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Business Notes: Aug. 3, 2014

Claremont — Claremont Savings Bank is opening a new branch in December featuring advanced technology, the mutual savings bank announced last week.

In addition to staff on site, the new branch will have two “Interactive Teller Machines” with two-way chat capability. The machines will handle traditional self-service transactions, and customers will have the option of seeing and speaking with bank employees during regular business hours.

The new branch, at 148 Charlestown Road, shares space with a Dunkin’ Donuts shop. The 24-hour vestibule of the branch will house the ITMs. Customers will be able to talk with tellers at Claremont Savings Bank’s main office via secure video link from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. On-site staff will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

In May 2014, the bank expanded its branch network outside New Hampshire by announcing the acquisition of the Springfield, Vt., branch of Brattleboro Savings and Loan. As of June 30, Claremont Savings Bank had $50 million in capital with a 15 percent capital-to-asset ratio. Claremont Savings has $332 million in assets, $255 million in loans and $265 million in deposits. Claremont Financial Services manages $75 million in assets.

Company News

White River Junction-based RSG has been named as a “Great Rated” workplace by The Great Place to Work Institute.

The review process includes confidential surveying of employees on benefits and company culture — ranging from professional development to overall company atmosphere. Companies are then reviewed based on six criteria assessed through the Great Place to Work Trust Index Survey, a news release says.

The review is based on 98 employee surveys, with a 95 percent confidence level and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.90.

The transportation planning and business consulting company also was recently named as a finalist for the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility.

The Pain Fixers LLC, is opening a massage and wellness clinic at 26 Bank St. in Lebanon. The company is owned by licensed massage therapist Anna Berezhny, and the new clinic is in a converted Victorian building that houses professional offices. Bruce Waters, the senior broker at Lang McLaughry Commercial, represented the landlord, Union Green Realty, LLC and assisted the tenant with the lease transaction.

Alison Bruce has been promoted to vice president of Ledyard National Bank. Bruce is the bank’s compliance and Bank Security Act officer, and she recently graduated from the Stonier School of Banking, which is a three-year program covering all facets of banking. She has been employed at Ledyard for more than 15 years and has worked in positions with increasing levels of responsibility. Along with her graduation from Stonier, Bruce has completed the requirements to become a certified community bank compliance officer, certified regulatory compliance manager, consumer lending diploma, commercial lending diploma, bank operations diploma, supervisor certificate and completed the curriculum at the Northern New England School of Banking.

Sarah Salo has been promoted to an officer of Ledyard Financial Group and Ledyard National Bank. She is the executive administrative assistant. Salo has been in her current position for more than seven years and has helped shepherd the organization through changes. She plays a pivotal role at the company’s board and committee meetings, annual shareholder meetings, maintaining corporate records, communicating with shareholders and handling other director and officer matters.

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