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Introducing The Daily Record’s Power 30 Manufacturing

The state of manufacturing in Maryland is in flux.

While manufacturing has not accounted for a major portion of the state’s economy, it has long occupied an outsized role for other reasons. Manufacturing jobs are good jobs. Manufacturing companies often serve as the foundation or even the lifeblood of a community. Manufacturing leads to technological advances, and it can serve as an economic engine that drives other activities.

Finally, manufacturing – the essence of simply making something and making it well – has long been a core part of the American ethos.


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The 30 men and women you’ll meet in this publication are at the forefront of efforts to build a manufacturing renaissance in Maryland.

They are on this list for different reasons. Some lead economic behemoths that play a role in the national or global economy. Others manage home-grown businesses that have stood the test of time.

Some may run small companies that are making transformative innovations in their field. Others are contributing key technologies for other manufacturers, providing a more fertile political landscape for industry or serving as key players in policy debates that define the future.

The Daily Record’s Power 30 Manufacturing

These are also the men and women who have led their companies through the COVID-19 pandemic, in many instances reshaping their product lines to provide vital equipment or substances to combat the coronavirus. They’re the ones who are working to revitalize our workforce to provide the talent necessary to bring manufacturing into a new, technology-driven realm.

This list was chosen by our editorial team. We reached out to readers and others for input and perspective. Some of the Power 30 are familiar to all of us, but many are known mostly inside their organizations or communities.

This list is part of a series of Power Lists throughout 2021 that will showcase the most powerful figures in law, higher education, banking and other fields. It was kicked off by our Power 100 List, which profiled the most powerful men and women from all fields of endeavor across Maryland.

You can find this and all our Power Lists on our website,

We hope you enjoy this publication, and we welcome your feedback and suggestions.

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See the Power 30 Manufacturing digital edition here.

Randy Altschuler

William Bartley
President, CEO
Evapco Inc.

Jeff Boyle

Jason Connell
President & CEO
Knorr Brake Company

Thomas Dhabura
Hub Labels

Stanley Erck
President & CEO

Mike Galiazzo
Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland

Suzy Ganz
President & CEO
Lion Brothers

Jim Glowacki
Director of Operations
Textron Systems

Heather Gramm
Senior Director
Md. Dept. of Commerce

Drew Greenblatt
President, Owner
Marlin Steel

Sam Griffith
National Jet Company

Rick Heuther
President & CEO
Independent Can Company

Dave Hickey
Executive VP, President
BD Life Sciences

Elena Kessi

Robert G. Kramer
President & CEO
Emergent BioSolutions

Lawrence Kurzius
President, CEO, Chairman
McCormick & Company

Hudson LaForce
President & CEO
W.R. Grace & Co.

Mike Lamb

Tim Noud
General Manager
Domino Sugar — Baltimore

Bill Paterakis
H&S Bakery

Lily Qi
Md. House of Delegates

Jaime Ramirez
EVP, President Tools & Storage
Stanley Black & Decker

Jenny Regan
Key Tech

April Richardson
Food Opportunity

Paul Reed Smith
Founder, Owner
Paul Reed Smith Guitars

Gary B. Smith
President & CEO
Ciena Corp.

James Taiclet
President, CEO, Chairman
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Kunjan Tokekar
Director, Industrial Engineering
Volvo Group Trucks

Thomas VanCott
Chief Technology & Strategy Officer