Made in CT Program

Connecticut is home to 5,000 manufacturers who employ nearly 170,000 people and generate more than 12.7 percent of the state’s GDP.

Staffed by a productive and highly skilled workforce, Connecticut manufacturers are a significant driver of innovation and exports, and account for more investments in research and development than any other sector. As the Connecticut Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), CONNSTEP has developed the Made in CT Program to showcase the diversity of products and services of the Connecticut manufacturing industry – and to celebrate the companies who continue to make it in Connecticut.

Featured Manufacturer

air handling systemsCompany: Air Handling Systems
Contact: Jamison Scott

About Air Handling Systems:

Air Handling Systems, located in Woodbridge, Connecticut, is known as a leader in the dust collection and fume collection industry as well as for industrial ventilation and air handling. Having created dust collection systems for Norm Abram’s New Yankee Workshop, This Old House restoration in Milton, Massachusetts, and thousands of woodworkers, Air Handling Systems is known nationally in the dust collection industry.

But that’s just the start, we are also known in the HVAC, aerospace, pharmaceutical, chemical, powder and many other industries for both dust collection and fume collection.  Each year we ship our air handling systems worldwide.

As was the case in 1950, when our family first started in the sheet metal business over sixty years ago, we were and still are an American Owned company and are proud to produce air handling systems with American labor and American materials.

In the future, as in the past, Air Handling Systems is dedicated to providing a full line of high quality dust collection, fume collection and industrial ventilation duct supplies. We will continue to provide superior customer service and support to meet the needs of a constantly changing industrial ventilation environment.

We promise to continually use timely means of communication to help provide you with the support and service you deserve. Whether you are a facilities manager, plant engineer, maintenance worker, dust collector manufacturer, wood shop owner or anyone else in need of our products and support, we will do our best to provide you by all means possible the best dust and fume collection components.

Air Handling Systems produces ductwork including:  spiral pipe, galvanized sheet metal fittings and flexible hose for industrial ventilation, dust collection, fume collection, and HVAC.

CONNSTEP solved a huge problem for us and helped us bring our delivery rate to 100%. As a direct result of that, we have been awarded with an increase in business which, ultimately, will also benefit (our supplier) Har-Conn.”

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Chris DePentima

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“I see great value in the new experiences and perspectives CONNSTEP brings to our business, at reasonable prices. They’re not like consultants, they’re like partners in the business – willing to roll up their sleeves and help.”

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Mark Burzynski

President, Arthur G Russell Co

“CONNSTEP has proved to be a tremendous resource for ESI. CONNSTEP has helped us to adapt to today’s marketplace and remain a quality minded, competitive global player. Our ISO/TS16949 implementation process was efficient and rewarding. I look forward to our future projects with CONNSTEP.”

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Ron Delfini

President, Engineering Specialties Inc.

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Tom Lucas

Manager, Fuel Cell Energy

“CONNSTEP is a valuable partner to Hologic, providing the expertise and ‘outside eyes’ everyone needs to keep their continuous improvement on track. We are now well-positioned on a dynamic growth path and look forward to a long-term relationship with CONNSTEP.”


Greg Safarik

VP Manufacturing Operations, Hologic

“Our experience working with CONNSTEP has brought us benefits we never expected. It’s a great team to work with!”


Bruce Wheeler

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“The goals of the team were to reduce manufacturing lead-time, reduce floor space utilized, and increase worker productivity. All the goals were met. CONNSTEP helped us to better compete.”

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Dan Rubbo

General Manager, Tornik LLC

“The Business Growth Program is working well for us. We enhanced our website following the meetings to improve our SEO and become more visible to search engines. The segment on negotiating …  promoted changes in our thinking and improved how we interact with customers. The mentoring between sessions was helpful in boosting our progress.”

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Bill Lathrop

President, Colonial Spring Co.

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