More than 225 business leaders discovered the limitless opportunities of the drone industry during ManufactureCT’s annual meeting held on September 28, 2021 at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven, Connecticut. As the state’s largest non-profit manufacturing association, ManufactureCT provides professional development, resources and information, outreach and awareness activities, networking and ongoing support to a diversity of manufacturers. and related industries operating in the region.
The evening began with in-person networking for manufacturing professionals, accompanied by a welcome speech from Executive Director Jamison Scott, a full dinner and President’s message from Jill Mayer. The Award for Outstanding Leadership in Government Affairs was presented to State Representative Kara Rochelle and State Senator Joan Hartley.
Keynote speaker Barry Alexander, founder and CEO of Aquiline Drones in Hartford, inspired the group by explaining his company’s new decentralized manufacturing system – the Aquiline Agile Manufacturing Pod, or AMP, a high-performance portable workstation. technology that can be installed in homes, businesses, and even the military battlefield, to meet the growing demand for drone services. Each AMP mobile workspace turns any 12 x 12 foot area into a mini manufacturing center that can accommodate one to three workers and is equipped with a 3D printer, tools, electronic components, hardware and equipment. partitions.
Additionally, Alexander explained how he built Connecticut’s only drone manufacturing plant during the pandemic, explained the need to hire local talent in partnership with Capital Workforce Partners and CTHires, and the importance of producing American-made drones for state and national security.
“Barry’s message was a powerful call to action to move our state-owned manufacturing industry to the high-tech sector,” Scott said. “His incredible story of triumphing over adversity captivated every manufacturing, political and business leader in the room. “
Participants also got a close look at Aquiline Drones’ popular Spartacus Max drone. The commercial drone performs various tasks for the manufacturing industry, such as inspecting assets, maintaining facilities, and monitoring employees.
Earlier this year, Aquiline Drones was touted as a shining example of Connecticut’s economic growth by Governor Ned Lamont as the first black-owned, US-made drone manufacturing and assembly plant in the United States in the Connecticut.
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PHOTO: Barry Alexander, Founder and CEO of Aquiline Drones, speaks to over 225 senior executives at ManufactureCT’s annual meeting on September 28, 2021 at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven, Conn.