Bank of Eastern Oregon
History of Bank of Eastern Oregon
Just before the end of WWII, a group of forward-thinking farmers and ranchers in eastern Oregon saw a need for banking services in their region. Banding together with others, they formed the Gilliam County Bank in Arlington, Oregon, in February of 1945. Since its inception, the focus of the bank has been to provide quality banking services to rural communities of eastern Oregon at a competitive price and to provide great customer service in that delivery.
In the late 1950’s, the bank expanded, opening branches in Heppner and Ione. Shortly after that, the bank changed its name to Bank of Eastern Oregon and headquarters moved to Heppner, Oregon. Branches were opened in Condon in 1995; Irrigon in 1999; and Boardman in 2000, as the bank positioned itself to remain an independent community bank entering the 21st Century.
In November of 2003, the bank took a giant leap forward with the purchase of branches from Klamath First in Burns, John Day, Prairie City, Fossil, Moro, Condon, & Heppner. This move solidified BEO’s footprint in eastern Oregon with 11 branches in six counties. Loan Production Offices were added in Ontario, Hermiston, & Enterprise. In 2008, the Enterprise loan production office became so successful that it was converted into a full-scale branch. Year 2012 saw the opening of two more Loan Production Offices, one in Pendleton and one in Island City, providing loan & banking services in ten eastern Oregon counties.
Bank of Eastern Oregon is a full service community bank featuring local decision making and offering loans for consumer, commercial, & agricultural purposes. It has a state of the art Mortgage Division and an Investment Division for alternative investments. Along with great customer service, BEO offers personal & business checking/savings products, ATM/debit/credit cards, merchant services, mobile banking, & more.