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)

Cybersecurity Starts with Your Employees

October 11, 2018

by Pat Toth

We’re all familiar with Smokey the Bear and the “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires” slogan. In 2015, Smokey got an update and the new “Receive a Bear Hug” ads ran nationwide. In the ad, Smokey runs out of the woods and gives a big bear hug to a camper for properly checking camp fire embers. The new, more huggable...(continue reading)

Business Growth Ideas for CT Manufacturers – Part 8: Leaders

February 25, 2018

by Mark Paggioli

In this blog post, we look at ways in which a Leadership Team can benefit a business owner, enhance the owner’s ability to focus on the needs of the organization, and reinforce the value of the company. Your leaders can be one of those areas that gets overlooked when taking a step back to consider how well things are...(continue reading)

Business Growth Ideas for CT Manufacturers – Part 7: Vision and the Business Owner

February 19, 2018

by Mark Paggioli

In this blog post, we look at the benefits of establishing a vision for your business and introducing it to all of your employees so everyone in the organization has a greater understanding about the purpose and mission of the company. Today, owners need to have a true Vision for their business. One that can be articulated and shared...(continue reading)

Business Growth Ideas for CT Manufacturers – Part 6: Flexible, Cross-Trained Workforce

February 12, 2018

by Mark Paggioli

In this blog post, we look at ways that you can reduce the impact of the skilled worker shortage and expand the capabilities of your employees. Despite the challenges associated with a tight labor market, there are things to consider that can help you minimize the impact of this people shortage. After all, you still need to meet customer...(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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