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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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Apr 28, 2020

ACM, the Aerospace Component Manufacturers organization, has been pulling together the aerospace industry in CT for years. Now, during the Covid-19 pandemic, that incredible cooperative spirit is even more pertinent and important than ever.

On this episode, Ari talks to Paul Murphy, Executive Director, about the high-level impact this health crisis is having on companies and the manufacturing industry throughout CT. After years of running businesses and now the ACM, Paul has terrific insight on what companies can focus on now to be prepared for the uncertain future.

They discuss the role that the ACM is playing for their members and the role Paul has taken on to help drive their member companies forward during this tough time.

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