Community leaders recently praised the new look of Progressive Bank, saying it gives a better welcoming view to those coming to downtown Buckhannon.
The newly remodeled bank, located at the corner of Route 20 and Main Street, was the subject of a recent open house that was attended by city and county leaders, corporate bank officials and members of the community.
"It's a great day for Buckhannon and Upshur County to see a facility go from what it once was to what it is now," Upshur County Commissioner Donnie Tenney said at the March 27 event. "We appreciate what this bank stands for, and what they do for the community."
The building formerly housed the Buckhannon Fire Department, and the Progressive Bank board of directors chairman and chief executive officer said it was important to preserve that history.
"Something kept drawing us back to the old firehouse," he said.
Having various items to honor those firefighters who served the community placed throughout the bank also meant a lot to community members.
"When folks found out you weren't going to take down the fire department, that was a big deal to the community," said Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce President Sam Nolte.
Buckhannon Fire Chief Mitch Tacy echoed those sentiments, adding the bank takes on a "whole new meaning" for those in his department.
"We still have our fire station," he said. "It means a lot to the fire department that you kept us in your hearts."
Dlesk noted the reception the company has received during its time in Buckhannon made it easier to support the expansion.
"It was easy to move from conviction to conversion," Dlesk said. "The reason we did that is because of the dedication of our people. This has been a good branch for us. We will do our very, very best to earn your respect as a solid financial institution in this community."
The bright red building sitting across from the restored Upshur County Courthouse makes for a welcoming view, the president of the Upshur County Development Authority said.
"We are grateful (Progressive) had the vision to invest in our community," Dennis Xander said. "The vision you had to turn this corner into something special really means a lot."