First National Bank of Omaha to acquire Western States Bank

(Omaha, NE) -- First National Bank of Omaha is adding more locations after acquiring a Wyoming bank.

First National of Nebraska says it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Western States Bank, headquartered in Laramie, Wyoming. Western States operates 10 branches across Northeastern Colorado, Western Nebraska, and Southeastern Wyoming and employs nearly 100 workers.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Western States’ customers and colleagues to First National Bank of Omaha,” said Clark D. Lauritzen, Chairman and President of FNBO. “Western States has a proud history and an excellent reputation, plus they share our values and commitment to community. We’re thrilled about this opportunity to grow and continue to serve customers in Colorado and Nebraska markets where we operate today, while introducing ourselves to new customers in the vibrant Wyoming communities of Laramie and Cheyenne.”

“FNBO has proudly served a number of our communities for many years,” said Gary E. Crum, President and CEO of Western States Bank. “Joining the First National of Nebraska banking family and the team at FNBO is an exciting opportunity for us to expand our product and service offerings while continuing to deliver exceptional customer service.” Crum said there will be no changes to existing customer accounts at Western States during the transition. Once the conversion is completed next year, all Western States locations will operate as FNBO, with its systems and suite of products and services.

The transaction is anticipated to close in the first quarter of 2022.

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