Home Savings holds grand opening

T-L Photo/DYLAN McKENZIE Several Home Savings Bank employees and local community members cut a ribbon at the official opening of the Home Savings Bank St. Clairsville branch. From left are Dave Knuth, executive director of the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce; Wendy Anderson, executive director of the St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce; Denise Penz, executive director of Wealth Management for Home Savings; Pamela McKim, branch sales manager; and Michael Taylor, commercial relationship manager.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A local bank held a grand opening event Friday, looking forward to a future of working with the community.

Home Savings Bank operates 35 banks through Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia and announced in September that it was in the process of acquiring Premier Trust & Bank locations, including the St. Clairsville branch. The systems conversions and customer accounts transfers were completed on March 27, making the change to Home Savings official. To celebrate, officials of the local branch held a grand opening from Monday through Friday, giving away gifts and giving customers a chance to enter in a prize drawing for a gas grill, with the winner receiving a $200 Visa card to purchase the grill.

The branch held a formal grand opening event Friday morning at the location with nearly 20 people in attendance. The crowd included bank officials and employees as well as community members such a members of local chambers of commerce. After helping themselves to light refreshments and coffee, attendees gathered to listen to Executive Director of Wealth Management Denise Penz say a few words about the bank. Penz thanked everyone in the community for their support, saying that close relationships with the people around them has “always been the cornerstone of what we do.”

“All of you have been so supportive, and we really appreciate it,” Penz said, adding that the banks have always been very active in the communities they are located in.

Kathy Bushway, director of marketing from Home Savings, said that although Home Savings has acquired Premier, customers who bank there should not have seen too much of a change. The branch will have the same staff members and level of service customers have come to expect under a new name.

“All of our core values are the same,” Bushway said. “We have the same ideals about community involvement.”

“It’s a new start for us, so we’re very excited about that,” Penz added. “This gives us additional capacity to grow.”