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
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:
Marlin Steel is featured twice in the latest issue of Baltimore SmartCEO magazine. Marlin Steel President Drew Greenblatt is featured in a column by Rebecca Kirkman about CEO “aha moments” that propelled big ideas. Marlin Steel is also named as a finalist for a SmartCEO VOLTAGE award. Marlin is a finalist in the mid-size “Technology Implementer” category along with Protech Associates and TEDCO, the Maryland technology Development Corp. The awards are presented at an event next week. Continue reading