FIRST BANK OF BERNE OPERATIONS CENTER LAUNCH
- Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Of the many definitions found in Merriam Webster’s online dictionary describing the word “launch,” one of them is to put into operation or set in motion. This is exactly what directors, officers and staff of First Bank of Berne did on Wednesday, October 2nd. Joining bank employees were the mayor, city officials and contractors who will transform the vacant lot into First Bank of Berne’s new Operations Center. Everyone in attendance was given a biodegradable balloon to release signifying the launching of the new center at 222 Heritage Trail. Each balloon contained a note explaining where the balloon lifted off, and anyone who finds a balloon is invited to write or call the bank to let them know how far the balloon traveled. Just one day after the launch, the bank received a call from a woman who found one of the balloons near her home. In less than 24 hours the balloon traveled 531 miles from Berne to the town of Lititz, which is in northern Lancaster County, PA.
While the majority of the employees from the Main Office downtown Berne will be moving to the new Operations Center there will still be a teller line and new accounts representative on Main Street west of the 102 W. Main Street building. Customers will be able to cash checks, make deposits and loan payments, and open a new account. The new retail office for the bank will be at 168 West Main Street where Family LifeCare resides, the same building occupied by Stan’s Men’s Wear for many years. The building will also have an ATM machine for the convenience of downtown shoppers.
The new Operations Center will house loan operations, trust operations, IT staff, call center and any support for branches, as well as deposit operations, accounting and marketing. Loan officers from the Main Office will move to the Berne Branch on Hwy 27 after an addition to that building. In turn, Family LifeCare will consolidate their operation from two buildings to one at 102 W. Main Street.
First Bank of Berne is committed to stay in Berne. By moving their operations to the new center they will be able to accomplish this and still remain downtown to serve customers with their banking needs.