Pennsylvania Jobs, Maryland Exports, Ohio Manufacturing

By November 12, 2010Economy, General, Trade

A small round-up of manufacturing-related items…

Carlos Cardoso, chairman, president and CEO of Kennametal Inc. in Unity, Penn., writing in today’s Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “Action plan for jobs“:

Manufacturing and businesses mean jobs. We need to jumpstart job growth in Pennsylvania, and now is the time. As a resident employed as CEO by a manufacturing company, I cannot stay silent while a jobs-destroying public-policy agenda looms.

For eight years, we’ve had a governor who seriously underestimated the value of businesses and manufacturing to a healthy state economy. Now, under new leadership, we have an opportunity to turn this around.

The economic environment in our region, combined with the fact that we are at a critical juncture in forming state and national policies, means that no one who makes a living from manufacturing can afford to sit on the sidelines.

Cardoso is on the board of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers.

Drew Greenblatt is also an NAM director, and he and his company, Marlin Steelwire, were featured in an online article and excellent video (embedded below) at Slate.com, “How a small factory survives and thrives, thanks to overseas sales.

Marlin Steel Wire Products, a manufacturer of wire baskets and fabricated metal items, is already a convert. Just two years ago, the Baltimore-based company exported 5 percent to 10 percent of its orders. Today, about $600,000 of Marlin’s $3.5 million in annual revenue comes from exports. The company has gone from 20 to 30 employees in that same time period and projects a $1 million increase in revenue for this year. Company president Drew Greenblatt, who’s owned the firm since the late ’90s, credits export business with keeping Marlin in the black and helping it to grow even as the United States slogged through a recession.

On Wednesday, National Public Radio’s “Talk of America” program was in Cleveland to anchor an episode, “Manufacturing Changing Gears, Seeing Some Growth“: “A recent Brookings Institution study ranked greater Cleveland second in manufacturing job growth, just behind Youngstown, Ohio, in the second quarter of 2010. Instead of just cars and trucks driving the uptick, some factories now produce wind turbine bolts and medical imaging supplies.

Guests were John Grabner, president and CEO, Cardinal Fastener and Specialty Company; Micheline Maynard, senior editor, Changing Gears; and
Edward Hill, dean and professor, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University

The Slate.com video:

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