The Horst Engineering Family of Companies hosted an amazing Family Day event on Saturday 09 December at our Cedar Street plant site in East Hartford, Connecticut. This was the fifth time since 2002 that we have opened our operations to welcome the families of our employees. We held similar events in 2002, 2005, 2008, and 2014.
This event was been a labor of love for our Family Day Committee and was the culmination of four months of work. More than 120 spouses, significant others, children, siblings, parents, and grandparents joined more than 30 employee volunteers for a celebration of manufacturing. As our family enterprise approaches its 72nd year in 2018, we couldn’t be more proud of our role in “helping people fly safely” and “making stuff.”
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The employee driven Family Day Committee did a fantastic job planning the open house. Manufacturing Month is October, and Family Day has traditionally been held as a kickoff on the last weekend in September, but this year’s event was delayed for a number of reasons. One of those reasons was our 02 October “Go Live” on Epicor ERP. The success of that major system upgrade from our former ERP system (after 18 years) was the result of more than three years of hard effort and preparation.
For each of our Family Day events, we have unveiled a unique precision machined product or products that demonstrate our capabilities. Past products in our Family Day Hall of Fame include:
- Golf Tees and Golf Ball Display
With a December date, the committee decided on a holiday theme. That made this year’s precision machined products unique in many ways, and the team outdid itself by producing four separate products.
- Snowman Ornament
- Christmas Tree Ornament
- Dreidel (that can also be an ornament)
- Snowflake Ornament
Click here for the full Family Day brochure that explains the history of the Christmas Tree, the Snowman, and the Dreidel. Click here for more Dreidel history, how to play the Dreidel Game, and lyrics to the Dreidel song.
The walking tour included stops at all of our major manufacturing process where our guests witnessed demonstrations of real work being done. At each station, the attendees picked up one of the detail components required to assemble their products. The last stop was final assembly and inspection where they put all of the parts together. This was a creative and fun way to teach and demonstrate, particularly to the children, how we do what we do. The assembly process was no easy task. Guests were given a “traveler package” that included typical work instructions and they had to follow the directions to complete their product, with final acceptance coming from our “inspector.”
36 Cedar Street
- Station 1 (Main Aisle Outside of Quality Assurance)
- Station 2 (Milling)
- Station 3 (Turning)
- Station 4 (Multi-Axis Turning)
- Station 5 (Kitting/Crib/Auto Crib)
- Station 6 (Video Tour of our 41 Burnham Street Plant where our Swiss Screw Machine and Accounting/Finance functions are located)
- Station 7 (Part Marking & Assembly)
41 Cedar Street
- Station 8 (Thread Rolling)
- Station 9 (Centerless Grinding)
36 Cedar Street
- Station 10 (Cleaning and Deburring)
- Station 11 (Milling)
- Station 12 (Quality Assurance/Final Inspection)
At each station, employee volunteers enthusiastically explained their roles and showed off our advanced manufacturing equipment and technology. There were so many “oohs” and “ahhs” as guests were wowed by the cool technology. We are always promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers, so it was fitting that we would promote it within the community closest to us. We displayed finished products throughout the factories, including parts for aircraft engines, cabin pressure systems, landing gear, Cross Spikes™ , and even rockets.
The event included refreshments, a “Guess the number of candies in the jar” game, raffles, and prizes. There were 252 candies in the jar…and the closest guess was 251. It was an awesome day for everyone involved.
Special thanks goes to the Family Day Committee for the time and effort that went into the planning and execution. Thank you to long time supplier, Poly-Metal Finishing, Inc., for their help with the anodizing process. The committee received strong support from our Senior Leadership Team, from our Management Team, and the event wouldn’t have been possible without the backing of the Livingston Family who have been in the business of manufacturing since 1946.
Photo Credits: Alan Grant, Digital Creations
For more photos, click here to see the album on our Facebook page.