WHAT IS MADE IN CT?

From aero engines to buttons, from medical devices to sports equipment, Connecticut is home to 5,000 manufacturers who employ nearly 170,000 people and generate more than 12.7 percent of the state’s GDP.

Staffed by the most productive and highly skilled workforce in the world, Connecticut manufacturers are a significant driver of innovation and exports, and account for more investments in research and development than any other sector.

As the Connecticut Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), CONNSTEP has developed the Made in CT Program to showcase the diversity of products and services of the Connecticut manufacturing industry – and to celebrate the companies who continue to make it in Connecticut. In cities and towns from Bridgeport to Putnam, manufacturing is the engine that powers the Connecticut economy.

Featured Manufacturer

Company: Mercantile Development, Inc.
Category: Paper
Website: http://www.mdiwipers.comMDI_logo_-2-250x96

About Mercantile Development, Inc.

Mercantile Development, Inc. is a 66 year old specialty converter of non-woven wiping products with corporate headquarters and 150,000 sq ft converting facility in Shelton, Connecticut. Our disposable wipers are sold worldwide through distributors specializing in janitorial, industrial, food service, automotive, and critical environment markets. We invest in state of the art converting equipment and source a full spectrum of raw materials so that we have the broadest range of non-woven products available. We are flexible, respond to customer needs with speed and accuracy, and deliver excellent personalized, customer driven service.

Mercantile Development’s disposable wipers are sold worldwide through distributors specializing in janitorial, industrial, foodservice, automotive, and critical environment markets. We invest in state of the art converting equipment and source a full spectrum of raw materials so that we have the broadest range of non-woven products available. We are flexible, respond to customer needs with speed and accuracy, and deliver excellent personalized, customer driven service.

Non-woven Wiping Products include:

Industrial Wipers
Foodservice Towels
Carwash Towels
Dusting Cloths
Saturated Towelettes

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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.”

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Chris DePentima

CEO, Pegasus Manufacturing Inc.

“The CONNSTEP team has been great to work with. In addition to being extremely flexible, they took the time to get to know us, our business, and our market which allowed them make the connection between our needs and goals with the continuous improvement and growth theories, principles, and knowledge they provide.”

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Frank Nevins

LogoSportswear.com

“We view the team at CONNSTEP as trusted advisors and enjoy an open relationship with them.  We use lean and continuous improvement to fully engage our staff, be responsive to our customers’ needs and remain competitive.”

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Bob Luther

CEO, Lex Products

“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.”

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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.”

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Fuel Cell Energy Inc.

“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.”

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Hologic Inc.

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

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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.”

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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.”

Bill Lathrop

President, Colonial Spring Co.

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