CONNSTEP’s October Manufacturing Forum Invites Manufacturers to Shape Their Future

September 21, 2016

by Connstep Team

(ROCKY HILL, Conn., Sept.  21, 2016) – CONNSTEP, Inc. is hosting a manufacturing forum to help business owners shape the future of their companies by gaining insight into what drives value and how to assess their current state of operations. The event, featuring keynote speaker Chuck Richards, founder of CoreValue Software, and a panel of industry experts, will be held on Wed., Oct. 26, 2016, from 7:30 a.m. to noon, at the Sheraton Hartford South in Rocky Hill. Those interested in attending the $25 event are asked to register by Oct. 19 at: www.connstep.org/forum/

“In recognizing October as manufacturing month, we are offering business owners valuable insight into the business climate that will affect them within the next two to five years,” says Bonnie DelConte, CONNSTEP’s president. “We’ve enlisted leading industry experts to help our manufacturers understand what drives a successful business and what they can do to increase the value and strengthen their organizations,” she adds.

Richards will focus on the opportunities and challenges business owners – nationally and locally – face when operating and sustaining a manufacturing company. Attendees will learn the difference between what their businesses are worth – and what they could be worth and will explore key business drivers that can be maximized to add value to their businesses while making them attractive to buyers or transitioning the business to a successor when retirement age arrives.

The event lineup also includes a panel discussion moderated by Bonnie Stewart, CBIA’s Vice President of Government and Public Affairs and General Counsel. Panelists will share their expertise in the fields of venture capital; human resources and demographics; business brokerage including purchases, sales and family business issues; market and customer diversification; and business development. Attendees will also have networking opportunities.

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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