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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Handmade Bicycle Show Comes to Hartford!

The 2018 North American Handmade Bicycle Show comes to Hartford, Connecticut 16 February through 18 February. NAHBS will be right in our “backyard,” at the Connecticut Convention Center. This is the first time in its 14 year history that the event will be in New England.

The show will feature some of the preeminent bicycle frame builders and bicycle component manufacturers in the country. We are using the opportunity to kick off the Team Horst Junior Squad season and the team will tour the show. The entire weekend will have a junior cycling theme as we seek to get more kids interested in the sport.

Click here for NAHBS ticket info.

The Team Horst Junior Squad is a Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program (CCAP) affiliated team. CCAP is NAHBS’ charitable partner, and is hosting the Hartford Bike Party, on Saturday night at the Arch Street Tavern.

  • $10 at the door gets you free appetizers and a drink ticket!
  • $5,000 in raffle prizes from Mavic, Campagnolo, FSA, Pedros, Silca, Victus Coffee, BikeFlights, UNIOR Tools, and more!
  • Raffle tickets are $10 each. Purchase tickets in advance at NAHBS in Hartford or by messaging us on Facebook. Tickets will also be available for sale at the party. Drawings will be at the party. Ticket holders need not be present to win.
  • All proceeds from HARTFORD BIKE PARTY support the CCAP’s youth cycling programs throughout Connecticut!

Horst Engineering’s roots are in the cycling industry. Our founder, Harry Livingston (Horst Liebenstein), learned the tool and die trade at a German bicycle factory, and his efforts inspired Team Horst Sports, and our Cross Spikes™ product line.

Recently, we collaborated with frame builder Richard Sachs, to build the Seat Post Lug Survival Kit.

Click here to learn more about our project with Richard Sachs.

NAHBS promises to be a fantastic event. Come to Hartford and check it out!

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Workforce Development & Recruiting

The State of Connecticut and our industry group, the Aerospace Components Manufacturers, collaborated to host an information session on how to strengthen workforce development efforts and incumbent worker training.

The Department of Labor has several programs to help manufacturers. We have worked closely with local colleges; including Manchester Community College, Asnuntuck Community College, and Goodwin College. These schools and their peer institutions have successful and growing Advanced Manufacturing and Precision Machining/CNC Machining Programs.

  • We employ their graduates.
  • Their instructors have trained our longtime employees.
  • We have donated materials.

We are working hard to develop the next generation workforce as a foundational brick in our growth plan.

We are recruiting for several positions, including entry level and experienced roles:

See our Careers Page for a full list. Advanced Manufacturing offers great career opportunities. The pendulum has swung and technical jobs are getting the respect that they deserve.

Spread the word. Horst Engineering and many our peer companies are hiring. There are good jobs in manufacturing for motivated workers. This is good for our economy.

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