The Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (www.rmiofmaryland.com) held a town hall meeting with manufacturers and friends of manufacturers. A key issue was the need to have elected officials visit companies to learn about next generation Maryland manufacturing. Recently, U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, Rep.C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger,Rep. John Sarbanes and Baltimore MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blake visited Marlin Steel Wire to see the company's president showcase Marlin's new rapid tech laser cutting machine.