CONNSTEP’s Jack Crane to Receive Manufacturing Hall of Fame 2017 Leadership Award

July 24, 2017

by Connstep Team

Jack Crane(ROCKY HILL, Conn., July 24, 2017) – CONNSTEP, Inc.’s Jack Crane, Growth and Innovation Services Director, will be the recipient of the American Manufacturing Hall of Fame’s 2017 Leadership Award during the fourth annual induction ceremony at the Trumbull Marriott, Oct. 5, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

For nearly two decades Crane has assisted Connecticut manufacturers and businesses with strategic leadership and operational excellence, helping them rise above industry challenges and remain competitive. His wealth of knowledge, dedication to small manufacturers and service as an industry mentor has earned him the Hall of Fame’s most prestigious honor.

“Jack has been a true leader to our state’s manufacturers and business owners. He certainly has made a difference within the ever-changing manufacturing industry and assisted many owners with identifying opportunities to continue to profit, sustain and remain in Connecticut,” says CONNSTEP’s Bonnie DelConte, President and CEO.

During his career, Jack has acquired a wealth of manufacturing experience, with a concentration in R&D, including product development and commercialization, as well as materials processing and fabrication. He also facilitated the Connecticut Metal Finishers Training Network, helping to create a 10-week basic course for metal finishers and developed the CERT program supported by CONNSTEP, NIST and DECD to improve growth of technology-based business in Connecticut.

“Without my partnership with CONNSTEP, this award would not have been possible. CONNSTEP’s mission to help small manufacturers has always been at the forefront of what we do,” says Crane. “I am also grateful to Michael Decrescente, Ph.D., who first asked me to join CONNSTEP and is the originator, in both spirit and substance, of this consultancy,” he adds.

Crane provides manufacturers with guidance and mentoring in strategic planning, marketing, new product development and linking strategy deployment with Lean methods and continuous improvement. He assists manufacturers with materials problems related to fabrication and function and connects companies with UCONN’s Institute of Materials Science. Additionally, Crane helps to match inventors and start-ups seeking manufacturing assistance.

He earned a bachelor’s of science in metallurgical engineering at Purdue University and a master’s degree in metallurgical engineering at Yale University. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 papers on new products, synthesis and fabrication of materials, and he is also the holder or co-holder of more than 30 patents related to alloys, processes, and products. Crane is a Fellow of the American Society of Materials, a recipient of the UCONN Engineering Services Award, and was the first-ever recipient of the NIST/MEP Lifetime Achievement Award. (more)

In addition to the presentation of the leadership award to Crane, there will also be five Connecticut companies inducted into the American Manufacturing Hall of Fame:

  • Better Packages, Inc.
  • R.C. Bigelow, Inc.
  • MacDermid Performance Solutions
  • Stanley Black & Decker
  • Ulbrich Stainless Steels & Special Metals, Inc.

The event is open to the public. Early-bird, discounted tickets may be purchased.


About CONNSTEP, Inc.
Based in Rocky Hill, CONNSTEP is a consulting firm strategically helping companies in Connecticut to grow their businesses and improve operational methodologies, leading to increased profitability, improved efficiencies and creating sustainable competitive advantages in the marketplace. (end)

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