NMC Members & Community Partner News

Ørsted and Eversource announce partnership with local fishermen

The Day; May 19, 2021

Joint-venture partners Ørsted and Eversource, the companies working with the state on a $235 million overhaul of State Pier in New London, have announced a collaboration with Waterford-based marine services provider Sea Services North America and its partner fishermen in Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York.

Ørsted says the agreement marks the first time an offshore wind developer and a commercial fishing consortium have signed a substantial commercial contract in the history of U.S. offshore wind.

The partnership, Ørsted and Eversource said in a statement, supports scouting and safety work — safe navigation in and around the companies’ planned Northeast offshore wind farms projects, including the 704-megawatt Revolution Wind project serving Rhode Island and Connecticut, the 132-megawatt South Fork Wind serving Long Island and the 924-megawatt Sunrise Wind project serving New York.

“We believe strongly that offshore wind can coexist with all ocean users, including the region’s commercial and recreational fishing fleets,” David Hardy, chief executive officer of Ørsted Offshore North America, said in a statement. “Our expanded collaboration with Sea Services will help us as we strive to achieve that coexistence, with the valuable support from fishermen who know the area’s waters best.”

Sea Services North America was co-founded by Waterford attorney Gordon Videll and Gary Yerman, the founder and owner of New London Seafood Distributors in New London.



New England Seafood Distributors is an NMC Member.


Groton company gets spotlight for connection to offshore wind

The Day; April 24, 2021

New London — It’s called the ThayerCat, a catamaran-style power boat being converted into an autonomous unmanned marine vessel that can do things like monitor marine mammals and help mitigate noise during construction of offshore wind turbine platforms.

That was one of several innovative projects on display during a tour of Groton-based ThayerMahan on Friday, a 5-year-old company that U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, called “one of the most exciting new companies in the state of Connecticut.”

ThayerMahan is also a company that stands to benefit from the reinvigoration of the offshore wind industry under President Joe Biden. Biden’s administration has said it plans to accelerate permitting and boost financing for offshore wind farms.

ThayerMahan is performing high-tech seabed surveillance work with cutting-edge technology and recently was selected to receive a share of the $8 million made available by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium for its work with undersea cables, a project that could help reduce impacts on the ocean environment of work proposed by the offshore wind industry.

Courtney was joined on Friday’s visit by ThayerMahan CEO Mike Connor, Ørsted Offshore North America CEO David Hardy and others to talk about opportunities in clean energy manufacturing, particularly connected to the offshore wind industry.

ThayerMahan is contracted to perform work for Ørsted, the company that has joined with Eversource in development of several offshore wind farms and contributing more than $77.5 million toward the modernization of State Pier in New London.

Connor said the Groton company, which performs some work for the government, sea bed surveys and underwater infrastructure inspections, works with the submarine and shipbuilding community and expects ongoing maintenance work associated with marine projects to ensure environmental compliance as well as marine mammal safety.  MORE>>>


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
[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.


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

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.

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