Bank opens next branch


Coldwater-based Southern Michigan Bank & Trust operates branches in Branch, Hillsdale, St. Joseph and Calhoun counties. Photo via

A bank in the region is opening a new branch.

Southern Michigan Bank & Trust in Coldwater said yesterday that it will open a branch in Portage, likely later this year.

The branch will be located at 531 W. Kilgore Rd., next to Lowe's and the new Earth Fare supermarket, at the corner of Westnedge Avenue.

The branch will feature drive-through lanes and a 24 hour drive-up ATM.

Southern Michigan Bank & Trust said the branch will be the first newly constructed LEED-certified bank in southwest Michigan, with development led by Hinman in Portage.

“This region is enjoying significant growth and is home to a vibrant business community," said John Castle, chairman and CEO, Southern Michigan Bank & Trust. "This new branch will provide a high level of service and convenience to all of our customers."

Southern Michigan Bank & Trust was founded in 1872 and operates branches throughout Branch, Hillsdale, St. Joseph and Calhoun counties.

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