CBIA and CONNSTEP Announce Affiliation

June 06, 2018

by Connstep Team

(Hartford, CT, June 6, 2018) – The Connecticut Business & Industry Association, the state’s largest business organization, and CONNSTEP, a leading business consulting firm, today announced a formal partnership effective July 1, 2018.

The affiliation of CBIA and CONNSTEP 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.

“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,” said CBIA president and CEO Joe Brennan.

“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.”

“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.

“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.”

There are over 4,000 manufacturers in Connecticut employing over 160,000 people. Manufacturing has been a bright spot in the state’s economy, adding over 4,000 jobs during the last 18 months.

“Leveraging the combined organizational strengths of CBIA and CONNSTEP will provide many more business-building opportunities to manufacturers in the state,” said Brian Montanari, president and CEO of HABCO Industries.

“Their partnership will help serve companies as they strive to grow their business, meet workforce demands, and become more competitive.”

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

“The industry is growing, demand is up, and having CBIA and CONNSTEP working closely together in the manufacturing sector’s best interests will only help drive greater investment and growth here in Connecticut.”

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

About CBIA
CBIA is the leading voice for business in the state, representing thousands of member companies, small and large, across a diverse range of industries, fighting to make Connecticut a top state for business, jobs, and economic growth: driving change, shaping legislative and regulatory policy, and promoting collaboration between the private and public sectors.

CONNSTEP is a consulting firm helping companies in Connecticut to strategically grow their businesses and improve operational methodologies, leading to increased profitability, higher productivity, and creating sustainable competitive advantages in the marketplace.

CONNSTEP solved a huge problem for us and helped us bring our delivery rate to 100%. As a direct result of that, we have been awarded with an increase in business which, ultimately, will also benefit (our supplier) Har-Conn.”

CT manufacturer Pegaasus

Chris DePentima

CEO, Pegasus Manufacturing Inc.

“I see great value in the new experiences and perspectives CONNSTEP brings to our business, at reasonable prices. They’re not like consultants, they’re like partners in the business – willing to roll up their sleeves and help.”

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Mark Burzynski

President, Arthur G Russell Co

“CONNSTEP has proved to be a tremendous resource for ESI. CONNSTEP has helped us to adapt to today’s marketplace and remain a quality minded, competitive global player. Our ISO/TS16949 implementation process was efficient and rewarding. I look forward to our future projects with CONNSTEP.”

esi CT manufacturer

Ron Delfini

President, Engineering Specialties Inc.

“CONNSTEP worked with FuelCell Energy to educate and facilitate Lean initiatives and to help meet our needs to establish an overall production improvement plan. This plan has been utilized over a period of time as a ‘guiding light’ to spur numerous improvements that dramatically reduced our product cost.”

Tom Lucas

Manager, Fuel Cell Energy

“CONNSTEP is a valuable partner to Hologic, providing the expertise and ‘outside eyes’ everyone needs to keep their continuous improvement on track. We are now well-positioned on a dynamic growth path and look forward to a long-term relationship with CONNSTEP.”

Greg Safarik

VP Manufacturing Operations, Hologic

“Our experience working with CONNSTEP has brought us benefits we never expected. It’s a great team to work with!”

Bruce Wheeler

VP of Operations, Metal Finishing Technologies Inc.

“The goals of the team were to reduce manufacturing lead-time, reduce floor space utilized, and increase worker productivity. All the goals were met. CONNSTEP helped us to better compete.”

Tornik CT manufacturer

Dan Rubbo

General Manager, Tornik LLC

“The Business Growth Program is working well for us. We enhanced our website following the meetings to improve our SEO and become more visible to search engines. The segment on negotiating …  promoted changes in our thinking and improved how we interact with customers. The mentoring between sessions was helpful in boosting our progress.”

CT manufacturer Colonial Spring

Bill Lathrop

President, Colonial Spring Co.

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