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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 3, 2019

Special guests:
Michael Polo, President, ACMT, 00:30
Albert Pucino, Director of Incumbent Training, Goodwin College 12:09
Brian Montanari, President and CEO, HABCO Industries, 18:11
Jacqueline Gallo, General Manager, Whitcraft Group, 25:43
Sal Menzo, Superintendent, Wallingford Schools, 40:30

This is our second of three episodes created from live recordings at the ACM Aerospace Alley Tradeshow. This episode has a fascinating mix of manufacturers sharing their stories and educators who focus on workforce development. Each manufacturer shares how they are working with their local municipalities to promote manufacturing as a great career option. Each educator shares how they ar expanding the programs in the state to promote workforce development and incumbent worker training for development of the manufacturing workforce.

The guests each have their own unique stories and have some uplifting views on the state of manufacturing in Connecticut!

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