A large crowd gathered at Stroud Gwynn Field behind the main branch of Wilson Bank & Trust on Monday for a groundbreaking.
In little over a year, construction will be completed on a new operations center for the bank.
Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto took to the podium to praise Wilson Bank & Trust for "putting Wilson County on the map for many years now."
"There are four things you relate to Wilson County. They are Cracker Barrel, Cumberland University Baseball, the Wilson County Fair and Wilson Bank & Trust," Hutto said. "To my recollection, (WB&T CEO) Randall Clemons is involved in three out of four."
Hutto said it takes a "strong leader who is ready to take chances," such as Clemons, to make a difference in the community. He added that it also takes dedicated employees - which WB&T has plenty.
"When you walk into any Wilson Bank & Trust, it is the quality and the professionalism of the employees that make this bank what it is," Hutto explained.
He said the bank has always stayed involved in the community as well.
Hutto was an educator and coach for 18 years prior to being elected county mayor. He noted that whenever something was needed for the students, the Wilson Bank & Trust name popped up.
"They always answer in community involvement," he said. "They have been on the forefront of making Wilson County the place to be."
Chairman of the Board Jimmy Comer also shared a few words.
He said that in the fall of 1986 a group got together with intentions of starting a bank.
"We kicked around a lot of names. Wilson Bank was quickly coined. As we considered the bank, we didn't want to draw any lines around our future possibilities and we wanted to be able to serve our neighbors. We dropped the 'county.' Then 'trust' popped up,'" Comer remembered. "Trust indicates confidence and credibility."
Comer said that the addition of the Operations Center represents their commitment to the next 30 years for Wilson Bank & Trust.
"Our board is as excited today as we were 30 years ago when this baby was birthed."
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