June 6, 2018

CBIA, CONNSTEP to join forces

CBIA and CONNSTEP will share offices at Hartford's Metro Center at 350 Church St.

Two of Connecticut's leading business advocates are teaming up in downtown Hartford.

The Connecticut Business & Industry Association, the state's top business lobby, is partnering with Rocky Hill business consulting firm CONNSTEP in a move officials say will allow them to better serve manufacturers under one roof.

CBIA announced Wednesday its new affiliation with CONNSTEP, a manufacturing consulting firm that will relocate its 27 employees to CBIA's downtown headquarters at 350 Church St. CONNSTEP has 13 full-time employees and 14 other workers who typically serve clients on the road, officials said.

Effective July 1, CONNSTEP will retain its brand and Bonnie Del Conte will remain its president and CEO.

CBIA President and CEO Joe Brennan says the collaboration will create a "one-stop shopping experience" for the state's manufacturing community.

"By joining forces, we will provide the manufacturing community with the full range of products and services that CBIA and CONNSTEP offer and do so in a much more efficient and cost-effective way," Brennan said.

With sizable expansions recently announced by Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky and submarine maker Electric Boat, Brennan said CBIA's new partnership comes at a time of "tremendous growth" in Connecticut.

"We see this as a blending of people and an alignment of purpose to create meaningful synergies that better serve the needs of Connecticut manufacturers," Del Conte added.

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