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Md.'s new manufacturing base

Md.'s new manufacturing base

"I refuse to accept the fact that manufacturing jobs are gone for good in Maryland."

— Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr.

Those words from our new governor should be music to the ears of many a Marylander. Iconic manufacturers like Bethlehem Steel are every bit the part of Maryland's identity as Earl Weaver, Johnny Unitas and the blue crab.

But boosting manufacturing in Maryland requires acknowledging reality. Steel and other symbols of 20th century manufacturing have given way to products few people imagined a few generations ago: vaccines, monoclonal antibody drugs and advanced computer...