Liberty Bank, Connecticut’s oldest bank and a chartered community bank headquartered in Middletown, hosted the official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for its new Corporate Headquarters today. Liberty Bank executives, board members and corporators, as well as community leaders, partners, dignitaries, and more joined in celebration of the next chapter in the company’s history.
While maintaining its deep commitment to Downtown Middletown and the city’s many communities, this October, the Bank is moving nearly 300 employees to its newly renovated, 90,000 square-foot Corporate Headquarters set on 23 acres at 245 Long Hill Road in Middletown. Liberty’s Long Hill Road project, in partnership with FIP Construction, Perkins Eastman and WB Mason, is a major investment in the city of Middletown and reinforces Liberty’s dedication to its customers and employees.
The event kicked off at 8:30 a.m. with networking, followed by special remarks from Chandler J. Howard, President and CEO; Mark Gingras, Liberty Bank Board Chairman; Middletown Mayor Drew; and Larry McHugh, Middlesex Chamber President. State Representative Joe Serra, State Senator Len Suzio, and State Senator Paul Doyle presented Liberty Bank with a Legislative citation for its commitment to Middletown and its outstanding Community Reinvestment Act ratings.
In addition, Liberty Bank Foundation awarded grants to St. Vincent DePaul Middletown for its meals and outreach programs; Russell Library’s career services program; Middlesex Chamber’s Hal Kaplan Middletown Mentor Program; and Gilead Community Services for its emergency housing program; as part of its continued commitment to support organizations throughout the City of Middletown.
"Three years ago, we embarked on this long-awaited journey and today we made history with the grand opening of our new Corporate Headquarters,” stated Chandler J. Howard, President and CEO. “Our long-term success has brought us to this very important milestone. It not only reaffirms Liberty Bank's commitment to the City of Middletown and its communities, but it will inspire innovation, improve efficiency, encourage more teamwork, and enhance the tools needed to serve our current and future customers. I could not be more thrilled and proud of the hard work that's gone into this project and the collaboration that took place with our partners to exceed all expectations. I am fully confident that our new Corporate Headquarters will provide many, many new and exciting opportunities for our employees and customers alike!"
Before the event concluded, the Middletown American Legion Veterans Organization hosted the building’s official Flag Raising Ceremony in partnership with the Middletown Police Department Benevolent Association Pipes and Drums and a few veterans who are employees of Liberty Bank.
The opening of Liberty Bank’s new Corporate Headquarters concluded with an Official Blessing of the Building and Ribbon Cutting outside the building’s main entrance. Guests enjoyed guided tours and refreshments inside after the presentation.
The Bank's new Corporate Headquarters offers an array of exciting new features. Some include:
- State of the art heating and cooling system;
- Double panel tinted glass and shading fins to divert sun;
- Energy efficient light harvesting that adjusts to bright and dark conditions;
- Adjustable height desks for all employees and WiFi;
- 16 conference rooms, collaboration areas, a cafeteria, fitness center, Wellness Rooms, and much more!
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Established in 1825, Liberty Bank is Connecticut’s oldest bank, with more than $4.8 billion in assets and 55 banking offices throughout the central, eastern, western and shoreline areas of the state. As a full-service financial institution, Liberty offers consumer and commercial banking, home mortgages, insurance, and investment services. Named as a 2018 ‘Best Bank in America’ by Forbes and “Top Workplace” by the Hartford Courant for seven consecutive years, Liberty maintains a longstanding commitment to superior personal service and unparalleled community involvement.