BLUFFTON — After a two-month interior and exterior renovation, the First National Bank on 112 Cherry St. is officially transformed and more efficient than before, said chief executive officer and president Todd Mason.
The renovation included installation of a new ceiling, new lights, two additional offices, the teller line, a re-positioned ATM and a cash recycler.
First National Bank has five locations in Pandora, Bluffton, Ottawa and Findlay.
“We built the building in 1990 and we needed to give it a face-lift and with the change of technology by doing the remodeling it gave us the opportunity to make things here more efficient,” said Mason.
This is the only First National Bank location with a cash recylcer. The cash recycler, which replaces the old cash drawers, counts the money, prints receipts and withdrawals and deposits money. The money that is deposited into the cash recycler is recycled into the connected vault.
Aside from the cash recycler, the old ATM that was in the third drive-thru lane has since been moved to the first lane and is now a wall ATM.
“The employees no longer have to walk out there to balance the ATM,” said Mason. “They can now do it through the wall. This makes the process more efficient and safe.”
The two additional offices is another of Mason’s favorite parts of the renovation.
“Banking is changing where there is less transactions and more service-oriented things,” said Mason. “The extra office space gives us more time to sit down with customers.”
Despite the challenges that arose with remaining open and adjusting to the renovation, Mason said the employees remained positive and the employees were patient and understanding.
“This remodel is just another reason why we are committed and showing our commitment to this community,” said Mason. “Our mission statement is improving lives through community banking. The whole reason for this project was to fulfill that mission.”
First National Bank will be celebrating its 100th anniversary next year.
“April is community banking month and we plan on doing numerous celebrations to celebrate community banking month and our 100 year anniversary.”
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