First Interstate BancSystem

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First Interstate BancSystem, Inc.
Traded asNASDAQFIBK (Class A)
Russell 2000 Component
IndustryFinancial Services
FoundedSheridan, Wyoming, USA (1968)
HeadquartersFirst Interstate Center
Billings, Montana, USA
Number of locations
Key people
ProductsChecking accounts
Savings accounts
Consumer finance
RevenueIncreaseUS $293.4 million (2006)[1][2]
IncreaseUS $187.46 million (2006)[2]
IncreaseUS $75.6 million USD (2006)[2]
Number of employees
1,700 (2016)
For the Los Angeles-based bank that operated until 1996, see First Interstate Bancorp.

First Interstate BancSystem, Inc., is a financial holding company for both the company and its primary banking subsidiary First Interstate Bank. Both are based in Billings, Montana.


The bank originated in 1968 as a single bank in Sheridan, Wyoming, and incorporated in Montana in 1971. One of the banks that is now part of the system was the First National Bank of Casper which traces its roots to the C.H. King and Company Bankers founded in 1889 by Charles Henry King, grandfather of President Gerald Ford.[3]

In 1984, the company entered into a franchise agreement with First Interstate Bancorp, a multi-state bank holding company headquartered in Los Angeles, California, to use the First Interstate Bank name and logo. In 1996, First Interstate Bancorp sold its Midwestern USA branches to St. Louis-based Boatmen's Bancshares, setting the stage for its remaining west coast operations to be purchased by and merged into Wells Fargo. The Montana organization successfully negotiated to retain the well known First Interstate name and logo.[4] As of 2006, the bank had expanded to 49 branches with 130 ATMs in Montana and Wyoming. In November 2016, it acquired Cascade Bancorp of Oregon for $589 million.[5] At that time, First Interstate had $7.3 billion in deposits and $9 billion in assets.[5]

First Interstate Bank in Gillette, Wyoming.


First Interstate Bank is a fifty-percent owner and primary tenant of the First Interstate Center, a 20-story building in Billings, Montana.[2] Completed in 1985 the 272 foot (83 m) structure is the tallest building in the state of Montana.[6]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "2006 Annual Report" (PDF). First Interstate BankSystem, Inc. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-08-09.
  2. ^ a b c d "Form 10-K -- Annual Report". U.S. SEC. 2007-03-14. Retrieved 2007-08-09.
  3. ^ Remembering Gerald Ford - Casper Journal - April 27, 2007
  4. ^ "Who We Are". First Interstate BankSystem, Inc. Archived from the original on 2009-06-05. Retrieved 2009-07-09.
  5. ^ a b Kish, Matthew (November 17, 2016). "Oregon's second-largest bank (NSADAQ: CACB) to be sold for $589 million - Portland Business Journal". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  6. ^ "First Interstate Center, Billings". Emporis GmbH. Retrieved 2007-08-10.

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