President's Message

First Federal of Van Wert, OH has been serving Van Wert County since 1893. As an independent community bank, we believe in serving the needs of our customers and contributing back to the greater Van Wert community.

Brian R. Renner

Dear Valued Customer,

First Federal of Van Wert is proud to announce the launch of a second location in Van Wert. The branch will be located at 820 North Washington Street and will provide our customers and community with increased convenience and accessibility. “The Board of Directors are excited to bring an additional location to better serve the community,” says Pat Jackson, Chairperson. “It reinforces the commitment to our current customers and the desire to earn new customers.”

This significant investment, coupled with an evolving marketplace, has positioned First Federal to be the premier community bank in Van Wert County. “It’s an exciting opportunity for First Federal and the Van Wert community. We dedicated many hours of research, and we listened to our customers. There’s a demand for a locally owned and operated bank to help Van Wert continue to prosper,” says Brian Renner, President and CEO. “First Federal is dedicated to our core belief to help the community thrive. We’re demonstrating our commitment to Van Wert by building this second location.”

The branch will be a fully functioning banking facility with state-of-the-art equipment. “As we’ve done with our Fox Road location, the new branch will be designed towards helping our customers with all of their banking needs,” says Renner. “We’ll have modern banking conveniences in addition to the standard banking products and outstanding customer service.”

“We like to think that our actions confirm our commitment to the Van Wert community,” says Thad Eikenbary, Commercial Loan Officer. “To First Federal, commitment means engagement, promise and pledge. Those are exactly the actions we are taking by adding this branch location.” First Federal was first organized in 1893 and located in downtown Van Wert. In 1997, First Federal moved to its current location at 679 Fox Road. In 2021, the bank renovated the Fox Road building, which included a building addition and modernizing the current facility. “As we see the needs in the area continue to grow and evolve, we are growing as well. With an added location, we will be able to give the Van Wert community more access to meeting their financial needs,” says Suzie Grimes, Chief Financial Officer. “Our team at First Federal will continue to be dedicated to helping our customers and making them our top priority.”

“There is momentum in the county with new industry investing in Van Wert and the potential for more to come. The Van Wert Forward downtown project will add to the development,” says Renner. “We believe in Van Wert, and we believe opening a second location shows our commitment to this community.” (Official Press Release, February 16, 2024)

Sincerely,

Brian Renner,
President / CEO

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