Construction Underway For New Friendship State Bank On Demaree Drive

Bank on Solar Energy for New Location

Backhoes, concrete trucks, and construction equipment have returned to Demaree Drive on Madison’s hilltop. This time they are building The Friendship State Bank’s and Friendship Insurance’s permanent home in Madison.

The Friendship State Bank opened their 8th branch office in Madison three years ago, due to popular demand for community banking with a local base.

“Community banks are vital to the economic prosperity of a small towns, and we wanted to be there for the residents of Madison,” CEO Chris Meyer said. “Decisions are made locally, and you know who you are talking to every time you walk in the door. We took a chance when we came here three years ago and have been welcomed with open arms. So much so, that we need additional space.”

The bank began moving dirt in June on the lot purchased adjacent to the location they have been leasing at 301 Demaree Drive.

“We are excited to keep Demaree Drive growing,” Meyer said. “It is a great connector between Old Michigan and Clifty Drive. There is a new car dealership here and we are right around the corner from everything that is convenient – Kroger, Planet Fitness, Walmart, Lowes, Tractor Supply, and Ivy Tech.”

Friendship leadership put a lot of thought into the bank’s new location as well as the building design.

“We really try to reflect the community we are a part of, from the people working inside to the building design,” Meyer shared. “We have good, local people working on the building process and our desire is to reflect what this town is all about. There is a river that runs through our town. We have cliffs, rocks, grass, and stone. There is the sense pride, community, and connectedness. We wanted to reflect that and believe you will be in for a treat when the branch is complete.

In addition to a unique and local look, the financial institution is taking a progressive approach to powering the branch. It will also be the first commercial building in Madison powered by solar energy.

“We are headquartered in the valley of Friendship and are surrounded by nature. Laughery Creek is right outside our back door. If we don’t reduce our consumption of energy, then we must find new ways of procuring it,” Meyer said. “Our engineers and architects knew from the start that this was going to be a solar powered building. Every bit of the design of the structure, inside and out, took into account low energy consumption.”

Leadership anticipates the project to be complete in the first quarter of 2020. The Friendship State Bank will remain open at their current location at 301 Demaree Drive throughout the entire project.

The Friendship State Bank is a member FDIC.

More from Local News


  • Water Aerobics class

    Crystal Beach is offering Water Aerobics classes again this year. Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays-9a-10a Tuesdays/Thursdays 7p-8p Bring your own noodle. No children allowed in or around pool during classes Classes are $2 per session or $30 for season pass If you purchase a season pool pass-aerobics class is included at no additional charge

    at Crystal Beach Pool
  • Pickle Ball

    Pickle Ball is the newest, upcoming sport. It's a court game like tennis but smaller, and played with a paddle similar to ping pong. Currently offered on Wednesdays @11am-12:15pm & Thursdays @ 8:45-10:15am in the Brown Gym Cost is 5$ a session 6 month pass is $20 One year pass is $35

    at Brown Gym on Broadway
  • The Salvation Army Fine Arts- Fall Semester 2019

    5$ a semester to participate Registration forms and instrumental rental contracts must be completed before participating Sacred Ballet- Thursdays Mini-Mites (ages3-5) 4pm Beginner (ages6-8) 4:30pm Intermediate/advanced (ages 9-17) 5pm Dancers MUST have these items for class: Girls- ballet slippers, leotard, tutu/skirt, solid color tights Boy-solid color leggins, solid color tee, ballet slippers Ukulele Class- Thursdays 4pm (ages 8+) This is a great starter instrument for those interested in learning how to play guitar. It's also smaller in size, which helps younger students wanting to learn to play. Ukulele students must have these items per semester: Music/instrument/ rental instrument contract Private Music Lessons- Time individually scheduled (ages 8+) Private music lesson needs to have an interview to see if they are ready for lessons. Private music lessons are for brass instruments, beginner piano, voice, and music theory. Instrumental and music students must have these items per semester: Music/instrument/rental instrumental contract

    at The Salvation Army

Local News

American Legion Legacy Run makes its way to Madison

More than 200 motorcycles and over 300 riders, volunteers, workers help make this annual run a success. The Legacy Run supports the Legacy Scholarship which helps families of fallen soldiers and extremely disabled Veterans.

Local Sports

Area Sports For Wednesday, August 21st

Volleyball, soccer, golf

Area Sports For Tuesday, August 20th

High School Volleyball

Area Sports For Monday, August 19th

Volleyball, soccer and golf