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Marlin Steel Launches USA-Made Laser in Maryland Factory – Cutting Steel One Foot (305mm) per Second to Grow Exports & Ship Faster Engineered Sheet Metal Fabrications

Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) January 24, 2012

Marlin Steel, a Baltimore-based manufacturer of custom wire baskets and sheet metal products, opened its doors to the public for the official launch of its new, top-of-the-line laser for making sheet metal fabrications.

At a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, January 12th, Drew Greenblatt, CEO of Marlin, described the laser as “a major addition to the fleet of robots which we have assembled over the last six years. With these, we have re-made Marlin into a precision metal fabrication supplier to the most demanding of clients, from Boeing to Zimmer Holdings. I fully expect that this new laser cutter, in conjunction with the 20-ton sheet metal punch press and 138 ton press brake we recently purchased, will give us metal fabrication capabilities unmatched in the nation.”

Attending the ceremony were US Senator Ben Cardin, US Congressman Ruppersberger, US Congressman Sarbanes and Baltimore City Mayor Rawlings-Blake. The Senator commented, “America’s economy depends on the success of small businesses like Marlin Steel Wire Products to create jobs and restart our economy,” said U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. “I congratulate the leadership and workforce of Marlin Steel for its innovative approach, which has helped to grow this steel fabrication firm and make it a leader in the field.”

Congressman Ruppersberger continued that, “Marlin Steel may export around the world, but it remains a true citizen of Baltimore, hiring locally and providing employees with decent wages and benefits.” In addition, Congressman Ruppersberger stated, “Its growth will provide not only more quality jobs for Maryland families, but the research and development that will power our economy forward. The United States remains the largest global manufacturing economy thanks to the innovation of local companies like Marlin Steel.”

Mayor Rawlings-Blake also saw a major step forward in this kind of precision equipment. “I am happy to see a Baltimore company investing in cutting-edge equipment that makes them a world-wide leader in their field,” said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. “By taking this major step forward, we can anticipate Marlin Steel will have vigorous growth in the coming year, similar to what Baltimore experienced decades ago. I look forward to celebrating further growth in the years to come with all the energetic faces I see here today.”

Drew mentioned that, “more than 20% of the employees are manufacturing engineers or designers so we can provide innovative solutions fast to our clients.” The chief engineer, Tony Witt, commented, “the laser will allow us to perform highly sophisticated cutting jobs, with a minimum of set-ups, since we can design the parts on our computers, push a button, send the designs electronically to the robots, and then watch them do their magic. This increases our productivity enormously.”

Two of the sales engineers were enthusiastic supporters of the new equipment. “Very often, we are asked to make complex parts for the aerospace and health care industries. Five years ago, that would have been very difficult. Not now,” said Chris Elwood. Jonathan O’Connor, another mechanical engineer, chimed in, “I can land jobs now from companies like Boeing, Honeywell, and Raytheon that require intricate processing in a hurry. It is great to be able to provide quality components fast for the most sophisticated companies and export these components all over the world.”

Marlin was established in 1968 and has grown revenue and profit six years in a row. Drew Greenblatt served as president of the Wire Fabricators Association, the trade association for the industry, on the Executive Board of the National Association of Manufacturers and is the Chairman of the Regional Manufacturing Institute. Mr. Greenblatt has been invited to the White House on five occasions, and has appeared more than 30 times on national television on the subject of manufacturing and small-business needs.


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