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CCAT incorporates

May 1, 2004

CCAT incorporates as a non-profit organization and opens the Innovation Center for manufacturing technology at United Technologies Research Center.

Creates Connecticut SBIR program

September 1, 2004

Introduces Connecticut Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to assist entrepreneurs in gaining start-up capital.

Strengthens manufacturing technology

May 1, 2005

Increases manufacturing technology capabilities to strengthen manufacturing supply chain with addition of Modeling & Simulation Laboratory and Laser Applications Laboratory at Innovation Center.

Leads first CT. exhibit program for International Airshow

July 1, 2006
Leads first CT. exhibit program for International Airshow

First year participates in the International Airshow as part of the Connecticut Pavilion in Farnborough, UK. (Pictured l to r: CONNSTEP Director of Aerospace Development Jeffrey Sharbaugh, U.S. Commerce Deputy Secretary David Sampson, and U.S. Ambassador to the U.K. Robert Tuttle)

Doubles exhibitors at second International Airshow

June 21, 2007
Doubles exhibitors at  second International Airshow

Participation in International Airshow doubles from 6 companies in 2006 Farnborough Airshow to 12 companies at 2007 Paris show. (Pictured l to r: U.S. Ambassador to France Craig Roberts Stapleton, CCAT Technology Research & Applications Manager Wayne Sumple, and SS Precision President Laura Smith.))

Launches teacher development program

July 1, 2007

Launches first summer teacher development program in partnership with Connecticut Space Grant College Consortium.

Expands facilities

September 1, 2007

Administrative headquarters expands facilities with move to newly renovated offices at 222 Pitkin Street, East Hartford.

Initiates SBIP

December 1, 2007

Initiates the Small Business Incubator Program to help fund technology based start-ups in partnership with the Department of Economic Development.

Hosts first SALA

April 1, 2008

Hosts first Symposium for Aerospace Lasers Applications at Rentschler Field with guest speakers HABCO President Kristin Muschett, Maj. Gen. Wilbert D. Pearson (Ret.), and Industrial Laser Solutions Editor David Belforte.

Holds National Hydrogen Road Tour

August 1, 2008
Holds National Hydrogen Road Tour

With the Connecticut Hydrogen-Fuel Cell Coalition (CHFCC), California Fuel Cell Partnership, National Hydrogen Association, and U.S. Department of Energy, CCAT holds the National Hydrogen Road Tour, which features ten fuel cell powered vehicles traveling across the U.S. from Portland, Maine to Santa Monica, California. (Pictured: CCAT President & CEO Elliot Ginsberg)  

Wins first SSTI Award – Machining Optimization

October 1, 2008
Wins first SSTI Award – Machining Optimization

CCAT’s Connecticut Manufacturing Supply Chain program wins national State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI) Excellence in Technology Based Economic Development award for “Improving Competitiveness of Existing Industries.” Award recognizes CCAT for helping more than 75 Connecticut aerospace & defense companies improve their manufacturing processes. (Pictured l to r: CCAT Technology Research & Applications Manager Wayne Sumple and CCAT President & CEO Elliot Ginsberg

Develops regional energy reliability plan

June 1, 2009

Under U.S. Department of Energy contract, CCAT develops a regional plan to increase energy reliability and efficiency in 10 southwestern Connecticut towns and cities.The plan is the basis for securing state grants to fund on-site generation systems at 30 critical facilities in these communities.

Introduces Young Manufacturer’s Summer Academy

July 1, 2009
Introduces Young Manufacturer’s Summer Academy

The Young Manufacturer’s Summer Academy (YMSA) experiential education program launches to over 180 Connecticut students in two-week sessions during July and August. Programs are held in partnership with CT Technical High Schools System, YMSA introduces students to the 21st century advanced manufacturing workplace. (Pictured: Laser Applications Engineer Steven Wirta)

Receives second SSTI Award – Enhancing Workforce

October 1, 2009
Receives second SSTI Award – Enhancing Workforce

Receives national SSTI Excellence in Technology Based Economic Development award for “Enhancing the Science & Technology Workforce.” Award honors CCAT education & workforce development team for creating the CATALYST, YMSA, and NASA teacher’s academy programs. (Pictured: CCAT Education & Workforce Development Director Susan Palisano)

Creates Nanotechnology Consortium

March 1, 2010

Creates Applied Nanotechnology Consortium to develop new projectile nano and micro technology for the U.S. Army.

Hosts NeTEC conference

October 1, 2010
Hosts NeTEC conference

Hosts the Northeast Technology Exchange Conference to promote the acculturation of differing ideas. (Pictured: Technology Advocate Scott Macfarlan)

Launches Connecticut. Dream It. Do It.

December 1, 2010
Launches Connecticut. Dream It. Do It.

Connecticut. Dream It. Do It., licensed and led by CCAT, launches as part of National Association of Manufacturers and The Manufacturing Institute’s nationwide campaign to create a positive image of today’s manufacturing and the rewarding careers it offers.

Expands Advanced Manufacturing Center

June 1, 2011
Expands Advanced Manufacturing Center

Advanced Manufacturing Center, formerly the Innovation Center, expands to include Machining Applications Laboratory at East Hartford, Connecticut facility. (Pictured l to r: East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc, Governor Dannel P. Malloy, U.S. Congressman John Larson, U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney, CCAT Board Chairman Richard Baxter, and CCAT President & CEO Elliot Ginsberg)

Overhauls Hartford Public Library technology infrastructure

September 1, 2011

Provides Hartford Public Library with mobile capabilities, virtual infrastructure, and full-time staff to handle day-to-day needs.

