Our Milestones

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 with addition of Modeling & Simulation Laboratory and Laser Applications Laboratory at Innovation Center.  

Leads first CT exhibit program at 2006 International Airshow

July 1, 2006
Leads first CT exhibit program at 2006 International Airshow

First year participates in the International Airshow as part of the Connecticut Pavilion in Farnborough, UK.

Doubles exhibitors at 2007 International Airshow

June 21, 2007
Doubles exhibitors at 2007 International Airshow

Participation in International Airshow doubles from 6 companies in 2006 Farnborough Airshow to 12 companies at 2007 Paris show.

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
Expands facilities

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.

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.”

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 using on-site generation systems.

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.

Wins second SSTI Award – Enhancing Workforce

October 1, 2009
Wins second SSTI Award – Enhancing Workforce

Receives national SSTI Excellence in Technology Based Economic Development award for “Enhancing the Science & Technology Workforce” through CCAT’s CATALYST, YMSA, and NASA teacher’s academy programs.

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

Expands manufacturing services and capabilities to include Machining Applications Laboratory at AMC.

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 Connecticut municipalities of Windham, West Hartford, Ansonia, Waterbury, and Bridgeport in creating an energy assurance plan to reduce impacts from energy supply disruptions.

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. 

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.

Adds leading edge 3D multi-material printer

June 1, 2014
Adds leading edge 3D multi-material printer

Expands capabilities at the Advanced Manufacturing Center with installation of 3D System’s most advanced multi-material 3D printer.

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 state legislators about technical and economic viability of hydrogen and fuel cell technology.

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 as part of Connecticut. Dream It. Do It., led and licensed by CCAT.

Wins USAF Research Lab metrology 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
Earns national best practice endorsement for Girls & Manufacturing event

Announces Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. “Making It Real: Girls & Manufacturing Summit” and is endorsed as national best practice by National Association of Manufacturers’ Manufacturing Institute.

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

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

Enhances service offerings with addition of Markforged “Mark Two” machine to print a wider variety of fiber reinforced patterns.

Joins national coalition to lead Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute

June 21, 2016

As one of nearly 200 coalition partners, CCAT’s Advanced Manufacturing Center will serve as test bed for research to help U.S.manufacturers reduce costs and increase energy efficiency.

Named Rhode Island Manufacturers Association Innovation Center

August 1, 2016

Recognized as Innovation Center under the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association Manufacturing Technology Innovation Program to help the development and growth of small RI manufacturing companies.

Announces CT Dream It. Do It. Ambassador Program with Pratt & Whitney

October 7, 2016

Launches the Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. Ambassador Program with Pratt & Whitney to connect students with industry role models in classroom activities and at events.

Composite Manufacturing at the AMC

February 23, 2017
Composite Manufacturing at the AMC

Installs state-of-the-art Zimmermann machining center to help manufacturers produce components using composite materials and aerospace alloys.