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Just last week Strouse had the privilege to attend the Make it in Maryland event to kick-off this new program. The event was held at the Baltimore Museum of Industry in downtown Baltimore and organized by MDMEP (Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership).

 

Make it in Maryland at the Baltimore Museum of Industry MDMEP kicks off the Make it in Maryland Campaign at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

The event brought together business leaders in Maryland providing a great opportunity to network, discuss the future of manufacturing, and share success stories. The event featured an introduction from Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake and two keynote speakers, Congressman Steny Hoyer and Paul Reed Smith, the founder and owner of PRS Guitars. Each of these nationally recognized leaders are on the forefront of manufacturing in Maryland and the United States.

Congressman Steny Hoyer has long been a proponent of manufacturing in the US. He talked about the Make it in America plan focused on greater competitiveness, more jobs, and long-term economic success in American manufacturing. These goals have been backed by the principals of creating a national manufacturing strategy, promoting businesses to export US goods, encourage and support businesses to innovate, and to train a twenty-first century workforce. These foundations will help manufacturing in Maryland and all over the US to build for the future.

Paul Reed Smith from PRS Guitars (one of our customers!) spoke about why he decided to Make it in Maryland. Starting his business in Maryland was a no-brainer. Paul Reed Smith grew up in Maryland and has lived here his entire life. He credits Maryland for always treating him and his business well especially in times of need. His guitars are played by music legends Carlos Santana, Ted Nugent, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, Alex Lifeson of Rush, and many more! While these musicians speak volumes for the quality of product he produces, Paul Reed Smith said his greatest achievement is employing over 200 workers and providing them a career that they love.

 

Make it in Maryland Event Products Maryland manufactured products are on display at the Make it in Maryland event.

Many of us have seen “Made in the USA” labels proudly displayed on American manufactured products. Make it in Maryland has a slightly different outlook. “Make it” is a forward thinking statement - manufacturing for today and tomorrow. Restoring manufacturing in America and building a plan for manufacturing success in Maryland is a movement that we all can support.

Sue Chambers

Written by Sue Chambers

As the CEO and President of Strouse Corporation, Sue Chambers is responsible for leading all facets of the business. Sue has a proven executive management track record and over 20 years of experience driving sales growth and operational innovation in the adhesive conversion industry. Sue possesses strong leadership, strategic vision, and savvy marketing skills. Sue has an MBA from Loyola University in Maryland. Since 1997 Sue Chambers joined Strouse and led the transformation into an enterprise-focused company while growing the company into a world leader in the innovative production of pressure-sensitive adhesive with revenue of over 20 million and growing. In the last three years, Strouse revenue has grown 62%; the number of employees has grown and continues to achieve and maintain ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 certification. Strouse built a new production plant going from 40,000 to 62,500 square feet, increasing the production space by 50%. The building also can expand to 82,500 sq. Feet. Sue is active in the community serving on the Industrial Development Board presently and earning several business awards over the years. Most recently, 3M has recognized Strouse as a supplier of the year. She is also on the Dale Chambers Foundation board that raises money for local charities in the community.