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Norway Savings Bank Announces Plans for Auburn Branch to be called the Norway Savings Bank Plaza
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Norway Savings Bank Announces Plans for Auburn Branch to be called the Norway Savings Bank Plaza (formerly the Dunlap Building)

Auburn, Maine (December 6, 2012) – At a news conference held today in Auburn, officials of Norway Savings Bank and local economic development leaders announced the Bank’s plans for a new full-service branch in downtown Auburn. Norway Savings Bank’s Auburn branch will be located on the ground floor of 31 Court Street, now called The Norway Savings Bank Plaza (formerly the Dunlap Building) and is scheduled to open in early spring 2013. When it opens, it will be Norway Savings Bank’s twenty-second location in Maine.

 “Today we are pleased to announce that we are coming to Lewiston Auburn! We think this very location is perfect because it’s in the heart of Lewiston/Auburn and the history of this building is in what is considered the financial district in Auburn,” stated Robert Harmon, Chairman and CEO of Norway Savings Bank. “We’ve wanted to have presence in Lewiston/Auburn for many years and we knew when this historic building became available, that it was the right fit for us to be able to become a business member here in L/A. With our existing branch locations that surround this community and an established customer base who have asked us to open a branch here, we’re filling in our footprint of branches that reaches from Bethel in the north to Kennebunk in the South.”

When open next spring, Norway Savings Bank’s Auburn branch will offer a full array of deposit and loan services including personal and business banking and asset management services including trust and estate planning, investment management and financial planning. Online banking and free checking accounts are available now by signing up online at http://www.norwaysavingsbank.com/open/.

The new location will be staffed by local employees including Financial Solutions Specialists, Loan Officers, Investment and Branch Management. The lobby area will have a fireplace, comfortable customer seating area, and an original vault. Rather than a traditional teller line, customers will experience an open environment with service stations, also known as a “Dialogue Branch” layout. Just off the lobby will be a conference room as well as private offices for Commercial Loan Officers and the Branch Manager. The new location will also feature many innovative banking technologies. For example, customers will access the self-serve safe deposit box area, located in one of the two historic vaults, using a biometric scanning system. The two-lane drive-through banking service offers customers a remote tube access, and the 24-hour drive-up “smart ATM” allows customers to make deposits by cash or check without using envelopes.

“We are confident that Lewiston/Auburn is the right fit for Norway Savings Bank. Both are modern, thriving entities with a deep respect for our historical roots and a commitment from a local bank helping local people,” said Patricia Weigel, President of Norway Savings Bank. “Norway Savings Bank is committed to doing the right thing for customers, employees and the communities we serve. Each year our employees get involved in volunteer projects and provide support where there is a need. And annually, the Bank donates more than $300,000 to worthy causes and organizations.”

Assisting in the announcement were Auburn Mayor Jonathan LaBonte, Auburn Economic Development Director Roland Miller, Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council Marketing Director Calvin Rinck, and Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce President Charles “Chip” Morrison, and Board Chair-Elect Patti Gagne. Also attending were Lewiston Mayor Bob Macdonald; Auburn Business Association members; principals from Hebert Construction, the general contractors for the project; representatives from Platz Associates and Dan Hebert, Mike Hebert and Mark Anthoine who own floors 2,3 and 4, of the Norway Savings Bank Plaza.

Norway Savings Bank purchased the ground floor and a portion of the basement and also owns the future drive-through canopy. Norway Savings Bank Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer Brian Shibles praised the City of Auburn as an economic development friendly municipality and for the ease of working together throughout the process that included the purchase of a parcel of land adjacent to the property necessary for a parking lot, drive-through canopy and ATM.

“This project is a great example of a successful private/public partnership and what happens when we come together for a common cause. The City of Auburn has bent over backward to help get us into this historic building that was built for a bank at the gateway to Auburn,” said Shibles.  “As a 146-year-old Maine bank, we know that old buildings are the heart and soul of a community and we are proud to continue the legacy. Be assured that Norway Savings Bank is here to stay.”

About Norway Savings Bank

Founded in 1866, Norway Savings Bank is a leading mutual banking and financial services company headquartered in Norway, Maine. As of September 30, 2012, Norway Savings Bank had $967 million in total assets and provided financial services to over 38 thousand households throughout western and southern Maine. Norway Savings Bank has 21 branch locations and operates divisions in asset management, personal banking and business banking. In 2007 and 2008, Norway Savings Bank was recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Maine by the Society for Human Resource Management’s Maine State Council. Norway earned the Financial Marketing Excellence Award from the American Bankers Association for its “Colorful Solutions” brand campaign in 2009. In 2011, Norway Savings Bank was recognized with the Gold-Level Well Workplace Award by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA). This award distinguishes Norway Savings Bank as one of the healthiest companies in America. For more information, visit www.norwaysavingsbank.com.

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