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Annual Conference 2013



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All Tours Require:  

  • Photo ID
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Long pants are required
  • No opened toed shoes, high heels, or tennis shoes
  • No jewelry of any sort: rings, necklaces, earrings, etc. (a wedding band is permitted)
  • You will be given a hair net, safety glasses and a hard hat.


Sponsored by:

EFI Group


Register for one of these two exclusive tours of local businesses.

Tour 1: NASA Goddard

NASANASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is home to the nation's largest organization of combined scientists, engineers and technologists that build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study the Earth, the sun, our solar system, and the universe.

Named for American rocketry pioneer Dr. Robert H. Goddard, the center was established in 1959 as NASA's first space flight complex. Goddard and its several facilities are critical in carrying out NASA's missions of space exploration and scientific discovery.

Tour 2: Marlin Steel, Domino Sugar and Ellicott Dredges

Marlin SteelMarlin Steel: has continued to grow, increasing their staff of engineers and has invested in new equipment, software and state-of-the-art robots to bring the highest quality possible to their global customers. The Marlin combination of innovative engineers and the best manufacturing equipment sets the steel fabricator above the competition.

ASR and Domino SugarDomino Sugar: still operates in Baltimore for a number of reasons: First, they’ve updated their facilities, their methods and their products. Second, their location on the Inner Harbor is ideally suited to their business. And finally, Domino and the rest of the sugar industry have lobbied aggressively to maintain sugar price guarantees from the federal government that help American producers compete with foreign rivals.

The plant, which recently invested $2 million in new clean air technology, presents a remarkable dichotomy between an aging industrial behemoth and cutting-edge technological innovation.

Two of Domino’s five boilers were installed when the plant switched from fuel oil to natural gas in the early 2000s. That natural gas fuels an on-site power plant with a 17-megawatt capacity that not only powers the entire refinery, but is also capable of selling power back to the grid.

“We’ve reduced the cost of operation by reducing energy consumption,” FitzGibbon said. And while they’ve also reduced the size of their workforce to about 600 from over 1,000 a generation ago, the company says they’ve done it through attrition rather than layoffs.

Ellicott DredgesEllicott Dredges: Founded in 1885, Ellicott® is the world’s oldest and largest builder of medium sized cutter suction dredges. It built all of the dredges used in the original construction of the Panama Canal and ever since then has focused on the world market for cutter dredges. Ellicott®'s dredges are used for sand mining, harbor and navigation maintenance, water reservoir restoration, river and channel dredging, beach restoration and erosion control, and environmental clean-ups to name a few.

We have designed and manufactured over 2000 dredges, more than any other manufacturer, and have served customers in over 100 countries.

Ellicott® engineering leverages the latest 3D modeling technology available to ensure that our design efforts are streamlined from concept through production. We utilize Finite Element Analysis techniques to eliminate the potential for design failures and expedite our time to market. Ellicott®’s engineering staff draws from both a long history and a diverse background to bring sophisticated designs to the market which are easy to operate and maintain.