First National Bank Expanding into Baton Rouge, Announces Upcoming Name Change to Louisiana National Bank

RUSTON, La. – First National Bank, a Louisiana owned bank with over 100 years of operation, announced Thursday that it is expanding into the Baton Rouge market. The bank will open a location at 6919 Corporate Blvd. in Spring 2021, where it recently bought an existing full-service banking facility.

Along with this geographic expansion, First National Bank also announced it will begin operating under a new name—Louisiana National Bank—beginning in May 2021. Russell Woodard, Chairman of the Board of the bank, addressed the adoption of a new name by saying, “Due to the number of banks around the state and the nation using “First National” in their titles, the use of First National Bank has become confusing to many of our customers and other banks. To better distinguish who we are and who we now serve, the Board recently determined to change the bank’s name to Louisiana National Bank.” Woodard emphasized that the ownership, officers, and management of the bank are not changing. “Only our name is changing. Our commitment to all the customers and communities we serve will remain our focus. Everyone here at the bank expresses our continuing gratitude to all our customers who have helped the bank become the institution it is.”

“This expansion is the natural next step for our bank in continuing to serve the people of Louisiana the way we do best, through truly uncommon relationships and customer-focused service,” said Brian Woodard, President and CEO of First National Bank. “We have provided financial support for individuals and businesses since our founding and our bank takes pride in being integrally involved in the communities we serve. With the addition of our new location, we are committed to providing the Baton Rouge area with the same high level of customer service.”

Since opening its doors in Arcadia, Louisiana in 1905, First National Bank has served Louisiana communities and businesses as a locally owned and operated bank with personalized and prompt service. FNB offers a full range of services for personal and business banking and has a demonstrated history of supporting and advancing the needs of its customers, employees and shareholders. 

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