Michael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, is pleased to announce the grand opening of Centier’s Elkhart Branch, located at 303 County Road 17. The newly constructed facility offers full-service banking for personal and commercial clients. Branch lobby hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and drive-thru hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On Saturdays, the lobby and drive-thru are open 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The new 3,000 square foot Elkhart Branch features convenient drive-thru services, a drive-up ATM (which accepts deposits 24/7), teller stations, and private offices for personal, business, and mortgage lending. The branch manager is Jim Pinarski.
“We have been searching for an ideal location in Elkhart for a number of years,” stated Mike Schrage, president and CEO of Centier Bank. “We’ve finally found a central location and assembled a strong leadership team of bankers to service the community. We are happy to finally be in Elkhart.”
Centier Bank is a $2.5 billion dollar bank, and is proud to preserve an increasingly unique legacy of independent community banking as Indiana’s largest, private, family-owned bank. The company was founded in Whiting, Indiana by Henry Schrage and has remained family-managed since 1895. Each generation of the Schrage family has contributed toward a lasting legacy that has created a company built on family values, community partnership, business relationships, and a corporate culture unsurpassed in today’s community banking.
Centier Bank is growing steady and quickly in the Michiana region. Last month, the bank opened a banking center in Mishawaka and earlier this year opened multiple locations throughout the Greater Lafayette region. The Bank has 50 locations statewide in Lake, Porter, La Porte, Marshall, St. Joseph, Elkhart, Allen, Tippecanoe, and Hamilton Counties.
Centier Bank has gained a positive reputation as a community bank with an award-winning corporate culture and has developed best practices for employers throughout the nation. Centier’s workplace attitude stems from a value-based work ethic which includes a promise to maintain service built on friendship, loyalty, caring, respect, and integrity. These key values have fostered a positive work experience for its employees and in turn, a new standard of excellence for clients. Since 2007, Centier Bank has been among the top 10 “Best Places to Work in Indiana” by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and was recently named into the chamber’s Hall of Fame for its years of success as a Best Place to Work. American Banker magazine also hailed Centier as the “#4 Best Bank to Work For” in the U.S.A.
“Centier is well-known for its ‘Not for Sale’ promise,” stated Schrage. “It’s my personal commitment that Centier Bank will remain independently owned and operated for years to come. We will continue our family legacy of independent community banking for future generations in Elkhart, Mishawaka, South Bend – the entire Michiana region.”
Schrage commemorated the grand opening with a donation to Junior Achievement serving Elkhart. Amish Shah, President of the Board of Directors for JA, received the donation on behalf of the organization.
The new Centier Bank building was remodeled with the help of Gerometta & Kinel Architects and Majority Builders of South Bend managed construction.