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Each week, Ari Santiago interviews a thriving 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 that manufacturing is a growing part of our economy and offers exciting opportunities for incredible, well-paying careers 


Ari Santiago is the CEO of CompassMSP a Technology Managed Service Provider with offices from Miami to Milwaukee and down the eastern seaboard. He has a passion for the manufacturing industry and the incredible impact it makes on our economy.


This podcast is brought to you by CompassMSP -

Produced by Miceli Productions -

Oct 3, 2023

This is an incredible Made in America story of bringing woolen textile manufacturing back to the US - specifically back to New England. In this episode, Ari talks to Jacob Long, President of American Woolen Company, about his passion for creating a story and a community around the American wool industry.


They discuss the idea of 'craft' manufacturing - similar to the craft beer movement, Jacob believes there is a sizeable market for craft textiles. Not only can it be a source of pride for an area, but a way to bring back old traditions and make new ones.


Ari and Jacob discuss the commoditization of apparel with its economic, social, and environmental implications. Jacob also talks about the challenges of entrepreneurship, having the tenacity to stick through the challenges, and finding the right core audience for your product.


A fascinating episode - and a ton to learn from!


Jacob Long, American Woolen Company





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Local traditions

Craft manufacturing

Made in America

Environmental footprint / Sustainability