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Federal Investment in Workforce Development Will Evaluate and Inventory Connecticut’s Public Education Pathways into Advanced Manufacturing Careers

October 06, 2020

by Connstep Team

(Hartford, CT, October 6, 2020) - The U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology has just awarded a $1M grant to Hartford-based CONNSTEP to inventory, evaluate, and warehouse school initiatives that serve as talent pipelines into the field of advanced manufacturing. The project will be executed in partnership with K-12 education affiliate, ReadyCT; CBIA, the state’s...(continue reading)

Beatriz Gutierrez Named Next President of CONNSTEP

September 29, 2020

by Matt Howe

(Hartford, CT, September 28, 2020) – Accomplished economic and business development executive Beatriz Gutierrez will be the next President of CONNSTEP, Inc., Connecticut’s premier business consulting firm. Gutierrez, who is currently the Executive Director, Office of Business Development with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), was elected to lead CONNSTEP by the organization’s board of directors...(continue reading)

CONNSTEP Offers Post-Pandemic Business Assessments for Connecticut Manufacturers

July 29, 2020

by Connstep Team

(Hartford, CT, July 29, 2020) – CONNSTEP, Inc., a member of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), announced today that for a limited time it is providing a series of business enhancement assessments free of charge to those Connecticut-based manufacturers who were negatively affected by COVID-19. As the state emerges from the coronavirus pandemic, many manufacturers are taking a fresh...(continue reading)

Made in America Podcast with CONNSTEP President & CEO Bonnie Del Conte

July 14, 2020

by Connstep Team

 IT Direct's Made in America podcast host Ari Santiago features CONNSTEP President & CEO Bonnie Del Conte discussing the various levels of COVID-19 support and services CONNSTEP provides to Connecticut manufacturers, Industry 4.0, Technology & Robotics, Lead Generation marketing and more.

Wepco Plastics Exceeds Target Goal for Face Shield Production

June 03, 2020

by Connstep Team

(Hartford, CT, June 4, 2020) – In early April of this year, state officials reached out to Connecticut manufacturers seeking help in producing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and first responders. Wepco Plastics, a family owned company specializing in plastic injection molding, tooling, and 3D printing, has always had a core mission to support the community. They...(continue reading)

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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