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September 30, 2012

by Connstep Team

(Statewide) –   CONNSTEP, Connecticut's leading provider of continuous improvement methodologies and growth advisory strategies for the manufacturing and healthcare industries, released its latest economic impact figures for the period of July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. The numbers indicate that CONNSTEP’s services have helped Connecticut manufacturers create or retain 751 jobs during that time period. Additionally, these same...(continue reading)

The CONNSTEP advantage, Vol. 2, Issue 2

August 01, 2012

by Connstep Team

A Women's Place... is in a factory. These women embrace their feminine advantage and are outspoken advocates for the next generation of manufacturing leaders. Also in this issue: What I've Learned with Chris DiPentima, Pegasus Manufacturing All in the Family, profile of Modern Woodcrafts of Plainville, Connecticut:  Embracing continuous improvement and implementing Lean throughout the enterprise, Modern Woodcrafts is...(continue reading)

10:5 What is an Effective Problem Statement?

July 30, 2012

by Connstep Team

Too often, initiatives start without a clearly defined problem and inevitably end in failure, so before jumping to solution mode, you need to state the problem in measurable terms. The way a problem is stated and grasped has impact on the number, quality, and type of proposed solutions. In just 10 minutes, learn the key elements needed to develop...(continue reading)

10:5 Gemba Walks

May 11, 2012

by Nate Berger

The word 'gemba' is a Japanese word that means the real or actual place. The purpose of walking the 'actual place' or 'gemba' is help identify problems, non-value added activities, or wastes through a deliberate observation of a particular area or process. All too often, attempts are made to solve problems without knowing anything or are not being familiar...(continue reading)


May 11, 2012

by Connstep Team

Awarded "Mark of Excellence" for Outstanding Initiatives Supporting CT Manufacturing (Rocky Hill, Connecticut) The Grand Ballroom of the Marriott World Center in Orlando, Florida was the stage for CONNSTEP to garner a national award at the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Manufacturing Innovation 2012 Conference, held May 5-9, 2012.  CONNSTEP received the first ever MEP Mark of Excellence Award out...(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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