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Each week, Ari Santiago interviews a thriving CT manufacturing leader to share the positive messages around the industry with two goals:

1) To share best practices amongst manufacturing business leaders to help each other to grow and succeed

2) To spread the word throughout the state that manufacturing is a growing part of our economy and offers exciting opportunities for incredible, well-paying careers 


Ari Santiago is the President, CEO and Founder of IT Direct, a Technology Managed Service Provider in Hartford, CT. He has a passion for the manufacturing industry and the incredible impact it is making on our local economy. IT Direct focuses on providing its manufacturing clients the technology, support, and strategic guidance they need to not only meet their business goals but to drive future success. 


This podcast is brought to you by IT Direct -

Produced by Miceli Productions -

Jan 12, 2021

In this episode, learn how Clayton Walters, President of Clayton Off Road, turned his hobby and passion for Jeeps into a business.

Clayton speaks with Ari about the substantial growth in his business during the pandemic, the impact of digital marketing, and the benefits of building your own machines and...

Jan 5, 2021

Join us for a unique 'home alone' episode of the Made in America podcast with our very own podcast host, Ari Santiago!

In this 2020 wrap up and 2021 kick-off episode, Ari talks about the successes and challenges of the manufacturing industry during an unprecedented year and the tremendous work of manufacturers in the...

Dec 29, 2020

Welcome to a special highlight episode of the Made in America podcast. On this episode Ari has pulled over a dozen clips from podcast guests talking about the great resources in our state.
We have manufacturing associations and organizations that other states would love to have!

Hear first from representatives of these...

Dec 22, 2020

In this episode, David Bohn, President and CEO of Preferred Utilities Mfg. Corp., speaks with Ari about his forward thinking approach, how to build an efficient internship program, and what makes a strong engineering team.

David emphasizes the importance of meeting customer needs by creating quality products. He also...

Dec 15, 2020

In this episode, Doug Folsom, CEO of Whitcraft, speaks with Ari about his passion for manufacturing, how to treat the people around you, and how to build company culture after an acquisition.

Doug focuses in on the concept of Kaizen; how it removes waste, brings value to an organization, and leads to employment...