NEW BRANCH - Coming Soon to West Bend!
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NEW BRANCH - Coming Soon to West Bend!

by Jen Novotny | Apr 29, 2024
Ten employees of Forte Bank stand at the location of the new West Bend branch holding shovels with dirt at a groundbreaking ceremony.

Forte Bank announced it will open its fourth branch in late 2024. The new branch will be located at 555 Wildwood Road in West Bend. An official groundbreaking ceremony will be held on April 29 at 10 a.m.


“Washington County has been our home since 1907 and we want to continue to grow in our home base,” said Tim Purman, President and CEO of Forte Bank. “Our customers recognize that we do a great job supporting them and they’ve seen the value of having us in the community. We want to bring that benefit to West Bend and provide them with a local community bank option.”


The 2,500-square-foot branch will feature three universal banker stations, three private offices, and a conference room. The facility also will feature a refreshment bar and children’s play area. Outside will be two drive-up lanes and a commercial window. An additional 750-square-foot space will be used for a tenant or future expansion.


“From the very beginning, Forte Bank has differentiated itself by building personal relationships with customers,” said Purman. “We greet our customers by name and take a one-on-one approach. We’re not afraid to spend whatever time is necessary to ensure they’re getting the right products for what they need. The support we offer is true customer care.”


Forte Bank has a long history of being deeply committed to community engagement. Team members serve in community organizations like Rotary, Lions, Boys and Girls Club and United Way, and business groups like the Chamber of Commerce and the Business Improvement District. The bank has donated more than $525,000 to community-building groups and charitable causes in the last 10 years.

“Our team members have already started to get involved in West Bend organizations,” said Purman. “We’re really excited to be part of West Bend’s vibrant and thriving community.”


About Forte Bank

Forte Bank offers a full suite of banking products, including checking, savings, lending, CDs, money market accounts and more, for personal and business needs. In addition to the new West Bend branch, there are full-service locations in Hartford, Slinger (opened 1992) and Richfield (opened 2012). Forte Bank serves customers throughout Washington County, and in Dodge, Ozaukee and Waukesha counties. Forte Bank counts itself among the five percent of community banks that have been in business for more than 100 years.