First Merchants Corporation Announces the Completion of Merger with CFS Bancorp

MUNCIE, Ind. - First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ: FRME) successfully completed its previously announced merger with CFS Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: CITZ), of Munster, Indiana on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. In connection with the merger, Citizens Financial Bank has also merged with and into First Merchants Bank. The combined First Merchants Bank has 95 banking centers in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio and approximately $3.5 billion in loans, $4.3 billion in deposits, and total assets and shareholders’ equity of $5.5 billion and $653 million, respectively.

FMB Sponsors Annual Chamber Meeting

Karen KarmolinskiMUNCIE, Ind. - First Merchants Bank, Muncie Region, was the presenting sponsor for The Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce 119th Annual Meeting held October 24th at the Horizon Convention Center. The annual meeting included a dinner, silent auction and awards ceremony.

First Merchants Gives United

United Way logoMUNCIE, Ind. - Thursday October 17, 2013, marked the end of the United Way of Delaware County fundraising campaign at First Merchants Corporation, and it ended big!  First Merchants is the epitome of what it means to LIVE UNITED. They are the true definition of their motto: The Strength of Big, The Service of Small.

Decatur Employees Erect FMB Scarecrow

FMB's Ruth Hutker and Jenny Buchan present Duane the scarecrow for your Callithumpian consideration.DECATUR, Ind.

Jack Demaree Dons Platforms for YWCA's Walk In Her Heels

First Merchants' Jack Demaree dons platforms during the YWCA's Walk In Her Heels event.MUNCIE, Ind. - First Merchants Bank, Muncie Region was a sponsor of the 2013 Walk In Her Heels event, benefiting the YWCA of Muncie. The September 21 event featured more than 20 men traversing an entire block wearing 2+ inch high heels. 

Walk Indiana Gets Support from First Merchants

First Merchants' Tonya Holland (from left), Gay Barrett, Gayle Williams, Sherry Holtzclaw and Brownie Schenck participate in the 2013 Walk Indiana event. MUNCIE, Ind. - On September 14, First Merchants Bank's Muncie Region was a sponsor of Walk Indiana.

Dragstrip Dash: Oct. 26

Dragstrip Dash logoPLAINFIELD, Ind. - Want to run on the dragstrip at Lucas Oil Raceway?

The U.S. Government Shutdown and Your Money

INDIANAPOLIS - As of Oct. 1, the federal government has shut down for an indeterminate period of time, and consumers may have concerns about access to their money and other banking services. The Indiana Bankers Association, of which First Merchants Bank and its divisions are members, would like to offer some assurances:

Debit Card Fraudulent Phone Calls

MUNCIE, Ind. - Be aware that criminals have been making phone calls to customers and non-customers claiming to be First Merchants Bank regarding their FMB Debit Card. The caller, which may be a computer automated call, identifies themselves as a representative of First Merchants Bank and is calling to tell the customer that there is an issue with their debit card and proceeds to ask for the debit card number and expiration date. 

Muncie Honors Chad Shelly With Award

Chad Shelly and Belinda Hughes display their Citizenship Awards.MUNCIE, Ind. - Chad Shelly, Banking Center Manager at First Merchants' Madison Street location, was recently awarded the Citizenship Award from the City of Muncie. The city betowed the award for Shelly's work with Interlock and the East Central Indiana autism community.