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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 -

Dec 31, 2019

On this week's episode of the Made in America podcast, we are focusing on an important theme we've talked about with so many of our guests: Workforce Development. Each of our guests has had a different and unique take on how they find, recruit, and build manufacturing talent. Our guests talked about what they do in their own company, how they work within the community, programs they've worked with or created, and so much more.

This episode pulls together the best of the best advice from some of the industry leaders we've had on the podcast. It truly hits CT manufacturing's hottest topic! Even if you've heard some of the podcasts these segments come from, you're going to pull something new and valuable from this focused highlights episode. 

Special guests:

Paul Lavoie, General Manager, Carey Manufacturing

Jason Howey, President and CEO, Okay Industries

Marty Guay, VP of Business Development, Stanley Black and Decker

Glenn Ford, President, Phoenix Manufacturing

Lynda Prigodich, CEO, Atlas Stamping and Manufacturing

Chris Jewell, CFO and Principal, Collins & Jewell

Jamie Scott, ED NHMA and VP Air Handling Systems


Ari Santiago, President/CEO/Founder, IT Direct

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