The new Plainfield office of Jewett City Savings Bank opened recently with a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by President and CEO Kevin C. Merchant.
“This new office is a reinforcement of Jewett City Savings Bank’s commitment to local residents and businesses, and to the towns of Plainfield and Sterling and the surrounding communities,” said Merchant.
“It symbolizes a ‘Thank You’ to the local municipalities and our current customers for their support over the years, and also serves as a ‘Welcome’ to those who will become customers in the future,” Merchant said.
Thanks to …
There was a long list of people to thank for coordinating “a lot of moving pieces to make this vacant piece of property evolve from a vision, to a blueprint, and finally to the reality is has become,” Merchant stated. They included general contractor Ric Rovero and his Engineered Construction team and local tradesmen who served as subcontractors. Also, the Bank’s Building Committee: Board Chairman Lou Demicco, former Board Vice Chairman Jack Burke, Phil Tetreault, and senior vice president/CFO Jim McDonald.
Also introduced were directors Gary Peloquin, vice chairman; Gail Rooke-Norman; Diane Manning; and David Panteleakos. Directors Eric Moore and Jim Thevenet were unable to attend the event.
Merchant also commended the Branch Design Team, which included Diana Rose, chief operations officer and corporate secretary; former Plainfield office manager Sandra Boucher, now retail banking officer; Dianne Chiavarini, Plainfield office branch manager; and Melissa Waite, regional branch manager.
Plainfield officials, including First Selectman Paul Sweet, were thanked for their cooperation during the construction process. “Everyone from the town of Plainfield that we worked with along the way was gracious and always willing to help,” said Merchant.
In addition, he recognized and thanked the Northeastern CT Chamber of Commerce, its president, Warren Scholl, and executive director, Betti Kujai, for the organization’s continued support in promoting its member businesses. Cathy Tendrich, president of the Plainfield Business Association was acknowledged for her group’s support, as well.
Special recognition and gratitude were extended to Director Emeritus Don Collins for his many years of commitment to the Bank’s Savings Bank Mall property, from the time it was purchased in 1984 until the property was sold last year. A plaque in his honor will be displayed in the new branch.
Plainfield Branch Manager Dianne Chiavarini and Assistant Manager Sue Duggan welcomed guests to tour the new building following the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Among the highlights are a community room, sit-down teller and customer service stations, a coffee nook and kids’ corner waiting area, and iPad tablets for customer account access. A painting of the Charles Dow Homestead was gifted to the Bank by Sterling artist Marnie Reynolds-Bourque and Sterling First Selectman Russell Gray. The Dow Homestead painting, as well as other works by local artists, will be on display at the Bank’s Plainfield office.
Outside attractions at the new building include a drive-up ATM and three drive-up lanes with two-way video conferencing for more-personal customer service.
The Bank’s immediate future plans include a Community Wall and environmental graphic designs that will incorporate more of Jewett City Savings Bank’s sense of community, explained Merchant.
Ruth Bergeron, president of the Plainfield Historical Society, was presented with a $500 donation from the Bank for her help in researching and providing local village photos that will be the focal point of the new design elements.
A Plainfield History
The new office is actually Jewett City Savings Bank’s third in Plainfield over the last 42 years. The first office opened in 1972 and, in 1986, moved to the Savings Bank Mall. The new location is just 500 feet south of the former Mall location.
“It’s pretty apparent that we like it here”, Merchant offered. “It’s all about Pride in Plainfield!”
Welcoming Committee! Among those greeting guests at the Ribbon Cutting ceremony for Jewett City Savings Bank’s new Plainfield office were (from left): Kevin C. Merchant, president and CEO, and directors Dianne Manning; Louis Demicco, chairman; Gary Peloquin; Phillip Tetreault; Gail Rooke-Norman; and David Panteleakos.
Ready to cut the ribbon at Jewett City Savings Bank’s new Plainfield office are (from left): Kevin C. Merchant, president and CEO; Sue Duggan, assistant branch manager; Dianne Chiavarini, branch manager; and Louis Demicco, board chairman.