simple forming methods to make steel products. In contrast, most plastics require a custom mold, which incur a high up-front tooling cost, restricting consideration of plastic for only very high volumes.
- Less expensive long-term: When total life cycle costs are considered, including initial tooling, stainless is often a less expensive material option.
- More sustainable: Plastics break down much faster. Most plastics come from petroleum, a non-renewable, often imported resource.
OK, it wasn’t the Lombardi Trophy and confetti didn’t rain from the roof, but Baltimore showed impressively at the Inner City 100 awards in Boston — a showcase for some of the fastest-growing inner city small businesses in the country. This was a group of entrepreneurs, some of them based in distressed communities, who either never got the memo about the recession or never took it to heart: Their average five-year growth rate was 411 percent. Continue reading
From Drew Greenblatt’s latest column in Inc. magazine about how to help manufacturing rescue the U.S. economy:
It seems hard to believe with people still struggling to find work, but there are 600,000 jobs in U.S. manufacturing that aren’t being filled because employers say they can’t find applicants with adequate skills, according to a recent survey. People in business, academia and all the way to the Oval Office believe that advanced manufacturing is poised to deliver substantial job growth if we can bridge some of these gaps. Read more …
BOSTON, Massachusetts – Marlin Steel, a leading manufacturer of industrial material handling containers, has been selected for the second straight year for the “Inner City 100” award by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC).
The award, announced by the ICIC and FORTUNE, goes to the fastest-growing companies in America’s inner cities. The non-profit research and strategy organization was founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter to support economic growth in urban areas. The award ceremony last night in Boston concluded a two-day forum where companies from around the country, including Marlin Steel, worked to develop business-led solutions to challenges that confront inner city economies.
“We’re thrilled to be recognized again by the ICIC and to be in the company of other entrepreneurs who are creating jobs in cities throughout America,” said Drew Greenblatt, president of Marlin Steel. “The comeback of manufacturing is important for the nation to nurture because it feeds such critical needs as job creation, global competitiveness and technological innovation.” Continue reading
President Obama visited a manufacturing facility in Baltimore today to promote the importance of manufacturing in creating jobs and strengthening the economy. He visited a plant about a mile south of us called Ellicott Dredges, a century-old manufacturer whose work helped build the Panama Canal. The company is a major exporter with sales to 80 countries. We export to 36 countries and concur that boosting exports is essential for future growth of the U.S. economy. The president told the audience he will instruct federal agencies to halve the time for permitting for major infrastructure projects to spur job creation.
“America remains a place where you can make it if you try – and we will all prosper, together,” the president said. “We need to invest in high-tech manufacturing centers, because I want the next revolution in manufacturing to be made in America.”
Marlin Steel donated 200 chafing dishes this morning to the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training Inc. The group provides services to homeless veterans and other veterans in need of counseling and retraining as they rejoin their communities. The 20-year-old organization has confronted a sizable challenge in recent years in helping veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The donation from Marlin, which employs veterans, will help the Baltimore-based non-profit with its numerous events. We are glad in any small way we can support its very significant and valiant work.
At a policy seminar on the “skills gap” in manufacturing at the Aspen Institute in Washington D.C., an executive with one of the largest higher-education providers in North America described Marlin Steel as “the poster child for CEO-level” commitment to training workers for advanced manufacturing.
Timothy R. Welsh, a senior vice president for the University of Phoenix, singled out Marlin Steel President Drew Greenblatt for praise at yesterday’s seminar which attracted 60 people from industry, education, think tanks and trade associations related to manufacturing.
The University of Phoenix parent, the Apollo Group, is trying to join with community colleges and manufacturers to create a program that small to midsized manufacturers could use to improve training. “A ‘Chief Learning Officer’ in a box,” he called it.
The focus of the panel at the Aspen Institute was the “skills gap,” so named because U.S. manufacturers are estimated to need 600,000 or more workers but say they struggle to find applicants with the math and science skills needed in a modern manufacturing facility. In one 2009 study that compared high school graduates around the world, U.S. students ranked 31st in math, 23rd in science and 17th in reading. China ranked first in all three. Continue reading