The CONNSTEP advantage, Vol. 1, Issue 2
June 01, 2011
I recently read an article with some great advise from a fourth generation business in Maine, looking to open another location on the West Coast. The grandfather’s advise was, “Pick your community well… you’re not there solely to make money; you’re there to play a larger role.”
Also in this issue:
- Your New Rolodex: With over 100 million users, LinkedIn is the fastest-growing professional networking site that allows you to make business contacts and find potential clients and customers.
- Carpe Diem, a profile on Lex Products of Shelton, Connecticut: With a business strategy firmly rooted in continuous improvement, Lex Products is able to create opportunities and control their own destiny.
- Keeping Pace with Technology: We need to create economic value through the production of parts at a competitive price and in a shorter time than our competitors. The question is how?
- The Heat is On, a profile on Birk Manufacturing of East Lyme, Connecticut: Birk Manufacturing is blazing a new trail – with the strategic implementation of Lean, investment in their people and the development of a continuous improvement culture – they’re leaving the competition in the dust.
“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.”