Our Values, History and Commitment to Employees

At NE-XT, we manufacture complex, close tolerance and precision-machined components and assemblies for applications in aerospace, defense and other industrial OEMs.

Our experts use innovative processes; over 130 CNC machines that perform milling, turning and other functions; and a solutions-based mindset to create the highest-quality products possible for our customers.

Learn more about NE-XT below.

Excellence Through Precision

Our vision is to be the leading force in high-growth precision manufacturing, setting new industry standards for innovation, quality and sustainable growth while positively impacting our employees, customers, shareholders and the world around us.

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Core Values

Each of our core values (safety, quality, commitment to employees, customer satisfaction and continuous improvement) serve as a guiding light for our business.

Our History

NE-XT was founded in 1971 as Valley Steel Stamp with two employees, and has since grown to a team of over 200 skilled engineers and machinists who precision manufacture parts and assemblies for aerospace, defense and other industrial applications.

Leadership Team and Board of Directors

Our leadership and board of directors pave the way for our many successes.

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Commitment to Employees

We offer many benefits to our employees, including in-house, paid job training as well as full medical, dental, vision and 401k plans.

Facilities

Facilities

We currently have facilities in Greenfield, Massachusetts, and Windsor, Connecticut.

Albert F. Kasper

Before retiring on December 31, 2023 Al had been the President & Chief Executive Officer of Savage Sports Corp., a leading manufacturer of hunting and sporting firearms, shooting ranges, shoot houses, and targeting systems which maintains two locations in Westfield, Massachusetts and Lakefield, Ontario, Canada since 2013. 

Al joined the Company in 1996 as its Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He has quickly grown to be the strategic leader for the Company. In 2001 he became the President and Chief Operations Officer. Al has been the leader of the Company's New Product development and manufacturing initiatives including process improvements, LEAN initiatives, and technology which have significantly improved the Company's revenue, operating margins, and cash flows. Al has been instrumental and the driving force behind the Company's monumental leap forward in new product innovations, technology and operational systems development, which not only moved Savage into the 21st century as a first-class manufacturer but also propelled them ahead of the competition as the undisputable leader in their segment of the industry. Prior to joining the Company, Al worked as a Group Controller and Operations Manager for The Conair Group, Inc. in Pittsburgh and an Operations Manager for divisions of Danaher and United Technologies Corporation. He received an MBA from the University of Massachusetts and a B.S. in Accounting from Western New England University. 

Al currently serves on the board of several for profit companies (Weiler Corp., Brickle & Co., Savage Arms, Inc., and 1 Touch, Inc.), and non-profit companies (Junior Achievement and The East Longmeadow Educational Endowment). 

Al has been teaching Entrepreneurship at East Longmeadow High School for the past 15 years and is an adjunct professor, teaching several courses in the Elms University MBA program. Al has a great family, which includes his wife and three children and three wonderful grandchildren.

Kenneth Brown

Kenneth Brown, Senior Managing Director, Operating Partner, Industrials, focuses on creating and driving value-added initiatives with MRC’s portfolio company management teams. Kenneth has over 40 years of operating experience with 20 years of senior executive experience leading organizations. Kenneth served as a Group President within Roper Technologies, leading companies to perform best in class, over 32% EBITDA. Kenneth has proven success in selecting and developing business leaders, business strategies and execution of strategies to exceed market performance. Prior to Roper, Kenneth held multiple executive positions at Invensys (now Schneider Electric) and spent early career years at a variety of industrial companies; Emerson Electric, McMaster- Carr, MidwestCo and Conoco. Kenneth currently serves on a number of boards and is board level advisor on other technology companies. Mr. Brown has an BS Engineering Degree from University of Colorado and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

Alan H. Howard

Alan H. Howard has had an over 35 year career that has included investment banking, private  equity/investing, organizational leadership and corporate governance. 

