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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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Produced by Miceli Productions -

Nov 17, 2020

In this episode, CJ Bienia from Robotic Advantage, speaks with Ari about everything automation; how to get it started in your shop, crushing your ROI, and driving down costs.

CJ details how automation has improved over the last decade and where it will be in the future. He also explains how to talk to employees about the benefits of automation - there's no reason to fear it!

CJ is excited about where automation is headed and stresses the importance of starting small. You always want to make sure employees know what is coming!

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