The story of North Cascades Bank began in 1986, when local business leaders came together with the idea of starting a community bank in Chelan. Their hope was to address the banking needs of their community and meet the lending needs of the local agricultural industry. The first branch of North Cascades Bank opened on December 6th of that year. Those local leaders hit on something special, and the Chelan branch grew rapidly. A second branch soon opened in Omak, followed by others in seven more communities. There are now nine branches serving all of North Central Washington.
In 2013, North Cascades Bank was invited to join the Glacier family of banks (Glacier Bancorp, Inc.), a regional bank holding company headquartered in Kalispell, Montana. Glacier Bank operates bank divisions in seven states, including Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Washington, Arizona and Wyoming. All Glacier banks operate with their own management in the communities they know well, supported by the considerable experience and shared resources of an entire network of similarly-minded community banks. The Glacier family has received numerous awards for stability and soundness over the years and has repeatedly been ranked among the top 10% in the nation for financial strength.
North Cascades Bank has always believed in supporting its communities and they demonstrate it, time and time again. Whether it’s stepping in to help those impacted by wildfires, getting involved in organizations driven to support affordable housing, or donating to local food banks in a significant way during the COVID-19 crises, you will likely find North Cascades Bank as a supporter and contributor of the causes and events that make our communities so special.