NMC Members & Community Partner News

BlueTech Company,
ThayerMahan, Experiences Meteoric Growth in Groton

Groton Economic Development; April 21, 2021

In March, ThayerMahan, a Groton-based BlueTech company was awarded part of $8 million in federal funding for offshore wind research and development. The company is a leader in Groton's BlueTech industry and one of several growing in the region.

ThayerMahan was founded by Navy veterans concerned with growing undersea threats. "It became clear that we needed to find ways to supplement the Navy and Coast Guard's mission with marine awareness and unmanned systems," said Richard Hine, co-founder and COO of ThayerMahan.  MORE...

 

Meet CCAT's New Chief Technology Officer - Dr. Jacquelynn Garofano

CCAT Press Release; April 5, 2021

ccat Dr Jackie Garafano CTO

We are proud to announce Dr. Jacquelynn (Jackie) Garofano has joined the CCAT team in the position of Chief Technology Officer. A press release went out to the media today.
  
Jackie joins us after a nearly decade-long career at Raytheon Technologies and two decades of materials research experience.
 
“I am thrilled to join Ron and the team at CCAT. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to play an integral role in developing the company’s technical vision, strategic direction and future growth," says Jackie. 
 
As CTO, Jackie will focus on developing and directing new technology projects and programs in collaboration with our partner organizations: federal agencies, national labs and consortiums, universities, global industrial corporations and subject matter experts.  
 
Jackie began her career as a research scientist at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) in 2011. Leveraging her materials engineering expertise, she solved technical challenges, provided failure investigation, and developed innovative technologies for the company’s aerospace and building industries. At UTRC, she was a driving force behind utilization of combinatorial high throughput methodology to rapidly execute and assess multivariable design of experiments, focusing on materials informatics approaches, for advanced materials development (including additive manufacturing) and corrosion mitigation. She has 11 technical publications to her credit, including the Applied Physics Letters, the Journal of Materials Science, the Journal of the American Ceramic Society, and Additive Manufacturing, and holds two U.S. patents.

We're excited to have Jackie on the CCAT team! Her broad technical expertise, and her deep understanding of partner organizations, will be an asset to our partnerships, programs and workshops.

Connect with Jackie on LinkedIn or via email at [email protected].
 

Cirtronics to highlight Transition to Manufacturing services at MD+M | BIOMEDigital’s Virtual Live Event

Cirtronics; April 1, 2021

Milford, NH

Cirtronics is sponsoring the Product Development track at this year’s MD+M | BIOMEDigital event on April 6-7, 2021. Engaging early with partners is vital in the product development process. At Cirtronics, early engagement includes progressing medical devices through our Transition to Manufacturing (T2M) facility and services. T2M accelerates the product’s seamless move to manufacturing and shortens time to market.

Jim McCall, Director of Manufacturing, “T2M optimizes product build processes before moving into production, creating an efficient transfer to manufacturing and consistent results.” McCall continues, “By leveraging early access to engineers and process equipment in our T2M facility, we’re able to optimize the build for production. Working with our supply chain experts, we review the bill of material and create a sourcing strategy that aligns with the specific needs of our customer. Our T2M services accelerate the transition of complex systems to full-scale production here in our FDA registered facility. T2M saves money by avoiding line stoppages, and build adjustments once we’re in full production.”

These services strengthen complex system builds, including medical devices that incorporate lasers and optics that have exacting quality and regulatory requirements.

Let us put our expertise, expanded T2M space, and quality-intensive manufacturing to work for you.  For more information about Cirtronics, visit our website.

 

About Cirtronics

Cirtronics, located in the Greater Boston area, offers expertise and experience manufacturing low to mid volume complex systems. Cirtronics thrives in the exacting details and intensive quality requirements of highly regulated markets including medical technology, robotics, security, defense, and industrial. Cirtronics’ fully integrated and responsive services are tailored to the needs of each customer. We call this Precision Engagement®. We think you’ll call it refreshing. For more information visit www.cirtronics.com. Cirtronics is FDA Registered, ITAR Registered, ISO 9001 and 13485 Certified, and a Woman-Owned Small Business.

 

 

Press Release: Kelser Corp Honored on the 2021 CRN® Tech Elite 250 List

Kelser Corporation Blog; March 31, 2021

Kelser Corporation today announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, will honor Kelser on its 2021 Tech Elite 250 list. This annual list features IT solution providers of all sizes in North America that have earned cutting-edge technical certifications from leading technology suppliers. These companies have separated themselves from the pack as top solution providers, earning multiple, premier IT certifications, specializations, and partner program designations from industry-leading technology providers.

Businesses rely on solution providers for an enormous amount of technologies, services, and expertise to help them meet today’s IT challenges — whether it’s a new implementation or digital transformation initiatives. To meet these demands, solution providers and MSPs must maintain high levels of training and certification from IT vendors and achieve the highest tiers within those vendors’ partner programs.

