MEP MADE IN CT PROGRAM REGISTERS 100 MANUFACTURERS
January 10, 2013
(Rocky Hill, Connecticut) – In three months, CONNSTEP, Connecticut’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has registered 100 Connecticut manufacturers in its Made in CT Program.
Made in CT, launched in October, highlights the contributions Connecticut manufacturers make to the state’s economy and raises awareness of the products made in the Constitution State, “Connecticut is home to approximately 5,000 manufacturers who employ more than 169,000 residents and serve as the primary exporter of goods,” says Bonnie Del Conte, president and CEO of CONNSTEP, “We are excited to provide an opportunity for our manufacturers to benefit from greater exposure and to be recognized for the important impact they make on the Connecticut community. Our aim is to double the number of participating companies in 2013.”
The Made in CT Program (www.made-in-ct.com) is a dedicated feature on the CONNSTEP website, a directory for the state’s manufacturers to showcase their products and services. Connecticut manufacturers can register to receive a complimentary company profile page to share company history, products/services and company news. The goal of the program is to showcase the products made in the Nutmeg State and highlight the contributions of the manufacturing community to the public. Additionally, the program provides social media forums for manufacturers to connect with one another and discuss industry issues.
All participating companies have the opportunity to become the featured manufacturer of the week. As the featured manufacturer of the week, companies will be prominently displayed on the CONNSTEP website as well as on the “Made in CT” Facebook page, LinkedIn group and Twitter feed (@CTMade). Featured companies also have the opportunity to be highlighted on the NIST/MEP Make it in America page http://www.nist.gov/mep/america.cfm.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Our experience working with CONNSTEP has brought us benefits we never expected. It’s a great team to work with!”
“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.”
“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.”