First Western Bank & Trust breaks ground on permanent Bismarck location

First Western Bank & Trust

First Western Bank & Trust invited community leaders and neighbors to celebrate a permanent Bismarck location with a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, May 11, at the corner of 3rd Street and Front Avenue in downtown Bismarck.

First Western currently serves the Bismarck community out of a temporary location on 3rd and Rosser, while construction of a new four-story building is underway. The permanent location will allow the trusted name in western North Dakota banking to expand its service and presence to customers in Bismarck-Mandan.

“Today’s groundbreaking is a natural progression in our community-minded mission,” Brenda Foster, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Western Bank & Trust, said. “This new branch bank will give us the opportunity to serve our existing and new customers in bigger and bolder ways than ever before.” For more than 50 years, locally-owned First Western Bank & Trust has maintained deep roots in western North Dakota. The company’s next generation of leadership is looking to step up its level of service to the territory where it was born and bred.”

“While the building may be new, the experienced team we have is just what you’ve come to expect from the First Western name,” said Mikey Hoeven, who was joined by her father-in-law and bank Chairman, Jack Hoeven. Expected to be completed in late 2018, plans for construction align with First Western’s goals to invest in excellent service and add value to Bismarck. The building will include drive-through banking and public greenspace. Two additional floors will include commercial space for lease, as well as a full roof deck featuring beautiful views of the Capitol building and the University of Mary. This will be a building to make downtown Bismarck proud. In this new location, First Western’s team of trusted professionals will grow to meet the needs of this thriving area.

“We know our customers value experience to trust a bank with their individual needs. With First Western Bank & Trust, they get North Dakota’s best,” Chad Johnson, Bismarck Market President, said. Johnson is a known and trusted name in Bismarck, having spent more than a decade with Bank of North Dakota. He has built a team of experienced professionals with deep ties to Bismarck, already doing great things for the community