How Maryland is making it

Manufacturing is a hot topic of conversation today. Thank goodness. Maryland manufacturers have been left relatively unsupported over the past decade. Now policymakers realize that "Making it in Maryland" means good paying manufacturing jobs that benefit the middle class.

Please do your part to stand up and speak out for jobs in manufacturing based on business growth. Small-to-medium-sized companies and the people who work for them need your attention and support to help companies compete globally.

The Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland ( held a town hall meeting with manufacturers and friends of manufacturers. A key issue was the need to have elected officials visit companies to learn about next generation Maryland manufacturing. Recently, U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, Rep.C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger,Rep. John Sarbanes and Baltimore MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blake visited Marlin Steel Wire to see the company's president showcase Marlin's new rapid tech laser cutting machine.

Please take time to visit a company in your district, make friends with the workers, and then tell RMI of Maryland the story of your visit

Michael Galiazzo, Sparks

The writer is president of the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland.