A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Warsaw branch of Crossroads Bank took place Thursday morning at 895 N. Parker St., with representatives of the bank, construction company, city, Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce and Kosciusko Economic Development Corp. present. Pictured (L to R) wearing hard hats are: David Lapp, Level 5; Rob Parker, Chamber CEO; Alan Tio, KEDCo. executive director; Joe Thallemer, Warsaw mayor; Dan Ford, Crossroads Bank chairman of the board; Roger Cromer, Crossroads Bank president; Mike Walters, Crossroads Bank senior vice president, lending; Robyn Palmer, Crossroads Bank vice president, commercial lender; LeAnne Francis, Crossroads Bank vice president, mortgage lender; and Jennifer Southers, Crossroads Bank senior vice president, retail branch banking.  Photo by David Slone
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Warsaw branch of Crossroads Bank took place Thursday morning at 895 N. Parker St., with representatives of the bank, construction company, city, Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce and Kosciusko Economic Development Corp. present. Pictured (L to R) wearing hard hats are: David Lapp, Level 5; Rob Parker, Chamber CEO; Alan Tio, KEDCo. executive director; Joe Thallemer, Warsaw mayor; Dan Ford, Crossroads Bank chairman of the board; Roger Cromer, Crossroads Bank president; Mike Walters, Crossroads Bank senior vice president, lending; Robyn Palmer, Crossroads Bank vice president, commercial lender; LeAnne Francis, Crossroads Bank vice president, mortgage lender; and Jennifer Southers, Crossroads Bank senior vice president, retail branch banking. Photo by David Slone
Crossroads Bank broke ground Thursday on its second branch in Kosciusko County.

The new branch will be at 895 N. Parker St., Warsaw, next to Clear Water Car Wash and Discount Tire, overlooking U.S. 30. It is the bank’s seventh branch, with its main office in Wabash and five other banking centers in Columbia City, North Manchester, South Whitley, Syracuse and Peru.

The Warsaw branch is scheduled to be built and open by early summer 2020.

Before the groundbreaking, Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer said, “Certainly, we’re very happy to welcome this bank from the Wabash community up to Warsaw. We hope you thrive and grow here. You’ve got 2.5 acres. A $4 million investment. Starting out with five employees, and we’re just really happy to have you here. We’re thankful for your investment in the community. ... We wish you the best of luck here.”

Kosciusko Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Alan Tio said he heard that the mantra of community banking was “eat local, shop local and bank local” and said “you can do all of that right here at this intersection,” referring to the Husky Trail/Parker Street/U.S. 30 intersection.

He said it was special that Crossroads Bank was now going to have a branch in Warsaw as it prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

“We appreciate, like the mayor said, the investment. We know you have a lot of places to choose to grow the company and (we’re glad you) would have faith in us and our community and what we’re about here in Kosciusko County,” Tio said. “We look forward to many great years ahead.”

Roger Cromer, Crossroads Bank CEO and president, said, “We’re just very grateful to be able to have an opportunity as a small community bank to continue to grow. We’ve had great fortune, and I think that coming here is a perfect fit for us ... as we enter into our 100-year anniversary, to be able to come here and continue to provide the customer service and products that’s gotten us our first 100 years, to be able to continue to do that here in a community that’s very vibrant.”

He said Warsaw has a very vibrant downtown, like many of the other communities the bank has branches in, which it likes to see.

“The small businesses, the consumers, will be very much a big part of what we’re going to do here,” Cromer said. “We’re really excited because it’ll be our first new-generation design of a branch. ... It’ll be pretty much open, very accessible for customers to come in. Very welcoming.”

He said the “very modern design” will be what future branches will look like as Crossroads Bank hopes to continue to grow.

“We’re looking to continue to be a good corporate citizen here in Warsaw like we have been in all of our communities,” Cromer said.

The bank’s website address is www.crossroadsbanking.com.