Make it in Maryland

The Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MD MEP) – a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing manufacturing in the State of Maryland, the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI) – the state’s leading advocate for manufacturing and manufacturing issues, and the Maryland World Class Consortia (MWCC) – the State’s leading organization dedicated to process and operational excellence, will launch their new Make it in Maryland program at a May 7th event featuring manufacturers from around the state and special keynote speakers. The Make it in Maryland program is the first of its kind and will showcase and connect manufacturers in the state for networking and business opportunities.

The Make it in Maryland event will be held at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on May 7, 2014 from 6:00pm – 9:30pm. The event will be held to kick-off MD MEP, RMI, and MWCC’s Make it in Maryland program and will serve as a networking opportunity for Maryland manufacturers and stakeholders serving the industry.

In addition to welcomes and comments from MD MEP’s Executive Director Brian Sweeney, Mike Galiazzo from RMI and Jeff Fuchs from the MWCC, the event will feature two keynote speakers: Congressman Steny Hoyer and Maryland manufacturer Paul Reed Smith. Congressman Hoyer, a representative for Maryland’s 5th congressional district, supports economic development in the state and is a leader in job creation efforts. Paul Reed Smith owns PRS Guitars which produces instruments played by musicians such as Carlos Santana and Ted Nugent, and has been manufacturing his products in Maryland for almost 30 years.

The Make it in Maryland event marks the launch of MD MEP, RMI, and MWCC’s original Make it in Maryland program which is the first and only program dedicated to Maryland manufacturers and aimed at showcasing companies, demonstrating the value of manufacturing within the state, and highlighting manufacturing successes. The Make it in Maryland program provides companies with business-to-business purchasing, partnering and business opportunities, furthering the goal of keeping the industrial, economic, and workforce benefits of these companies within the state.

Those interested in learning more about the Make it in Maryland event or purchasing a ticket can visit for more information and registration. Sponsorships opportunities are also available and can be reserved by contacting Sara Marshall at MD MEP (; 410-733-0219). Information regarding sponsorship packages are available at the Make it in Maryland website.

 About Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MD MEP):

The MD Manufacturing Partnership is a collaborative partnership of RMI-MWCC and MD MEP focused on make manufacturing a growing and profitable industry in the State of Maryland by providing resources and services to manufacturers statewide. Through collaborative efforts and strategic partnerships, MD MEP helps its clients expand their business, educate their workforce, and create mutually beneficial connections with other Maryland businesses. For more information, please visit