U.S. Navy Rear Admiral visits Marlin Steel to promote American manufacturing and free trade

 
Navy Rear Admiral visits Marlin Steel

Marlin Steel President Drew Greenblatt greets U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Anatolio B. “A.B.” Cruz III at Marlin Steel as part of the Navy’s “50-50” outreach tour / Credit: Steve Ruark

U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Anatolio B. “A.B.” Cruz III visited Marlin Steel Wire Products today to highlight the Navy’s role in protecting the seas for free trade.

Navy Rear Admiral Visits Marlin Steel

Marlin Steel president describes sheet metal technology / Credit: Steve Ruark

Cruz, reserve deputy director of maritime operations for U.S. Fleet Forces Command, toured the factory with Marlin Steel President Drew Greenblatt. The visit, coordinated by the Chief of Naval Operations and Chief of Navy Information, is part of an outreach mission called “50/50” — 50 admirals for 50 states — to promote the Navy’s mission and relevance to national security and international trade. Cruz noted the importance of the Port of Baltimore to Maryland’s economy. Marlin ships material handling containers to 36 countries for clients in industries as varied as defense, telecommunications, health care and aerospace, among others. Continue reading

Promising future for metalworking graduates in Baltimore, but what about their school?

 
Edrick Smith, a Marlin Steel machinist and new graduate of the Magna Baltimore Technical Training Center, with Marlin Steel President Drew Greenblatt and Marlin Production Manager Andy Croniser

Edrick Smith, a Marlin Steel machinist and new graduate of the Magna Baltimore Technical Training Center, with Marlin Steel President Drew Greenblatt and Marlin Production Manager Andy Croniser

There were no caps, no gowns and the setting was a machine shop training facility, but the graduation ceremony at the Magna Baltimore Technical Training Center yesterday was as inspiring and heartfelt as any commencement this season.

One graduate spoke of being homeless and sleeping in his car while attending the tool and die machinist apprenticeship program, a secret he kept from others there. He said he now works for a major manufacturing company in town. Another graduate had enrolled at age 45 fearing that he’d fail because of his lack of algebra and trigonometry in school. He credited the center’s instructors for getting him through the course. Yet another emotionally told the organizers the program turned his life around after he was laid off as a newspaper printer a few years ago: “Because of you I can help my kids. I’m grateful. I’m on my way. You changed my life. You changed my family’s life.” The students who had come through the course oozed admiration for the faculty and program directors. Continue reading

Marlin Steel wins Inner City 100 Award for second straight year among fastest growing inner city companies in U.S.

 
Marlin Steel President Drew Greenblatt and Harvard University professor Michael Porter, founder and chairman of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City

Marlin Steel President Drew Greenblatt and Harvard University professor Michael E. Porter, founder and chairman of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City

BOSTON, Massachusetts – Marlin Steel, a leading manufacturer of industrial material handling containers, has been selected for the second straight year for the “Inner City 100” award by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC).

Marlin Steel ICIC 100 2013The award, announced by the ICIC and FORTUNE, goes to the fastest-growing companies in America’s inner cities. The non-profit research and strategy organization was founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter to support economic growth in urban areas. The award ceremony last night in Boston concluded a two-day forum where companies from around the country, including Marlin Steel, worked to develop business-led solutions to challenges that confront inner city economies.

“We’re thrilled to be recognized again by the ICIC and to be in the company of other entrepreneurs who are creating jobs in cities throughout America,” said Drew Greenblatt, president of Marlin Steel. “The comeback of manufacturing is important for the nation to nurture because it feeds such critical needs as job creation, global competitiveness and technological innovation.” Continue reading

Helping veterans land back in civilian life

 

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.

Logistics Manager Chuck Poole preparing Marlin Steel donation for Maryland veterans assistance group

Logistics Manager Chuck Poole preparing Marlin Steel donation for Maryland veterans assistance group

Marlin Steel wins as a Technology Implementer in 2013 VOLTAGE awards

 
Marlin Steel President Drew Greenblatt accepts a Baltimore VOLTAGE Award for 2013

Marlin Steel President Drew Greenblatt accepts a Baltimore VOLTAGE Award for 2013 (Credit: Jaimie Hurst)

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 Steel VOLTAGE awardMarlin 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

Made in America, made at Marlin Steel

 
Marlin Steel coil on leveler, about to be uncoiled and cut

Marlin Steel coil on leveler, about to be uncoiled and cut

Marlin Steel stainless uncoiled

Marlin Steel stainless uncoiled

The making of sheet metal containers for material handling begins, naturally, with the sheet metal. We bought 304-grade stainless steel from BMG Metals, a third-generation supplier of carbon steel, aluminum and stainless steel with an office in the Baltimore area. The 18,000-pound coil was sent to Maryland Metals Processing Inc. in Middle River, a few miles from our Baltimore factory.

The coil was unrolled, leveled and cut into skids of 4-by-8 foot sheets that we’ll cut, weld and shape into a wide range of material handling solutions. The pros at Maryland Metals made the process of preparing the sheet metal one morning this week look easier than it is. Those coils sliced like American cheese.

How IP theft undercuts U.S. manufacturing

 

From the National Alliance for Jobs and Innovation (NAJI) and the movement to fight unfair competition:

Manufacturers rely on advanced IT solutions to develop innovative designs

Manufacturers rely on advanced IT solutions to develop innovative designs

Marlin Steel invests in software technology that is regularly stolen in emerging markets
Marlin Steel invests in software technology that is regularly stolen in emerging markets

Marlin Steel relies on software to enable the design and execution of manufacturing steel wire and sheet metal material handling containers

Marlin Steel relies on software to enable the design and execution of manufacturing steel wire and sheet metal material handling containers

IP theft provides an unfair and often overlooked cost advantage for manufacturers in emerging markets.
IP theft provides an unfair and often overlooked cost advantage for manufacturers in emerging markets.

 

State and federal support is needed to crack down on IP theft to help grow jobs and the economy

State and federal support is needed to crack down on IP theft to help grow jobs and the economy.