- 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
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
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.
Marlin Steel was named the top medium-sized “Technology Implementer” in the 2013 VOLTAGE awards presented in the Greater Baltimore region by SmartCEO magazine.
Marlin was one of nine winners from among 29 finalists, who generate a total of about $50 billion in annual revenue and employ more than 177,000 people. The annual awards spotlight business success in leveraging technology. The finalists are recognized, the organization said, “for their creative vision, leadership philosophies, innovative strategizing and undeniable work ethic.”
“Technology is a big driver of our transformation at Marlin Steel,” said company President Drew Greenblatt. “We’ve invested $3.5 million in state-of-the-art automation to maximize our precision and speed in building material-handling containers for many industries. Continue reading
Marlin Steel President Drew Greenblatt was interviewed by Mary Beth Mardsen on the afternoon “Maryland’s News Now” program on WBAL-AM about the cyber protection legislation that passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Maryland Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Democrat who represents the South Baltimore community where Marlin Steel is located, and Rep. Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican, co-sponsored the legislation, which faces an uphill climb after being approved 288-127 by the House. The Senate may not take up and the White House has signaled a veto if the Senate does approve it.
Here is the audio from Monday’s interview, in which Drew Greenblatt explains the importance of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act in regards to manufacturing job growth. Fortifying government to be more effective in combating hackers — “We need more police on the beat” — would mean companies such as Marlin Steel could invest more of a finite pie in hiring workers and other activities that propel commerce and less on cyber security, he says: