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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 -

Sep 3, 2019

This is an inspiring podcast episode that you don't want to miss! On this episode of the Made in America podcast, we've got Marty Guay, Vice President of Business Development at Stanley Black & Decker.


Marty talks about Stanley's vision of Hartford as a world epicenter of advanced manufacturing. Stanley's Manufactory 4.0 recently opened in Hartford is meant to be a hub of manufacturing technology innovation - Industry 4.0 - as well as the location of their Techstars startup accelerator.


Marty and Ari discuss the incredible manufacturing history in Hartford, coming together as a manufacturing community, and the goals Stanley has to help improve workforce development for all manufacturers in the area.


If you want to be inspired by the outlook of manufacturing in CT, definitely listen to/watch this episode!


Marty Guay: Stanley Black and Decker

Marty's email:

Manufactory 4.0 website:


Ari Santiago:

Ari Santiago is the President/CEO of IT Direct




Ari's LinkedIn:


Podcast produced by Miceli Productions:



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