Cardin highlights manufacturing during visit to Blueprint Robotics
U.S Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), brought his “Made in Maryland” job tour to Broening Highway’s Blueprint Robotics on Nov. 3.
The aim, according to Cardin’s press secretary Tim Zink, is to highlight manufacturing across the state.
“For five years, Sen. Cardin has been working to draw attention to Maryland companies, specifically those in the manufacturing sector, to showcase that there is still a wide variety of companies in Maryland that are still actually making items,” Zink said.
In light of 21st century advancements, Cardin is aiming to shed light on Maryland’s role in producing products the old-fashioned way.
While wanting to acknowledge companies that do things the traditional way, Cardin also seeks to find companies that are doing things differently.
Established in 2015, Blueprint Robotics was cofounded by former Rouse Company executive Jerome Smalley, former Crate & Barrell CEO Sascha Bopp and consultant Karim Sahyoun.
The start-up opened a 200,000 square-foot facility near the Amazon distribution center on Broening Highway in February 2016.
Blueprint Robotics uses a cutting-edge technique that offers custom-built wood- framed constructions.
Co-founder and chief executive Jerome Smalley, as well as co-founder and chief operating officer Sascha Bopp, greeted the senator as he arrived and started the tour shortly after.
While taking the tour, Zink noted, it was Cardin’s aim to get into the heads of the executives and learn as much as possible about the company.
“The senator will ask a whole bunch a questions that surprise people because he wants to get down into how they really do business” Zink explained.
After 25 minutes of tour- ing the company, Cardin, Blueprint executives and members of “Turn Around Tuesdays,” a program that helps individuals who have been convicted of crimes get jobs, met in the conference room for further discussion.
As the senator listened, Smalley discussed aspects of the business such as training and engineering core. Cardin learned that it takes six months to train an operator and he replied, “that’s a long time.”
Cardin expressed a desire to see more government partnership with training programs.
For unique businesses like Blueprint Robotics, it can be hard to find companies in the United States that can offer them services they need.
As the discussion contin- ued, employment came up. Company officials discussed the success Blueprint has had with the employees hired from Turn Around Tuesdays.
“The employees hired from Turn Around Tuesdays are some of out top ranking employees,” Smalley said.
The senator expressed a desire to work with more companies to get employees hired that come from the penal system.
As the meeting came to an end, Sen. Cardin informed the executives and leaders that he is glad to help where he can. He vowed to speak to government officials to solve issues relating to capital, training and software concerns.
Cardin toured the state-of-the-art facilities at Blueprint Robotics.
Joining U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) (second from right) on his tour of Blueprint Robotics last week were (from) Jon Veldman, Sascha Bopp, Jerome “Jerry” Smalley, Douglas Miles, the Rec. Jerome Stephens and Arnie Gaff.