Stockman Bank recently completed its purchase of the building at 1115 Main Street in downtown Miles City to house the “Stockman Tech Center”. The Tech Center will serve Stockman Bank, Stockman Wealth Management and Stockman Insurance statewide.
“Stockman’s strong growth across Montana, in all areas of the company, coupled with providing enhanced services and capabilities to both customers and employees made this expansion important”, commented Stockman Bank Chief Technology Officer Paul Roble. “We offer customers state-of-the-art banking services, including all of the modern digital banking solutions, such as Internet banking and smartphone and tablet mobile banking apps, including mobile deposit. Therefore, we need a building to adequately house all of this technology and the growing staff to take care of the technology, customers and employees statewide.”
Remodeling is currently underway in the 10,152 square-foot building. Work has begun on the electrical backup power systems, communications connections, cooling systems, fire suppression and housing segments of our technology infrastructure. Installation of a new walk-up ATM and enclosing the building’s existing drive-up canopy are the two remaining projects to get started. The enclosed drive-up will house supply storage, statement processing and a mailroom. The existing space is sufficient to accommodate cubicles, office space and meeting areas for over 30 employees with minimal updating.
Planning for the new Tech Center started just over two years ago, when Stockman put the building under contract. “We’ve had lots of time to plan and we have continued to grow over the last two years. The large size, open design and great location of the building make it fairly easy to remodel into a modern technology hub,” Roble added.
Stanley Markuson, President of Stockman Bank Miles City stated “I am excited Stockman continues to expand in and improve downtown. This new Tech Center furthers our commitment to Miles City, started in 1953 by Bill Nefsy, our founder. I hope our leadership encourages others to redevelop downtown and help bring vibrancy back to the area.”
Stockman’s Technology Department is currently located at 7th & Bridge Street in the “Stockman Center”, to be renamed the “Stockman Ops Center”. As the name implies, Stockman’s Operation Department will expand there, and the Ops Center will have room for other growing departments, within Stockman, to relocate and grow as well.
Stockman plans to have its new Tech Center open by early fall 2017. Markuson concluded “Stockman is uniquely focused on Montana, as we serve more of our neighbors, both locally and across the state, it creates job opportunities and economic development right here in Miles City.”