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First Community Bank and Trust Celebrates 95 Years
of Community Banking

BEECHER, ILLINOIS (November 7, 2011) -- November 20, 2011 marks the 95th anniversary of First Community Bank and Trust. Since its humble beginnings in 1916, First Community Bank and Trust has operated with the same principles of integrity, excellence and innovation upon which it was founded.  “The history of our bank, and the events which have shaped us into who we are today, continue to play a significant role in determining our future,” said Greg Ohlendorf, President and CEO of First Community Bank and Trust. “By staying true to our values and our mission, we will continue to provide to our customers and our communities the best banking experience available,” he added.

First Community Bank and Trust was originally founded as Farmers State Bank of Beecher by a group of fourteen businessmen who saw an opportunity to charter and invest in a new bank they called Farmers State Bank. The bank was originally capitalized with $25,000! When the bank’s Peotone location opened in 1996, the name was changed to First Community Bank and Trust to reflect its new, multi-community focus.

In 1987, First Community Bank and Trust was the first bank in the area to open an automated teller machine (ATM). To promote this new concept in banking, customers were given a demonstration of the machine and had a chance to win real money during a test transaction. The bank has continued to blaze the technology trail by offering cutting edge products and services, such as real-time online banking for both personal and commercial use, electronic bill pay, and online mortgage applications, long before other local banks.  Coupled with the highest caliber of personalized customer service, the company maintains a balanced approach in accommodating each customer.  “Because we are a relationship-based business, it is vital that we recognize the needs of our customers on an individual basis and offer them the products and services that will fulfill those needs,” said Ohlendorf. “We are not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ type of operation.”

The bank has been celebrating customer loyalty all year with raffles and giveaways. This month the bank will be giving away reusable bags on November 18 & 19 - just in time for holiday shopping. They will also be raffling off a high-definition LCD Television. One winner will be randomly selected on November 30.

As the bank recognizes this milestone anniversary, it has no intention of slowing down. First Community Bank and Trust will continue to look ahead and anticipate those products and services that will help its customers attain their financial goals.

For more information, visit our history page.

About First Community Bank and Trust
First Community Bank and Trust is a privately owned bank. Established in 1916 First Community Bank and Trust has been serving Beecher, IL, Peotone, IL and the surrounding communities for over 95 years. Our commitment to providing the best banking products and services is matched only by our outstanding customer service. We offer traditional community banking services, including mortgage, consumer, and commercial lending, as well as state of the art electronic banking services.

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Press Contact:
Steven D. Koehn, VP
First Community Bank and Trust
(708) 946-2246