Banks to change name to Susquehanna Bank

October 02, 2004|By JULIE E. GREENE

Farmers & Merchants Bank and Trust and Citizens Bank of Southern Pennsylvania will change their names to Susquehanna Bank next spring as their parent company unites its various bank brands under a common master brand, Susquehanna Bancshares Inc. spokeswoman Alison van Harskamp said Friday.

The name change for the local banks will be done April 15, 2005, Harskamp said.

Susquehanna Bancshares will go from having branches operating under eight names to three names - Susquehanna Bank, Susquehanna Bank PA and Susquehanna Patriot Bank, Harskamp said.

The change will make it easier for customers to locate other Susquehanna banks when they are traveling so they know where they can get fee-free ATM services, Harskamp said. Those services are available at sister banks now, but customers might not know all eight bank names.

Once the change is complete, customers also can make deposits, withdrawals or loan payments at all Susquehanna banks, Harskamp said.


Harskamp said there are seven Citizens Bank of Southern Pennsylvania branches in Franklin County, Pa.

There are 33 F&M Bank branches in Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties in Western Maryland and in Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia.

The Williamsport branch of F&M Bank, at 16802 Virginia Ave., closed on Aug. 27, Harskamp said.

The branch was closed because the bank had three branches within five miles of each other, said Matt Weaver, vice president and marketing manager for F&M. The branch was consolidated into the branches at Valley Mall and Old Orchard Shopping Center.

Employees at the Williamsport branch were transferred to other bank offices, so there were no layoffs, Weaver said.

Other banks that will be a part of Susquehanna Bank are First American Bank of Pennsylvania and Susquehanna Bank.

Susquehanna Bank PA will consist of Farmers First Bank, First Susquehanna Bank & Trust and WNB Bank, according to a company statement. Their name change will start Nov. 5 and be done by Jan. 21, Harskamp said.

Equity Bank and Patriot Bank were united under the name Susquehanna Patriot Bank in June, Harskamp said.

Lititz, Pa.-based Susquehanna Bancshares has 159 branches within a 150-mile radius of Lancaster, Pa., Harskamp said.

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