Berkshire Bank Opens New State-of-The Art
Branch in Farmington, CT

Awards $5,000 to Neighborhood Nonprofit Organization

Pittsfield, MA, October 18, 2017 - Berkshire Bank announced the opening of its newest branch in Farmington, CT located at 763 Farmington Avenue, bringing the number of Berkshire Bank locations in Connecticut to 8. The Bank will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting event on Tues, Oct. 24, 2017 at 11AM where Berkshire executives will present a $5,000 check to the Stanley Whitman House. The public is invited and encouraged to attend, and refreshments will be served.

The Stanley Whitman House, located at 37 High St. in Farmington, teaches the community through the preservation, research, and collection of the history and culture of early Farmington. The Stanley Whitman House was chosen based on its dedication and commitment to the Farmington community.

As part of the celebration, there will be grand opening specials only available at the new Farmington location. The Bank will also offer a Crack the Vault contest with cash prizes from Mon. Oct. 23 through Fri., Nov. 10. In addition, the community is invited to visit the Farmington branch during their open house week from Mon., Oct. 30 through Sat., Nov. 4, to meet the team, tour the branch, receive demonstrations of the new branch technology and have the opportunity to obtain giveaways.

"With this new branch, we are pleased to now have a presence in the Farmington neighborhood and introduce our revolutionary MyBanker relationship manager program and interactive teller technology to the residents and business owners of these vibrant communities," said Tami M. Gunsch, Executive Vice President of Berkshire's retail banking team. "Connecticut is an important market to us. This central location provides the opportunity for the retail team to work with existing commercial and private banking teams while also supporting a local nonprofit organization that contributes significantly to the Farmington community."

Berkshire's new Farmington branch features a modern interior design aimed at improving the customer experience with an open layout, My Teller℠ virtual teller technology with extended hours and comfortable meeting space where customers can talk privately with our bankers to plan their financial road map. My TellerSM is next-generation banking that combines the technology and convenience of an ATM with the human touch of a teller utilizing Interactive Teller Machine (ITM) technology. My TellerSM, the Bank's convenient solution to help customers bank on their own schedule, offers extended banking hours, Monday through Friday, 7AM to 7PM and Saturday, 8AM to 2PM. MyTellers℠ are also available for both lobby and drive-up use.

"We are excited to add our presence to the dynamic Farmington Avenue neighborhood", commented Divya Patel, Farmington Branch Manager. "We hope the new branch will become a center of commerce and community for the residents and businesses who live and work in our town. Farmington is the perfect market to showcase this new high-tech virtual teller and relationship approach to banking and we invite everyone to stop by and tour the branch. It's amazing."

The branch manager, Divya Patel, and her team are available in the branch lobby Monday through Wednesday from 9AM to 4PM, Thursday and Friday from 9AM to 5PM and Saturdays from 9AM to 12PM to assist existing customers as well as those who would like to learn more about Berkshire's products and services.

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About Berkshire Bank

Berkshire Hills Bancorp (NYSE: BHLB) is the parent of Berkshire Bank, America's Most Exciting Bank®. The Company, recognized for its entrepreneurial approach and distinctive culture, has $11.6 billion in assets and 113 full service branch offices in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey and Pennsylvania providing personal and business banking, insurance, and wealth management services. Berkshire Bank was named one of Massachusetts Most Charitable Companies in 2017 by the Boston Business Journal. To learn more, visit, call 800-773-5601 or follow us on: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Berkshire Bank is the official bank of NESN's Boston Bruins coverage and the community partner of Boston Seasons at City Hall Plaza.

Contact: Vanessa Pesa
Berkshire Bank
Phone: 413-447-1851
E-Mail: [email protected]