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By Natalie Bruzon
In 1916, Brunswick’s small local bank was granted its original Charter from the State of Nebraska.
Now, 100 years later, the bank and its customers gathered together to celebrate a century of excellence and growth.
“We did a pulled pork BBQ on Thursday night for the hundredth year celebration,” said Chris Twibell, the bank’s president. “We served over 220 people, roughly. We had some people from Plainview, some from Orchard, and really quite a few from surrounding communities.”
The meal was free for all attendees, and part of it was catered by Rhonda’s Bar in Brunswick.
“The meal was free to our customers,” said Twibell. “We sent out direct mailing to our Brunswick customers and did some email invitations as well.”
Chris Twibell, originally from Orchard, took on the role of president for Brunswick State Bank when new ownership took over in October of 2007.
In the nine years he has been a part of the bank, Twibell has seen growth, from $35 million in assets when he started out, to over $98 million.
The bank also emerged in the digital world with their mobile banking app, which launched in the spring.
“We’ve had online banking for a while,” explained Twibell, “but we launched our own mobile app that also has the ability to do remote deposit.”
Brunswick State Bank is not afraid of moving with the times, however, their focus is on providing quality services for the community.
“At the moment, we’re not trying to grow a lot,” said Twibell. “We’ve kidn of reached our peak as far as what we can handle, as far as staffing wise and capital restraints. We are focused on trying to maintain and keep services in the local community.”
Before the current ownership took the bank, it was purchased from the Jerry and Mary Lou Lueders family. Mary Lou’s parents, Dean and Yvonne Hales, were the prior owners and Leonard & Mary Hales owned it prior to Dean and Yvonne.
Currently, the bank has two locations, Brunswick and Winnetoon.
“We expanded and remodeled the Brunswick location in 2010,” Twibell said. “The Winnetoon location was purchased in 1984. It was a Credit Cooperative at that time run by Gary Vesely. Gary Vesely still manages the Winnetoon location as Exec. V.P. and has over 32 years of service with BSB.”
Brunswick State Bank offers ag/commercial lines, farm and commercial real estate lending and all types of consumer lending as well. We have a full range of deposit options along with debit cards, online banking and earlier this year we launched mobile banking with our own phone app that includes remote deposit capabilities.