April 16, 2018
Focus on Manufacturing Excellence

Fourstar Connections finds a better way

Fourstar senior management team (from left) Finance Manager Sarah Holman, Vice President Tom Barczak, President Phillip Holman, Vice President Steve Marian and Quality Assurance Manager Don Glencross.

Fourstar Connections prides itself on helping customers find a better way to make new products and to redesign their existing products with increased efficiency.

The Hudson company partners with the firms like Westborough manufacturing services provider Columbia Tech to bring new products to market, such as producing 500 individual configurations of cable and electro-mechanical assemblies in less than six months.

"We leveraged Fourstar's resources throughout various stages of this challenging project," said Scott Johnson, vice president for Columbia Tech.

Yet, when it comes to its own in-house efficiencies and initiatives, Fourstar is reaching unparalleled heights.

"Much like consumers search out companies with active sustainability programs, more … companies are seeking sustainably-focused supply chain partners," said Phillip Holman, president and owner of Fourstar. "The multi-pronged approach we take includes educating our employees, both on sustainable supply chain interests and for their personal health and wellness."

Fourstar installed a 100-kilowatt solar array and is in the process of changing all lighting over to LEDs. The company educates employees in consumption of fossil fuels through solar and energy reduction. The firm has opened two Tesla charging stations, free to the public. Fourstar's program to reduce solid waste has led to the recycling of 100 percent of its cardboard. Plumbing fixtures have been installed to reduce water used.

Holman understands state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities are nothing without the wellness of his employees. An employee health initiative was instituted to include management, exercise and nutritional awareness.

Last year, Fourstar received a Workforce Training Fund grant of $117,375 from the state to improve sustainability, supply chain transparency, and carbon disclosure reporting. For the grant, Fourstar committed to train 36 workers and add 16 additional jobs by 2019.

Read about the other Excellence in Manufacturing Awards winners

Product Design and Innovation Award: Curtis Industries

Workforce Development and Productivity Award: IPAC

Rising Star Award: ThinkLite

Collaboration in Manufacturing Award: Wormtown Brewery

Manufacturing Excellence Award, Small Company: Optim

Manufacturing Excellence Award, Large Company: Jeffco Fibres

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