236 episodes

Each week Ari interviews a thriving manufacturing leader and discovers the secrets to their success. He uncovers each guests' 'manufacturing story' - their path into and through the industry,

Ari digs into successes and best practices of each company and leader, as well as challenges and discoveries, to help listeners and guests learn from each other. Discover the strategies these great leaders have used to start, develop, and grow their business - workforce development, leadership, sales/marketing, investments, technology, mergers, workplace culture and so much more!

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

Do you know someone who would be a great guest or have a topic you'd really like to learn about? Let us know! Reach out to our podcast producer at contactus@compassmsp.com

Made in America with Ari Santiago Ari Santiago

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    • 4.6 • 50 Ratings

Each week Ari interviews a thriving manufacturing leader and discovers the secrets to their success. He uncovers each guests' 'manufacturing story' - their path into and through the industry,

Ari digs into successes and best practices of each company and leader, as well as challenges and discoveries, to help listeners and guests learn from each other. Discover the strategies these great leaders have used to start, develop, and grow their business - workforce development, leadership, sales/marketing, investments, technology, mergers, workplace culture and so much more!

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

Do you know someone who would be a great guest or have a topic you'd really like to learn about? Let us know! Reach out to our podcast producer at contactus@compassmsp.com

    Using Extended Reality and AI in Manufacturing with Ted Dinsmore, SphereGen Technologies

    Using Extended Reality and AI in Manufacturing with Ted Dinsmore, SphereGen Technologies

    As technology like Augmented (AR), Virtual (VR) and Mixed Reality (MR) as well as AI become better and better, the use cases for business continue to grow. In this week's fascinating episode, Ted Dinsmore from SphereGen Technologies explains what these technologies are and how they can be used to solve complex business challenges.
     
    After initially serving the medical industry, Ted realized that AR/VR/MR and AI could make a big impact on manufacturing as well. In this episode, Ted walks Ari through some of the use cases of each technology to help our listeners imagine what could be done in their our facility.
     
    Technologies like these are vital as the older manufacturing leaders must pass on vital information to a younger, more technically savvy generation. The uses of new technology are only limited by your imagination…so come imagine what can be accomplished.
     
    Ted's favorite business book - his own…Partnering with Microsoft
     
    Ted Dinsmore, SphereGen
    Website: https://www.spheregen.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/SphereGen
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/spheregen
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spheregen/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@spheregentechnologies
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spheregentechnologies/
    Ted's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/teddinsmore/
     
    Ari Santiago, CEO, CompassMSP
    Company Website: https://compassmsp.com/
    Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/compass-msp/
    Podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MadeinAmericaPodcast
    Podcast LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/made-in-america-podcast-with-ari
    Podcast YouTube:  https://youtube.com/c/MadeinAmericaPodcastwithAri
    Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/
     
    Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/
    Podcast executive production by Gael Communications: https://www.gaelcommunications.com/
     
    Ted and Ari discuss:
    Augmented reality
    Virtual reality
    Mixed Reality
    AI
    Industry 4.0  
    Digital transformation

    • 47 min
    175 years of manufacturing with Paul Lloyd, Farrel Pomini

    175 years of manufacturing with Paul Lloyd, Farrel Pomini

    Farrel Pomini is a 175 year old company that has been through multiple iterations of their manufacturing journey - and still survives! In their latest iteration, they are a leader in research, design and manufacture of compounding systems for the polymer processing industry.
     
    In this episode, Ari talks to Paul Lloyd, President of Farrel Pomini, about the history of the company and Paul's role for the past 30+ years. They dive into the sustainability of the plastics industry and the innovation that must continue in order to make it a viable solution for the planet in addition to the economy.
     
    Throughout the episode, we hear Paul's reflections on his path into manufacturing and see how that is mirrored by their new and very successful Engineering Development Program.
     
    Ari and Paul cover both the past and future all in one episode!
     
    Paul's favorite business book: Zero to One, Peter Thiel
     
    Paul Lloyd, Farrel Pomini
    Website: https://www.farrel-pomini.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FarrelPomini
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/farrel-pomini/
    Paul's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-lloyd-21121a244/
     
    Ari Santiago, CEO, CompassMSP
    Company Website: https://compassmsp.com/
    Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/compass-msp/
    Podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MadeinAmericaPodcast
    Podcast LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/made-in-america-podcast-with-ari
    Podcast YouTube:  https://youtube.com/c/MadeinAmericaPodcastwithAri
    Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/
     
    Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/
    Podcast executive production by Gael Communications: https://www.gaelcommunications.com/
     
    Paul and Ari discuss:
    Workforce development
    Sustainability
    Plastics
    Engineer development  program

    • 47 min
    Serving the Industrial Base with Ron Angelo, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT)

    Serving the Industrial Base with Ron Angelo, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT)

    CCATs technology adoption programs and funding opportunities for small and medium sized manufacturers keep growing and developing, so we are always happy to hear from Ron Angelo, President & CEO about their latest and greatest programs.
     
    Ron tells Ari about continuous improvement over the years at CCAT and how they are focusing in on areas like training and technology adoption.  They discuss programs like the Digital Thread Lab, Additive Adoption Program, and Digital Transformation Program - which focuses on areas like model-based definition and non-destructive testing. 
     
    At the end of the day, CCAT aims to help the regional supply chain stay competitive  and resilient!
     
