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Sustaining Your Business During Times of Crisis

May 13, 2020

by Dean Simmons

No one saw this coming and yet here we are. A pandemic of epic proportions accompanied by devastating economic consequences. Smart, methodical business planning and execution has been replaced by reactiveness and a sense of urgency. As the country settles into this new reality and implements steps to confront the medical and financial fallout, you still have a manufacturing...(continue reading)

Technology and Automation in an Era of Crisis

May 13, 2020

by Dean Simmons

It’s easier said than done to pivot from daily operations to fulfill an urgent product need. We’ve seen this first hand during the coronavirus pandemic. Large automotive manufacturers have the scale, capital, and skilled workforce to shift from making SUVs to making ventilators in a matter of a few weeks. Smaller companies may be able to meet other needs...(continue reading)

Emerging from the Coronavirus Crisis

May 13, 2020

by Dean Simmons

The coronavirus pandemic created an economic crisis in this country which has been felt especially hard right here in Connecticut. Many businesses had to shut down due to being considered non-essential and to enforce social distancing measures. For the most part, manufacturers in the state have continued to operate their facilities since they are considered essential businesses and they...(continue reading)

PEST Analysis [Audio]

February 27, 2020

by Connstep Team

 A PEST analysis allows a business to determine potential opportunities and threats associated with their strategy and figure out ways to either take advantage of them or to avoid them. It’s a strategic planning tool used to identify the Political, Economic, Social, and Technological factors that may have an effect on business and its planning process. Political factors...(continue reading)

One-On-One Coaching Leads to Renewed Focus

February 27, 2020

by Dean Simmons

Business owners can feel isolated running their organization. Sales may be flat, they’re feeling stuck, margins are getting squeezed, or they lost a key customer. These are just some of the issues they may confront as they lead their company. Leaning on their employees to work harder or smarter may provide some sort of relief. But regaining focus and...(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.”

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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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