POMEROY — The renovation of the Farmers Bank building on West Second Street in downtown Pomeroy into Corporate Headquarters has been completed.
The location at 211 West Second Street previously housed Pomeroy’s Retail Branch along with the corporate offices.
However, as the bank expanded and grew over the years, Paul Reed, president and CEO of Farmers Bank, said it became apparent that additional space was needed to accommodate employees and for expanding drive-thru facilities.
The decision was made to build a new Farmers Bank building on East Main Street and then to renovate the West Second Street building, constructed in the late 1960s, into offices for the corporate operation.
In July 2012 Farmers Bank moved into its new structure on East Main Street. Renovations to the West Second Street structure began soon after. While the building was being renovated, seven different bank departments worked in the Community Room above the retail location.
All of those departments have now moved into their new home in the former Farmers Bank building which inside and out has taken on a completely new look in design and furnishings. The renovation of the building was done by Karr Contracting.
The Corporate Headquarters houses management and support for all five of the bank locations. It will also house a business branch that will handle enhanced commercial business offerings. Those offerings, according to Reed, will roll-out with the opening of the branch which will take place once regulators approve the space.
He announced plans for an evening open house to celebrate the opening of Corporate Headquarters and also to commemorate 109 years of Farmers Bank continued growth, noting that it will be held during downtown Pomeroy Christmas events, the date to be announced.
Commenting on the Corporate Headquarters renovation, Reed said “Farmers Bank is happy to make the investment in Meigs County and our future,” and added that, “the bank is already seeing a return with higher employee efficiency and with their happiness.”