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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. 


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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.

Colin talks about some of the incredible work being done by manufacturers around the state who are stepping up to help in the most amazing ways. Changing production lines, redirecting supply chains, rethinking products and much more to provide PPE for frontline workers and ventilators to help the critically ill.

Colin also recommends some actionable steps that CT manufacturers can take now to continue being prepared for what's to come.

Colin Cooper, Chief Manufacturing Officer, Department of Economic and Community Development
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