Celebrating 50 years of Local Ownership
Customers and friends were invited to celebrate 50 years of family ownership of Farmers Bank & Trust during the annual Community Appreciation Event held Thursday, July 8th at Prince of Peace Parish Center.
Farmers Bank & Trust would like to thank customers and communities for their loyalty over the past 50 years, while under the ownership of W.R. and Yvonne Robbins. Farmers Bank also celebrates 113 years of serving Kansas communities since it was established in 1907 by a group of farmers with roots in Albert, KS. Over the years, Farmers Bank continued to expand their roots started in Albert by adding branches in Great Bend, LaCrosse, Bazine, Kinsley and Larned. In 2001, the bank branched east to Overland Park and Olathe, KS. In 2004 the bank expanded their products by adding a consumer internet mortgage division lead by Monte Robbins.
Under the Robbins leadership, the bank has grown in size from total assets of $4 million dollars in 1971 to a milestone of over one billion dollars in 2021. During this same timeframe, the bank capital has also grown allowing the bank to continue servicing customers with varying loan and deposit needs.
Farmers Bank employees consistently aim high according to W.R. Robbins, “Bank employees are instrumental to successful banking relationships by serving customers beyond their expectations in all capacities.” According to Robbins, “Bank leadership is outstanding and employees are highly tenured in our bank locations and sectors, all with the flagship goal of supporting customer needs with progressive products and lasting relationships."
With Farmers Bank & Trust being the only locally owned community bank remaining in Great Bend, we are excited for the future. The staff of over 145 employees are honored to work with the community leaders and economic development groups to continue to support all customers within each of the communities the bank serves. Thank you for your support over the years.