1. Newer Alliance

    Newer Alliance
    NewAlliance Bank introduced itself to Western Mass. in 2007 after acquiring Westbank, and four years later, it has completed a merger with the larger, Buffalo, N.Y.-based First Niagara Bank. Such mergers are nothing new, but large institutions always enter Western Mass. knowing they must compete for business in a region that values its thriving array of community banks, all touting healthy balance sheets and a hometown touch.
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    1. By joining with First Niagara, NewAlliance customers will continue to enjoy the benefits of being served by a community-focused institution that makes lending and other decisions at the local level, in addition to having the resources of a fast-growing, top-25 bank.
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