    Ron Angelo, President and CEO, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT)
    CCAT's Website: https://www.ccat.us/
    CCAT's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ccat/
    CCAT's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CTCenterforAdvancedTech
    Ron's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ronangelo/
     
    Ari Santiago, CEO, CompassMSP
    Company Website: https://compassmsp.com/
    Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/compass-msp/
    Podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MadeinAmericaPodcast
    Podcast LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/made-in-america-podcast-with-ari
    Podcast YouTube:  https://youtube.com/c/MadeinAmericaPodcastwithAri
    Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/
     
    Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/
    Podcast executive production by Gael Communications: https://www.gaelcommunications.com/
     
    Ron and Ari discuss:
    Workforce training
    Digital transformation
    Model-based definition
    Automation
    Additive technology

    • 43 min
    Recruitment and Retention - The Best of Made in America

    Recruitment and Retention - The Best of Made in America

    The manufacturing industry is constantly talking about workforce recruitment and retention. It's been a big topic on the podcast for several years, as well, and approaches are changing.
     
    This week, we're sharing some of the recruitment and retention secrets that you may have missed during this year's episodes. We've pulled together some of the best tactics from great leaders across the state to help you make some additions or changes to your recruitment and retention strategy.
     
    We also threw in some updated (and positive!) plans from Connecticut's Department of Economic and Community Development that are helping to support the growth of the CT workforce as both manufacturing and as a whole.
     
    Kick off your 2024 recruitment with a bang! 
     
    Ari Santiago, CEO, CompassMSP
    Company Website: https://compassmsp.com/
    Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/compass-msp/
    Podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MadeinAmericaPodcast
    Podcast LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/made-in-america-podcast-with-ari
    Podcast YouTube:  https://youtube.com/c/MadeinAmericaPodcastwithAri
    Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/
     
    Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/
    Podcast executive production by Gael Communications: https://www.gaelcommunications.com/
     
    This episode covers:
    Recruitment
    Retention
    Workplace culture
    Workforce development

    • 27 min
    Persistence Beats Resistance with Craig Allmendinger, Northeast Scientific

    Persistence Beats Resistance with Craig Allmendinger, Northeast Scientific

    Medical device reprocessing is a fascinating niche of medical manufacturing that we haven't yet discussed on the podcast!
     
    In this episode, Craig Allmendinger, CEO of Northeast Scientific (NES), shares the remarkable journey of NES. This a story of some serious perseverance!
     
    Discover how NES navigated substantial early challenges, overcame massive regulatory hurdles, and established credibility in a tough market. Ari and Craig talk about the innovation needed to continue and to compete, as well as the added complexity of quality control required of any medical manufacturer.  
     
    Finally, learn about the impact of World Pace, NES's non-profit arm, that collaborates with the University of Michigan to provide affordable pacemakers globally.
     
    Craig has been on a wild ride to success and he shares it all on this episode!
     
    Craig Allmendinger, Northeast Scientific
    Website: https://www.smarthealth-care.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/nescientific/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063739975808
    Craig's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/craig-allmendinger-8a72a6b/
     
    Ari Santiago, CEO, CompassMSP
    Company Website: https://compassmsp.com/
    Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/compass-msp/
    Podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MadeinAmericaPodcast
    Podcast LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/made-in-america-podcast-with-ari
    Podcast YouTube:  https://youtube.com/c/MadeinAmericaPodcastwithAri
    Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/
     
    Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/
    Podcast executive production by Gael Communications: https://www.gaelcommunications.com/
     
    Craig and Ari discuss:
    Medical devices
    Reprocessing
    FDA clearance
    Quality
    Continuous Improvement

    • 43 min
    A Passion for Time and Space with Love Hunter, Love Hunter Watches

    A Passion for Time and Space with Love Hunter, Love Hunter Watches

    What does it mean to make mechanical watches the traditional way? Think made-by-hand, incredibly tight tolerances, and exceptional attention to detail!  That's what you get with Love Hunter Watches, an exclusive luxury watch manufacturer bringing back American watch manufacturing.
     
    On this episode, we welcome Love Hunter owner of Love Hunter Watches and learn about his fascinating journey and his obsession with watchmaking. Love talks about his unique road to entrepreneurship, the inspiration his father gave him, and the inspiration he passes along to his high school students as a manufacturing instructor in Derby, CT.   
     
    This one-of-a kind manufacturing story is 100% worth watching or listening to!
     
    Love's favorite business book:   The Management Bible, Bob Nelson & Peter Economy 
     
    Love Hunter, Love Hunter Watches
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/carey-manufacturing-inc-
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CareyManufacturing/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@careymanufacturing9077
    Alison's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alisoncarey/
     
     
    Ari Santiago, CEO, CompassMSP
    Company Website: https://compassmsp.com/
    Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/compass-msp/
    Podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MadeinAmericaPodcast
    Podcast LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/made-in-america-podcast-with-ari
    Podcast YouTube:  https://youtube.com/c/MadeinAmericaPodcastwithAri
    Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/
     
    Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/
    Podcast executive production by Gael Communications: https://www.gaelcommunications.com/
     
    Love and Ari discuss:
    Watchmaking
    Traditional manufacturing
    Teaching
    Apprenticeship

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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oliviabaker13 ,

A fantastic show!

Love the approach Ari takes to Made In America - I love hearing the personal stories (successes and failures) and the ‘why’ behind these creators’ and manufacturing leaders’ work. Ari’s excitement to talk his guests and his passion for the industry is palpable. Very enjoyable listening experience, I highly recommend you check it out!

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Listen today very informative and a good listen.
Being in manufacturing it was very helpful.

hmark101 ,

Great podcast

Very insightful interviews that bring out interesting stories from the guests and showcase what Connecticut truly has to offer. Well done!

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