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Marlin Steel president on health care on Greta Van Susteren last night

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Marlin Steel President Drew Greenblatt was on the Greta Van Susteren show last night to discuss the impact of health care insurance costs on small business after testifying on the topic earlier in the day before a Senate committee on behalf of the National Association of Manufacturers. Click here for the video link.

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From Drew Greenblatt’s column yesterday on Inc. com about the impact of health insurance cost increases on small manufacturers and possible solutions:

Today, I am testifying to a U.S. Senate committee–describing the horrific price increase my manufacturing company faces for our health insurance premiums. After years of increases between 8 and12 percent, our provider of 15 years just increased our rates by 49 percent.

That’s an amazing increase. After all, I cannot raise my product prices 49 percent. My clients would laugh at me.

Small businesses throughout our nation have a big problem. We have to be competitive against Asian and European companies, and this is another expensive obstacle we have to overcome to try to maintain our edge. Continue reading

Newest U.S. senator to Marlin Steel president: “You rock”

Marlin Steel President Drew Greenblatt

Marlin Steel President Drew Greenblatt

U.S. Senator Cory Booker

U.S. Senator Cory Booker

At a hearing this morning on health care before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, at which Marlin Steel President Drew Greenblatt testified, we appreciated the stream-of-consciousness comments (1:48:23 – 1:53:00) of the newest U.S. senator, Cory Booker of New Jersey, who proclaimed Mr. Greenblatt an honorary “Jersey boy.”:

“Mr. Greenblatt, first of all, I appreciate your Jersey connection (as) a guy who vacations in Jersey. You have some Jersey-boy-aura to you and I want to say there’s a geologist saying “You rock” and you rock not because of your Jersey connection, but because I feel a kinship to you. We both came down to Washington. You get to go home, I think, and I’m gonna stick it out here and battle it out. You deal with the pragmatism that I deal with. I had to cut 25 percent of my employees as a mayor and one of the reason I had to cut so much is because health costs were going up so much, my taxpayers couldn’t afford it. I had to balance a budget every year. So do you. And the challenge that you have and that I’ve seen from working with global manufacturers in my city that I wanted to expand — and you said you export products to China, right? You’re competing globally, right? I like you a lot — and when you compete globally you’re competing against companies in Europe and Asia and across the globe, right?, and many of those countries have different health care systems and most of our competitor nations have much lower health care costs, right?”

When Marlin Steel’s president also pointed out large tax inequities that make it difficult to compete globally, such as against Canada, Senator Booker responded, “I want to compete with Canada in every way, expect for Toronto. Their mayor is having challenges there ….” Continue reading

Marlin Steel president speaks on lean manufacturing techniques at Mid-Atlantic conference

Drew Greenblatt, president of Marlin Steel Wire Products in Baltimore, spoke on lean manufacturing principles this month at the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Lean Conference.

His presentation, titled “From Bagels to Brainpower,” described lean manufacturing methods Marlin Steel has used to grow into a leading manufacturer of customized material-handling containers. The Nov. 5-6 conference in Timonium, Maryland attracted more than 300 business people from across the Mid-Atlantic. It was organized by the Maryland World Class Consortia, a non-profit organization focused on helping business grow through management principles such as Six Sigma, TOC and other lean techniques.

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How a metal basket can cut factory costs and facilitate a PPAP

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies, a major manufacturer of advanced sealing products, sought out Marlin Steel to design a container to heat cure rubberized oil seals for auto production. The manufacturer was already using a steel mesh basket for that task, but it wanted a more sophisticated solution to facilitate its Production Part Approval Process, or PPAP. Suppliers to the North American auto industry need to follow a PPAP to meet standards established by the Auto Industry Action Group (AIAG), a quality control organization.

Freudenberg Marlin Steel sheet metal fabricationMarlin engineers designed a sheet metal basket with 30 compartments that allowed the customer to better track its workflow of oil seals. In a department that produces millions of parts per week, the baskets aided PPAP accountability and eliminated the need for an additional person to track flow, a Freudenberg process engineer said. Continue reading

Which is better for parts washing baskets: Teflon or Halar?

Industrial parts washing baskets are often coated in plastic to better protect the objects being washed or treated, and the baskets as well. The plastic has to withstand the solvents and heat involved in the wash process.

Marlin Steel Halar-coated stainless steel wire basket

A Marlin Steel Halar-coated stainless steel wire basket

We are often asked by prospective customers: What plastic coating is better? Teflon or Halar?

Both are brand names for different fluoropolymers, a durable plastic widely used in everything from nonstick cookware to aviation materials. Here’s what Marlin Steel engineers have to say as well as experts in the plastic coatings industry with whom we deal regularly: Continue reading

20 ideas to spur U.S. manufacturing now

From Drew Greenblatt‘s latest column on Inc.com on how to accelerate manufacturing: 

The most recent jobs report was just the latest sign that the economy continues to plod ahead in fits and starts–but hasn’t been able to achieve “escape velocity.” So what to do about it? Here are 20 ideas that would help create manufacturing jobs, both short term and in the long run.

Why manufacturing? With a multiplier effect of $1.48 added to the economy for every $1 spent, the highest multiplier of any sector, manufacturing needs the attention of lawmakers and policymakers now. Continue reading