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UP State Bank opening first Houghton branch

Upper Peninsula State Bank hopes to have its first branch in the Copper Country operating by the end of June. The financial institution will be opening a location on Razorback Drive in Houghton. President and CEO David Williams says his bank really believes in its name. It wants to represent the Upper Peninsula, and to do so it has to be available across the region.

Our bank is headquartered in the UP. We’re not afraid of organic growth. We’ve built offices in Gladstone, we just built one in Marquette. It’s been incredibly well received.

Williams is a Copper Country native and he says the area provides a diverse customer base. He says the bank already does business here.

It’s a natural next step for us, to get back up in that area. To be honest, we have a pretty sizable following already, that has asked us already “When are you coming to the Copper Country? When are you gonna come up here?”

Williams says that he hopes to bring some new technology to the banking experience locally. He is excited about video tellers available through the ATM located at the branch. By pressing a button, customers will be able to interact with a person through the screen in real time to assist with various transactions. It will allow for more than just withdrawals, checking account balances, and making a deposit. Williams says it also creates the opportunity for the bank to provide services into Saturday afternoon and on Sunday, traditionally when other banks are closed.

Chairman of the Board, Robert N. Bink commented, “For 120 years, we have served and focused solely on the financial needs of the citizens and businesses of the Upper Peninsula. This is a great and exciting step for our bank and for those whom our banking services and technologies will be able to better reach.” Mr. Bink went on to state that “Upper Peninsula State Bank is consistently recognized as one of the highest performing banks in the State of Michigan and it gives us great pleasure to bring that security and technology to the Copper Country!”

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