This week, our East Hartford, Connecticut neighbors at Goodwin College returned to our 36 Cedar Street plant site. The purpose of the visit was to teach two multi-day Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T) workshops to 28 of our employees.
Wikipedia offers a good definition: GD&T: is a system for defining and communicating engineering tolerances. It uses a symbolic language on engineering drawings and computer-generated three-dimensional solid models that explicitly describes nominal geometry and its allowable variation. It tells the manufacturing staff and machines what degree of accuracy and precision is needed on each controlled feature of the part. GD&T is used to define the nominal (theoretically perfect) geometry of parts and assemblies, to define the allowable variation in form and possible size of individual features, and to define the allowable variation between features.
GD&T is an important skillset for our engineers, inspectors, and manufacturing personnel. Goodwin delivered the training with their state-of-the-art 44-foot Advanced Manufacturing Mobile Training Lab, measurement equipment, software, and manufacturing instructor. The class provided a combination of class instruction and a hands-on learning experience for our employees.
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.
A recent Wall Street Journal story, focused on the reshoring of American jobs, mentioned our company. In 2015, we closed our nine-year old Mexican operation and expanded our Connecticut operations.
From the story:
Horst Engineering & Manufacturing Co., an East Hartford, Conn., maker of precision machine components, shut down a nine-year-old facility in Mexico two years ago and opened a new, 16,000-square-feet one in nearby South Windsor. Now located 4 miles from its two older plants and within 30 minutes of most of the company’s main suppliers, “it definitely reduces the complexity of our business,” said Arthur Roti, general manager of the 71-year-old family-run business. “That supply chain doesn’t exist in Mexico.”
Connecticut and Massachusetts are both challenging environments to maintain our competitiveness, but we are fully committed to manufacturing in New England.
Today was Horst Engineering’s 10th Annual Chili Cook-Off. It’s hard to believe that this tradition is still going strong after a decade. Our 71-year-old business has a chili contest that has been around longer than most businesses! We had six contestants vie for the top prize. It is a proud distinction to be featured on our Chili Making Champion Hall of Fame plaque that is proudly displayed in the cafeteria at our 36 Cedar St. plant site.
Our six judges are also very talented. They had the tough task of choosing a champion. Appreciation goes out to our contestants, our judges, and our volunteer coordinators. In addition to the chili, several people brought in homemade salsa to go with a variety of chips.
Congratulations to Dan Paul for winning this year’s contest on his first attempt. The Paul name is well known in Horst Engineering Chili Cook-Off circles. His brother, Rob, was our 2016 winner. These guys know how to cook! Runner-up was Jean Boucher, one of our perennial favorites and a six-time champion. This year, we introduced “People’s Choice” award, with judging open to all employee. The people spoke, and the winner was another first-time contestant, Andy Kapuscinski.
Dan scored a custom Horst Engineering mug from CyclePottery and a coveted Horst Engineering apron. Jean and Andy walked away with a set of Horst Engineering stainless steel pint glasses and a new Horst Engineering ball caps.
It was a fun Monday and perfect for the first day of spring.
Horst Engineering will host a Job/Career Fair at our 36 Cedar Street plant site on Saturday 25 March 2017. Please visit us to see our operations, meet our team, and learn more about career opportunities.
Must have prior hands on experience. First & Second Shift Positions in Manufacturing and Inspection:
For more information, visit out our Careers Page
On Monday, the Yale University School of Business and Yale Sustainability hosted Patagonia’s 2017 Worn Wear College Tour. It was part of a full-day extravaganza focused on extending the life of products to keep items out of the waste stream.
The Patagonia Worn Wear repair team brought their truck, Delia. It was reported that 1,000 people showed up and the Patagonia team helped attendees make more than 500 “do it yourself” repairs on clothing (not just Patagonia’s). Patagonia has made an effort to repurpose and resell used gear as an alternative to the cost (and impact) of buying new.
Repair, Reuse, Repurpose Fair was followed by an evening panel discussion featuring Rick Ridgeway Patagonia’s Vice President of Environmental Initiatives, Adam Werbach from Yerdle
, a business that helps leading brands develop re-use programs; and Scott Briscoe from the National Outdoor Leadership School
Patagonia is an inspiration for our business. Aerospace manufacturing and precision machining are different from clothing manufacturing, but as a locally owned family business, we already have a leg up on the competition. Long term thinking is already part of our company culture. Our investments in energy efficiency and our ongoing success contributes to the success of many other organizations
, and we strive to do our business the right way, with the least impact possible. We have much work left to do.
Patagonia’s founder is Yvon Chouinard is co-author of The Responsible Company
. This book was shared with Horst Engineering’s Green Team. Chouinard is also the co-founder of 1% For The Planet
, of which we are also a member. Like Patagonia, our family and our businesses supports many not-for-profit environmental organizations.
Manufacturing creates waste and our goal is to minimize that waste. That is why Chouinard and Vincent Stanley, his Responsible Company co-author, suggest that no business is “sustainable,” but every business can strive to be more “responsible.”