Bank ribbon cutting last week

By Lenny C. Lepola -

The Middlefield Banking Company opened its doors at 492 West Cherry Street in Sunbury on October 4, but waited until mid-October to hold a Grand Opening, complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Sunbury Branch Manager Warren Cox and Middlefield Bank’s Central Ohio President Charles Moore have been involved since early August in the renovation of the former Delaware County Bank & Trust Branch office at the west end of the former IGA Plaza.

Representing Middlefield Bank for the occasion were Vice President Regional Administrator Middlefield Banking Company Felicia Hough, Sunbury Branch Manager Warren Cox, Middlefield Banking Company President and CEO Tom Caldwell, and President Central Ohio Middlefield Banking Company Charles Moore.

Special guests were Ohio Deputy Superintendent of Banking Kevin Allard and Ohio Superintendent of Financial Institutions Charles Dolezal.

Representing the local community were Executive Director of the Sunbury/Big Walnut Chamber of Commerce John Fox, Sunbury Village Administrator Alan Rothermel, and Sunbury/Big Walnut Chamber of Commerce Board Member Beth Panyeck.

The 100-year-old Middlefield Bank Corporation, headquartered in Middlefield, Ohio, is a publicly-held bank holding company with $760 million in assets that operates 11 full service banking centers and an LPL Financial brokerage office serving the Ohio communities of Chardon, Courtland, Dublin, Garrettsville, Mantua, Middlefield, Newbury, Orwell, Westerville, and now Sunbury.

Moore said Middlefield Bank is negotiating the purchase of a three-branch bank operation that would increase Middlefield Bank’s assets to over one billion dollars.

In August, Moore said Middlefield Bank is a solid community bank, and Sunbury is important to the company for several reasons.

“Sunbury is a growing community, it has the rooftops, and our community bank offers services that will be important to the people living in this community as it grows,” Moore said. “We believe we’ve found a good partner in Sunbury for a branch site. One thing we make certain of, we want to complement and support the communities we serve.”

By Lenny C. Lepola

Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.

Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.