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Press Release - St. Casimirs/Kopernik merger announcement





             BALTIMORE, MD – Kopernik Bank and St. Casimir’s Savings Bank, today jointly announced the execution of a definitive merger agreement that provides for the merger of St. Casimir’s Savings Bank with and into Kopernik Bank.  Kopernik, as the surviving bank, will have approximately $180 million in total assets after the merger closes.  Both banks are Maryland-chartered mutual savings banks.

            Timothy Prindle, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kopernik Bank said, “The combination of our two institutions will allow us to better serve our communities.  St. Casimir’s Savings Bank is a great institution with a long history of excellent customer service, and our goal is to maintain that level of service.”

            Ronald D. Jasion, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Casimir’s Savings Bank, said “We are extremely pleased to become a part of Kopernik Bank.  Our combined banks will continue to serve our customers and our community.  We look forward to combining these institutions.”

             Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, Kopernik Bank will add two St. Casimirs Directors to Kopernik Bank’s Board of Directors.  Ronald D. Jasion will become Senior Vice President of Kopernik.

            The Merger Agreement is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by the respective members and applicable banking regulatory authorities.  

            Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, acted as transactional counsel and Silver, Freedman, Taff and Tiernan acted as legal counsel to St. Casimir’s Savings Bank. 

Our Rich Heritage – Nearly a century of friendly & secure community banking.

St. Casimir’s rich heritage and tradition of community service has been a stalwart institution in its hometown of Baltimore for over 105 years. Established in 1911 as St. Casimir’s Building & Loan Association by a group of successful businessmen, the founders would meet weekly in the rear of a tavern on Fait Avenue, granting lines of credit, home loans and business financing to immigrants who generally had nowhere else to turn for the funding of their dreams and ambitions.

Then as now, the officers of the newly-founded enterprise would base their decisions to grant loans not only on the merits of the investments, but on the character of the individuals seeking their assistance. This sensible, but humanistic approach quickly turned St. Casimir’s into a thriving enterprise, and by 1922, the institution had incorporated into a full-fledged bank, opening its first dedicated home office on the corner of Fait and Lakewood Avenues. This evolution paved the way for customers’ savings deposits, furthering the institution’s ability to sponsor economic growth throughout its local community.

Throughout two World Wars, the Great Depression and countless, cultural, political and economic upheavals, St. Casimir’s Savings Bank remained secure and profitable by maintaining its unwavering philosophy on safe, but savvy investment in its surrounding neighborhood. By 1981, just shy of its 70th anniversary, St. Casimir’s main office moved to its present location on Foster Avenue in the Baltimore neighborhood now known as Canton. Today, we have three additional locations throughout Baltimore City and Baltimore County. We are a Maryland state-chartered savings bank with approximately $110 million in assets.

Over the decades, as scores of local banks and lending institutions were absorbed by financial conglomerates or purchased by national banking corporations, St. Casimir’s leadership resolutely resisted purchase, recognizing that they would continue to best serve their community and customers by remaining independent. And as a mutual savings bank, St. Casimir’s is indeed a community-owned institution—our depositors are our shareholders.

St. Casimir’s Bank strives to bring the same dedication to consumers and small businesses as we did when we first extended a helping hand to our neighbors nearly 100 years ago. As one of the oldest locally-owned financial institutions in Baltimore, we pride ourselves on serving our customers with a friendly and personal approach that is rarely found in today’s banking environment. We are extremely proud of our community bank heritage and of being an integral part of our surrounding community. From our managers to our tellers, we live, work and play in the neighborhoods we serve.

On behalf of our directors and employees, we thank you for your business. We are proud to serve you, and we look forward to continued prosperity and helping you achieve your personal and financial goals.

Serving Canton, Dundalk and East Baltimore since 1911

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Welcome to St.Casimir’s Savings Bank

Serving the eastern regions of Baltimore City and Baltimore and Harford Counties for more than 100 years. In an era that has seen banking become increasingly consolidated and corporate, St. Casimir’s remains a community institution, owned by its customers and staffed by friendly and knowledgeable professionals who live in the neighborhoods they serve.

Since 1911, our depositors have enjoyed the peace of mind that comes with knowing that their money is safe and secure in a truly local establishment. And for those individuals seeking home or business loans, they’ve discovered that St. Casimir’s unbroken tradition of financial stability ensures their access to competitive rates and products.

But most importantly, our philosophy is not a strictly by-the-numbers approach. We’re proud of the fact that, over the years, thousands of our customers have purchased homes or established successful businesses right here in our community thanks to their relationship with St. Casimir’s. Our customers are our neighbors and our friends, and we look forward to serving you and making you part of our extended family.
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