This week was HORST Engineering’s Annual Chili Cook-Off. The tradition has been going for more than a dozen years. We held a contest at our CT Operations on Monday and at our MA Operations on Tuesday.
It is a proud distinction to be featured on the Chili Making Champion Hall of Fame plaques that are proudly displayed at the respective plant sites.
A big thank you to our contestants and our judges.
Prizes went to first and second place and both names go down in history. In CT, Marc D’Occhio (Quality Assurance) took the top spot and Jean Boucher (Purchasing) was runner-up. In MA, Lourdes Rosario (Quality Assurance) won top honors and Bob Redden (Shipping) was runner-up. Honorable mention in MA went to our third place finisher Chris MacDonald (Quality Assurance) proving that Aerospace Inspectors can cook!
We are proud to announce that we were the recipients of Pratt & Whitney’s 2019 Supplier Sustainability Award. This is one of their highest supplier honors. The award was presented to us at their Global Supplier Conference in November.
Pratt & Whitney presents this award annually to recognize a supplier for their dedication to environmental sustainability. As a global leader in the aviation industry, Pratt & Whitney powers flight through the design, manufacture and service of aircraft and helicopter engines, and auxiliary power units.
Scott Livingston, President, CEO and the third generation of Livingston’s to lead Horst, challenges his team to mitigate industrial impact through smart technology and lean principles. “Green manufacturing is lean enterprise and is more possible than ever before. Process innovation, employee safety, environmentally friendly materials and decarbonized energy all allow us to make the change needed now for a cleaner tomorrow, while supporting our customer’s needs for the highest quality precision machined parts,” explains Scott.
“At HORST, responsible business is woven into our culture and processes; from self-generating our own solar power to ensuring we support efficient manufacturing process that reduce our footprint, Horst aspires to be a Zero Waste organization,” said HORST Director of Sales, Christina Mouradjian. “Our current focus is the renovation of a new state of the art manufacturing facility in East Hartford that will support industry growth while minimizing our impact on the environment.”
“HORST’s holistic approach made them a standout among the applicants,” said Lisa Szewczul, vice president, Environment, Health & Safety, Pratt & Whitney. “The HORST commitment to sustainability couldn’t be more in sync with our own. Pratt & Whitney’s vision is to be the best aerospace company for the world. And we do that, in part, through supporting our suppliers’ sustainability efforts. HORST demonstrates an aviation manufacturing philosophy that includes sustainability to support business goals while helping reduce the environmental footprint.”
Following news of the award, Livingston was a featured panelist at the CBIA Sustainability Conference that was hosted at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, Connecticut. Fellow panelists were from Edgwell Personal Care and Medtronic. We are excited about the possibilities to increase our responsible business practices in 2020 and beyond.
Once again, HORST Engineering will sponsor Veterans’ Row at the Manchester Road Race. This annual Thanksgiving Day tradition has been held for 82 years. This year marks the 83rd running. Many of our employees run the race, volunteer at the race, and spectate at the race. “Manchester” is the original “Turkey Trot” and remains one of the largest in the nation with 15,000 runners and more than 30,000 spectators.
Patriotism has always been a core value of Manchester Road Race culture. In 2019, for the second time, organizers are taking their patriotism to a new level by organizing Veterans’ Row at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, located at the corner of East Center Street and Main Street, as runners head for the finish line.
Veterans’ Row will include:
Free camo sport caps and pens for military/veteran runners
Pre-Race military/veteran runner reception from 8:30 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.
Place of Honor recognizing military/veteran runners during race
Military equipment demonstration area on public display
Media coverage before, during and after the race
The Manchester Road Race is pleased to honor the service of the men and women who have served our country in the military. HORST Engineering is proud to support the Manchester Road Race in their efforts to raise veteran awareness. So, if you aren’t going to run the road race, come on out and cheer! For more information, check out the race website.
Once again, we are featured in Cool STUFF Made in Connecticut Magazine, this time with a cool new video enhancement. This a fabulous publication that highlights the importance of manufacturing to the Connecticut economy. Our operations in Connecticut and Massachusetts demonstrate the success of the aerospace and defense sector in New England.
Cool STUFF Made in Connecticut, now in its third year as an annual publication, is produced by the Hartford Business Journal and raises awareness of manufacturing’s impact on the economy. Click here to go to the Cool STUFF Made in Connecticut website.
Our profile is on page 58 and features a really neat AR (augmented reality) Live Portrait video story. Download the Live Portrait app to your mobile device and scan the image of Ray on our page in either the print or digital edition. (You can even scan Ray’s photo on THIS page.) Then you can checkout the awesome video that features Ray and Corey, two of Team HORST’s younger members. Once the video starts, move your device back and away from the page and you will be amazed. This technology is almost (but not quite) as cool as making aerospace components!
This week, we held our annual Summer Intern Fair at our Connecticut Operations.
All employees were invited to attend the fair, held at our East Hartford location. This final project assignment was a great opportunity for our students to showcase their presentation skills and engage with audiences at all levels. All of them made great contributions.
We had awesome attendance from members of our Management Team and the employees that the interns worked and interacted with daily.
Whether they were working in Shipping/Receiving, Quality Assurance, on the Manufacturing shop floor, or in one of our corporate functions (Finance), each of our interns gained valuable professional experience and insight that we hope will serve them well in the future.
We wish our interns the very best as they embark on the next steps in their exciting journeys!
Of note is that earlier in the summer, we held our first ever National Intern Day event where our interns experienced a day full of learning, team building, and fun activities.