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Ardent Answers the Call for Personal Protection Equipment

April 07, 2020

by Connstep Team

[Journal Inquirer – Story by Zachary F. Vasile] Ardent Display Group, an East Hartford-based design manufacturer of store displays, digital signage, and food packaging did not hesitate when asked if they could make face shields for medical use during the COVID-19 crisis. Within hours of the request, a team of Ardent designers and engineers were exchanging ideas and drawings...(continue reading)

Manufacturer Pivots to Making Personal Protective Equipment

April 06, 2020

by Connstep Team

(New Haven Biz – Story by Michelle Tuccitto Sullo) Thermaxx Jackets, a West Haven manufacturer of removable insulation jackets and covers, has shifted its production operations to serving the critical need for more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis. The 25-year old company normally fabricates its products for use as insulation for equipment, machinery, pipes and...(continue reading)

CONNSTEP Announces Cybersecurity Workshop Series for Defense Contractors

January 30, 2020

by Connstep Team

(Hartford, CT, January 31, 2020) – CONNSTEP, Inc., Connecticut’s Manufacturing Extension Partner (MEP), along with the New England Regional Defense Industry Collaboration and the New England MEP National Network Centers, announces a series of free educational workshops on Cybersecurity Resiliency for Defense Contractors. With current and future Department of Defense (DoD) contracts at stake, cybersecurity compliance is a strategic...(continue reading)

Karen McWhirt Receives 2019 Woman of Excellence in Manufacturing Award

Karen McWhirt

December 11, 2019

by Connstep Team

(Prospect, CT, Dec. 11, 2019) – Karen McWhirt, President of Prospect Machine Products, Inc., has received the 2019 Women of Excellence in Manufacturing Award by the Precision Metal Association (PMA). This annual award is conducted by the PMA and is published in the organization’s magazine, Metal Forming. Manufacturing companies submit nominations from which the PMA selects women who represent...(continue reading)

CONNSTEP Leads Effort for New Chief Manufacturing Officer

November 22, 2019

by Connstep Team

(Hartford, CT, Nov. 15, 2019) For a small state, Connecticut has a large number of manufacturers serving commercial, industrial, and defense business sectors. As is common across the country, many manufacturing companies in the state need help with workforce recruitment and retention, education and training, environmental and regulatory issues along with strategies to get their business to the next...(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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