Each year, The Channel Company’s research group and CRN editors distinguish the most client-driven technical certifications in the North American IT channel. Solution providers that have earned these high honors — enabling them to deliver exclusive products, services, and customer support — are then selected from a pool of online applicants as well as from The Channel Company’s solution provider database.

This is the second consecutive year that Kelser has made the Tech Elite 250 list and the third time overall. As a managed service provider (MSP) for companies in New England, Kelser’s high-level relationships with top industry partners as well as highly certified support staff gives their clients all the benefits of best-in-class technology support without the in-house cost. This allows their clients to reallocate internal resources to more strategic tasks, leverage those outside specialties to advance their business in new directions, and save costs without losing performance.

“We believe the people at Kelser are one of our biggest differentiators and this award helps demonstrates that,” said Barry Kelly, CEO of Kelser. “By continually learning, growing, and achieving greater knowledge, we keep ourselves in a position to be the best possible mentors for our clients.”

“CRN’s Tech Elite 250 list highlights the top solution providers in the IT channel with the most in-depth technical knowledge, expertise, and certifications for providing the best level of service for their customers,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “These solution providers have continued to extend their talents and abilities across various technologies and IT practices, demonstrating their commitment to really conveying the most exceptional business value to their customers.”

Coverage of the Tech Elite 250 will be featured in the April issue of CRN® Magazine and online at www.CRN.com/techelite250.

 

About Kelser Corporation

Since 1981, Kelser Corporation has helped organizations achieve their goals through technology. Based in Glastonbury, Kelser is proud to assist a wide variety of organizations in the Northeast—including some of the largest companies in Connecticut—in using technology to move their businesses forward. Kelser’s experienced team of technology consultants understand their clients’ businesses as deeply as the products and services Kelser provides. The result is technology that works on behalf of businesses, not the other way around. www.kelsercorp.com

Follow Kelser: TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook

Kelser Contact:

Lisa Carroll
VP, Revenue
860.610.2220
[email protected] 

About The Channel Company®

The Channel Company® enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers, and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelcompany.com

Follow The Channel Company®: Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook

© 2021. CRN is a registered trademark of The Channel Company, LLC. All rights reserved.

The Channel Company Contact:

Jennifer Hogan
The Channel Company
[email protected]

 

Original post is at https://www.kelsercorp.com/blog/kelser-corp-2021-crn-tech-elite-250

 

National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium Announces Projects Totaling $8 Million

Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy; March 29, 2021

The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, which was established with funding from U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), has selected 15 new projects to receive a total of $8 million for offshore wind support structure innovation, U.S.-based supply chain development, electrical systems innovation, and solutions for impacts on wildlife and radar.

DOE established the National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium in 2018 to address research priorities for offshore wind as defined in the National Offshore Wind Strategy, which was developed jointly by DOE and the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. DOE competitively selected the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to administer the Consortium, with DOE and NYSERDA each providing $20.5 million to fund high-impact research projects that lower the costs of U.S. offshore wind. State agencies in Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Maine have since joined, resulting in a total investment of around $47 million. The Consortium’s members include many of the major entities in the offshore wind industry.

The selections announced today include:

  • Four projects to develop innovative support structures (including foundations and moorings) for very large fixed-bottom and floating offshore wind turbines to achieve economies of scale
  • Three projects that propose innovative solutions to supply chain and installation challenges including spiral welded towers, a self-positioning blade installation tool, and unmanned aerial devices for inspections
  • Five projects to support innovations in grid interconnection and transmission
  • Three technology development projects to mitigate use conflicts, including wildlife monitoring and radar interference.

The full list of new projects and the technical challenge areas they aim to address is below. The 15 new projects bring the Consortium’s total funding portfolio to $28 million for 40 projects.

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RFP 2 Round 3: Electrical Systems and Innovation; Conflicting Use Mitigation

Challenge Area: Submarine Cable Innovations to Reduce Failures, Electrical Losses and Cost

AwardeeProject Title
ThayerMahan

Transmission and Export Cable Fault Detection and Prevention Using Synthetic Aperture Sonar

 

Read full release here.

ThayerMahan is an NMC Member. Their COO, Rich Hine, is on our Board of Directors.

 

Munger Construction Honored in Varco Pruden Hall of Fame Competition

Two Category Awards: Building Retrofit and Warehousing

March 18, 2021 – Branford, CT; – Pat Munger Construction Company, Inc has been named to Varco Pruden’s 2021 Hall of Fame for its American Polyfilm project, rated Best in the Warehousing Category, and for The Lee Company Building 2 project, rated Winner in the Retrofit Category.

The highly competitive Hall of Fame Awards are presented annually to the independent authorized VP Builders whose work reflects innovation and excellence using Varco Pruden building systems by creating exceptional architectural appearance, efficient design, and effective end use. “The Hall of Fame is proof positive that our builders continue to challenge the boundaries by seeking new and innovative ways to prove that Metal Building Systems are the system of choice,” said Paul Day, Varco Pruden president.

