The Benefits of Transferring Your Production Line to Marlin Steel


Marlin Steel is proud to offer to manufacture your products on our production lines by transferring the line from your facility to our own. Many larger manufacturers already transfer the production of their products to other companies. For example, GM has been manufacturing their Chevy Corvette line of vehicles through Canadian manufacturers since 1992.

The benefits of transferring your manufacturing line include:

Freeing up Floor Space

The manufacturing equipment used to produce an older product takes up valuable space. You can eliminate this bulky old equipment from your factory floor by transferring the production of the item to Marlin Steel. We have the tools, knowledge, and equipment to help you quickly transfer your production of your orphan product lines to our modern metal-bending facilities so that you can focus on other, more-pressing priorities and free up space.

Our techs will work with your team to learn your processes for manufacturing to your exacting standards, and to determine if we can make your product for you with our existing equipment, or if it is necessary to use your specialized equipment. For example,  you have a popular product line that you just can’t manufacture quickly enough, but there isn’t enough room in the budget for a full-blown expansion of your factory floor. You can spin off production of a less profitable product, or an easily-produced one to Marlin Steel to make room for more manufacturing equipment for your top-performing or more-complex products without undergoing a complete remodel of your existing facilities.

Convert Depreciable Assets into Revenue

Of course, shifting your production not only frees up floor space, it allows you to turn depreciable assets into revenue for your company.

How?  Two ways:

  1. By converting the floor space that was used for the less-profitable, orphan product line that you transfer to us into production space for a higher-margin item. This can vastly improve your ROI per square foot of your factory.
  2. By selling the old equipment. For some types of product lines, Marlin Steel may already have the equipment necessary to start production of your orphan product lines. In such a case, you could sell the older asset to generate immediate cash.

Whether you simply send us your existing equipment or sell it, your company will increase revenue by spinning off the production of less-profitable product lines to Marlin Steel.

Giving Key Employees the Ability to Focus on Top-Level Priorities

By manufacturing a product elsewhere, you allow your key employees to move on to new and more important tasks. Does your company have an exciting new product line coming out that needs the full attention of your best manufacturing workers? Ease their load without having to go to the long-term expense of hiring and training new employees by transferring some of your manufacturing workload to Marlin Steel.

Giving You Time to Complete a Major Upgrade

Are you considering a major upgrade for your own manufacturing facilities, but don’t want key customers to wait while you complete the renovation? Transfer your manufacturing line to Marlin so that we can make your key products while your facility is being brought up to speed.

By shifting the production of your key products to Marlin Steel before beginning a renovation or equipment upgrade, you can ensure the uninterrupted flow of your products to your customers, and make sure that your competitors don’t get the chance to take your business away while your factory is down.

Naturally, this is an option primarily for businesses who expect to have portions of their production down for a long time.

Emergency Production Redundancy

Speaking of keeping production going even when your primary factory is down, by having us manufacture products, you are better prepared to handle a sudden, catastrophe at your main production facility. By moving your production line to our facilities, we can continue to manufacture your products for you and minimize disruptions caused by unforeseen emergencies.

Control over Your Expenses

Instead of facing the uncertainty of changes to your in-house labor costs, shifting your production over to Marlin Steel can help you change your fixed costs into variables. With your production being handled by our team, you don’t have to worry about hiring additional labor to keep up your production.

Finding a Dedicated Partner for Your Manufacturing

Most of all, when you contract Marlin Steel to manufacture your product lines for you, you are acquiring the support of a dedicated and reliable manufacturing partner to help you manage your orphan product lines. Marlin Steel’s manufacturing business is steadily growing, and the benefits of our automated assembly methods give us the ability to make a large variety of products with a level of precision and speed that would have been impossible previously.

We are here to help you with your manufacturing needs so that you can focus on growing your business. If you want to learn more about how you can partner your company with Marlin Steel to transfer the production of key products to us, contact us today.

