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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 -

Mar 31, 2020

We're back and are ready to bring you tons of value to help you and your manufacturing company learn and adapt during the Covid-19 pandemic. On today's episode, Ari speaks to Scott Livingston, CEO of Horst Engineering.

They talk real specifics about HORST's response to the Covid-19 crisis. Compare and contrast HORST's...

Mar 17, 2020

There are some great stories in this episode of the Made in America podcast with special guest, Dean Coccaro, VP of Operations at Zendex Tool. Dean talks about his life before getting involved in his dad's company, how he got involved, and what they are doing now to grow and improve the company.

Dean has learned a ton...

Mar 10, 2020

Tom McGwire is 4th generation in this dynamic, nearly 100 year old company!

On this episode, learn about the beginning of the company, back in 1921 and how it has survived, grown, and thrived up to today.


Tom talks about the strategy behind their acquisitions, their launch into Kaizens and continuous improvement,...

Mar 3, 2020

In a field that has historically had extensive environmental impact, the work that allnex-Wallingford has done to both clean up their processes and to change the perceptions of their community, has been incredible!

In this episode, Frank DiCristina, Site Manager of allnex-Wallingford talks to Ari about automation, data...