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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 -

Apr 28, 2020

ACM, the Aerospace Component Manufacturers organization, has been pulling together the aerospace industry in CT for years. Now, during the Covid-19 pandemic, that incredible cooperative spirit is even more pertinent and important than ever.

On this episode, Ari talks to Paul Murphy, Executive Director, about the...

Apr 21, 2020

On this episode of the Made in America podcast, Ari and Colin talk all about the government's response to the Covid-19 crisis, in particular how it relates to the manufacturing industry. He and Ari talk about the changes in priorities to cover the different response stages and the current most important projects.


Apr 17, 2020

MakerspaceCT is a place to learn, create, innovate, and educate in a wide variety of areas: art, manufacturing, business, electronics, IoT, virtual reality, woodworking, metal fabricating and so much more. It combines traditional "making" skills with newer technologies.

Devra is passionate about the Makerspace and the...

Apr 14, 2020

Communication is a two-way street at Okay Industries. Listen to Jason Howey, President and CEO, talk about how they are keeping their 3 manufacturing facilities safe while continuing not only to produce their important medical products, but also helping their community start a new production line for PPE.

Ari and Jason...

Apr 7, 2020

We could all use some help navigating the fast-moving changes of the Covid-19 crisis. In today's episode, Glenn Ford, President of Phoenix Manufacturing, offers some excellent strategies in use in his facility to manage the business, employee, technology and so much more. Phoenix has instituted some terrific policies...