Headquartered in Alma, Michigan, Firstbank Corporation now comprises
a five bank financial services company with 35 banking offices located
in central and northeast Michigan. Bank subsidiaries include: Firstbank – Alma;
Firstbank (Mt. Pleasant); Firstbank – West Branch; Firstbank – Lakeview;
and Firstbank – St. Johns. Other corporate affiliates include
1st. Armored, Inc.; 1st. Title; Gladwin Land Company, Inc.; and C.A.
Hanes Realty Inc. Investment services are available through affiliations
with Citizens Bank Wealth Management, MML Investor Services, Inc.
and Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.
Firstbank Corporation was originally established in 1985 as a
holding company for Firstbank – Alma (formerly Bank of Alma).
In 1987, Firstbank (Mt. Pleasant) and Firstbank – West Branch
were added to the group. From 1990-96, nine branch acquisitions
were completed. Expansion continued in 1997 when Firstbank – Lakeview
was acquired. The fifth and latest affiliate, Firstbank - St. Johns,
was chartered as a “de novo” bank in 2000.
From 1995-2001, in order to offer a wider array of financial services
to its customers, Firstbank Corporation developed and/or acquired
its armored car, real estate appraisal, title insurance and real
estate brokerage subsidiaries.