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Columbia Bank Commemorates 95 Years in the New Jersey Banking Business

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Columbia Bank’s Newest Branch in Newark, NJ. Photo Courtesy of Columbia Bank.

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Fair Lawn NJ, Columbia Bank, New Jersey’s trusted bank since 1927, is proud to announce its  95th anniversary. The financial institution, which has served the area’s families, individuals, and small businesses for  almost one hundred years, was originally founded with a single branch in the Bergen School House in Fair Lawn, New  Jersey. Today, the Bank has an expansive network of 62 locations throughout the state, and a diverse team of banking  professionals comprised of 700 employees.  

While over the course of 95 years Columbia Bank has grown to include a full suite of commercial and consumer products,  the latest in digital technology, and an asset base of approximately $9.1 billion, its longstanding commitment to the  communities it serves remains. The company-wide volunteering program “Team Columbia”, hosts approximately 100  events yearly, including sponsorship/participation in food drives, walks for a cure, community reinvestment projects and  more, with the goal of giving back and making an impact across New Jersey. 

“Helping New Jersey residents and local businesses succeed has been Columbia Bank’s mission since 1927”, said  Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank. We are proud of our legacy and commitment to partnering  with the New Jersey community for almost a century, and empowering our customers and future generations for financial  success.” Kemly added, “We have achieved this incredible milestone through because of the hard work, passion, and  dedication of our team members.”   

Founded in 1927 and headquartered in Fair Lawn, NJ, Columbia Bank has 62 full-service branch networks spanning the  state of New Jersey, an asset base of approximately $9.1 billion. Columbia Bank offers a full suite of consumer and  commercial products, including online and mobile banking, localized lending centers as well as title, investment and  wealth management services. For more information about Columbia Bank’s complete line of products and services, visit

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