ANNAPOLIS JUNCTION, Md., Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- At the behest of local manufacturers, fiber optics equipment manufacturer FiberPlex Technologies LLC hosted an informal roundtable discussion on Wednesday between Maryland business executives and government officials to address the erosion of manufacturing jobs in the state and the overall U.S.
Among those present were manufacturers and small business owners representing communications hardware, corporate apparel, bulk transport industries as well as Maryland 2014 gubernatorial candidate Charles Lollar; Paul Matino, Trade Specialist for the U.S. Commercial Service, Department of Commerce; Vasillios Peros, legal council specializing in manufacturing and technology companies; and Carl Livesay, Manufacturing Program Manager for Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development and Chair for the District Export Council.
"As manufacturers, we live the policies that affect how we produce products in Maryland and in the U.S. as a whole. We know first-hand the obstacles that are holding our manufacturing plants back. By opening up the dialog with our officials, as we've done this week, we hope to return the U.S. to the global manufacturing center it once was," said Buddy Oliver, CEO of FiberPlex Technologies, which manufactures optical products in Annapolis Junction, Maryland, for use in secure government and corporate networks.
On the table for discussion were healthcare costs, access to capital, and government regulations believed to contribute to the eroding manufacturing base in the U.S.
The roundtable was held at FiberPlex Technologies manufacturing plant in Annapolis Junction, where the twelve participants hope to return after the first of the year to continue their exploration into solutions that will create manufacturing jobs in Maryland and the U.S.
About FiberPlex Technologies, LLC (www.fiberplex.com)
FiberPlex Technologies, LLC is a leader in digital transport and communications technology. The FiberPlex name has been around for a quarter of a century and is known for its secure fiber solutions to the U.S. government. Recently, FiberPlex extended its secure communications and fiber optic products to the commercial and AV sectors. As a fiber optics expert and equipment manufacturer, FiberPlex educates businesses, houses of worship, hospitals, financial institutions, campuses, broadcasters and live production firms on how to leverage fiber optics technology for large bandwidth delivery as well as to lower security risk and increase profits.
SOURCE FiberPlex Technologies, LLC