The NY Times Features Marlin Steel Twice in one Day!

Drew Greenblatt Marlin Steel

Shortly after the release of their last interview with Marlin Steel President Drew Greenblatt, The New York Times decided that they just couldn’t get enough of us! After completing that first interview, which you can read here, Times writer John Grossman asked some follow-up questions to know more about our company and where Drew’s inspiration comes from.

The newspaper was left with so much extra information that instead of rolling it all into a single post, they decided to create a second feature article about our company. In this second post, Drew talks about where he learned the safety practices that have seen Marlin through several years of accident-free operation, how he dealt with the challenges of selling products overseas, and more. Read the complete second article to learn more.

American Manufacturing and Factory Automation Success for Marlin Steel

Marlin Steel was recently featured in the pages of Foreign Policy Magazine as an American automation success story. The piece, titled “Made in the U.S.A. (Again),” talks about how American manufacturing is once again on the rise, and that factory automation plays a huge role in this American industrial renaissance.

The article talks about how, a few years ago, it looked as if the availability of cheap labor overseas would entice as many as nine out of ten CEOs to build their next major factory outside of the US. Now, thanks to the advantages of robotics and the need for skilled operators, only two or three of those same CEOs would consider putting their next plant outside the US.

Learn more about how factory automation and a number of other factors are contributing to a revival of US-based manufacturing, and how Marlin Steel is helping to lead the charge by reading the full article here.

Intellectual Property Rights – Theft by China and others – hurting US Job Creation



Study Unveiling and Panel Discussion on January 30 at 10:30 a.m. at NAM Headquarters


On January 30, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and Harvard economist Bill Kerr will unveil their new economic study, which eliminates the idea that software piracy is a problem that only affects software and technology companies. The NAM/Kerr study found that stolen software negatively impacts the U.S. manufacturing sector through unfair competition, resulting in losses in U.S. manufacturing revenue, jobs, patents and GDP.


The NAM will disclose the results of the study as well as a member survey on intellectual property (IP) theft and host a discussion with experts and manufacturers whose companies have been negatively impacted by software theft.



Study unveiling and roundtable on Economic Impact of Global Software Theft on U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness and Innovation



Moderator: Rob McKenna, partner, Orrick; former attorney general of the State of Washington and cofounder of the Intellectual Property Task Force at the National Association of Attorneys General; and current president of the National Alliance for Jobs and Innovation (NAJI).

  • Brian Raymond, director of technology and domestic economic policy, NAM
  • Bill Kerr, associate professor of business administration, Harvard Business School, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Drew Greenblatt, president and owner, Marlin Steel Wire Products, Baltimore, Md., NAJI chairman & co Founder and NAM executive board member
  • Daniel Abdun-Nabi, president and CEO, Emergent Biosolutions, Rockville, Md., and NAM board member
  • Michael Sigourney, president and CEO, AVTECH Software Inc., Warren, R.I., and NAJI member



Thursday, January 30, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. EST



NAM Headquarters, 733 10th Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC, 20001




To attend or dial in to the roundtable discussion, please RSVP to Matt Lavoie at (202) 637-3085 or

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About the NAM

The NAM is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes more than $1.8 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for two-thirds of private-sector research and development.


About Bill Kerr

Bill Kerr is an associate professor at Harvard Business School, where he focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation. Kerr has researched agglomeration and entrepreneurship and how government policies aid or hinder the entry of new firms, cluster formation and growth. He has worked extensively with the World Bank, Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council and the National Science Foundation and has received several awards for his research papers.

About NAJI

NAJI, which commissioned the study with the NAM, is a nonpartisan organization of more than 300 U.S. businesses and industry experts working together to stop unfair competition from the use of stolen IP, whether it be through piracy, counterfeiting or trade secret theft.

Paving a Path to Growth in 2014 – Growing Jobs & Revenue in Manufacturing


Marlin Steel ICIC 100 2013

Marlin Steel has won the Inner City 100 award for fastest growing companies in the Inner City two years in a row.

ICIC showcases Marlin Steel, one of the fastest-growing urban businesses in America, sharing experiences & decisions that have paved paths to sustainable growth.

Loren Feldman, Small Business Editor of The New York Times will lead an interactive discussion with multi-year Inner City 100 winner Drew Greenblatt, president of Baltimore-based Marlin Steel Wire Products.

Loren Feldman is an editor and writer, specializing in digital journalism and entrepreneurship. Since 2009, he has been creating and building a Web portal for The New York Times that focuses on small businesses and entrepreneurship, including the You’re the Boss small business blog. He has also been web editor of both Inc. magazine and Fast Company magazine.

Under Drew Greenblatt’s leadership, Marlin Steel’s revenues have grown six times since he bought the company in 1998 despite disruptive changes in their biggest market.  After the popular Atkins Diet reduced the demand for bagels, Marlin Steel completely transformed its product line of wire bagel baskets and expanded to serve large buyers. The company now manufactures a variety of custom wire baskets , wire forms and sheet metal fabrications for industrial giants, including Caterpillar, Pfizer, Merck and Toyota.

Thursday, January 30th

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

University of Maryland BioPark
1st Floor Conference Center
801 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Program and breakfast will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m.  Space is limited to the first one-hundred registrants.  All program attendees will receive a complementary gift card from our event sponsor, Staples and learn about the 2014 launch of the Inner City 100.

Inc Column: “5 Steps to Improve Quality No Matter What You Produce”

Quality is critical to growing. Here are “5 Steps to Improve Quality No Matter What You Produce” from my recent Inc column.


Marlin Steel’s mantra is “Quality Engineered Quick” – matter of fact we literally registered it with the US Trademark office. This article describes how we execute on the quality portion of our mantra.

20 ideas to spur U.S. manufacturing now

From Drew Greenblatt‘s latest column on 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

Today’s reading assignment: The Man of Steel making that slow dough

Two recent articles surveyed the business innovation bubbling at Marlin Steel.

Global Trade: Man of SteelA compelling piece by Will Swaim in the magazine Global Trade, headlined “Man of Steel,” described Marlin Steel’s transformation from making plain vanilla wire baskets for bagels to designing vastly more precise steel wire and sheet metal containers for more sensitive technology-related products such as automobile components and military equipment. As Marlin Steel President Drew Greenblatt was quoted in the article, “You won’t find Marlin manufacturing ‘baskets for socks in Vietnam.”

Favorite passage in the piece:

This revolution unfolded slowly, over the course of several years. In that time, Marlin has invested in robots, managers, and engineers as varied as bagels—“process engineers, mechanical engineers, industrial engineers.” … And Drew Greenblatt has become something of American industry’s Man of Steel. Continue reading