Silver Lane Elementary School Visit

On Friday 18 May, we hosted 21 students and three teachers from the Silver Lane Elementary School in East Hartford, Connecticut. The 5th grade class toured Horst Engineering’s Cedar Street operations with the goal of exposing the children to manufacturing.

The tour was a smashing success. The students were curious, excited, and well behaved. They asked many great questions and soaked in the atmosphere. It was a feast to the senses for many of them, with the sights, sounds, and smells of as they toured a precision machining environment for the first time. Our Core Purpose of “helping people fly safely” resonated with them as we highlighted the importance of safety in everything that we do.

Team Horst rose to the occasion as we demonstrated how we do what we do for aerospace and other high technology industries. The tour was reminiscent of our 2017 Family Day Event. Once again, Alan Grant, of Digital Creations, helped us capture the spirit of the event and our passion for manufacturing. The tour was led by Horst Engineering’s President and CEO, Scott Livingston, General Manager, Arthur Roti; and Human Resources Generalist, Rebecca Kusek-Savage.

Livingston explained the company’s Core Purpose, Core Values, and responsible manufacturing practices. He described our sustainable practices including the recycling of metal and plastics; and he showed them our two solar PV electric power systems. They had a guessing game to see who knew how much the company’s monthly electric bill cost. He stated that one day, one or more of these students would become an engineer, machinist, or inspector; and work in the aerospace industry. He implored the students to apply themselves, study hard and persevere, just like Team Horst.

Planting these seeds are critical to building the next generation advanced manufacturing workforce. Roti demonstrated the use of a caliper and explained the nuances of our processes including how we transform our raw material into finished parts for critical applications. He explained that we ship them to customers all over the world. Horst Engineering funded the cost of the bus ride and presented each guest with a Team Horst water bottle.

When you combine the passion of manufacturing with the joy of learning, there is nothing better. The 5th graders smiled a lot, and so did our people. It was a fantastic Friday.

Photo Credits: Alan Grant, Digital Creations

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Now Hiring!

We are in the midst of a big recruiting effort to strengthen Team Horst. We have positions open across a variety of functions and at different levels within our organization, at both our Connecticut and Massachusetts operations.

Check out our Careers Page for all of the details, but here are some highlights:

Current First Shift Opportunities (Connecticut)

Current First Shift Opportunities (Massachusetts)

Current Second Shift Opportunities (Connecticut)

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Lean Enterprise Training

Last week, every member of Team Horst went through a refresher course on the principles of lean enterprise. Each employee attended a half-day session to learn about the Toyota Production System. For the past five years, our primary lean enterprise trainers have been GBMP, a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening New England’s manufacturing economy.


GBMP’s mission is to sustain a strong and vibrant regional economy by improving the operational profitability and competitiveness of existing and emerging organizations, through training in lean and continuous improvement principles.

Our Senior Leadership Team and managers dedicated a full day to the workshop. In addition to getting a refresher on basic lean enterprise principles, we learned how to “lead in a lean environment,” and we identified our “True North,” which dovetails nicely with our own Core Purpose and Core Values.

In 2018, we have hosted three multi-day kaizen activities using cross-functional teams. Areas of focus have been Accounts Payable, Purchasing (of Supplies), and Quoting (Sales). In each case, we streamlined the process. We have several more kaizen activities planned, but by embedding the spirit of continuous improvement in every employee, our expectation is that like learning, ideas and innovation happen all of the time.

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1% For The Planet

We finalized our 2017 1% For The Planet grants. We have been giving through 1% for 11 consecutive years and our donations to approved environmental nonprofits has totaled more than $50,000.

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This year, 38 approved nonprofits received financial donations totaling more than $6,500, a 15% increase over last year. Check out our community page for a full list of the organizations that we support and more details about the program.

These nonprofits all received grants for 2017.

Our donations have a direct impact on these organizations and their missions.

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Grand Opening: Lincoln Tech CNC Machining Program

Horst Engineering was represented at the grand opening of the CNC Machining and Manufacturing Technology Program at Lincoln Technical Institute’s East Windsor, Connecticut campus.

As the need for the next generation of skilled manufacturing workers increases, Lincoln Tech is the latest organization to launch a precision machining training curriculum. The inaugural class has 20 students. Over the course of the 10 month certificate program, they will learn the basics of CNC Turning and CNC Milling.

Lincoln Tech offers a similar curriculum at sites in New Jersey, Indiana, and Texas. Haas Automation and Mastercam are both partners in the program and their machine tools and software were on display at the state of the art machining laboratory. We have friends at the New England Haas Factory Outlet, and at CNC Software the makers of Mastercam, and many of them joined us for the ribbon cutting and tour.

Lincoln Tech is a private for-profit enterprise, and the latest institution to enter the manufacturing workforce development market. We have worked closely with Goodwin College, Manchester Community College, and Asnuntuck Community College to strengthen their precision machining programs. All of the schools and their business partners need to collaborate. Only with a coordinated effort, will our state, region, and country solve the shortage of advanced manufacturing workers. 

More background on Lincoln Tech:

Lincoln Technical Institute (formerly known as Baran Institute of Technology) is situated on 40 acres in East Windsor, Connecticut.

The East Windsor campus offers Diploma programs in a variety of exciting career fields which America is built on, including Automotive, Skilled Trades such as HVAC and Welding Technology, and more. From solid technical knowledge to hands-on training on industry-specific equipment, Lincoln’s curriculum gives you the tools you need to be successful.

Our East Windsor campus is the largest provider of welders in Connecticut, and one of the state’s largest providers of HVAC graduates. (In fact, nearly 1 in 5 Connecticut HVAC technicians trained at Lincoln Tech in either East Windsor or New Britain.) Now we look forward to growing our state’s workforce for a new industry – computerized manufacturing!



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