The CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering located at
1289 Blue Hills Avenue in Bloomfield, CT recently asked a number of area
businesses, including Birken Mfg. Co. to participate in their AAE STEAM Teams
Family Night on May 29. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering,
Arts, and Math. Parents and students at the CREC school attended, and they were able to
experience, first hand, what our state had to offer. Participants included
companies involved in aerospace, engineering and biomedical sciences, business,
information and advocacy groups.
CT Department of
Transportation - TRAC Program
CT Department of
Transportation - Engineering Dept.
The Society of Women
BEACON - Biological
Engineering Alliance and Consortium
OPM - Oxford
The Civil Air Patrol
EEA Young Eagles
VHS Space Station
AcademyEric Schneider represented Birken at
Fri 6th Jun 2014 at 6:05pm, 2522 comments
With the help and participation
of many individuals in the aerospace industry, as well as friends, fellow
employees, business associates, and avid golfers, the Aces for Kids golf tournament sponsored
by Turbine Controls, Inc. was able present a $60,000 check to Connecticut
Children's Medical Center-the biggest year in the history of the
On May 17, the torrential rains
from the previous day moved out of our area, the sun broke through the clouds,
and more than 180 players came to Blue Fox Run golf course in Avon, CT to
participate in the 12th Annual Aces for Kids Golf outing that
supports CCMC. Volunteers from the
hospital, Turbine Controls, Inc. and Birken Manufacturing Company were on hand
to help the players sign in, buy raffle tickets and mulligans, and hand out
prizes and bottles of wine donated by Gillette Ridge of Bloomfield, CT. Non-Scents Flowers of Simsbury, CT donated
centerpieces for each table, which created a festive environment for a
Fri 6th Jun 2014 at 6:04pm, 87 comments
On April 17, 2014, the Syracuse University, Martin J. Whitman School of Management, wrote a
letter to the Rogow-Greenberg Foundation, Inc. at Birken Manufacturing Company
thanking us for a $20,000 gift made to "Say Yes to Education". "Syracuse University's commitment to
scholarship, teaching and research is becoming a reality with your generous
support," wrote Joanne Libertone Gocek, Senior Director of Development at
Ms. Gocek went
on to write, "Your generosity enables Syracuse University to maintain its
standards of excellence and provides our students with the support needed to
reach ever-greater levels of achievement. You have the satisfaction of knowing
that your gift will immediately impact SU "Say Yes to Education" students.
Both Gary and
Glen Greenberg are graduates of Syracuse University, and the ability to stay
connected to and support their alma mater brings great satisfaction and pride.
Fri 6th Jun 2014 at 6:01pm, 160 comments
David Robinson's presentation was on "Leading Teams Under Pressure." But before he even started to touch on that subject, he looked around the room at each employee sitting there and said, "Thank you." He stepped forward, hands together, and expressed gratitude for every individual in the room who'd had a part in manufacturing components in the engines that flew him and his men on countless missions. "We never had an engine down," he said, as he looked each machinist in the eye. There was a strong feeling of pride felt by all upon hearing his words and recognition of our accomplishments.
Mon 14th Apr 2014 at 4:26pm, 4437 comments
Almost a year ago, National Geographic wrote about fuel-efficient technology that would soon, "reshape the runaway". Looking at the current condition worldwide the article stated that, "Air traffic worldwide is increasing so rapidly that global carbon dioxide emissions from aviation, which now represents just 2 to 3 percent of all CO2 pollution, could jump as much as 500 percent by 2050." From an environmental perspective, that statistic alone is enough to see a need for change. The article went on to say that, "for most airlines, fuel costs have surpassed labor costs as their largest expense, about 40 percent of operations, or $47.3 billion last year for U.S. carriers." Today, our challenge is to provide the aircraft products that will allow the airlines to be profitable while offering competitive and affordable rates to passengers. At the same time we, in the manufacturing world, must find ways of accomplishing these goals while also being cognizant of our environment and preventing further deterioration of our plant. As manufacturers, we will play our part to see that airlines are less concerned with their ever-rising fuel costs and instead, focus on the people, their service, and the comfort of their customers.
Mon 14th Apr 2014 at 3:10pm, 3762 comments
David Robinson's presentation was on "Leading Teams Under Pressure." But before he even started to touch on that subject, he looked around the room at each employee sitting there and said, "Thank you." He stepped forward, hands together, and expressed gratitude for every individual in the room who had a part in manufacturing components in the engines that flew him and his men on countless missions. "We never had an engine down," he said, as he looked each machinist in the eye. There was a strong feeling of pride felt by all upon hearing his words and recognition of our accomplishments.
Mon 24th Mar 2014 at 1:23pm, 236 comments
Birken had the CREC Middle School students as its guests on five separate tours, hosted by Eric Schneider, Manager of Birken's Continuous Improvement Program.
Starting with the core premise that "You've got to be able to see it to know that you can be it," this program is part of AAE's constant effort to give students more access to the places and people that are at the core of the Aerospace and Engineering industries. During the month of December, each of the seventh grade Science classes was taken on a walking tour of Birken's engineering and manufacturing facilities located near the school.
All along the way the Birken technicians and employees were happy to share information about their jobs, education and working world experiences.
Sun 2nd Mar 2014 at 8:00pm, 4303 comments
Birken is doing its part to help achieve this standard of excellence. We are working hard to increase production and install state-of-the art equipment to deliver product on time using new, energy efficient procedures and machinery. Birken will be installing a new 40" Vertical Turning Lathe in early Spring 2014, in synch with other continuous improvement efforts. We are very proud as we continue to streamline production with newer equipment, modernize our facility, and continue creating an environmentally- conscious organization.
Sun 2nd Mar 2014 at 7:25pm, 5072 comments
All of us at Birken are very excited about the arrival of our newest addition: an ultrasonic cleaning line that will change the way Birken handles in-process parts cleaning.
Ultrasonic cleaning indisputably outperforms conventional methods such as simple soaking or immersion with agitation. Due to its nature, ultrasonic cleaning penetrates even microscopic crevices. As a result, ultrasonic cleaning is one of the most highly effective and efficient methods for cleaning a wide array of parts, even in mass-production environments.
Sun 2nd Mar 2014 at 7:21pm, 3809 comments
For Birken Manufacturing Company, 2013 was the "Year of Assembly & Test," according to General Manager Gary Connolly, as the company underwent intensive planning for Continuous Improvement projects.
To support the general cleanup and modernization, Birken received funding from CL&P under the PRIME (Process Reengineering for Increased Manufacturing Efficiency) umbrella.
Mon 20th Jan 2014 at 5:51pm, 356 comments