2011 Connecticut Manufacturing &Technology Day

Today was Connecticut Manufacturing & Technology Day at the state capital in Hartford. Horst Engineering has made a habit of participating in this fun event. 40 manufacturing businesses set up booths in the capital. We  had a great spot next to one of our best customers, United Technologies Corporation. We supply several of UTC’s business units with precision machined components.

I’ve seen UTC’s standard public relations booth several times, but I never tire from viewing the Hamilton Sundstrand Extravehicular Mobility Unit (space suit) or the Pratt & Whitney engine cutaway display.  Sikorsky Aircraft topped all of the business units with an incredible “sample product” of its own. They flew an S-76C++ model helicopter from Poughkeepsie, New York to Hartford and landed it on the lawn of the capital. This incredible $11MM executive chopper was built in 1989, and spent the day on the grass and was open to anyone who wanted to check it out. I sat in the plush five seat interior. It is cool to think that we have parts on these incredible machines.

The two test pilots were friendly and knowledgeable. The “salesman” was a hoot. Imagine flying around the world and demonstrating the functionality of an aircraft as sophisticated as an S-76. The capital cost is steep, with new VIP models pushing $13MM plus, but the operating costs are more than $5000/hour. I dressed the part, much like you would shopping for a car, but Horst Engineering is going to take a pass for now.

I was joined by Horst Engineering colleagues, Jim Bowtruczyk and Scott Bowtruczyk. We spoke with state legislators, other business leaders, and with Nancy Wyman, the Lieutenant Governor. Governor Dannel Malloy was not in Hartford today. The Connecticut Business & Industry Association did a good job hosting the event. Manufacturing made a positive impression today.

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