Hartford Business Journal Features Our Use of Goodwin College Mobile Lab

This week’s Hartford Business Journal features our use of Goodwin College’s Advanced Manufacturing Mobile Training Lab. Our General Manager, Arthur Roti, was asked about our partnership with Goodwin and the positive impact on our business.

Check out our prior post about the Goodwin College relationship. We are longtime supporters of Goodwin’s mission and value the contributions they have made to the community. They are working hard to support the needs of local manufacturers by developing people with next generation manufacturing skills.

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Rit Gdovin’s Retirement

Yesterday was special but bittersweet. We honored Rick (Rit) Gdovin, Sr. before his retirement after 22 years with Horst Engineering in our thread rolling operation, and 20 more with Egan Machine; a company we acquired in 1995.

Pictured L-R: Steven Livingston, Rick Gdovin, Jr., Rick Gdovin, Sr., Stanley Livingston, Scott Livingston, and Adeline Livingston.

You don’t replace 42 years of skill, but Rit left a legacy at our 71-year-old #familybusiness as many others before him have. He went home with a custom Gerstner and Sons machinist chest that was made in Ohio, by another multi-generation family business.


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This week, the Horst Engineering Family of Companies sent more than a dozen engineers and manufacturing personnel to EASTEC in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

EASTEC is one of the largest regional manufacturing technology shows in the country, and is held biannually. Visiting EASTEC was a tremendous opportunity for our team to work together while evaluating next generation manufacturing technology. Some of our young engineers and machinists had never seen such advanced technology. They were thrilled with the opportunity to get out and visit with so many of our suppliers. We won’t sit still. Innovation is in our company’s DNA.

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2017 Manufacturing Innovation Day

This past Wednesday was Manufacturing Innovation Day at the state capitol in Hartford, Connecticut. We were active participants, with a booth at the capitol and participation in several important meetings with state legislators.

The South Windsor Patch covered the event and featured a photo of members the Horst Engineering Sales Team. Manufacturing is critical to both the Connecticut and Massachusetts’ economies. We are proud to advocate on behalf of small and mid-sized businesses.

Graphic Credit: CBIA
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2017 Aerospace Components Manufacturers Annual Meeting

Wednesday of this week was a busy day! In addition to Manufacturing Innovation Day at the state capitol in Hartford, Connecticut; we had the Aerospace Components Manufacturers annual meeting at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks.

ACM has more than 120 member companies employing thousands of workers in Connecticut and Massachusetts. ACM comprises one of the largest, most experienced concentrations of world-class aerospace companies, the world’s AEROSPACE ALLEY! Member firms grew up where aerospace was born. Today, ACM’s precision components take to the skies every day, in every corner of the globe, as they have since the inception of powered flight.

Save the date for the annual ACM trade show and workforce development fair on 08 November 2017. We will welcome thousands of area students to the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. The Connecticut River Valley has one of the highest concentrations of aerospace contract manufacturers in the world. Horst Engineering is a corporate member of the New England Air Museum, where you can see the legacy of Connecticut’s high precision manufacturing, first hand.

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