Celebrating 160 Years in Banking

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Celebrating 160 Years in Banking

In 1863 a group of thoughtful citizens realized the need for a financial institution in the newly formed, growing community of Fort Atkinson, so they organized a bank for citizens to deposit and borrow money and they called it The First National Bank of Fort Atkinson.

Both our bank and town have grown up together, enduring tumultuous times in American history, emerging through each era an even stronger resource to serve the population with financial services. This allowed us to expand to nearby communities and counties. As time went on, to more accurately reflect the broad range of services available to customers, and our growing geographic footprint, the name of our bank was changed to PremierBank. Since our original founding, we have expanded to serve three counties in south-central Wisconsin. 


For 160 years PremierBank has been a community partner, financial resource, and important leader in helping individuals, families, and businesses in our communities save money and fulfill their dream of home and business ownership. PremierBank is one of the oldest financial institutions in the nation and has long been highly regarded for its safe and sound financial position.  We look back on our history with pride and aim to use the legacy of those who came before us to help build an even better future for the residents and businesses in the diverse communities we serve.

PremierBank has been here for generations and we expect to serve you for generations to come!

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Special Events Planned During
Our 160th Anniversary Year

We have some special events planned throughout the year to celebrate this milestone year! We hope you will join us. 

160 Gifts and Acts of Kindness

Throughout the year we will be making financial contributions and investing in our communities with volunteerism above and beyond our traditional philanthropic endeavors as a special way to support and acknowledge the communities we serve.

This year, to commemorate our anniversary, our team has been tasked with the exciting opportunity to work together on a unique initiative to collaboratively develop a plan to make 160 Gifts and Acts of Kindness through volunteerism, donations, community fundraisers, and financial education outreach. These efforts will be highlighted on our social media channels.

Additionally, the activities we plan for 2023 Community Banking Month, and "Power of Community Banking Week" be intentionally centered around our #160GiftsandActsofKindness.

FREE Community Shred Days

Bring your old documents that need to be securely shredded to our centrally based Fort Atkinson Office.

Shred-it A Stericycle Solution Logo There is a limit of three boxes or one hundred pounds of paper per vehicle. Only paper is accepted. Due to the popularity of shred events, you might experience a wait time. These events are held in the parking lot and will be held rain or shine, as long as conditions are safe, but could be rescheduled or canceled in the event of inclement weather. Call 920-563-6616 with any questions.

2023 Shred Dates are listed below:

  • Saturday, April 22, 2023  9 a.m. - Noon at 70 North Main Street, Fort Atkinson, WI
  • Saturday, October 7, 2023 9 a.m. - Noon at 70 North Main Street, Fort Atkinson, WI

FREE Coin Appraisal Evaluations

Bring your old coins, paper money, and gold jewelry to the below locations for a FREE evaluation by Ron Beckstrom with Gold Rule Coins held at various office locations during the month of April.

Prembank-CoinsBring your old coins, paper money, and gold jewelry to the below locations for a FREE evaluation. Ron will appraise the value of your items and may even offer to purchase them on the spot. See below for coin appraisal dates. Appointments are not necessary. Drop in during the time listed and meet with Ron.

  • Tuesday, April 4, 2023  10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Jefferson Office at 320 South Center Avenue, Jefferson, WI
  • Tuesday, April 11, 2023  10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Whitewater Office at 200 South Fremont, Whitewater, WI
  • Friday, April 14, 2023   10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Fort Atkinson Office at 70 North Main Street, Fort Atkinson, WI
  • For more information about Gold Rule Coins, visit: MyCoinGuy.com

Community Blood Drive

May 18th, 2023 and September 13, 2023 from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the Janesville Community Room.  1400 Black Bridge, Janesville. 

On Thursday, May, 18th PremierBank held an American Red Cross Blood Drive in our Janesville bank location's Community Room.

The next Blood Drive is scheduled for September 13. Donors will receive a free t-shirt, Jimmy Johns Sandwich, and electronic coupon for a haicut at Sport Clips.   To make an appointment CLICK HERE.   

For information about the American Red Cross or Donating Blood, visit RedCrossBlood.org.

FREE Fraud Seminar for Small Businesses

Learn how to protect your small business against scams and frauds that target businesses, and what to do if you become a victim.



This program features Jeff Kersten, Agency Liaison, Division of Trade and Consumer Protection with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, and is hosted by PremierBank.

Time and Location are To Be Determined.

Registration is limited. Call 920-563-6616 with questions, or to register. 

Special Popcorn Fridays throughout the year

Check-in with your local branch to find out when the popcorn machine will be on site!


PLUS, Visit our Traveling Museum at the following locations during 2023:

  • February 2023
    Fort Atkinson, 70 North Main Street
    Fort Atkinson
  • March and April 2023
    Whitewater, 200 South Fremont
  • May and June 2023
    Jefferson, 320 South Center Avenue
  • July and August 2023
    Sullivan, 154 Main Street
  • September and October 2023
    Janesville, 1400 Black Bridge Road
  • November thru December 2023
    Fort Atkinson, 70 North Main Street
    Fort Atkinson
Join us for Chamber "After Hours" on Oct. 12, 2023

On Thursday, October 12, 2023, Please join us along with Rose Oswald Poels, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Bankers Association at our open house where we will host a Chamber of Commerce Networking Event from 5 - 7 p.m. at 70 North Main, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. For more information and to register to attend, visit FortChamber.com.

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