Today is National Manufacturing Day

Today is National Manufacturing Day!  This is the day we celebrate our manufacturing industry for being an economic engine to our economy and our future.  Overall, manufacturing contributes trillions of dollars to the US economy and drives more innovation through research and development than any other sector.  The Frederick County Office of Economic Development will be highlighting the manufacturing industry throughout the month.

Next week, the Frederick County Office of Economic Development will be conducting Business Appreciation Week, highlighting over 100 Frederick’s legacy businesses, those businesses that have been in business for over 20 years.  Sixteen manufacturers are participating with Rosebud Perfume Company and Dairy Maid Dairy each with 125 years, Reliable Recycling Center with 102 years, McCutcheon Apple Products with 82 years and RRD with 70 years in Frederick County.

OED partners with several key manufacturing organizations, including the Frederick County Manufacturers Roundtable, Regional Manufacturing Institute, Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the Maryland World Class Consortia, to assist the manufacturing community.

The Regional Manufacturing Institute (RMI) is publishing an online directory of the 2020 Champions of Maryland Manufacturers.  Each of the champion manufacturers have been recognized and have shared their stories for their efforts on battling COVID19, innovation, resiliency, workforce, diversity and inclusion, community engagement and energy efficiency and sustainability.  On October 7 through October 16, 2020, the community will vote for their favorite manufacturer in each of the categories for the People’s Choice Awards.  The top two Champions in each of the categories who receive the most votes will be designated as the 2020 People’s Choice Award winners. 

According to Jodie Bollinger, Director of Business Retention and Expansion of the Frederick County Office of Economic Development, “Frederick is fortunate to have such a diverse manufacturing industry and we are proud of our manufacturing champions and our overall manufacturing industry for all they do for our community.  Manufacturing is where productivity, innovation and technology converge, and making a product at the end of the day that you can be proud of.”

For more information on RMI’s Champion of Maryland Manufacturing, visit

For more information on Frederick’s manufacturing industry, visit