Michael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, is pleased to announce the grand opening of a new Centier Mishawaka Banking Center located at 255 E. Day Road. The newly constructed facility offers full-service banking for personal and commercial clients. The branch lobby and drive thru is open Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Centier first entered the market in 2006, with a commercial loan production office. Since opening, Centier has expanded its market team to include mortgage services and personal banking services. The new banking center serves as a business hub for full-service personal and commercial services, lending, and investment services. The former loan production office and all of its team members will relocate to the new building.
“We have forged great relationships with many business clients through the years,” stated Centier Bank Community Market President, Steve Watts. “Thanks to them, we quickly grew our business through referrals and created a strong client base. Since then, our residential mortgage services department has had great success, leading to a high demand for retail banking services. We are happy the day has come that we now have a new banking center to accommodate all of our clients’ banking needs.”
The new 6,000 square foot Mishawaka Banking Center features convenient drive-thru services, a drive-up EZ Deposit ATM (which accepts check and cash deposits 24/7), teller stations, and private offices for personal, business, and mortgage lending. In addition, the lobby has a self-service coin machine for Centier clients and Investment services are available by appointment. The retail branch manager is Amber Pulford and assistant manager is Jessica Berndt.
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. Next month, the bank will open its first Elkhart branch, located at 303 County Road 17. In recent months, the bank has opened multiple locations throughout the Greater Lafayette region.
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’s expanded service options may be exactly what Michiana residents are looking for in a community bank. The disappearance of locally-owned banks and community bank consolidations leave many residents searching for a reliable bank that will be around for years to come. That is where Centier Bank promises to deliver.
“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 Mishawaka, South Bend, Elkhart – the entire Michiana region.”
Schrage commemorated the grand opening with a donation to Real Services, Inc., which provides services to low-income seniors in St. Joseph, Marshall, Elkhart, La Porte, and Kosciusko Counties.
The new Centier Bank building was designed by Gerometta & Kinel Architects and construction was managed by Majority Builders of South Bend.