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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 -

May 19, 2020

Jill Mayer, CEO of Bead Industries talks to Ari about how they are using this slower time to prepare for the future. From implementing new organizational procedures to investing in equipment and automation, Bead plans to come out of the Covid-19 pandemic in a better and stronger position.

In this episode, Jill and Ari talk about how Bead has maintained strong communication no matter where their workers are. They discussed the benefits of the PPP funds and how Bead Industries will use them as a cushion to protect their workers and move the business forward.

Finally, as the VP of the NHMA and a member of the Connecticut Manufacturing Collaborative, Jill talks about how these organizations have been working hard to support and bring together their communities.

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