Over 11,000 Votes Casts to Choose Top 2020 RMI Champions of Maryland Manufacturing

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Individuals from across the State of Maryland cast over 11,000 votes online, as part of Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland’s (RMI) People’s Choice Awards, choosing their favorite stories of those that are “championing Maryland manufacturing.”

People's Choice Awards for 2020 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing

"The outpouring was unprecedented and the interest from across the State has been nothing but amazing,” said Mike Galiazzo, President of RMI.

Voters chose from 143 unique stories in seven categories featured in RMI’s new online Champions of Maryland Manufacturing Directory that demonstrated great leadership, innovation and resiliency from a variety of organizations including manufacturers, non-profits, academic institutions and agencies who are part of Maryland’s manufacturing ecosystem in the following categories below. The top two Champions which received the most votes in each category listed below are the winners of the People’s Choice Awards.

  • Battling COVID-19: Notre Dame Preparatory School, Baltimore County and Patriot, Calvert County
  • Community Engagement: Exelon, Calvert County and Conagra Brands, Washington County
  • Diversity & Inclusion: Patuxent Brewing Company, Charles County and Manufacturing Innovation Hub Cooperative, Baltimore City
  • Energy Efficiency & Sustainability: C-Care, Ann Arundel County, Gotham Greens*, Baltimore County and XCo*, Queen Anne’s County (*2nd place tie)
  • Innovation: SAFT, Baltimore County and Airgility, Prince Georges County
  • Resiliency: CHUTES International, Charles County and Rinker Materials, Frederick County
  • Workforce: UMBC & MxD, Baltimore County and Towson University, Baltimore County

The 143 Champions stories in the Directory provide a fantastic resource for anyone to learn more about Maryland manufacturing. Champions stories were submitted from every Maryland county and Baltimore City. These stories can be found at https://rmiofmaryland.com/2020-champions-of-maryland-manufacturing-directory/.

“The contributions came from all kinds of organizations who champion our industry every day,” said Mike Galiazzo, President of RMI. “The outpouring was unprecedented and the interest from across the State has been nothing but amazing,” he said. “This year’s Champions celebration was much different that our past mega events because of the pandemic, but the current environment also has illuminated Maryland’s great contributors to our industry as never before,” said Galiazzo.

Recognizing the Champions of Maryland Manufacturing is a key element of RMI’s image campaign to help put a face on today’s next generation manufacturing. By helping to tell the stories of those that are championing the manufacturing effort in Maryland, we help policymakers better understand the products made in their jurisdictions and how those goods help us in our daily lives. We also help educators, parents, and kids see manufacturing as a viable, enriching career opportunity.

RMI will be hosting webinars with each of our People’s Choice awardees so that the public can hear directly from them regarding their phenomenal impact in their communities and on Maryland’s economy.

Future announcements on the webinars can be found on RMI’s website under “upcoming events” at https://www.rmiofmaryland.com.

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