October 01, 2012

by Nate Berger

(Rocky Hill, Connecticut) CONNSTEP announced today the creation of a new “Made in CT” Program for state manufacturers.  The goal of the program is to showcase the products made in the Nutmeg State and highlight the contributions of the manufacturing community to the public. Additionally, the program provides social media forums for manufacturers to connect with one another and discuss industry issues.

“Connecticut’s manufacturers play an integral part in our state’s economic health and account for over 12 percent of the state’s total output.  We are home to 5,000 manufacturers who employ more than 169,000 workers and serve as the primary exporter of goods,” says Bonnie Del Conte, president and CEO of CONNSTEP.

As part of the program, CONNSTEP now dedicates a section of its website to the “Made in CT” Program (  creating a directory for the state’s manufacturers and their products and services.  Connecticut manufacturers can sign up and receive a company profile page where they can share a company description, logo, contact information, company news and pictures and/or videos of their products and services. There is no cost to participate and participating companies can use the “Made in CT” Program logo on their websites, products and product packaging.

CONNSTEP will also be launching a “Featured Manufacturer of the Week” as part of the program.  The featured manufacturer will be prominently displayed on the website as well as on the “Made in CT” Facebook page, LinkedIn group and Twitter feed (@CTMade).  CONNSTEP is encouraging participating companies to use the social media platforms to network, ask questions and share ideas on how to become more productive, efficient and innovative.

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.”

AGRussell logo

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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