First National Bank opens Lima branch

LIMA — Lima area residents now have a new option for their banking needs.

First National Bank has now opened its newest location and first in Lima. Located between Menards and Lock 16 Steakhouse at 2580 Eastown Road, this new location will feature a complete array of banking services from the Pandora-based financial institution.

“We’re thrilled to be able to serve more customers closer to where they live, work and play as we continue to improve lives through community banking,” First National Bank President and CEO Todd Mason said in a statement. “We are excited to bring a solid community bank to Lima that operates locally and reinvests dollars back into the community.”

At the groundbreaking ceremony for the bank last June, First National Executive Vice President and senior lender Brendon Matthews also emphasized the bank’s commitment to local investment and local decision-making as a key element in the bank’s business model, which began with its first bank in 1919.

“When a customer comes to us and says they need something, either I myself can take care of them right then and there, or if I need to ask permission, I can make one phone call to my boss,” he said. “All of our board members are local and they’re also, for the most part, small business owners. We’re not going to Columbus. We’re not calling New York City. It’s right here in Allen County.”

Lima’s branch is the sixth for the company, joining other branches in Pandora, Bluffton, Ottawa and Findlay. Services at the Lima branch include an ATM, night drop and drive-thru service. Along with Matthews, who serves as the branch’s chief lending officer, the branch’s leadership team includes manager Matrice Smith and mortgage lending manager Andrew Rager. The staff is rounded out by three additional banking professionals and three customer service representatives.

First National Bank’s Lima location is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. For more information, contact the bank at 419-222-0015. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place but has not yet been scheduled.