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The Middlefield Banking Company

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Recognizing the need for a local bank within the community, a group of local business men met in early 1901 to fulfill this need. On September 16, 1901, The Middlefield Banking Company was opened with an authorized capital of $25,000.

The organizers of the bank were: Joe E. Johnson, A. W. Belden, W. S. Hodges, F. P. Work, C. E. Lampson and E. H. Brigden. Organization was completed by electing the original Board of Directors: C. E. Lampson, J. J. Rose, William Pinks, W. S. Hodges, E. G. Norris, A. W. Belden, C. F. Harrison, Henry Thompson and William Cromwell. This newly elected Board of Directors selected A. W. Belden as President, J.J. Rose as Vice President and Henry Thompson as Secretary/Treasurer. Walter E. Norris was elected as Cashier of the bank and charged with its proper opening and operation.

From these humble beginnings, the bank has continued to grow and expand in an effort to better serve the community. To this end, a branch office was established in 1985 on West High Street in Middlefield. The establishment of this office was necessitated by the inability to acquire sufficient land to expand the main office. However, in the early 1990s, additional land became available and in 1993 a newly expanded Main Office facility was opened. In conjunction with this move, the bank constructed Middlefield Village Center. This project represented a major redevelopment of a key section of Middlefield and represented the bank's commitment to its community.

Expansion opportunities presented themselves in other areas also and were coupled closely with an expanding customer base. An office in Garrettsville, in Portage County, was opened in November of 1986. This office was relocated in January 1999 to a newly constructed facility designed to accommodate the growth of the area and to provide maximum customer service. In November of 1998, an office was opened in the Portage County community of Mantua. Chardon, the county seat of Geauga County, became home to the bank's fifth office in 2001. Extending the Bank's presence into Ashtabula County came with the opening of the Orwell Branch in 2003. Another Geauga County location was added with the opening of the Newbury Branch in 2006. And in 2008, the Bank ventured into the Trumbull County market by opening their eighth branch in Cortland.

In an effort to better position the bank for the future, the Board of Directors, in 1988, formed Middlefield Banc Corp. This Bank Holding Company became the parent of The Middlefield Banking Company through the one-for-one exchange of shares by stockholders in January 1989.

The growth and success of The Middlefield Banking Company and Middlefield Banc Corp. may be attributed to the association of many dedicated men and women who have served as Directors, Officers and Employees. Throughout our 100 year history, only eight individuals have had the distinction to serve as president. They are:

1901 - 1902   Alfonso W. Belden
1902 - 1920 J. J. Rose
1920 - 1933 Joe E. Johnson
1934 - 1963 Hugh G. Johnson
1963 - 1981 Dale McClurg
1981 - 1985 Robert E. Stewart
1986 - 1995 Joseph P. Robb
1995 - present Thomas G. Caldwell

A shared philosophy of customer respect, friendliness, and professionalism brought Emerald Bank and Middlefield Banc Corp. together in April 2007. Emerald Bank was a de novo, single office institution opened in 2004. To the original office in Dublin, Ohio, a second office, in Westerville, Ohio, was added in 2008.

January 2014 brought the consolidation of Emerald Bank into the charter of The Middlefield Banking Company. This has created a financial institution that offers enhanced customer service and improved technology spread across two distinct regions within the State of Ohio.

The Middlefield Banking Company operates with the general objective to remain a state-chartered independent commercial bank and to aggressively expand its asset base and market share. As a full-service, FDIC-insured commercial bank, The Middlefield Banking Company is proud to offer a full array of financial services.

In October of 2016, The Middlefield Banking Company opened yet another branch in the greater Columbus area, the Sunbury Branch, under the direction of Charles O. Moore, President of the Central Ohio Region.

2016 became a banner year of expansion for The Middlefield Banking Company. Mid-year, mb entered into an arrangement to complete the purchase of Liberty Bank with offices in Beachwood, Solon and Twinsburg, Ohio. This arrangement came to fruition in January of 2017 with the shareholders of both banks approving the merger. On February 27, 2017 the three Liberty Band branches became part of the successful mb story and took The Middlefield Banking Company into two more emerging markets in Ohio, Summit and Cuyahoga Counties.

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