What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?

Friday kicked off in a good way at HORST Engineering’s Cedar Street plant site in East Hartford. Three seniors from Capital Preparatory Magnet School showed up with their GoPro and iPhones to shoot some video. They are participants in the 2019 “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” Video Competition.

Team HORST welcomed the students by putting on a big time show of manufacturing pride. In just a few hours, the students and their teacher covered a lot of ground. They did a bunch of interviews with employees from all over our business. They learned about various functions and processes including customer service, engineering, material handling, quality engineering, inspection, purchasing, milling, deburring, turning, kitting, CNC programming, part marking, packaging, assembly, thread rolling, metallography, and grinding.

They got a wide-ranging tour from Scott Livingston, HORST Engineering’s president. Livingston said, “These students are so smart–we were thrilled to host them and be part of this effort to raise awareness about advanced manufacturing and the need to develop a new generation of skilled craftspeople.”

All three of our guest students are headed to top tier universities this fall, and you never know if down the road they will work in a manufacturing enterprise, or one that supports industry. Efforts like this go a long way towards erasing the stigma of manufacturing as a dead end career. It’s quite the opposite. Advanced manufacturing is a bright spot in Connecticut and the broader New England economy. The entire country is seeing a manufacturing resurgence as technical skilled jobs like CNC machining are in strong demand. The students met employees who have progressed within our organization, learned new skills, and grown in their roles.

The university route is often required for certain industries and careers, but HORST Engineering and other manufacturers offer a broad range of career opportunities and many do NOT require a college education. Between technical high schools, community colleges, and on the job workforce skills training, we are building the next generation workforce. We welcome people with a mechanical mindset, creativity, and a positive attitude.

The competition is part of a broader effort to raise manufacturing awareness within the State of Connecticut. The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) is a longtime partner. CCAT licenses and leads Connecticut Dream It. Do It. as part of The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and The Manufacturing Institute’s nationwide campaign to create a positive image of today’s manufacturing. HORST Engineering is a longtime NAM member.

They will be very busy with the editing and production. Team HORST looks forward to seeing their video.

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Random Acts of Kindness Week

Last week was Random Acts of Kindness Week at our family of companies. At all three plant sites, employees were thrilled to find free coffee on one day, and then fresh fruit on another.

Our employee driven committee has done a great job enhancing the work environment and instituting some little practices that make a big difference. Go Team HORST!

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Kicking off 2019 With a Recruiting Push

We are kicking off 2019 with a recruiting push. This is our 73rd year in business and there is no better time to pursue an aerospace manufacturing career. We have roles to fill in Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Sales & Customer Service, Facilities, and Operations Management.

Check out the opportunities at our Connecticut and Massachusetts operations.

We manufacture parts for some of the strongest and most innovative OEM customers in the industry. Join a modern company that makes the critical hardware that helps keep planes, helicopters, and rockets in the air. We help people fly safely!

Current First Shift Opportunities

Current Second Shift Opportunities

If you know someone who is interested and would like to refer them, share this information.

Click here to see our Careers page and information about compensation, benefits, PTO, and 401(k) benefits.

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PJ Day for the Kids 2018

This week, Horst Engineering held a grinder fundraiser to support the 8th annual PJ Day for the Kids benefitting the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. The PJ Day is actually on Friday, 14 December 2018. This exciting event was started at a local school in 2011 by a 7-year-old boy who wanted to give back to the hospital that successfully treated his baby sister for cancer.

Since then, PJ Day has grown to include over 300 schools, 139 Dunkin’ locations and many individuals and small businesses across the state of Connecticut, all raising funds for the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Over the last 7 years, participants have worn PJ’s in honor of children at the hospital who must wear their PJ’s for extended periods of time while fighting cancer or other serious illnesses.

The Harry and Sylvia Livingston Philanthropic Fund, named after our founders, has been a sponsor of PJ Day for the Kids for several years. This year, in addition to the fund’s contribution, the grinder fundraiser proceeds and an additional company contribution added another $1,200.

Our company has a long history of pulling together for the community and supporting special organizations. Special thanks to Jean Boucher, our passionate “cook” who has prepared and led multiple grinder fundraisers over the years, benefitting a number of causes. He got ample support from a small committee. Appreciation goes to all our employees for participating in this fun and charitable event.

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Manchester Road Race Veterans’ Row

Over decades, members of the Horst Engineering community have been involved with the Manchester Road Race. This annual Thanksgiving Day tradition has been held for 81 years. This year will be the 82nd running, only 10 years older than Horst Engineering. Many of our employees run the race, volunteer at the race, and spectate at the race. “Manchester” is the original “Turkey Trot” and remains one of the largest in the nation with 15,000 runners and more than 30,000 spectators. One employee has run the race 27 times including 23 in a row and he will toe the line again this Thanksgiving!

For the first time ever, we will directly sponsor the road race, but specifically the new Veterans’ Row

Patriotism has always been a core value of Manchester Road Race culture. In 2018, the organizers are taking their patriotism to a new level by organizing Veterans’ Row at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, located at the corner of East Center Street and Main Street, as runners head for the finish line.


Veterans’ Row will include:
—Free camo sport caps and pens for military/veteran runners
—Pre-Race military/veteran runner reception from 8:30 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.
—Place of Honor recognizing military/veteran runners during race
—Military equipment demonstration area on public display
—Media coverage before, during and after the race

The Manchester Road Race is pleased to honor the service of the men and women who have served our country in the military. Horst Engineering is proud to support the Manchester Road Race in their efforts to raise veteran awareness. So, if you aren’t going to run the road race, come on out and cheer! For more information, check out the race website.

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