The CONNSTEP advantage, Vol. 2, Issue 3

October 01, 2012

by Nate Berger

Connecticut Manufacturing:  Current State, Future State

The commemorate Connecticut Dream It. Do It. Manufacturing month, CONNSTEP talked with leaders from some of the state’s key industries to examine their condition in 2012.  How have they weathered the recent economic slowdown and what is the forecast for going forward?

While the high cost of doing business in Connecticut and the perennial search for skilled labor is consistent across industries, each of these companies offers a unique perspective, with lessons and cautionary notes that can relate to all.

Also in this issue:

  • Made in CT:  CONNSTEP is proud to launch the Made in CT Program to create a higher visibility for Connecticut’s manufacturers by showcasing products and services to the public, elected officials and interested buyers.
  • What I’ve Learned with Paul Murphy of Electri-Cable Assemblies
  • Blazing a New Path, profile of Metallurgical Processing, Inc. of New Britain, Connecticut:  Lean has turned up the heat at Metallurgical Processing, Inc. and their continuous improvement culture is white hot!
  • Gen NeXt, Gen Y:  They’re anxious to explore new fields, eager to learn and serious about their careers.  Meet the next generation – a perfect fit for modern manufacturing.

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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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.”

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Tom Lucas

Manager, Process Engineering, 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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Greg Safarik

VP Manufacturing Operations, 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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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.”

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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.”

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Bill Lathrop

President, Colonial Spring Co.

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