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Bank consolidating two offices into one

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First Financial Bank’s office at 630 Central Ave. will remain open following the merger of First Financial and MainSource banks.
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This MainSource Bank branch officeat 206 W. 30th St.will close on May 26. Operations will move to the First Financial Bank office on Central Avenue.

By News-Examiner Staff

Two banking offices will become one at the end of May when the conversion of MainSource Bank into First Financial Bank is completed.

The MainSource Bank office at 206 W. 30th St. will be closed. The bank will move all operations to First Financial’s downtown location at 630 Central Ave. Workers in the MainSource branch will move into the Central Avenue location.

A First Financial spokeswoman said, “With the close proximity of the two banking center locations in Connersville, at the end of business Friday, May 25, 2018, the MainSource Bank location will relocate into the current First Financial banking center.”

“To enhance the quality of our customer service, we will begin operating longer business hours at this location (630 Central) beginning Tuesday, May 29, 2018,” Annie Efkeman wrote in an email. “The lobby and drive thru will be open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday.”

The two banks jointly announced their intentions to merge last July. MainSource Bank customers have received repeated mailings about online banking, the conversion of debit and credit cards, and other banking matters.

The banks say the transition following the merger’s closing will be “business as usual” for employees and customers. 

“We see this merger as a significant milestone in our company’s history that positions us for continued growth and success,” said Claude Davis, executive chairman of the newly combined company. “Our commitment to provide value to our clients, communities and shareholders remains our top priority, and by joining together, our expanded First Financial team will continue striving to provide superior service and exceed expectations for all of our constituents.”

First Financial says the company’s network will include about 150 branches and more than 55,000 ATMs. The combined company now has a total asset size of approximately $14 billion.

First Financial Bancorp is a Cincinnati, Ohio, based bank holding company. A subsidiary, First Financial Bank, founded in 1863, provides traditional banking and financial services products. 

MainSource Financial Group is a community-focused, financial holding company. Its banking headquarters has been in Greensburg, Indiana, where it began as People’s Trust Co. in 1915.