GEARSHARTFORD: The Connecticut Business & Industry Association and CONNSTEP, a non-profit business consulting firm that historically focused on working with manufactures, announced a formal partnership effective July 1, 2018.

According to CBIA the affiliation ”represents a fresh opportunity for both organizations to work collaboratively with manufacturers, broaden efforts to meet their needs, and bolster the advancement of the industry in Connecticut.”

CBIA president and CEO Joe Brennan, said “the combining of two strong organizations that assist manufacturing in different ways will allow us to better support this industry sector, particularly at a time when we’re seeing a resurgence of manufacturing activity here in Connecticut.”

“We work to strengthen manufacturing in the state, helping businesses achieve improved outcomes with strategies to best respond to fluctuating market conditions and customer demands,” said CONNSTEP president and CEO Bonnie Del Conte.

Connecticut’s 4,000 manufacturers employ more than 160,000 people according to CBIA and as recently as last month CBIA cited Manufacturing as a “bright spot in the state’s economy,” the sector added more than 4,000 jobs during the last 18 months.”

“As a manufacturer, I’m excited for the new opportunities that this partnership will bring,” said Chris DiPentima, president of Pegasus Manufacturing in Middletown, adding “the industry is growing, demand is up.”

CONNSTEP will retain its brand and relocate its corporate office and staff from Rocky Hill to CBIA’s headquarters in downtown Hartford.