Mr. Howard is currently the Managing Partner of Heathcote Advisors LLC which he formed in  2008 and which provides financial advisory services as well as makes principal investments. In 2012,  Heathcote Advisors made an investment to acquire Dynatech International LLC and Military Parts  Exchange LLC, private companies that are global parts suppliers and service providers for U.S. military aircraft and their engines. At that time, Mr. Howard became a member of the Board of  Dynatech/MPX Holdings LLC and the two operating companies. In 2013, he was named Chief  Executive Officer of Dynatech International and carried out a strategic transformation of the  company. In 2019, Heathcote Advisors sold its interests and Mr. Howard stepped down from the  boards; he was Vice Chairman as he transitioned through the end of 2019. 

Mr. Howard spent over 20 years at Credit Suisse First Boston and its predecessor companies, a  leading global investment bank. Starting as an Associate in 1986, he was named a Managing Director  in 1996 and Head of the Large Cap Diversified Group in 1999 where he focused on industrial  conglomerates, aerospace & defense and consumer/retail companies. He has advised on over $250  billion of mergers & acquisitions transactions including Chrysler Corporation’s merger with  DaimlerBenz AG, Tyco International’s acquisition of AMP Incorporated, IBM Corporation’s  takeover of Lotus Development Corporation and General Electric/NBC’s acquisition of Vivendi’s  Universal Group. In addition, Mr. Howard has been involved in capital raising and securities  offerings of over $75 billion. He was a member of the firm’s Investment Banking Committee,  Global Recruiting Steering Committee and Co-Chaired the Business Development Council.  

Mr. Howard was a Senior Advisor at Rossoff & Co., a boutique investment banking and advisory  firm, from 2013 until its Managing Partner left to join another firm in 2021.  

Mr. Howard is the Lead Director of Movado Group, Inc. (NYSE:MOV), a leading global watch  company that designs, develops, sources, distributes and markets Movado, Ebel, Concord, Olivia  Burton and MVMT, and licensed brands Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, Lacoste, Hugo Boss and Calvin  Klein. He is also Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee,  which he had previously chaired. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1997. 

In 2018, Mr. Howard joined one of the Group Board of Directors of BNY Mellon Family of Funds (formerly The Dreyfus Family of Funds), which has over $350 billion under management in equity,  fixed income and money market funds as well as alternative investments. In 2020, he was named  Chair of the Audit Committee for his Group Board. In addition, he is a member of the BNY  Mellon Joint Fund Governance Advisory Committee which evaluates and addresses the governance  policies, practices and procedures of its mutual fund complex. 

In March 2020, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc.  (NYSE:DO), which provides contract drilling services, through its fleet of drillships and  semisubmersible rigs, to the oil industry around the world. Mr. Howard was named Lead Director,  Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Executive Committee and the Finance  Committee. He was added to the Board as the company was considering restructuring options  caused by a weak oil market and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Ultimately the company  filed for bankruptcy protection and Mr. Howard played a key role in the process. He left the Board  after its emergence in April 2021. Mr. Howard was nominated for the 2021 Independent Director  of the Year, awarded to a Lead Director or Non-Executive Chair by Corporate Board  Member/Chief Executive Group, for his leadership role throughout the bankruptcy proceedings. 

In April 2022, Mr. Howard joined the Board of Directors of New England Expert Technologies,  Inc. (formerly Valley Precision Parts Corporation), a privately held company controlled by Jefferson  River Capital LLC, which manufactures complicated, close tolerance parts and assemblies  principally out of titanium, carbon steel and nickel-based alloys, primarily for aerospace engines and  aviation components, missile defense weapons, and recreational and military firearms applications. He is also a member of the Board’s Compensation Committee.  

Mr. Howard has worked in private equity as well as having advised hedge funds and asset managers  during the financial crisis of 2008 through 2010. Early in his career, he worked at James River  Corporation (formerly American Can’s Paper Division) where he was involved in product design  and development, marketing strategies, consumer testing and commercialization of new products.  

Mr. Howard was the President of Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, NY from 2009 through  2012, and worked closely with golf architect Gil Hanse on a significant restoration of this A.W.  Tillinghast designed course. 

Mr. Howard earned B.S. and M.S. degrees, with honors (Dean’s List, Tau Beta Pi, Alpha Pi Mu), from the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and an M.B.A. degree  in Finance from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business where he was named a  Dean’s Scholar (as well as the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society). He attended the Harvard  Business School, Executive Education Program, Making Corporate Boards More Effective.

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