FirstState Bank was founded in 1971 as a result of the efforts
of many local people who saw a need – a need for a financial
institution that could relate to the plans, goals and dreams
they had for themselves as well as those of their families
and friends. By combining their efforts and investing their
money, these farsighted citizens were able to obtain a charter
and establish the bank. In the decades which have followed,
FirstState has grown steadily and is now one of the largest
independent financial institutions in the area. Despite this
growth and the turbulent changes in the banking industry,
it has succeeded in its mission to be the bank for all people
in the area.
The growth of FirstState Bank has been evident as it has
expanded over the years. In 1986 the bank purchased its Operations Center, located adjacent to
its old Lineville office.
This move allowed FirstState to improve its customer service by performing
in-house many functions that had formerly been outsourced
to other companies. In response to numerous requests from
the Ashland community, the thriving Ashland office was opened
in 1987. In 1996, remodeling was completed on Lineville’s
historic Farmer’s Hardware building, and it was reopened
as the FirstState Bank Conference Center. Six
years later, in the spring of 2002, the FirstState Bank Mortgage
Center was established to better serve the needs of customers
seeking residential lending services. And in 2003, the bank
demonstrated its commitment to the people of Randolph County
by opening the Lake Wedowee office.
In 2006 the bank was approached by the City of Lineville with an
offer to trade the City’s property on Highway 9 for a portion of
the bank’s property on Highway 49. Almost two years later, in
2008, FirstState Bank held the grand opening ceremonies for its new
Main Office building in Lineville.
Technological advances incorporated by FirstState Bank over the years include telephone banking,
Internet banking, mobile banking and the installation of ATMs at all
of the bank's branches. And the bank's "real-time" capabilities
allow most customer transactions to appear as memos on their accounts
in short order. However, while FirstState Bank continues to strive to implement
appropriate technologies to better serve its customers, its primary focus
is and always will be good old-fashioned customer service.
FirstState Bank remains committed to the original vision and dreams
of those founding community members whose bright hope for
the future conceived this organization. The bank's success has come
because its employees strive to never forget why FirstState is here – to
make dreams come true for people just like you!