Marlin Steel Supports the Marian Greenblatt Education Fund


The Montgomery County Public Schools Announces Their Finalists for Teacher of the Year!

Since 1988, the Marian Greenblatt Education Fund has promoted educational excellence in Montgomery County by recognizing top teachers in the county. The fund is named for Drew Greenblatt’s mother Marian, a dedicated teacher and advocate of improving the quality of public education.

When Marian Greenblatt was elected to the Montgomery County, Maryland Board of Education, she set to work immediately to assure that the students of the county could have a higher quality of education, one that would prepare them better for life after high school. She sought to raise academic standards in her county, fighting against laissez-faire administrators who would maintain a status quo even if it meant that their students were trapped in overcrowded classrooms with too few textbooks and no real preparation for the working world. Her first successful effort was to require each of the 100,000 students in the system to read fifteen minutes per day, under their teachers’ supervision.

Marian changed the MCPS system during her term of service on the board, both as a member and as president of the board. By the end of her time as a board member, attendance in classes were up, the teacher to student ratio had improved, and the textbook budget for each student had doubled, allowing students to actually have textbooks to take home for homework. Frivolous courses were reduced dramatically, and stricter adherence to countywide curricula was maintained.

In 1984, Dr. Greenblatt retired from the MCPS Board of Education in 1984 and took up a position as the Director of the Presidential Academic Fitness Award Program for President Reagan, a position that she held until her passing in 1988.

Recognizing MCPS’ Best Educators and Students

In honor of Marian’s efforts to improve the quality of education for students in Montgomery County, the Marian Greenblatt Education Fund was founded to recognize excellent educators. The fund, which is recognized as a 501c(3) organization by the IRS, is managed by her family, led by her husband, Dr. Marshal Greenblatt.

Over the years, the fund has grown in scope, adding more efforts to encourage excellence in education, such as:

  • Veteran Teachers Award
  • County Teacher of the Year
  • Rising-Star Teacher Award
  • Aspiring Teacher Award for students at the University of Maryland School of Education
  • Excellence in Social Studies by Juniors in High School
  • Jones Family/Plasma Fellows/Greenblatt Scholarships for Excellence in Foreign Language
  • Montgomery County Students Information Technology Foundation, to teach computer repair as part of the curriculum

Yes, not only are teachers being recognized for providing a top-quality education for their students, but outstanding students are recognized by the award as well. All told, the fund has awarded over $125,000 to teachers and students since 1989!

While many educators would covet any of the various awards from the Marian Greenblatt Education Fund, the MCPS Teacher of the Year Award is especially prestigious. Winners of this award are entered into a competition to be named Maryland Teacher of the Year. A Marian Greenblatt winner and subsequent MCPS teacher of the year, Kim Oliver, went on to be named the National Teacher of the Year and was honored at the White House in 2006 by the President in a Rose Garden ceremony.

Our Teacher of the Year Finalists

This year, the Teacher of the Year finalists are:

  • Kathryn Hageman, a fifth-grade teacher at Diamond Elementary School in Gaithersburg.
  • Jane Lindsay, an eighth-grade English teacher at John Poole Middle School in Poolesville.
  • Aaron Shin, an eighth-grade U.S. history teacher at Parkland Middle School in Rockville.

Each of these Teacher of the Year finalists are winners of the Marian Greenblatt Veteran Teacher Award, chosen for her/his ability to inspire students and fellow educators alike to be the best that they can be.

No matter which of these three educators goes on to earn the final prize, they can take pride in the fact that they were nominated for this award. Simply being nominated for this honor demonstrates that they have gone above and beyond the minimum standards set for educators by the MCPS system, and that is cause enough to be proud.

Marlin Steel is honored to be a part of this tradition through our CEO’s involvement in the Fund from its conception through its annual work of selecting who we in the county think are the best of the best. We look forward to seeing these educators shape future generations through their hard work and dedication. Hats off to them!

