Darren Doyle, story and photos
Sunny skies and a large crowd surrounded the brand new Bank of Edmonson County branch in Smiths Grove today as they held a ribbon cutting and grand opening for their new facility. The groundbreaking ceremony was held just 5 months ago and construction was finished on schedule, thanks to local contractor, Harlin Tarter.
Lisa Booth said she's excited to be the branch manager of the new bank. "Everyone has welcomed us and we are so happy to be here," she said. "We opened at today and have been very busy. I know my staff and I are going to love it. We're a full service bank and we look forward to being part of the Smiths Grove area."
Lisa has been with the bank since 1997 and the rest of her staff are familiar faces as well. Mandee McDougle (since 2006), Megan Saling (since 2008), and Beth Hayes (since 2012), will be taking care of the day-to-day operations within the branch.
"We are very excited to have had such a large crowd for our ribbon cutting," said Bank President Alex Ulm. "It shows the welcoming nature of the people of Smiths Grove."
Although Bank of Edmonson County has expanded with branches in Bowling Green and now Smiths Grove, Ulm says they'll continue to operate in the same hometown manner as always. "I think what makes a bank "feel" small is how you feel when you leave. We stress to our entire bank family that we want each person to feel important to us each time they stop in."
Bank CEO Michelle Coleman added much of the same sentiment. "We are extremely happy to see the community as excited as we are about this new branch location," she said.
So what can you expect at the new branch? Both Ulm and Coleman said customers can fully expect to have every banking need met no matter which Bank of EC branch they visit.
"Just like all of our locations, customers can expect friendly faces and full service banking, including lending, deposit accounts, safe deposit boxes and great customer service," Coleman said.
"Our branch manager Lisa Booth has over 32 years of banking experience and has worked in virtually all areas of community banking," Coleman said. "She has a fantastic staff that is eager to serve the community of Smiths Grove."
The bank is now open and is located at 156 Main Street, next to Smiths Grove City Hall. Their phone number is 270-563-0001.