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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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Feb 9, 2021

We are welcoming back a fan-favorite in this Made in America episode, with David Lehman, Commissioner of the DECD!

Commissioner Lehman talks to Ari about some exciting updates happening within DECD and throughout government to support the economy and manufacturing, in particular. He covers how CT has navigated the pandemic, why manufacturing was deemed essential, and how reforming and eliminating the Transfer Act is a huge win for the economy.

Commissioner Lehman also highlights the great work being done by Governor Lamont, Dr. Kelli Vallieres, Colin Cooper, and many other state officials and manufacturing leaders. He believes we are truly creating the workforce of tomorrow and that manufacturers are helping the CT economy flourish.

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