Maryland MEP Kicks Off Maryland Manufacturing Month with Maryland Manufacturing Innovation Executive Leadership Summit

Maryland Commerce Secretary Schulz Presented Proclamation from Governor Hogan;
MD MEP Launched “Make It In Maryland” Campaign at September 30 event

(October 5, 2021) – To commemorate the beginning of Maryland Manufacturing Month and National Manufacturing Day®, the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MD MEP) hosted an exclusive event for leaders in Maryland’s manufacturing community on September 30 at the Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena at UMBC. The Maryland Manufacturing Innovation (MMI) Executive Leadership Summit drew nearly 100 attendees to participate in discussions on emerging trends, pitfalls, and best practices to help local manufacturers retain their competitive advantage as the industry continues to rebound from and look beyond COVID-19.

Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz presented a proclamation from Governor Hogan recognizing October as Maryland Manufacturing Month. Established in 2015, this annual observation raises public awareness of manufacturing and celebrates the contributions of the nearly 4,000 businesses that make up the Maryland manufacturing community. In her remarks, Secretary Schulz spoke of the resiliency demonstrated by Maryland’s manufacturers during the pandemic and the industry’s essential contributions to the state’s economy, as Maryland is currently the fourth fastest-growing state in economic development.

Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz and MD MEP Director, Mike Kelleher

MD MEP commemorated Maryland Manufacturing Month by launching its “Make It In Maryland” campaign, which will celebrate the diverse array of products manufactured in Maryland and the companies that make them. MD MEP is offering free “Proud to Make It In Maryland” banners to state manufacturers to display in their facilities and will be sharing photos, videos, and other content celebrating local manufacturing on social media.

The (MMI) Executive Leadership Summit focused on presenting ideas and solutions to manufacturers’ most critical challenges, including workforce, supply chain, emerging technologies, and more. Featured speakers included Anirban Basu, Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group; Rebekah Kowalski, Vice President, Manpower Manufacturing; Ned Hill, Former NIST MEP National Advisor Board Chair; John R. Brandt, CEO of The MPI Group; and Justin Goldston, Professor of Project and Supply Chain Management at Penn State University.

MD MEP thanks strategic partners The Maryland Department of Commerce, The Maryland Department of Labor, and The MEP National Network for their support of the MMI Executive Leadership Summit.

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