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CONNSTEP's Jack Crane to Receive 2017 Manufacturing Hall of Fame Award

September 19, 2017

WEST HARTFORD – Jack Crane, director of growth and innovation services of CONNSTEP, will receive the 2017 Leadership Award at the American Manufacturing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on October 5, 2017.

The event, sponsored by BlumShapiro, the largest regional business advisory firm based in New England with offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, takes place at the Trumbull Marriott, 180 Hawley Lane, Trumbull, CT, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

“Jack has been a giant in our state’s manufacturing industry for years,” said Janet A. Prisloe, CPA, a partner at BlumShapiro.  “His wealth of manufacturing experience is multi-faceted and includes leadership positions in both business and the community.  The American Manufacturing Hall of Fame has certainly selected an inspiring person for its 2017 Leadership Award.”  BlumShapiro is a founding sponsor of the American Manufacturing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

At CONNSTEP, Crane provides manufacturers with guidance and mentoring in strategic planning, marketing, new product development, and linking strategy deployment with Lean activities. He also assists manufacturers with materials problems related to fabrication and function and connects companies with UCONN’s Institute of Materials Science. Additionally, Crane helps to match inventors and start-ups seeking manufacturing assistance.

Crane’s manufacturing experience includes research and development, product development and commercialization, as well as materials processing and fabrication. He also facilitated the Connecticut Metal Finishers Training Network, helping to create a 10-week basic course for metal finishers. Crane developed the CERT program supported by CONNSTEP, NIST, and DECD to improve growth of technology-based business in Connecticut.

Crane earned a Bachelor of Science in metallurgical engineering at Purdue University and a master’s degree in metallurgical engineering at Yale University. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 papers on new products, synthesis, and fabrication of materials, and he is also the holder or co-holder of more than 30 patents related to alloys, processes, and products. Crane is a Fellow of the American Society of Materials.

The American Manufacturing Hall of Fame Leadership Award is given annually to one or more members of the community who have, over time, consistently displayed commitment to workforce and economic development  through volunteer activities and board membership; provided leadership within their own companies; advocated for manufacturers at the local, state and federal levels; served as a role model for those considering a career in manufacturing; and constantly strives for continuous improvement to products, services and processes.

In addition to Crane, the 2017 business inductees of the American Manufacturing Hall of Fame at Housatonic Community College are: Better Packages, Inc.; R.C. Bigelow, Inc.; MacDermid Performance Solutions; Stanley Black & Decker; and Ulbrich Stainless Steels & Special Metals, Inc.

BlumShapiro is the Founding and Diamond Sponsor of the annual American Manufacturing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

For more information about the attending or supporting the American Manufacturing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, contact Emily Hyde at or 203-249-9859. 



BlumShapiro is the largest regional business advisory firm based in New England, with offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The firm, with over 450 professionals and staff, offers a diversity of services which includes auditing, accounting, tax and business advisory services. In addition, BlumShapiro provides a variety of specialized consulting services such as succession and estate planning, business technology services, employee benefit plan audits and litigation support and valuation. The firm serves a wide range of privately held companies, government and non-profit organizations and provides non-audit services for publicly traded companies.


Thomas DeVitto
Chief Marketing Officer – BlumShapiro


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