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CONNSTEP Named Connecticut’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center

March 03, 2015

by Connstep Team

Rocky Hill, CT, March 3, 2015 – CONNSTEP, Inc., a consulting firm that helps Connecticut businesses drive competitive advantage in the manufacturing marketplace, today announced the award of a new cooperative agreement from The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to manage the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) as Connecticut’s MEP center. The program assists...(continue reading)

C. Cowles Cell Design Project Recognized by CT Governor

August 31, 2014

by Connstep Team

August 28, 2014CONNSTEP’s recent Plant Layout, 5S and Cell Design project at C.Cowles & Co. was an important backdrop for Governor Malloy’s August 19, 2014 press conference. Gov. Malloy stated “We’ve invested in our vocational schools and manufacturing programs in our community colleges to make a greater emphasis on programs like CONNSTEP curriculum…by taking steps to close the existing skills...(continue reading)

CONNSTEP interview on CT Aerospace Industry with WNPR

May 07, 2014

by Connstep Team

CONNSTEP's Mark Paggioli was interviewed for a story on WNPR entitled Connecticut Aerospace Companies Face Technological Leap: "Consolidation is something we are hearing more about," said Mark Paggioli. He works with supply chain manufacturers for CONNSTEP -- a nonprofit that helps companies to modernize their work processes. "We are hearing from some of our clients too that they're looking at other people in...(continue reading)

WNPR interviews CONNSTEP on Reshoring in CT

April 28, 2014

by Connstep Team

CONNSTEP President Bonnie Del Conte was interviewed by WNPR for this story, Reshoring Reaches Connecticut Manufacturers. Bonnie commented that businesses seeking overseas production and thinking delivery rates would be improved have since found that quality suffered and "efficiencies" didn't necessarily exist. This is one of the drivers of reshoring manufacturing back to US factories.


Modern Woodcrafts

November 21, 2013

by Connstep Team

(Rocky Hill, Connecticut) - CONNSTEP announced today that Modern Woodcrafts is the featured Made in CT manufacturer of the week.  Modern Woodcrafts ( is a second generation, family owned company located in Plainville, Connecticut that employs 50 highly-skilled manufacturing employees. In business for over 50 years, Modern Woodcrafts has provided the finest in architectural woodwork and retail store fixtures...(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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