CONNSTEP: Who We Are and What We Do

February 15, 2019

by Dean Simmons

Business and technical solutions for small and midsize manufacturers CONNSTEP, the state’s leading manufacturing consulting firm, has recently become an affiliate of CBIA. CONNSTEP is an acronym for the Connecticut State Technology Extension Program. The company is the official representative of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which is part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a U.S. Department...(continue reading)

Part III – Building Business Value Series

September 07, 2016

by Linda Colon

This month, in Part III of our Building Value Series, we look at business sustainability. This blog series examines the most common business owner issues that may detract from making your business more attractive to potential buyers and how to continue addressing your value gap. Along the business sustainability path, in addition to recruiting and retaining your workforce, comes...(continue reading)

Part II: Building Business Value Series

August 09, 2016

by Linda Colon

This month, in Part II of our Building Business Value Series, we look at assessing talent shortages. This blog series examines the most common business owner issues that may detract from making your business more attractive to potential buyers and how to continue addressing your value gap. Baby boomers exiting from the workforce are causing a talent shortage. Last...(continue reading)

Part I: Building Business Value Series

July 12, 2016

by Linda Colon

This monthly blog series focuses on the important challenges business owners and the Connecticut economy face within the next two to five years. Subsequent blog posts will define business drivers, how they affect the value of your business and help you gain insight into your operational strength while identifying the value gap (the difference between what your business is...(continue reading)

Connecticut Observes Manufacturing Month in October

September 21, 2015

by Linda Colon

Connecticut manufacturers, who make up nearly 10 percent of the state’s overall labor force, will celebrate Manufacturing Month as part of the state’s Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. program, with a variety of presentations and open house events across the state. This is the fourth year that manufacturers throughout the U.S. are opening their doors to the public on...(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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