Security State Bank to be acquired by Gesa Credit Union

Security State Bank, with locations in Grays Harbor and Pacific counties, is being acquired by another bank.

In an announcement, Gesa Credit Union, headquartered in Richland, Washington, along with Security State Corporation, the bank holding company of Security State Bank, and Security State Bank, headquartered in Centralia, Washington, jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement to merge.

Under the agreement, Gesa Credit Union will acquire and assume the assets and liabilities of Security State Bank.

“Security State Bank has been a steadfast supporter of the communities that we serve for more than 120 years now, and we have earned the trust of both our customers and our employees during this long time,” said Dwayne Aberle, President of the Bank, further stating that, “In today’s ever­ increasingly competitive banking environment, we feel that this transaction will provide uncountable benefits to these same communities, customers, and employees that we have dedicated our long tenure to, and we thank them all for that trust that they have placed in us over all these years. We are excited to partner with Gesa Credit Union in this transaction, with the expanded products, services, locations, and offerings that they will bring to our customers and employees.” In identifying Gesa as a good fit for the bank’s future, Mr. Aberle emphasized that both institutions “share common core values, with the utmost focus placed on the wellbeing of their customers, communities, and employees, throughout each institutions’ long histories.”

“Both Gesa and Security State Bank have shared the same values for over 70 years, with an unwavering dedication to the communities we serve,” said Don Miller, President and CEO of Gesa Credit Union. “This shared commitment has brought us together and fueled our decision to enter into this agreement, acting as a catalyst for Gesa to continue to expand our footprint and service in the Pacific Northwest. We are truly excited about the prospect of empowering new communities and assisting more people on their financial journeys.”

Security State Bank has approximately 600 million dollars in assets and 12 branches serving the communities of Grayland, Raymond, South Bend, Centralia, Chehalis, Morton, Rochester, and Pe Ell.

Security State Bank has been providing banking services since 1903.

Gesa Credit Union was noted as being one of Washington’s largest credit unions, with over $5.5 billion in assets, and nearly 290,000 members, with  31 branches, loan centers, full-service student-operated campus branches at Washington State University, and 13 student-operated high school branches across Washington state.

The transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both institutions.

Consummation of the transaction remains subject to regulatory approval and approval by the shareholders of Security State Corporation. Following completion of the transaction, Security State Corporation and Security State Bank will each dissolve, and the Corporation will thereafter distribute its remaining assets to its shareholders.

Following completion of the transaction, all of Security State Bank’s 12 branches located in Lewis, Thurston, Pacific, and Grays Harbor counties will be transferred to Gesa and become part of its system.

Security State Bank customers and Gesa Credit Union members should continue to conduct their business as usual.

The pending transaction is subject to regulatory and shareholder approvals and other customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed in 2025.