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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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Produced by Miceli Productions -

Dec 1, 2020

In this episode, John Leposky, Senior Manager of Optical Fabrication at ASML, speaks with Ari about closing workforce gaps and including your team in your Lean journey, all while producing hi-tech computer chips.

John details ASML's Lean philosophy and encourages others to make the investment. He is excited to share that it has been the best solution for the company's growth and that the ROI has been phenomenal!

With the Three C's in mind - Challenges, Collaboration, and Caring, John is hopeful that the manufacturing industry can bring in intelligent and skilled workers!

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