Helping Manufacturers Thrive in CT


Over the past year, CONNSTEP has helped manufacturers achieve staggering results:


  • $41 million in Saved Investments
  • $47 million in Cost Savings
  • $54 million in Increased Investments
  • $86 million in Increased Sales
  • $390 million in Retained Sales

We help manufactures increase top-line revenue, and benefit from bottom-line improvements. Our Continuous Improvement services help manufacturers eliminate waste in their processes, as they learn to find a Lean thinking perspective. Newly-found efficiencies build capacity – often by astounding multipliers. Some recent results have included gains like:

  • 90% reductions in lead time
  • 75% less work in process
  • 23% shorter cycle times
  • 30% savings in space used

When considering what the best use of that excess capacity will be, our Business Growth Services team helps manufacturers evaluate new markets and even guides them in developing new products. We assist companies looking to break into new markets, develop new products more efficiently, expand their operations, and diversify their customer bases.

Manufacturers seeking ISO certification and other quality auditing and training services also turn to CONNSTEP for our Quality expertise. We meet their needs with flexible, customized programs that help them improve quality in their operations.

You can’t always outspend your competition, but you can always pursue smarter, more efficient, more profitable ways to manufacture your products. If you can reduce lead times, improve quality, and lower operating costs with Lean thinking, you’ve just gained a serious competitive edge for your business.

Experience & Objectivity for Faster Results

Embracing a culture of continuous improvement means striking the right balance between strategy, people and processes. Working with an experienced consulting firm is particularly advantageous for companies pursuing enterprise-wide transformations. Benefits include:

  • Expertise – knowing how to anticipate issues and address them successfully can be the difference between success and failure
  • Objectivity – tackling some of the more difficult elements of Lean leadership can be easier with the benefit of an independent viewpoint
  • Perspective – incorporating lessons learned from other successful Lean transformations can you’re your company avoid common pitfalls and give your efforts better traction
  • Facilitation – understanding the best means of rolling out Lean changes can be as important as knowing which changes to implement
  • Training – educating every stakeholder across the organization in best practices will reinforce the important concepts of Lean thinking

Going it alone takes longer, and deprives you of the benefits our deep experience in manufacturing can provide. We help you access national and international expertise in the technologies and best practices that can bring your company to the next level.

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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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