If you would like to learn more about the Marian Greenblatt Education Fund, or make a tax-deductible contribution to our 501c3 organization, please visit the Fund’s website today. Few things are as important as improving the lives of our children and giving them the resources they need to be successful in the future, and it’s never too late to start helping. If you would like to know how you could start a similar organization, email us at

American Manufacturing and Factory Automation Success for Marlin Steel


Marlin Steel was recently featured in the pages of Foreign Policy Magazine as an American automation success story. The piece, titled “Made in the U.S.A. (Again),” talks about how American manufacturing is once again on the rise, and that factory automation plays a huge role in this American industrial renaissance.

The article talks about how, a few years ago, it looked as if the availability of cheap labor overseas would entice as many as nine out of ten CEOs to build their next major factory outside of the US. Now, thanks to the advantages of robotics and the need for skilled operators, only two or three of those same CEOs would consider putting their next plant outside the US.

Learn more about how factory automation and a number of other factors are contributing to a revival of US-based manufacturing, and how Marlin Steel is helping to lead the charge by reading the full article here.

U.S. Manufacturing Company Marlin Steel Battles IP Theft with NAJI


More than ever before, proprietary Intellectual Property (IP) and Information Technology (IT) have become crucial to the success of companies in the United States. Not just software companies, either: U.S.-based manufacturing companies now account for 69 percent of private sector R&D spending in America. A manufacturing company’s IP is often its  “secret sauce,” the component of their process that allows them to put a unique and attractive product on the market for their consumers.

The piracy of software and other patent-protected IP is a threat to all businesses, including manufacturers. In a recent survey, 79 percent of U.S. manufacturers stated that they consider software to be important to their overall success. This is one of the reasons why many of the most successful manufacturing businesses in America have invested so heavily into R&D to create unique IP for their businesses.

However, while the amount of capital being invested in the development of new IP is on the rise, so is the theft of the IP that is so integral to the success of a business. Overseas theft of the IP of American companies is on the rise. In foreign countries such as Indonesia and China, the software piracy rate is well over 70 percent.

How Piracy Harms American Manufacturers

When a company spends hundreds of thousands of dollars on R&D for a patented product, the costs that they have incurred are reflected in a higher price for  the final product. When a competitor steals the software or designs that make that product possible, they are able to make a copy of that product for a lower price because they didn’t spend any money on R&D. This gives the second company a huge advantage over the original IP developer/owner.

The company that stole the IP, rather than develop their own, can flood the market with a cheaper product, causing the original manufacturer’s sales to dry up, perhaps even putting them out of business.

An Example of How Innovation Can Save a Manufacturer

Back in the late ‘90s, Marlin Steel was faced with a similar situation. Once known as the “King of Bagel Baskets,” we at Marlin made commodity bagel baskets for consumers all over the country. However, when foreign competitors hit the market with baskets that were cheaper than what we could buy the steel for, business dried up.

However, Marlin Steel was able to turn the situation around by investing in automation and advanced software programs, enabling us to make custom wire forms with greater speed and precision than ever before. It was our own investment into our IP that made the difference and saved our company.

Fighting Piracy

Marlin Steel was able to become a picture of success by transforming our business through investing in automation and proprietary software, but our IP, and the IP of every other manufacturer in America, are still at risk.

In response to the threat of rampant software piracy, Drew Greenblatt founded the National Alliance for Jobs and Innovation (NAJI) to help protect companies from intellectual property theft and maintain a fair and balanced market for all companies doing business in America.

NAJI helps to protect companies by:

  • Working with the Attorneys General of different states to take action against foreign companies that are stealing domestic company IPs.
  • Providing investigative services.
  • Working with enforcement officials.
  • Producing research to expose IP theft.
  • Working with both public and private sector entities to expose theft and change IP policy in America.

