Ask anyone that lives in Newark about local resident Jerry McClain and you’ll hear “passionate,” “philanthropic” and “pillar of the community”. Ask anyone that works at Heartland Bank about Jerry McClain, you’ll hear that he’s been a dedicated Board member for 25 years, served as general contractor for the beautiful Newark branch and is an integral part of the Heartland Bank family. And if you ask the Licking County Chamber of Commerce about Jerry McClain, they’ll tell you that they recently awarded him with the John Alford Community Service Award for ongoing efforts to renew and improve downtown Newark.
Jerry McClain has been in the construction business since 1966 when he left the employ of one of Newark’s premier builders because of customer service concerns. “I decided to develop my own custom house and building company focusing on superb design, quality, service and customer satisfaction.” Forty eight years later, the Jerry McClain Companies is a Sub “S” Corporation where his children and grandchildren serve in leadership roles. They concentrate on custom homes, commercial buildings and the construction and operation of assisted care facilities in nine locations throughout the state of Ohio.
This spring, The McClain Companies will be moving into a new building at 29 W. Locust Street. It, along with the new Heartland Bank building, will create an attractive front door entrance into downtown Newark. Also, they are going to be constructing a very fine first-class building on approximately 3 acres at the very entrance to Newark at 4th and Locust Streets starting in late 2014 or early 2015. This building will be developed in the center of a park-like setting and will be a tremendous asset to the town of Newark.
According to Scott McComb, Chairman, President and CEO of Heartland Bank, Jerry McClain is about as good as it gets. "Jerry has been a model director and his family has been one of our best clients for decades. He is a man that truly exemplifies honor, trust, service, and integrity. Heartland would not be what it is today without the McClain family influence."
“I believe that if you say you’re going to do it, do it, and to the best of your ability,” Jerry said when talking about his work ethic. We say thank you to Jerry for his hard work and dedication to the Newark community and Heartland Bank. Jerry’s attention to detail and reputation for quality, service and customer satisfaction mirror the Mission Statement of Heartland Bank.
Please stop by the Heartland Bank Newark office at 44 West Locust Street to see the clock we dedicated to Jerry and his family. While you’re there, stop in and say hello to Branch Manager Tim Cox, Assistant Manager Vickie Swartz, Commercial Relationship Manager Brian Fracker, Consumer Loan Officer Vaughn Ellis, and Business Development Officer Donna Holycross for all your banking needs!