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Cell Design at C. Cowles & Co. Recognized by Governor Malloy

August 28, 2014

by Connstep Team

CONNSTEP's recent Plant Layout, 5S and Cell Design project at C.Cowles & Co. was an important backdrop for Governor Malloy’s August 19, 2014 press conference. President Bonnie Del Conte had the pleasure of speaking at the event, and Laurel Suchecki, the project’s lead Business Growth Consultant, gave the Governor a tour of the process improvements in the North Haven...(continue reading)

How to Work ON the Business, Instead of IN the Business

July 23, 2014

by Mark Paggioli

One of the most common challenges that Business Owners face is that they oftentimes handle everything from running and maintaining the shop floor to managing the organization’s books to leading sales and marketing efforts. This is all too common an issue – and stems from the fact that, in many cases, it may have been a “necessary evil” to...(continue reading)

New ISO 9001 Standard May Require Effective Process Management

July 21, 2014

by Mike Stimson

Recently we explored the upcoming changes to the ISO 9001 standard, due to take effect in 2015. One of the key differences between 9001:2008 and the proposed new standard is a greater emphasis on effective process management. With this in mind, I want to take a deeper look at the ways enhanced process management can benefit companies of all...(continue reading)

How to Get New Products to Market Faster

July 17, 2014

by Jack Crane

Too many manufacturers require excessive time to bring new products to market, and those delays prevent them from maximizing the rewards of marketing new products. Taking too long to get to market can mean: cost overruns that erode expected margins prospects upset by delays opportunities lost to rivals who get to market first Scale the Four Biggest Obstacles to...(continue reading)

Partnering with Your Suppliers on Mutually Satisfying Goals

July 08, 2014

by Bill Kirchherr

Delivery issues have the power to make or break a business. On-time deliveries to customers can result in more demand, more sales, and ultimately, more revenues. But inconsistent or chronically delayed deliveries can potentially be huge barriers to success, bringing a business to its knees – FAST. When you're dependent on your suppliers to keep your lines moving on...(continue reading)

CONNSTEP solved a huge problem for us and helped us bring our delivery rate to 100%. As a direct result of that, we have been awarded with an increase in business which, ultimately, will also benefit (our supplier) Har-Conn.”

CT manufacturer Pegaasus

Chris DePentima

CEO, Pegasus Manufacturing Inc.

“I see great value in the new experiences and perspectives CONNSTEP brings to our business, at reasonable prices. They’re not like consultants, they’re like partners in the business – willing to roll up their sleeves and help.”

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Mark Burzynski

President, Arthur G Russell Co

“CONNSTEP has proved to be a tremendous resource for ESI. CONNSTEP has helped us to adapt to today’s marketplace and remain a quality minded, competitive global player. Our ISO/TS16949 implementation process was efficient and rewarding. I look forward to our future projects with CONNSTEP.”

esi CT manufacturer

Ron Delfini

President, Engineering Specialties Inc.

“CONNSTEP worked with FuelCell Energy to educate and facilitate Lean initiatives and to help meet our needs to establish an overall production improvement plan. This plan has been utilized over a period of time as a ‘guiding light’ to spur numerous improvements that dramatically reduced our product cost.”

Tom Lucas

Manager, Fuel Cell Energy

“CONNSTEP is a valuable partner to Hologic, providing the expertise and ‘outside eyes’ everyone needs to keep their continuous improvement on track. We are now well-positioned on a dynamic growth path and look forward to a long-term relationship with CONNSTEP.”

Greg Safarik

VP Manufacturing Operations, Hologic

“Our experience working with CONNSTEP has brought us benefits we never expected. It’s a great team to work with!”

Bruce Wheeler

VP of Operations, Metal Finishing Technologies Inc.

“The goals of the team were to reduce manufacturing lead-time, reduce floor space utilized, and increase worker productivity. All the goals were met. CONNSTEP helped us to better compete.”

Tornik CT manufacturer

Dan Rubbo

General Manager, Tornik LLC

“The Business Growth Program is working well for us. We enhanced our website following the meetings to improve our SEO and become more visible to search engines. The segment on negotiating …  promoted changes in our thinking and improved how we interact with customers. The mentoring between sessions was helpful in boosting our progress.”

CT manufacturer Colonial Spring

Bill Lathrop

President, Colonial Spring Co.

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