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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 -

Jan 28, 2020

This episode of the Made in America podcast is a fast-paced episode, full of incredible information and a super-positive outlook. It covers so much manufacturing goodness from selling the family business, to the CT Manufacturers' Collaborative, to listening to the voice of the customer.

Chris DiPentima has accomplished...

Jan 21, 2020

Ari and Tony Karlowicz, Co-founder of Back East Brewery, talk about beer, taste beer, and have a great time talking about brewing as what it truly is, a manufacturing business. They discuss topics any other manufacturer would need to learn: innovating, staying competitive in a crowded market, business strategy, and how...

Jan 14, 2020

Ulbrich Stainless Steels and Special Metals has come a long way from its roots as a scrap metal company, through WWII making mess kit knives, through the 50s manufacturing cutlery for diners, and now creating over 160 metal alloys used in everything from basic consumer goods to cars to hi-tech medical equipment.


Jan 7, 2020

This episode of the Made in America podcast is truly outstanding. Scott Livingston, CEO of Horst Engineering is not only a powerhouse in the CT aerospace industry, but is a guiding light in his community as well. Scott's passion about the important things in his life comes across in every minute of this interview:...