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).
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.
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.