These actions benefit not only software companies and manufacturers, but all innovators, engineers, and companies who rely on IP or whose IP has been stolen.

Although a relatively new organization (having been founded in 2012), NAJI already boasts more than 380 companies from 40 states as members. While the majority of them are manufacturing companies, many trade associations and academic institutions are also a part of NAJI.

IP theft and software piracy are not victimless crimes. The unfair advantage claimed by those who illegally use an innovation that rightfully belongs to others allows these unscrupulous companies to put legitimate innovators out of business, costing people their livelihoods.

By working together with government officials to ensure fair and honest trade, NAJI is helping to keep jobs growing in America. Learn more about how you can support American industry today.

National Association of Manufacturers Features Marlin Steel


Shopfloor, the blog of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is an industry recognized resource for manufacturing advocacy. The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States and their blog has recently featured Marlin Steel. Their article, “Marlin Steel Moves Forward to Close the Skills Gap” highlights how Marlin Steel has created a “skills matrix” to help close the skills gap within their company. Read the full article here.

Wire Mesh or Perforated Sheet Metal, Which is Better for Your Needs?


Marlin Wire Mesh BasketsHere at Marlin Steel, we have extensive experience with the manufacture of metal baskets for a wide variety of purposes, such as product display, material handling, washing, and ultrasonic cleaning, among others. While we have long been known for our wire baskets, Marlin steel is now able to make more than just wire mesh baskets.

In recent years, we have added new automation to our production facility that allows us to create items out of perforated sheet metal.

The question is, which material is better for your specific product: perforated sheet metal, or wire mesh? The answer is actually dependent on a few factors, so here are a few things to consider before ordering a wire mesh or perforated sheet metal product:


As you may know, more welding equals higher costs. A wire mesh product requires more welding than a perforated sheet metal product does.

A product made from perforated metal has much fewer points of contact that need to be welded in order to secure the structural integrity of the item compared to wire mesh. This is especially true if the item being made requires that the open space in it is minimal. It’s the difference between having to do one simple, large weld and dozens of precise spot welds.

Also, when you make more welds on an object, there is a greater chance that you will have multiple points of heat discoloration. However, this is easily remedied by putting the finished product through the process of electropolishing, which removes burrs, microscopic nicks, and sharp edges as well.

Open Space

With a wire mesh product, the open area is the space between the wires of the final product. Generally speaking, the open area of a wire mesh product can range anywhere from 20 to 80 percent of the surface area of the mesh basket. For a wash basket, Marlin Steel’s engineers aim for a 50 percent open area ratio to balance durability and flow.

With a wire mesh product, it is relatively simple to increase the amount of open area in the design when necessary. With a perforated sheet, adding more open space involves making more cuts in the sheet metal, which takes more time and results in more wasted metal (which can still be recycled, however).

When you need a product with a minimum of open space, however, perforated sheet metal may actually be the better option for your product. This brings us to the next point:

The Application

The intended purpose of the final product will probably be the single most important factor that influences your choice between using wire mesh or perforated sheet metal.

For example, if the ultimate purpose of the item you are ordering is for general handling, then perforated sheet metal might be your best choice. One advantage of perforated sheet metal is that the handles of the final product can be punched right into the sheet metal, making them integrated and speeding up the production process a bit.

On the other hand, wire mesh products are much more compatible with washing procedures thanks to their greater open area when compared to perforated sheet metal. Wire mesh baskets are particularly useful in ultrasonic cleaning applications, as they can be custom-made to hold individual parts and allow the contaminants that are being removed to leave the basket easily so that they do not become trapped within it and wind up being re-deposited on the item being cleaned.

Whatever You Need, We Can Help

Thanks to Marlin Steel’s advanced automation equipment, we are able to quickly and efficiently adjust our production to meet your needs, whether you need a wire mesh product or one that is made from perforated sheet metal. We have the technology, the tools, and the expertise to help you make the choice between these two useful items for your own project.