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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 -

Jun 23, 2020

Ari is honored to have our U.S. Senator of Connecticut, Chris Murphy, join him for this terrific episode of the Made in America podcast.

Ari talks to Senator Murphy about everything manufacturers want to know:
  • The importance of manufacturing jobs in CT
  • How to increase the manufacturing workforce
  • Bringing the defense supply chain back to the U.S.
  • 'Buying American' and the role of both administration and legislation
  • Trade wars and tariffs - working to stabilize the current state of trade uncertainty
  • How the federal government can help to encourage U.S. manufacturing

And so much more!

Truly a great interview - make sure you stay to the end to hear the Senator's answers to Ari's rapid-fire round of questions!

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