Growin’ Wisconsin since 1876 — 140 years of trusted service.

Fortifi Bank is proud to be one of the oldest chartered banks in Wisconsin, with eight community-driven locations. Area residents can celebrate Fortifi Bank’s longevity and constant growth while maintaining excellent customer service, providing community support, and improving its attention on business banking. During the last 10 years, Fortifi Bank has expanded its geographic footprint from its main location in Berlin to a total of eight locations.

Full-service locations in Berlin, Green Lake, Montello, Westfield, Omro, Winneconne, Waunakee, and Green Bay make Fortifi Bank a solid presence in East-Central Wisconsin.

Enjoy a peek at the expansion history!


1876

Fortifi Bank was chartered Sept. 15, 1876, as a private banking house under the name of Sacket, Fitch & Company in an old wooden building, currently occupied by Fortifi Investments in Berlin, WI.

1897

Half of the block that included the bank’s rented quarters was destroyed by a fire. Following the fire, the corporation purchased the Huron Street and Fox Alley location in Berlin and erected the present brick structure.

1914

Fortifi Bank became a member of the U.S. Federal Reserve Association. Growing business required facility enlargement. An addition was built, the vault remodeled and new marble and mahogany fixtures installed.

1929

Controlling stock in the bank was acquired by Wisconsin Bank Shared Group and was operating as one of their subsidiaries until May 1, 1943, when wholly local ownership was reestablished.

1976

The processing of checks and deposits on computers began. The service improved efficiencies with the ever-increasing number of accounts.

1982

The first drive-up teller window was opened.

1991

The bank formed a one-bank holding company, First Berlin Bancorp, Inc., which positioned the bank to remain independent.

1992

Two additional drive-up teller units were opened and the entire exterior of the bank was refurbished in original style.

1994

The bank had more than $57 million in assets and was serving more than 4,200 clients.

1998

The Poy Sippi, WI branch opened in October.

The bank had more than $75 million and $10 million in assets and capital respectively.

2000

The Green Lake, WI branch opened in April.

2001

The Montello, WI branch opened in May.

Russel Kuehn succeeded Mr. Thomas Ries as president.

2002

The Westfield, WI branch opened in April.

The Omro, WI branch opened in October.

2004

The Winneconne, WI branch opened in May.

1st Online Internet Banking and Online bill pay were introduced.

2006

Happy 130th Birthday Fortifi Bank!

Thomas Jensen succeeded Russel Kuehn as president.

Fortifi Bank was chartered in Waunakee, WI.

eStatements were introduced.

2007

A focus was placed on business banking and treasury management services. EZdeposit™, a remote deposit processing service for businesses was introduced.

2008

The Waunakee, WI branch celebrated its grand opening in October.

Fortifi Business Banking Center opened in the historic Berlin, WI train Depot building.

Mobile banking and a new suite of consumer checking accounts were introduced.

2009

Fortifi Bank launched a new website.

2010

Fortifi Bank celebrated 10 years of service in the Green Lake community.

Enhanced Online Bill Pay was launched in October.

Northeast Office opens in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

2011

Fortifi Bank celebrated 10 years of service in the Montello community.

2012

The Omro and Westfield branches celebrated 10 years of service in their communities.

2013

Fortifi Bank acquires personal deposits from the Poy Sippi and Berlin Baylake Bank locations.