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After Decades of Manufacturing Decline in Maryland, Signs of Turnaround

Buzzes, drones and hisses pulse through the air at NRL & Associates, a precision machine shop that makes parts and prototypes and assemblies for clients in a small business park just across the Bay Bridge.

But when Rich Coursey walks the floor of his growing business, he hears more than machines cutting aluminum or the rumble of a piece getting finished. “You want to know what we say?” he asked. “We say, ‘That’s the sound of money.'”

That sound is growing louder. NRL, which Coursey owns with two business partners, has nearly doubled its employment in the past 10 years to almost 60 people.

His isn’t the only manufacturing company in Maryland adding jobs. State manufacturers have added almost 5,000 positions since 2014, when employment in the industry hit a low of about 103,000, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

See the full article from The Baltimore Sun.


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