Marlin Steel Wire Expands Manufacturing Space by 75%

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Governor of Maryland pleased about Marlin Steel’s Expansion. Mayor Rawlings-Blake applauds decision to stay and grow in Baltimore City. After its best first quarter in history, four years of record profits and steady revenue increases, and a surge in export demand, Marlin Steel Wire needed to grow its floor space. So, Marlin Wire has brought on adjacent manufacturing space to maximize efficiencies and permit manageable growth. Marlin Steel’s absorption of additional space will allow it to plan for the $5 million of new robots it will be purchasing over the next decade.

Expansion is critical to meet our global client's needs for wire baskets and wire forms and sheet metal fabrications

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Today, Marlin Steel Wire announced plans to expand its manufacturing floor space in Baltimore City, after its best first quarter in history, four years of record profits and steady revenue increases, and a surge in export demand for custom wire baskets, wire forms and sheet metal fabrications like housings and consoles. Marlin Wire has brought on adjacent manufacturing space to maximize efficiencies and permit manageable growth. Marlin Steel’s absorption of additional space will allow it to plan for the $5 million of new robots to be purchased over the next decade.

Marlin Steel’s lease extends through 2017 with an option until 2022 In addition; Marlin Steel Wire has the right of first refusal on 100,000 square feet of adjacent space.

“We feel a commitment to Baltimore, with its excellent port, BWI Airport, road and transit system, and talented local professionals so there was never a thought of leaving the area. This infrastructure, combined with the local vendors and financial services, makes it easy to remain in the area,” said Drew Greenblatt, President of Marlin Steel Wire Products.

“It is a testament to Maryland’s highly skilled workforce and supportive business climate that Marlin Steel Wire, one of Baltimore’s fastest growing manufacturers, is expanding operations here, hiring more employees and positioning itself for future growth both domestically and globally,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “As one of the businesses joining the State on our upcoming trade mission to Asia, we look forward to helping Marlin Steel Wire, which already exports 25 percent of its products, open new doors in foreign markets.”

“I am very excited that Marlin Wire has decided to expand its manufacturing operations in Baltimore City,” said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “Marlin Wire understands that Baltimore is open for business and is a great place for companies to grow, create jobs and strengthen our local economy. Marlin Wire is demonstrating that Baltimore can be competitive in the global manufacturing marketplace.”

The new space will accelerate delivery schedules at Marlin Steel by:

  •     Increasing the number of dock doors by 80%, so more trucks can be loaded and unloaded simultaneously,
  •     Unclogging aisles so flow improves, and
  •     Creating Henry Ford’s “U Flow” style of manufacturing where items flow in a “U” format in and then out of the factory with less sidetracking.

Several improvements to the factory floor will be implemented at the same time, to improve quality and employee ambience including:

  •     Doubling the number of skylights so robot operators can more easily inspect their work in natural light,
  •     Painting all walls a reflective white so it is easier to observe quality,
  •     Sealing and painting the floors so they are easier to clean, and
  •     Doubling the application engineers’ offices so they can meet clients to collaborate more efficiently on ideas to improve product throughput.

Drew Greenblatt, stated, “In the first quarter we exported more than 25% of our products. Our global clients are generating strong demand, and we need the floor space to maintain our delivery dates.” Greenblatt continued, “In the last three weeks, we have shipped to Japan, Germany, France, Sweden, Uruguay and Canada. Plus, we are clogging the aisles with product and need some breathing room.”

Tony Witt, one of Marlin’s Mechanical Engineers added, “Our overseas clients are precision automotive suppliers, high-end medical and pharmaceutical laboratories, and industrial factories. Also, we have a significant amount of US military work. These clients demand quality and speed. That is our niche, but we must expand to keep our promises to these customers.”

Another mechanical engineer, Chris Elwood, focused on “Marlin Steel’s secret sauce – 30% of Marlin Steel’s employees are mechanical engineers or designers. Clients appreciate the engineering services we provide because we solve their engineering challenges. We fix problems and we ship it very fast. That is valuable to clients. But without the space, we were getting choked up too often. Now we will have some elbow room.”

According to Kash Alur, another Marlin engineer, “Marlin Steel Wire is charging ahead. Adding space, buying robots, hiring mechanical engineers, growing talent – this is an exciting place. The clients appreciate the engineering services we are providing and it is creating an enduring flourishing company.” Kash is the Marlin engineer leading the charge by integrating the new HAAS VF3 Machining Center on to the factory floor.

Marlin Steel Wire Products LLC is a USA-based and owned manufacturer of custom steel wire baskets, custom steel wire products and manufactures custom sheet metal fabrication products, located in Baltimore, Maryland. Marlin Steel supplies industry around the globe.

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