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A Family Business

HORST Engineering has evolved into a company that other family businesses benchmark. Our ownership model, professional management team, and family business practices demonstrate how family owned enterprises can succeed and grow.

A Family Business

HORST Engineering has evolved into a company that other family businesses benchmark. Our ownership model, professional management team, and family business practices demonstrate how family owned enterprises can succeed and grow.

Our History

Our company was founded in 1946 by Harry Horst Livingston, whose birth name was Horst Rolf Liebenstein. He was born in Bad Liebenstein, Germany in 1912. His parents were business owners (retail grocers). He was the middle of two brothers.

Mr. Liebenstein graduated from the Technische Universität Ilmenau with a Masters of Mechanical Engineering. His graduating class included many of Germany’s most renowned engineers. During his school years, he also worked in various factories, including one in the bicycle industry, where he honed his metalworking skills.

He immigrated at Ellis Island in October 1938 and moved to Hartford where he met, and married Sylvia Hurwitz . He then worked at a variety of manufacturing companies, including: Whitney Chain Company, Johns-Hartford Tool Company, Colts Manufacturing Company, Barridan Oil Burner Company, and The Wiremold Company.

He established Horst Engineering and Manufacturing Co. on the second story of a barn at 602 Garden Street in 1946. We offered engineering services, and tool and die making services. In 1950, we moved to a new factory at 36 Cedar Street in East Hartford.

We expanded from the 1960’s through the 1990’s under the leadership of Harry’s sons, Steven and Stanley, and daughter-in-law Adeline. The Livingston Family expanded our business in phases helped by acquisitions including the assets of Egan Machine Company, Crystal Precision, and Sterling Machine. Our company has evolved into an advanced manufacturer of precision machined components for aerospace and other high technology industries.

Our Core Purpose
We help people fly safely and keep our communities strong by making precision parts in the USA.
Our Core Values

 

Team HORST

We work together to achieve our common goals and make individual sacrifices to help the company win. We tell it like it is and don’t let our peers fail.

Responsiveness

We respond to requests promptly and proactively and genuinely want our customers to succeed.

Precision

Get it right the first time. Measure twice, cut once. We work to prevent problems before they happen.

Skillfullness

We use lean enterprise to continuously improve processes. We keep learning.

Perseverance

Our people develop new ideas and suggestions in the face of obstacles. Overcome roadblocks to achieve the necessary results.

Our Leadership Team

 

Scott Livingston,
President and CEO

Ronald Boyne,
VP of Customer Service & Operations

Michelle Lane,
VP of Finance & Administration

Responsible Business

Our company has made many contributions to the community and strives to operate as a responsible business. We have been honored for our sustainable manufacturing processes and work to minimize waste in our processes. We were early adopters of solar power and our factories are model green buildings.

Community & Social Organizations

Through our membership in 1% For The Planet, we support many conservation, outdoor recreation, and environmental nonprofit organizations. The Livingston Family and HORST Engineering also support many other nonprofits doing good in their communities.

 

Responsible Business

Our company has made many contributions to the community and strives to operate as a responsible business. We have been honored for our sustainable manufacturing processes and work to minimize waste in our processes. We were early adopters of solar power and our factories are model green buildings.

Community & Social Organizations

Through our membership in 1% For The Planet, we support many conservation, outdoor recreation, and environmental nonprofit organizations. The Livingston Family and HORST Engineering also support many other nonprofits doing good in their communities.

 

Our Industry Associations
We are proud members of many business and industry associations.

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