First Connecticut Bancorp in Farmington is expanding into Massachusetts.

The $2.3 billion-asset company said in a press release Wednesday that it will open a commercial lending office and two branches in Hampden County, just north of the Connecticut border.

First Connecticut is the parent company of Farmington Bank, which has 22 branches in central Connecticut.

"Farmington Bank's expansion into Massachusetts reinforces our ongoing strategy to grow the franchise organically in contiguous markets," John J. Patrick Jr., the company's chief executive, said in the prelease.

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