First Community Bank to break ground on three-story expansion in Batesville; announces Harrison and Conway openings

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Thanks to growth over the years, First Community Bank’s main branch in Batesville is now expanding in a big way.

The financial institution has announced the groundbreaking and addition of their operations center at 1401 Harrison St., next to First Community’s main bank building (pictured).

A ceremony to commemorate the occasion will be held Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. at First Community. A reception and refreshments will immediately follow the ceremony in the George Rider Community Room inside the main bank.

“First Community Bank has been enjoying rapid, profitable growth for many years. This is reflected in our growing workforce, and in recent years, our headquarters has become too small for our nearly 200 employees. We are now creating the necessary space in a modern headquarters that will be a positive addition to Batesville,” said Dale Cole, chairman and CEO of First Community Bank. “We are thrilled to break ground on this new state-of-the art space.”

Flynco, Inc., of Little Rock, has been selected as the contractor for the project, the bank said in a release. The three-story operations center will be approximately 28,809 sq. ft. and will be connected to the main bank by a sky bridge over 14th Street. The first development phase of the building complex is expected to be completed by the end of 2020 to provide space for 125 employees. Future plans include further expansion of the facility to house additional employees.

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First Community Bank also announced the institution has recently added two additional locations in the Conway and Harrison markets respectively. The Conway branch is located at 1089 Front St. and the Harrison lending center is located at 220 East Ridge Ave. Both are now open for business.

“We are known for our quality bank products and personal service. That’s what we lay our foundation on, and we feel if we can come in and do our job, we can provide a return not only to our shareholders, but also to the communities we serve,” said Boris Dover, president, First Community Bank.

Conway hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Staffing includes Grant Gordy as community president, Cameron Reesor as mortgage loan originator, Brittany Hudgens as a representative of the bank’s insurance agency Community Insurance Professionals, Jerry Harrison as senior vice president, commercial lender, Tara Mallett as assistant vice president branch operations/electronic solutions, Janice McNew as loan assistant and Edward Millan as teller/new accounts.

While the bank seeks regulatory approval for full-service banking, its Harrison location is operating as a lending center. Staffing includes Tabitha Eddington as vice president branch manager/business development, Emily Horton as vice president loan officer and Becky Williams as loan assistant. They will be supported by staff members Ashley Martin, Carla Riley, and Robbin Davenport.

Conway and Harrison symbolize the 26th and 27th locations in the bank’s network. First Community Bank also has locations in Baxter, Craighead, Independence, Jackson, Lonoke, Sharp, Poinsett, Pulaski and White counties, as well as McDonald and Newton counties in Southwest Missouri.

Grand opening celebrations are being planned for the new locations and details will be available soon.

For more information about First Community Bank, call (870) 612-3400 or visit firstcommunity.net.

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  1. So now it’s battle of the banks for who has the biggest Cojones ? No jobs, and yet we Need bigger banks ? Sounds like a pissing contest to me.

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