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STUFF Magazine Profiles Opportunities for Next Generation of Manufacturers

STUFF Magazine

October 27, 2017

by Connstep Team

In support of Manufacturing Month, CONNSTEP sponsored a new annual manufacturing publication for the state of Connecticut. The publication serves the dual purpose of attracting young talent from the ranks of high schools and colleges to a career in manufacturing while profiling a variety of manufacturers and the opportunities that exist for the next generation of skilled workers. CONNSTEP...(continue reading)

CONNSTEP Conducts Cybersecurity Compliance Conference for DoD Suppliers

DFARS Compliance Conference Held for DoD Suppliers

September 22, 2017

by Connstep Team

(Rocky Hill, CT, September 22, 2017) – CONNSTEP, in partnership with the Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP), held an event on September 20th for manufacturers with Department of Defense (DoD) contracts who are facing an approaching end of year cybersecurity compliance deadline. Companies from across the state converged in Groton to learn about the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) cybersecurity...(continue reading)

Esty Manufacturing Amendment Passes House

September 14, 2017

by Connstep Team

Esty: “Let’s keep MEP and support American workers”   WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 14, 2017 – An amendment to increase funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) passed the House last night by a vote of 279-137. The Torres-Esty amendment passed as part of H.R. 3354, Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, will increase funding for MEP by $5 million...(continue reading)

CONNSTEP’s Jack Crane to Receive Manufacturing Hall of Fame 2017 Leadership Award

Jack Crane

July 24, 2017

by Connstep Team

(ROCKY HILL, Conn., July 24, 2017) – CONNSTEP, Inc.’s Jack Crane, Growth and Innovation Services Director, will be the recipient of the American Manufacturing Hall of Fame’s 2017 Leadership Award during the fourth annual induction ceremony at the Trumbull Marriott, Oct. 5, beginning at 5:30 p.m. For nearly two decades Crane has assisted Connecticut manufacturers and businesses with strategic...(continue reading)

Department of Defense Cybersecurity Requirements Loom for Manufacturers

DFARS Deadline for DoD contractors

July 18, 2017

by Connstep Team

(ROCKY HILL, Conn., July 18, 2017) – Cybersecurity guidelines required by the Department of Defense (DoD) are likely to have an enormous impact on hundreds of Connecticut and Rhode Island approved manufacturers who may have received DoD contracts in 2016. By December 31, 2017, all DoD contractors (including small businesses) must meet minimum cybersecurity requirements or risk losing DoD...(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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