After we blogged yesterday about how a change in U.S. tax law helped us add three workers by enabling faster depreciation of our latest robot acquisition, someone asked for some visual affirmation. So here it is:
Tom, Edrick, Liston and the TruLaser 1030
Marlin Steel hired Tom Gamble, Edrick Smith and Liston Clise because they’re skillful workers, but also because the tax savings under changes in Section 179 of the tax code after purchasing equipment like the TruLaser 1030 helped provide the resources to do it. Tom performs our MIG (metal inert gas) welding. Liston does setup and operations for the press brake that bends sheet metal. And Edrick performs setup on our CNC Robot that bends and welds steel wire used to construct our mesh baskets and other products. We mentioned that to the outgoing Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner when he visited our Baltimore facility last spring. Congress upheld that tax-law change in Section 179 when it passed the “fiscal cliff” bill two weeks ago. We hope to be able to count on Congress in the coming months and beyond — as much as we do Tom, Edrick, Liston and the TruLaser.
It’ll help if you are fluent in German, but below is audio from the recent interview that Marlin Steel President Drew Greenblatt gave to Timo Fuchs, Washington-based correspondent for ARD German Broadcasting with 50 million listeners. Fuchs begins by describing Marlin’s factory in South Baltimore. He goes on to describe how uncertainly resulting from the fiscal cliff standoff has slowed Marlin investments in new robots and halted orders from defense-related customers concerned about “sequestration” cuts. ARD German radio broadcast with Marlin Steel
The winning bike-powered chicken plucker — “Tour de Feather”
The chicken plucker won.
An earlier blog post described “Design Day” at the University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering early this month. Marlin Steel was proud to be the exclusive corporate sponsor of the event because we have hired several graduates of the school for mechanical engineering jobs and because innovative design has been key to our company’s success in wire baskets and sheet metal fabrication. Continue reading