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Scott Livingston’s Grandfather Horst, after whom Horst Engineering Company in Connecticut was named, often talked about bicycles with Scott during his childhood. Cycling was part of Horst’s life in Germany before he fled from the Nazis in 1938 and came to America.
Horst started his machining company in 1946, and Scott and his family run it today. While the core business is now aerospace products made on Swiss screw machines and thread-rolled parts, a growing piece of the business is a niche product for bikers, toe spikes.
Scott and the Horst company have meshed a passion for cycling, especially the growing sport of cyclo-cross, which features many laps of short-course racing on pavement, wooded trails, grass and steep hills. Cyclo-cross requires the rider to dismount and carry their cycle. Riders usually end up muddy but smiling, riding sturdy bikes with fattish tires. Good toe spikes are a must, and Horst’s are popular all over the world.
Scott and his family are regulars on the race circuit, and Horst sponsors a team. Scott’s wife, who is also an ultramarathon runner, and his children join in the competitions.
The vision of Scott’s grandfather to develop a cycling product for his machining firm has been realized by Scott, and cycling has led to many networking opportunities for the company to find kindred spirits for Horst Manufacturing’s growing business.
Question: Have you been able to combine athletic interests and work?