About 50 government officials, partners and staff helped Solidus officially open its new headquarters this week. The company purchased and renovated a century-old, former elementary school on East Hartford’s historic Main Street.
Marcia Leclerc, mayor of East Hartford, and two state lawmakers — Sen. Saud Anwar, deputy president pro tempore, and Rep. Jeff Currey, deputy House majority leader — joined Solidus executives, other public officials and staff at the event. The Grand Opening celebration featured a ribbon-cutting on the front lawn and tours of the facility.
The new Solidus headquarters, located at 1450 Main Street in East Hartford, is the former Second North Elementary School, built in 1909. The school closed in the late 1970s. Solidus invested more than $250,000 to renovate the facility, which now features modern office amenities, an open floor plan and meeting spaces. In business for some 40 years, Solidus relocated its offices and 28 employees to East Hartford from Bloomfield.
Anwar and Currey presented Mark Charette, Solidus CEO, with a proclamation from the Connecticut General Assembly, congratulating the company on its Grand Opening. “Location, location, location!” Sen. Anwar said, underscoring a major reason why Solidus made the move from Bloomfield to East Hartford.
Mayor Leclerc was accompanied by Eileen Buckheit, East Hartford’s economic development manager, who helped facilitate the move and permit processes. The mayor noted comments made by Solidus management that the move was made easy by municipal officials. “East Hartford is indeed business friendly, and we welcome you to this great community,” she said before cutting the large red ribbon in front of the landmark building.
Solidus is a general contracting firm that specializes in turnkey architectural design, construction, and branding services. The company primarily serves the financial services industry, specifically community banks and credit unions across New England as well as in New York and New Jersey.