Pete Tucci was destined for the Major League until he broke his hand playing for the San Diego Padres farm team. His career in baseball…over. That is, until his wife bought him a lathe about 6 years later and he started making bats in his garage.
The Barnes Group was founded in Bristol more than 150 years ago as a company that provided springs for hoopskirts. It then started making springs for the clock industry and over the years, supplied its springs to just about all of the latest technologies of the time.
Pratt & Whitney has always been a trailblazer. The jet engine maker defied conventional wisdom with its air-cooled engine back in the 20s when its founder Frederick Rentschler believed he could create lighter, faster engines.
Connecticut is home to many traditional manufacturing companies that continue to stay competitive, despite global competition. Curtis Packaging in Sandy Hook has reinvented itself as a world leader in luxury packaging and environmental stewardship.
Crunch Time! The recipe for success in Connecticut food manufacturing. Severance Foods in Hartford, a snack food company founded by three friends and Ola! Granola in Norwalk, started by a mother of three.
Connecticut’s thriving bioscience industry, which includes large pharmaceutical companies and small start-ups, has been steadily growing for years. Protein Sciences in Meriden produces a game-changing flu vaccine that takes just weeks to mass produce to fight pandemics worldwide.
Darkest Hours: The Crisis in Childrens Mental Healthcare takes an in-depth look at the breakdown in the mental health care system, featuring five families who share personal stories of frustration, anguish, and loss.
Astons Army: A Swim Teams Legacy chronicles the decades-long winning streak of the Cheshire High Girls Swim Team. The show also profiles the inspirational, unorthodox coach who created the legacy and broke the national record.
In the “From the Green Files” segments, there is information about leading a “greener” lifestyle – from tips on stopping the onslaught of catalogues and junk mail to safely disposing of batteries and hazardous waste along with some recommendations on “greener” products.