President of Marlin Steel Wire Products LLC. Executive board member of National Association of Manufacturers. Past president of Wire Fabricators Association. Chairman of the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland.
In these challenging times, keeping costs low and clients happy encourages buyers to consider a variety of suppliers. Many times supply chain managers zero in on buying from overseas to cut costs. In some limited cases, this makes sense. However, educated buyers must do a deep analysis to understand the total cost before they launch into buying from an overseas vendor.
Marlin Steel President Drew Greenblatt at MIT Sloan School of Management graduate class (Photo credit: Phela Imani Townsend)
The MBA student had a pointed question for me when I spoke before a class at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this week.
Is Marlin Steel interested in environmental sustainability, she asked, and if it is, why did I advocate before Congress for less regulation? It was a reminder that a class of graduate students at MIT can be just as tough as a subcommittee on Capitol Hill. Continue reading →
I am testifying this morning on the impact of regulation on small business and manufacturing on behalf of the National Association of Manufacturers before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law.
Here is a portion of my prepared remarks this morning:
For many manufacturers in the United States, the economy is showing definite signs of improvement. Manufacturing has added about 500,000 jobs since the end of 2009, but there is still a long way to go. More than 2 million manufacturing jobs were lost in the last recession and output remains well below the 2007 peak, indicating how serious the recent manufacturing recession really was. To compete on a global stage, manufacturing in the United States needs policies that enable companies to thrive and create jobs. Growing manufacturing jobs will strengthen the U.S. middle class and continue to fuel America’s economic recovery. Continue reading →
Alexandria Liu and friend horseback riding in Beijing
We received a welcome e-mail recently from Alexandria Liu, a bright master’s student at Peking University. We met Alexandria during a trade-mission trip to Asia that we took with Governor O’Malley and a business contingent from Maryland in 2011. Alexandria recently sent a photo of her with a friend on horseback in Beijing. They seemed to be riding in a cloud, so thick was the smog. In the photo, the trees were only 200 feet behind her, as she described it, but you could barely make them out. After being out in the elements for two hours, Alexandria and her friend were sick with a sinus infection for two days, she wrote.
Recent news reports about the horrific air quality there appeared in the Los Angeles Times and in a Washington Post blog. The blog even mentioned a Twitter account @BeijingAir tied to a monitor a top the U.S. Embassy in Beijing that continually spits out air quality readings.
At Forbidden City, Beijing (Drew in striped shirt and shorts, middle)
We noticed the severe conditions on our trip to China. The smog in Shanghai was stunning. The Yangtze River there is about as wide as the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, but you couldn’t see across it. Amid President Obama’s emphasis this week on reaffirming a commitment to combat climate change, it might sound counter-intuitive but bringing back more manufacturing to the United States would help. Continue reading →
The bias in CBS’ “60 Minutes” segment on robots Sunday night was evident from the opening illustration of robot fingers shredding a “HELP WANTED” sign, in case you wondered if there were two sides. Steve Kroft’s piece portrayed the false notion that without automation, all those robots performing tedious tasks around the clock would be replaced by American workers. As the piece noted, the robots are more apt to threaten the low-wage, repetitive-type jobs that built China into an industrial power. The choice for the future of American manufacturing isn’t no robots = more jobs. It’s more like more robots = more opportunities to win orders which will create more USA jobs. The brighter future involves embracing automation with workers given opportunities to operate and interface with robots. Continue reading →