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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 23, 2021

This Made in America episode spotlights David Tuttle, Department Head - Precision Machining Technology at Platt Technical High School and his passion for teaching and mentorship!

Dave talks to Ari about his manufacturing background and how it inspired him to teach. He is a strong advocate for project based learning and relationship-building and enjoys coaching his students throughout their high school career.

He believes it is critical to get in front of parents and help them understand the strengths of the manufacturing industry. This will help technical schools grow across the state and increase the capabilities of a young manufacturing workforce!

David Tuttle, Department Head - Precision Machining Technology, Platt Technical High School
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