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Horst Engineering Announces Major Expansion

This week, we announced the acquisition of a property to be the future home of our consolidated Connecticut operations. With the acquisition of 141 Prestige Park Road in East Hartford, we will consolidate our three Connecticut plant sites into one headquarters.

“We are thrilled to announce our acquisition of 141 Prestige Park, a new location that will allow us to continue our family tradition of manufacturing in Connecticut,” said Scott Livingston, President and Chief Executive Officer of HORST Engineering.

We plan to reinvigorate the Prestige Park structure, located on just over seven acres. The 100,566 square-foot masonry building, constructed in 1971, “has good characteristics but will need upgrades and repairs to many of its important systems, such as its roof, electrical, lighting, and HVAC,” Livingston said, estimating that the project could take more than a year until completion and will cost substantially more than the purchase price.

“We’ll move in phases. With the additional space, we will gain flexibility to develop new processes and expand organically, while considering future acquisitions.” “Every week, we are invited to move out of state by locations hoping to lure high-value, advanced manufacturing aerospace jobs to their region,” Livingston said. “We are choosing to stay here because our core skilled labor base is here, and the heart of our supply chain ecosystem is located in New England.

The extent of our expansion will depend on the strength of our customers, the economy, and the business climate. “Our new location, which will house our entire Connecticut team when completed, will be a world-class manufacturing facility that will appeal to a skilled workforce, including the workers that will drive the next generation of success” Livingston said.

Our Connecticut operations employ 110 people and we have more than 10 job openings, with more employment opportunities expected as repairs to the property near completion. Sterling Machine, our Lynn, MA based operations are also growing and hiring.

“We are excited to be investing in our people and our community,” Livingston added.

Click here for the full press release.

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ACM 20th Anniversary Celebration at Asnuntuck Community College

Last week the Aerospace Components Manufacturers (ACM) celebrated our 20th anniversary. The HORST Engineering Family of Companies is a long time member. The event was held in conjunction with the grand opening of the Asnuntuck Community College Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center in Enfield, Connecticut.

ACM and Asnuntuck are longtime partners. We have several Asnuntuck graduates in our factories and we continue to collaborate with them on recruiting the next generation of workers with manufacturing skills.

Asnuntuck has been a leader in the Connecticut community college system and the other sites are modeling their program after the one in Enfield. The new classrooms and lab are a fantastic learning environment.

ACM made a large donation to augment the funding of the technology center and it was named in honor of our industry cluster. We look forward to future collaboration with Asnuntuck and their community college partners as the entire aerospace manufacturing industry looks to grow with their support.

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Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Day

Yesterday we celebrated 2019 Manufacturing Innovation Day at the State Capitol in Hartford. Advanced Manufacturing companies came out in force to display their products and network with legislators, state officials, job seekers, and manufacturing peer companies.

Many of the major organizations driving manufacturing workforce skills development were also there to promote their programs. Goodwin College, Asnuntuck Community College, CCAT, CONNSTEP; and host, CBIA, had booths.

Goodwin brought their Mobile Training Lab, which will be visiting us next month. It was valuable for us to participate and share our enthusiasm for manufacturing with our industry partners.

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Workforce Development Blitz

We are in the midst of a a big push to inspire the next generation of advanced manufacturing workers. In the past few weeks, members of Team HORST have collaborated with several schools.

  • Lynn Vocational Technical Institute
    • Our MA Operations (HORST Sterling Machine) has three students on a bi-weekly rotation. Their internship consists of one week of practical hands on learning in our factory, and one week of school education. We have many Lynn Tech graduates.
  • E-TEAM Machinist Training Program
    • We are also working closely with the E-TEAM Machinist Training Program in Lynn. We employ several E-TEAM graduates and they are noted for collaborating with North Shore advanced manufacturers.
  • RHAM High School
    • This forward looking school has implemented a Youth Manufacturing Pipeline Match (YMPM) and we are directly involved. We visited the school to meet the students and then hosted them for a tour of our Cedar Street operations in East Hartford.
  • Bolton Center School
    • We participated in the middle school Career Day for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. More than 30 students chose to attend one of three advanced manufacturing career sessions. We talked about different career tracks that can lead to jobs in CNC machining, quality assurance/inspection, engineering, and other aerospace manufacturing support functions.
    • We explained how career tracks can be varied and that there are opportunities straight out of high school, after a technical school certification program, after community college, after college, or after graduate school. At HORST Engineering, we have employees who have come from all of these different tracks. There is no one way, but successful careers can be achieved without attending a four-year college.
  • Manchester Community College
    • We attended the MCC Career Fair along with 20 other aerospace manufacturing peers. The turnout was great and we met a lot of wonderful people. There was a constant flow of job seekers. The majority of the people we spoke with were students of the MCC Manufacturing Program, or recent graduates, however, there were others that were from different schools or interested in career changes.

HORST Engineering has made a major commitment to strengthen our workforce. Check out our Careers page to learn more.


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Fun Friday: Food Rewards!

Last Friday, we gave Team Horst an extra half hour so they could celebrate our first quarter progress.

We had a food truck deliver lunch to our Connecticut Operations and a catered meal at Massachusetts Operations.

We fed more than 140 people and honored the commitment of our team.

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