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Independent Bank Celebrates 160 Years of Business

Independent Bank Celebrates 160 Years of Business

Independent Bank Celebrates 160 Years of Business

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (February 2, 2024) – Today, Michigan-based Independent Bank, a stalwart in the financial industry, proudly commemorates 160 years of business. Founded in 1864 as First National Bank of Ionia, Independent Bank is now headquartered in Grand Rapids, and operates nearly 60 branches across Michigan’s lower peninsula as well as loan production offices in Ohio. 

The 160-year journey of Independent Bank is a true testament to its steadfast dedication to serving its customers and communities. From its humble beginnings to navigating the ever-changing landscape of today, Independent Bank has not only overcome challenges, but has emerged even stronger, more resilient, and fully committed to meeting the diverse needs of all stakeholders.

“For 160 years, we have partnered with our customers and communities to help them achieve their financial dreams and goals,” said Brad Kessel, Independent Bank President and CEO. “Our vision to guide, serve, and empower people to improve lives and the world we live in, and to ultimately Be Independent remains our primary focus today.” 

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About Independent Bank Corporation: Independent Bank Corporation (Nasdaq Symbol: IBCP) is a Michigan-based bank holding company with total assets of approximately $5.2 billion. Founded as First National Bank of Ionia in 1864, Independent Bank Corporation now operates convenient locations across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula through one state-chartered bank subsidiary. This subsidiary (Independent Bank) provides a full range of financial services, including commercial banking, mortgage lending, investments, and title services. Independent Bank Corporation is committed to providing exceptional personal service and value to its customers, stockholders and the communities it serves. For more information, please visit our website at: Member FDIC.


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