Bank of Ann Arbor plans to serve Saline with more than just banking.
Senior Vice President Walt Byers said construction on the Saline location began shortly after Labor Day and is expected to be completed late this year.
First opened for business in 1996, the bank is also committed to helping the area thrive, staff members said.
Byers said a Saline location was planned due to the growing customer base in the area.
“It will allow customers a closer location and be more convenient,” he said. “We are looking forward to serving the Saline community.”
While the financial institution provides a slew of financial services, the bank also prides itself on community involvement. Staff members donate time and energy to a variety of activities and organizations, Byers said.
“BOAA staff invests themselves in the communities they serve,” he said. “We have tremendous connections with the community.”
Marketing Manager Rhonda Foxworth said that’s part of what sets her company apart from other financial institutions in the area.
“We live here and work here,” she said. “We are involved in the community, so we know what matters to our customers.”
The bank also uses social media, launching Facebook campaigns including “Sweet 15 Local Charity Drive.” The contest asks users to “like” the bank's page and then follow a process to vote for their favorite non-profit organization. At the end of the contest, 15 charities share a total of $75,000, with winners receiving grants from $1,500 to $10,000.
In July, Fiddlers ReStrung, a Saline High School music group, received $5,000 through the program. Since 2010, Fiddlers ReStrung has received $8,500. Other organizations also have benefited, including Humane Society of Huron Valley and Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan.
While the last few years have been tough economically, and some banks have closed, Foxworth said her company remains strong.
“Last year was a record year of growth for the BOAA,” she said. “Even during the economic downturn, the bank has enjoyed study, stable growth.”
Learn more about the bank on its website, www.boaa.com.