Cool STUFF Made in Connecticut

Once again, we are featured in Cool STUFF Made in Connecticut Magazine, this time with a cool new video enhancement. This a fabulous publication that highlights the importance of manufacturing to the Connecticut economy. Our operations in Connecticut and Massachusetts demonstrate the success of the aerospace and defense sector in New England.

Cool STUFF Made in Connecticut, now in its third year as an annual publication, is produced by the Hartford Business Journal and raises awareness of manufacturing’s impact on the economy. Click here to go to the Cool STUFF Made in Connecticut website.

Our profile is on page 58 and features a really neat AR (augmented reality) Live Portrait video story. Download the Live Portrait app to your mobile device and scan the image of Ray on our page in either the print or digital edition. (You can even scan Ray’s photo on THIS page.) Then you can checkout the awesome video that features Ray and Corey, two of Team HORST’s younger members. Once the video starts, move your device back and away from the page and you will be amazed. This technology is almost (but not quite) as cool as making aerospace components!

Live Portrait App in the Apple App Store

Live Portrait App in the Google Play Store

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2019 Summer Intern Fair

This week, we held our annual Summer Intern Fair at our Connecticut Operations.

All employees were invited to attend the fair, held at our East Hartford location. This final project assignment was a great opportunity for our students to showcase their presentation skills and engage with audiences at all levels. All of them made great contributions.

We had awesome attendance from members of our Management Team and the employees that the interns worked and interacted with daily. 

Whether they were working in Shipping/Receiving, Quality Assurance, on the Manufacturing shop floor, or in one of our corporate functions (Finance), each of our interns gained valuable professional experience and insight that we hope will serve them well in the future. 

We wish our interns the very best as they embark on the next steps in their exciting journeys!

Of note is that earlier in the summer, we held our first ever National Intern Day event where our interns experienced a day full of learning, team building, and fun activities.

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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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