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Horizon Bank expanding into Central Ohio

Horizon Bank's headquarters is shown in downtown Michigan City. Horizon Bank is expanding to Dublin, Ohio.

Horizon Bank is expanding to another new market.

The Michigan City-based bank, which has more than $3.1 billion in assets, is expanding to Central Ohio by opening a loan production office in Dublin, a suburb of Columbus. Horizon is well-established with nearly 60 branches in Indiana and Michigan, making Ohio the third state in which the 144-year-old financial institution will do business.

“Horizon’s 'People First' philosophy whereby we find talented and seasoned bankers to lead our local effort has created a great opportunity for expansion into the greater Columbus, Ohio, market,” Horizon Bancorp Chief Executive Officer Craig Dwight said. “We are fortunate to have Michael Lamping, a long-time resident of Dublin, Ohio, and former community bank President to lead Horizon’s effort in central Ohio. Michael’s initial responsibility is to open the office and recruit a seasoned banking team. In addition, he will assist with looking for banks in Ohio to partner with Horizon going forward.”

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The new loan office will offer various commercial products and services, such as business banking and treasury management. Lamping said he wanted to be part of Horizon's success.

"I am looking forward to leading Horizon’s new location which complements our central Indiana locations and future expansion plans for northwest and central Ohio," Lamping said. “The greater Columbus, Ohio, market provides considerable opportunity to grow with the market and to serve the business community with traditional banking values and experienced advisors. Horizon’s banking philosophy and expansive product line-up aligned with seasoned local bankers is the formula for future success.”

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