U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Visits Marlin Steel to Promote Navy’s Support of American Manufacturing and Free Trade

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U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Anatolio B. "A.B." Cruz III visited Marlin Steel Wire Products in Baltimore to highlight the Navy’s role in protecting the seas for free trade.

U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Anatolio B. "A.B." Cruz III poses with Marlin Steel employees and military veterans Josh Wallace, Eric Courtright and Bill Ison along with Marlin Steel President Drew Greenblatt in front of the company’s sheet-metal laser.

U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Anatolio B. "A.B." Cruz III poses with Marlin Steel employees and military veterans Josh Wallace, Eric Courtright and Bill Ison along with Marlin Steel President Drew Greenblatt

We count on the U.S. Navy to make our trade routes safe so we can hire more machinists and engineers to export to clients around the world.

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U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Anatolio B. "A.B." Cruz III visited Marlin Steel Wire Products in Baltimore Tuesday, Sept. 3 to highlight the Navy’s role in protecting the seas for free trade.

Cruz, reserve deputy director of maritime operations for U.S. Fleet Forces Command, toured the factory with Marlin Steel President Drew Greenblatt. Marlin Steel manufactures industrial baskets from steel wire and sheet metal. It was ranked the 230th fastest growing private manufacturer in the U.S. last month by Inc. magazine.

The visit, coordinated by the Chief of Naval Operations and Chief of Navy Information, was part of an outreach mission called “50/50” -- 50 admirals for 50 states -- to promote the Navy’s mission and relevance to national security and international trade. Cruz noted the importance of the Port of Baltimore to Maryland’s economy. Marlin ships material handling containers to 36 countries.

"We count on the U.S. Navy to make our trade routes safe so we can hire more machinists and engineers to export to clients around the world," Greenblatt said.

During his tour, the rear admiral met three veterans who make up part of the 30-person staff at Marlin. He said he was pleased to learn of the company’s support for hiring veterans and noted the prominent display of the American flag around the factory. Greenblatt described the company’s stringent quality control processes and its safety record of 1,730 consecutive days -- 4 1/2 years -- without a lost-time accident.

Cruz met with other government, business and civic leaders in the region. Maryland is home to various naval facilities, including the U.S. Naval Academy, Naval Air Station Patuxent River and U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade.

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