After Decades of Manufacturing Decline in Maryland, Signs of Turnaround

STEVENSVILLE — Buzzes, drones and hisses pulse through the air at NRL & Associates, a precision machine shop that makes parts and prototypes and assemblies for clients in a small business park just across the Bay Bridge.

But when Rich Coursey walks the floor of his growing business, he hears more than machines cutting aluminum or the rumble of a piece getting finished.


“You want to know what we say?” he asked. “We say, ‘That’s the sound of money.'”

That sound is growing louder. NRL, which Coursey owns with two business partners, has nearly doubled its employment in the past two years to almost 60 people.