Salin Bank is planning a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday for its new branch at 9835 Lima Road.
The branch features an interactive teller system, which lets customers work with bank employees by video chat. A live, Indiana-based Salin teller will have complete control of the interactive teller machine, which can perform almost all of the services typically performed inside a branch, Salin officials said.
Bill Salin II praised the branch design, which includes blue-tinted glass, a nautical motif and self-service interactive teller bays.
This new banking center represents an important investment in the future growth of our bank, our commitment to the Fort Wayne community and our desire to bring world-class customer service to our clients, he said in a statement.
Millennial project lands $30,000 grant
The Millennial 2020 program has received a $30,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Donor-Advised Fund, local officials announced Wednesday.
The program, an initiative of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, gives millennials an active voice and role in Vision 2020, a regional economic development plan.
The young leaders group plans to use the money to support and expand ongoing projects, including presentations to high school students, speed networking events and job shadowing opportunities for members.
M2020 also plans to organize a third Spark Tank event to generate ideas to improve northeast Indiana. The organization evaluates ideas then offers seed money to implement the best of them.
Ford, Toyota joust over top-selling car
A name makes all the difference in the fight between Ford and Toyota over who has the top-selling car in the world.
Ford on Wednesday claimed that crown for its Focus compact during the first half of the year, based on registration data gathered by the R.L. Polk & Co. research firm.
The Dearborn, Mich.-based company sold 589,709 Focuses from January through June across the globe, a 20 percent increase over the first half of last year, said Erich Merkle, Fords top sales analyst.
The Focus, according to Ford, beat the perennial No. 2 Toyota Corolla, although Merkle said he could not release Polks numbers for the Corolla. A Polk spokeswoman confirmed that the number provided by Ford was accurate but declined to comment further.
If the Focus beats Corolla for all of 2013, it would be the second year in a row that Ford lays claim to the top honors.
FedEx projects boost in holiday deliveries
FedEx expects that holiday shoppers will be more nice than naughty this year, with shipments rising from 2012.
The company said Wednesday it expects to carry more than 22 million shipments on the busiest day of the season, which it believes will be Monday, Dec. 2.
FedEx predicts that shipments in the first week of December will rise 13 percent over last years peak week, to more than 85 million shipments, driven by online shopping and retailers stocking up on electronics, apparel and other goods.
Dec. 2 will be the first workday for many shoppers after the long Thanksgiving weekend. This is the first time that FedEx expects Cyber Monday to be its busiest day of the season.