Ruppersberger among honorees at RMI dinner


Baltimore County won in two categories as the Regional Manufacturing Institute handed out honors last night at its second annual awards dinner.

The county, County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger III, and his aide, Robert Barrett, received distinguished service awards in the government category. The county's public schools and Elaine Gorman, the schools' community liaison officer, received the same in the education category.

RMI is an organization devoted to reinvigorating Maryland's and Baltimore's industrial base. Its ceremonies, conducted in the company dining room of AAI Inc. in Cockeysville, included a speech by James T. Brady, the state's secretary of business and economic development.

Three companies -- Bethlehem Steel Corp. and its education liaison officer, John Contic; AAI Inc. and its community relations officer, Craig Jeznach; and Memtec Corp. and its community lTC relations officer, Charles T. Carroll -- received awards in the business category.

Three unions of the International Longshoremen's Association -- locals 953, 1429 and 333 -- and ILA representative Walter Benewicz were honored in the labor category for their work in helping to develop total quality standards and procedures for the Port of Baltimore. RMI also gave a distinguished service award to its chairman, Charles A. Wheatley.

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