Drew Greenblatt, CEO, Marlin Steel
On Air: November 8, 2016A story of successful American manufacturing.
In this clip, Drew explains how the tough requirements of a customer like Toyota help his company improve their offerings for all their customers:
Drew Greenblatt bought Marlin Steel in 1998 when it was a small maker of a commodity product. Since then, he has grown revenue seven fold and is currently expanding its factory floor space 53%. In the face of challenges to the global economy, Marlin Steel has invested over $4.5mil in robotics in a quest for quality and speed.
Today, Marlin Steel imports nothing and exports baskets and sheet metal fabrications to 38 countries including China, Australia, & Japan. Worker Safety is critical. Marlin Steel crossed the 2,301+ day safety milestone. In addition, Marlin Steel has been recognized as a winner of the INC 5000 2012 & 2013 (fastest Growing Companies in the USA), the Inner City 100 Fastest Growing companies in the USA (2012), Regional Employer of the Year (2007) from Baltimore City & Baltimore County and Drew Greenblatt has been chosen as an International Business Leadership Award Winner from the World Trade Center Institute (2011).
Marlin’s secret sauce is Quality, Engineered Quick (“QEQ”). Thirty percent of Marlin’s employees are mechanical engineers who innovate to save clients’ money by improving throughput with engineered wire baskets and custom sheet metal fabrications. Marlin Steel’s engineers provide state-of-the-art, computer- driven stress analysis so clients have comfort knowing that their designs will withstand the rigors of their applications.
Greenblatt has testified to the US Senate and US Congress on topics including small business, taxation, regulations, trade policy, and techniques to grow the economy. Advocating for a robust manufacturing sector, Greenblatt believes that factories provide great jobs and superb benefits – a way to grow our middle class with solid meaningful jobs.
Greenblatt serves as Vice Chairman of the Small & Medium Manufacturers and Executive Board Member of the National Association of Manufacturers and Chairman of the Board of the Regional Manufacturing Institute and is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of the National Alliance for Jobs & Innovation.
He has a BA from Dickinson College and an MBA from Tulane University. He lives in Maryland with his wife and three sons.