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.