Small Manufacturers: More Exports, More Jobs

By October 6, 2009Economy, Trade

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk yesterday announced an initiative to promote exporting by small- and medium-sized enterprises (see Frank Vargo post), so this news release from Marlin Steel Wire Products is timely, “Senator Cardin Watches Marlin Steel Wire Manufacture for European Buyer“:

October 6, 2009 — A large European multinational manufacturer has awarded Marlin Steel Wire Products a large custom wire basket order. Marlin was manufacturing the metal baskets when Senator Cardin of Maryland visited the Marlin Wire plant on October 2, 2009. He took the opportunity to praise the significant financial investment in the most modern bending equipment and the technological ingenuity of Marlin Wire. It was an extra bonus in his eyes that the product was being exported from the US, thanks to Baltimore workers.

US Senator Cardin Marvels at Marlin Steel Wire's newest robot bending parts for European factory
Drew Greenblatt, left, and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD)

Despite having an incumbent German vendor which is 4,000 miles (6,000 kilometers) closer to its headquarters than Marlin, the European conglomerate picked the Baltimore-based company to make custom stainless steel baskets for their new $4,000,000 (2,800,000 Euros) DURR washing line. With more than 5,000 employees, the European factory with subsidiaries in Germany, the Czech Republic, Canada and the USA decided to revolutionize their process with an all new green sustainable cleaning process with virtually no waste. Serving the automobile industry and the defense industry, this manufacturer choose Marlin Steel Wire cleaning baskets because of (in their own words) the “extensive engineering” and the wonderful “service” that Marlin provided during the selection and testing process.

The president of Marlin Steel Wire Product is Drew Greenblatt, an NAM board member and energetic advocate for manufacturing in the United States. Over Labor Day, Drew had an op-ed in The Baltimore Sun, “More Exports, More Jobs.” (Here’s another photo from Sen. Cardin’s tour.)

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