Ribbon Cutting, Grand Opening, & 75th Anniversary

Oct 12, 2021

Today, we launched a new chapter in the history of our company. With a ribbon cutting ceremony, we marked the grand opening of our state-of-the-art factory at 141 Prestige Park Rd.

This dramatic reinvestment culminates a multi-year project and highlights the beginning of a comeback in the aerospace industry. This expansion of capabilities and capacity will spur our diversification efforts, and mark our 75th anniversary.

The ribbon-cutting at the factory, on seven acres at 141 Prestige Park Road, East Hartford, featured remarks by U.S. Rep. John Larson (D-1st) as well as other state and local government officials.

Rep. Larson said, “I am thrilled to welcome the expansion of Horst Engineering in Connecticut and participate in today’s ribbon-cutting of their new factory in East Hartford.”

“Defense and aerospace manufacturing is in Connecticut’s DNA and I am proud to support the work of manufacturers like Horst Engineering as they continue to grow and prosper in our state. In Congress, I will continue to fight for Connecticut’s defense manufacturing priorities and expand job training opportunities to build on our pipeline of skilled laborers,” he added.

“We are excited to deepen our local ties,” Livingston said.  “With an aerospace industry moving up from its pandemic doldrums, I am optimistic that we will be able to accelerate our operations in the months ahead. We already are looking to hire workers in multiple roles at the company.”

We acquired the property in 2019 and then completely renovated the 100,566 square-foot former warehouse to accommodate state-of-the-art computer-aided manufacturing.  The facility consolidates under one roof, operations that had been spread over multiple locations.

“We make components for the most demanding customers in the world,” Livingston added. The company’s components are used on commercial and defense fixed wing aircraft and rotorcraft. They are installed in a wide range of airframe, propulsion, and component sub-systems.

Horst Engineering was founded in 1946 by Harry “Horst” Livingston, the current CEO’s grandfather.  Today, in addition to serving the commercial and defense aerospace industries, the company also manufactures products for the capital equipment, medical device, naval/marine, and power generation industries. They are also the designers of Cross Spikes for the specialty cycling market and creators of the HORST Dreidel, which they will once again offer in limited quantities for Hanukkah 2021.

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