FirstMerit Recognized for National and Regional Excellence in Small Business and Middle Market Banking by Greenwich Associates

Mar 25, 2011, 11:41 ET from FirstMerit Corporation

AKRON, Ohio, March 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstMerit Corporation (Nasdaq: FMER) has been named a 2010 Greenwich Associates Small Business Banking Excellence Award winner in two national categories (Financial Stability and Accuracy of Operations) as well as for Overall Satisfaction in the Midwest. FirstMerit also was recognized for Overall Satisfaction – Treasury Management in the Midwest for Middle Market Banking. Greenwich Associates is a Stamford, Conn.-based consulting firm specializing in institutional financial services.

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Based on interviews with 25,000 executives, FirstMerit was one of only 34 banks out of more than 750 banks evaluated to receive National awards.

"Service, stability and discipline are part of everything we do and we are pleased to be recognized for our efforts," said Paul G. Greig, chairman, president and CEO of FirstMerit.

To qualify for consideration for the National Excellence Awards designation, banks had to have a minimum of 50 clients responding to the survey. To qualify for Regional awards, the bank had to have a minimum of 30 clients responding.

"We are proud to be recognized by Greenwich Associates for what we provide to our clients every day," said David Goodall, executive vice president, Commercial Banking. "Our super community bank model – local delivery of world-class products and service – continues to resonate with our customers. We look forward to working with our customers now and in the future to achieve their financial goals."

About FirstMerit

FirstMerit Corporation is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Akron, Ohio, with assets of $14.1 billion as of December 31, 2010 and 207 banking offices and 220 ATMs in Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, and Chicago areas. FirstMerit provides a complete range of banking and other financial services to consumers and businesses through its core operations. Principal wholly-owned subsidiaries include: FirstMerit Bank, N.A., FirstMerit Mortgage Corporation, FirstMerit Title Agency, Ltd., and FirstMerit Community Development Corporation.

FirstMerit Corporation Media Contact: Rob Townsend Phone: 330.384.7075 E-mail: robert.townsend@firstmerit.com

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