The Community State Bank; leading the way in financial growth in LeFlore County
The Community State Bank has been in continuous expansion over the years, and in 2012, the tradition of growth continued. Construction on a new branch facility in Wister was completed providing the community and the employees with a much larger and more modern bank. The original bank was located in historic downtown Wister and was purchased by the company in 1999. With the client base constantly increasing along with the needed room to provide speedy banking through modern technology, the bank made a decision to build a new facility on Oklahoma Highway 271. The new location is more than double the size of the downtown location including a larger drive-through facility. The company also constructed a Disaster Recovery Center behind the Wister branch. “The number of weather-related disasters experienced in Oklahoma and surrounding areas, in recent years, brought to focus the need to create a facility that would equip us with the means to continue support and accommodate the banking needs not only for our branches, but our customers as well, should the unforeseen happen,” said bank officials. In keeping with its tradition of community support, when TCSB moved to its new location in Wister, it gave the building to the Wister Library, which has since made it their new home. With the construction completed in Wister, the bank began a new project, the expansion of its Talihina branch. The branch was built in 2008 and soon after completion, the bank realized growth in the area would dictate a larger facility to accommodate clients. Construction is under way at the Talihina branch as an additional 700 square feet were added to the building. The addition will create a more spacious lobby for customers. The added space allowed for additional space to be made available for employees in the back office work area. In anticipation of the continued growth, a third office was added and will assist with lending and new account services for customers. Prior to the renovations and additions the Talihina branch housed four offices, four teller windows and a drive-through that accommodates three vehicles and an ATM. The Community State Bank has always been known for its welcoming appearance with well-designed landscaping as a greeting to all customers when they pull into the parking area. Promoting a hometown feeling regardless of which branch you visit, the flowers, trees and shrubs carefully placed around the banks invite everyone to enter. The Talihina branch is temporarily missing its landscaped gardens but only for a short period. Upon the completion of renovations, the flower beds will return to encompass the branch. In previous years, TCSB and Reed-Williams Insurance Agency partnered to provide a seemingly one-stop-shop for customers banking and insurance needs. The two companies are owned by the same holding company, making the union possible. In 2012, Reed-Williams expanded their services at TCSB to include two agents, Jeremy Crites and Linda Evans, who work at the main bank branch in Poteau. The bank added a new service for businesses during 2012. The Remote Deposit Capture service makes it possible for businesses to bank visit-free. Through an online process offered by the bank, companies can scan their deposits and transmit them directly to the banking system from their business. The bank also began offering prepaid payroll cards this year.Keeping with technology trends and up-to-date with the most modern banking comforts, TCSB has announced its newest product, “Mobile Deposit Anywhere.” The product will be available this month and will provide customers with the ability to check balances, deposit checks, transfer funds and pay bills directly from their cell phones. “In spite of regulatory changes, the future for Community Banks looks bright. TCSB is so very proud to be a locally owned community bank, and we look forward to providing banking services and products to our community,” said bank officials.