SIDNEY — Thinking outside the banking box, the newly-opened Mutual Federal Savings Bank branch at 2601 W. Michigan St., features state-of-the-art technology in an ever-changing banking world.
“We’ve seen lots of changes,” said President Dean Weimert during a grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremony recently. “Bank branches are shrinking every year. We’re going to buck the changes,” he said. “We’re changing our technology in the banking world. There are no traditional teller lines here. The bank is set up in pods, which is the leading edge of technology.”
When a customer enters the bank, he or she is greeted by a bank employee. That person escorts the customer to a teller pod where business is transacted.
“They stand side-by-side the banker instead of across the counter,” said Weimert. “This is more fun than the traditional bank building.”
Mutual Federal, he said, has been in Sidney for 93 years.
“We believe in Sidney and we believe in Shelby County,” said Weimert. “We appreciate all the support you’ve given us. We are now the new face of banking.”
Jackie Davis, senior vice president, said even though the bank is in a new building, the same philosophies still exit.
“There are the same people working here,” said Davis. “The bank just doesn’t look like a traditional bank.
“Each pod has a cash recycler so there is no cash drawer,” said Davis. “This is a new technology and is highly secure. The customer can see exactly what we’re doing.”
With the free standing station, she said, the “cash goes in and the cash goes out.”
Chamber President Jeff Raible, Sidney Mayor Mike Barhorst and Shelby County Commissioner Julie Ehemann also spoke during the grand opening.