A VP pre-engineered steel building designed by Terry Architecture provides American Polyfilm, a Branford, CT manufacturer, with a new 27,400 SF facility, most of which is dedicated to warehousing but also provides office space, a two-story lean-to mezzanine and a separate structure to house the entire site’s utilities.  Munger completed construction in December 2020.  The building features panel rib walls, continuous beam framing, single slope galvalume roof and below eave canopies above the overhead doors.

The Lee Company, a Westbrook, CT manufacturer hired Munger to renew Building 2 into a 26,000 SF meeting and training center.  The retrofit, designed by architect Tom Gribbon, was completed in August 2020.  The original manufacturing facility was leveled to its main frames and its secondary framing roof purlins and wall girts were replaced.  The renovated facility features ThermalClad™ wall panels that offer superior thermal performance with an attractive profile along with a single slope galvalume roof.  Large moveable partitions enable space flexibility for training, meetings, catering and dining. A high-performance audio/visual system enhances the environment.

“We are very proud to be recognized by Varco Pruden Buildings as a 2021 Hall of Fame award winner,” said David DeMaio, Munger president. "These projects highlight the advanced architectural vision, engineering expertise and technical construction capability of the Munger team."

 

About American Polyfilm

Since 1998, American Polyfilm, a family-owned company, produces made-to-order blown polyurethane films serving medical, performance textiles, protective garments, food processing and petroleum markets. 

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About The Lee Company

Since 1948 The Lee Company has been a leading innovator in miniature precision fluid control products for aerospace, Formula 1 racing, oil exploration, automotive, off-highway equipment, machine tools, medical and scientific instrumentation, and ink-jet printing.

Lee

About Varco Pruden Buildings

Varco Pruden Buildings, a division of BlueScope Buildings North America, Inc., is one of the nation’s largest building-solutions companies with a network of over 1,000 builders across the United States and Canada.  Through advanced engineering and proprietary building products, VP provides innovative steel building solutions for low-rise commercial and industrial applications – including offices, warehouses, schools, manufacturing and retail projects. www.varcopruden.com.

About Pat Munger Construction Company

Since 1968, Munger has delivered a great experience for industrial and commercial customers who benefit from cost effective, aesthetically pleasing, energy efficient, and environmentally sound buildings that facilitate a relationship among people, technology and space. As a turnkey Design-Build general contractor we collaborate with architects and building owners to integrate the optimal technology from leading suppliers into well-designed, value engineered new buildings, additions and renovations.  Proven by an array of successful projects, repeat customers, skilled and loyal people, Munger works to build lifetime relationships earned each day on each project.  www.mungerconstruction.com

 

O&G Industries Leads $54.6M I-84 Safety, Operational Improvement Job

O&G Website; February 25, 2021

The Connecticut Department of Transportation's (CTDOT) $54.6 million I-84 Safety and Operational Improvements project in West Hartford, awarded to O&G Industries Inc., is based upon the mitigation of traffic congestion and safety concerns that can arise in heavy traffic situations.

This two-stage project, financed by the state and designed by BL Companies, started in March 2020 and should be completed in summer 2023. Additional parties involved in the project include Urban Engineers Inc., hired as the construction engineering and inspection consultant.

The project runs west and east along I-84. From the west, it begins at the Farmington/West Hartford town line and ends at the Park Road on-ramp and from the east and 500 ft. east of the Ridgewood Road overpass and extends 200 ft. east of the Mayflower overpass.

Ghazi Alsaqri, CTDOT's project engineer, addressed the initiative's benefits and positive impacts.

"The existing traffic volume within the project limits is at or near capacity, and combined with closely spaced interchanges, results in congestion and weaving concerns on this section," he said. "A review of the three-year crash data between 2012 and 2014 revealed a total of 159 crashes with 48 injuries and one fatality on I-84 WB, and a total of 202 crashes with 90 injuries and one fatality on I-84 EB. The crashes seen most prominently in this time period — rear endings, sideswiping, fixed-object crashes — are indicative of issues related to congestion and vehicle weaving maneuvers.

"The region has grown and with that, the foundations built previously are no longer feasible for the increased volume," he added. "I-84 was constructed in the early 1960s to support regional mobility and commerce; and as the region has grown over the past 60 years, so has daily traffic. Upon its completion, the sections being improved will achieve project goals of increased commuter safety, local and regional commerce and freight mobility."

An additional lane is being added on I-84 WB between Exits 39A and 43, which extends 9,500 ft. Additionally, for the I-84 EB direction, a lane will be added between Exit 40 and 41, which extends 2,800 ft. The lane additions in both directions are feasible via the replacement of the Berkshire Road bridges to accommodate them.   Read More>>>

 
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