Expands into additive manufacturing

March 1, 2012

AMC capabilities expand with addition of Optomec 850R metal additive manufacturing system, which uses laser powder directed energy deposition for graded metals fabrication and repair of high value parts.

Hosts fifth annual quality symposium

June 1, 2012

Hosts the Connecticut Quality Symposium at Central Connecticut State University to teach industry experts more about the Malcolm Baldrige award-winning quality processes.

Introduces first Manufacturing Month

October 1, 2012

Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. Manufacturing Month is officially proclaimed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy; first statewide Manufacturing Mania event attracts 750 middle and high school students at Gov. William A. O’Neill State Armory in Hartford, Connecticut  

Develops energy assurance plan

July 1, 2013

Assists the Connecticut towns of Windham and West Hartford, as well as the cities of Ansonia, Waterbury and Bridgeport in creating an energy assurance plan to reduce impacts from energy supply disruptions. Windham expands the plan and receives federal funding to implement a microgrid.

Administers biodiesel program

February 1, 2014

Administers grant program with funding provided by state of Connecticut. Biodiesel producers looking to advance and strengthen their business capabilities within Connecticut supply chain are qualified for grant support.

Completes successful alternative fuel test

February 1, 2014
Completes successful alternative fuel test

Completes gasification test campaign with over 40 feedstocks comprised of biomass mixtures, municipal solid waste, and coal. Tests took place under sponsorship from the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency at the Energy and Environmental Research Center, National Carbon Capture Center, and Westinghouse Plasma Corp. (Pictured Boeing B-52 Bomber takes flight using alternative fuel derived from coal)

CRCOG selects CCAT as preferred IT service provider

March 1, 2014

Capitol Region Council of Governments selects CCAT as preferred IT service provider for CRCOG and its member communities including Capitol Region Purchasing Council and Connecticut Council of Small Towns.

Receives additive manufacturing innovation contract with America Makes

June 1, 2014
Receives additive manufacturing innovation contract with America Makes

America Makes, leader of National Network for Manufacturing Innovation in additive manufacturing, awards three-year contract to CCAT in partnership with Optomec Inc. CCAT Advanced Manufacturing Center uses Optomec’s LENS additive technology.

Receives machining optimization contract with USAF Research Lab

October 1, 2014

Air Force Research Laboratory awards CCAT five-year contract for development and use of tools for metal and composite materials manufacturing.

Named MassDevelopment Innovation Center

February 1, 2015

MassDevelopment names CCAT an Innovation Center under Manufacturing Innovation Grants program. CCAT is only Innovation Center located outside of Massachusetts.

Conducts briefing on hydrogen and fuel cell technology

April 15, 2015
Conducts briefing on hydrogen and fuel cell technology

Connecticut Hydrogen Fuel Cell Coalition (CHFCC) and Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster (NEESC), both administered by CCAT, conduct briefing for Connecticut legislators about technical and economic viability of hydrogen and fuel cell technology. Legislators have opportunity to ride in Toyota and Hyundai “zero emission” fuel cell electric vehicles after briefing. (Pictured: Energy and Technological Committee Information Forum)

Expands manufacturing summer programs for middle school students

June 22, 2015
Expands manufacturing summer programs for middle school students

Young Manufacturers Academy (YMA) programs expand from three to six locations offering more than 100 7th to 9th graders first-hand experience with manufacturing. Programs are part of Connecticut. Dream It. Do It., outreach program led and licensed by CCAT, and supported with funding from the CT Department of Economic and Community Development’s Manufacturing Innovation Fund.

USAF Research Lab awards metrology research contract

June 24, 2015

Receives United States Air Force (USAF) Research Laboratory metrology research contract to optimize non-contact quality inspection systems used by U.S. aerospace supply chain.

Brings cutting-edge IT to Florida nonprofit center

June 29, 2015

IT team implements ultra-high speed, custom IT environment for more than a dozen nonprofit organizations at new multi-million dollar Jessie Ball duPont Center in Jacksonville, Florida.

Issues economic study results for Northeast hydrogen and fuel cell industry

March 17, 2016

Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster (NEESC), administered by CCAT, issues results of independent study commissioned to examine economic health of region’s hydrogen and fuel cell industry.  

Earns national best practice endorsement for Girls & Manufacturing event

April 13, 2016

Connecticut. Dream It. Do It., led and licensed by CCAT, announces “Making It Real: Girls & Manufacturing Summit” is endorsed as national best practice by National Association of Manufacturers’ Manufacturing Institute. Event is designed to help attract young women to future manufacturing careers.

CCAT’s Advanced Manufacturing Center Acquires New 3D Printing Capabilities

June 1, 2016
CCAT’s Advanced Manufacturing Center Acquires New 3D Printing Capabilities

The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology’s (CCAT) Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) can now print a wider variety of fiber reinforcement patterns with the new Markforged 3D printer, the Mark Two. It’s the world’s first printer capable of printing continuous carbon fiber, Kevlar®, and fiberglass.

CCAT member of national coalition to lead Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute

June 21, 2016

President Barack Obama announces Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, in partnership with Department of Energy, will lead new national Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As one of nearly 200 coalition partners, CCAT will serve as test bed for research to help U.S.manufacturers reduce costs and increase energy efficiency.

CCAT Named Rhode Island Manufacturers Association Innovation Center

August 1, 2016

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT) has been named an Innovation Center under the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association (RIMA) Manufacturing Technology Innovation Program to help the development and growth of Rhode Island small manufacturing companies.

Pratt & Whitney and CCAT Announce New CT Dream It. Do It. Ambassador Program

October 7, 2016

The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) and Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX), announced the launch of the Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. Ambassador Program – a collaboration of talented, young employees who play the role of manufacturing industry ambassadors to area youth.