BMO Opens its 13th Branch in the Booming Hamilton Area

    - Experienced financial services team is making money make sense in 12
    - New branch offers convenient hours and is open Monday to Saturday
    - Bullfrog Powered branch represents an investment of $1.7 million

    HAMILTON, ON, May 11 /CNW/ - BMO Bank of Montreal today opened the doors
to its 13th full-service branch in the greater Hamilton area, located at 2170
Rymal Rd. E.
    "We are pleased to be a part of the Hamilton community," said Joseph
Lavadinho, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal. "With a dedicated team of
professionals, we're motivated to deliver an exceptional customer experience."
    The new Rymal Rd. E. and Terryberry branch is staffed by 13 personal
banking and investment professionals, including a BMO Nesbitt Burns investment
advisor, financial planner and mortgage specialist, ready to serve new and
existing BMO customers in 12 languages.
    "Current market conditions and BMO's recent mortgage rate reductions
create a favourable environment for customers looking to buy a home," said Mr.
Lavadinho. "We are eager to provide the right advice so they can feel
confident in their home buying experience. For first-time homebuyers, BMO has
introduced the BMO First Home Essentials Kit which provides a step-by-step
guide for entering the real estate market."
    For added convenience, the new branch features two ABMs for everyday
financial transactions and includes a full-service drive-thru ABM.

    Branches hours of operation
    Monday to Wednesday 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Thursday to Friday 9:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    "Hamilton has traditionally boasted a highly industrial economy, but a
recent trend toward more diversity is encouraging," said Robert Kavcic,
Economist, BMO Capital Markets. "Health care and education are gaining a
prominent role in the city, with Hamilton Health Sciences now the largest
employer, and McMaster University seeing growth. This should help the Hamilton
economy better weather future downturns."
    "If you're one of the millions of AIR MILES collectors in Canada, we have
another reason for you to bank with BMO," said Andrew Furgal, Vice-President,
Hamilton District, BMO Bank of Montreal. "No other bank can help you collect
faster and redeem more quickly because we are the only major financial
institution that rewards debit and credit card purchases, including online
purchases, with access to a comprehensive choice of more than 800 reward and
travel options," Mr. Furgal added.

    BMO Bank of Montreal in Hamilton

    BMO Financial Group has played an active role in the Hamilton community
having pledged over $900,000 to various organizations such as the Art Gallery
of Hamilton, Hamilton Health Sciences Centre and YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington
over the last five years.

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