In The News

January 7, 2013

First Financial and Seymour Chamber of Commerce to Host SBA Business Banking Lunch and Learn

First Financial Bank and the Seymour Chamber of Commerce are partnering to host a special business banking lunch and learn focusing on SBA lending solutions on February 14th, 2013.

August 3, 2012

401(k) Fees - No Longer Lost in the Shuffle

Does your business understand the new Department of Labor disclosure regulations for retirement plans? Learn more from David Chrestensen, First Financial Wealth Management.

August 1, 2012

Preparing for the Retirement Plan Disclosure Regulations: Is your Business Ready for the Changes?

Is your business ready for the upcoming retirement plan disclosure regulations? Learn more from David Chrestensen, First Financial Wealth Management.

July 12, 2012

First Financial warns clients about utility bill scam

With news of a recent scam involving federal assistance on utility bills, First Financial wants to be sure you are well-informed to protect your accounts.

June 30, 2012

Online Banking Access - Click Here

We are experiencing issues with our login process for online banking and our service provider is currently working on the issue. Visit this news item to access the address for online banking.

June 22, 2012

Hoosier Banker Interviews CEO Claude Davis

First Financial CEO Claude Davis was recently interviewed by Hoosier Banker on the bank's growth and success in the financial industry.

May 29, 2012

Benefits Insight Series Recordings

Recordings are now available for our First Financial Wealth Management retirement plan webinar series.

April 26, 2012

Newsmakers Interviews CEO Claude Davis

First Financial president and CEO Claude Davis discusses the company’s history and growth across the region on Newsmakers.

March 31, 2012

First Financial will open two offices, relocate another in the region

This year will be “full steam ahead” for First Financial Bancorp as it builds off its momentum of 2011 in the Dayton and Cincinnati markets.

March 30, 2012

Our nation's challenges will require leadership

Claude Davis, president and CEO of First Financial Bank, discusses four critical areas that must be addressed to create a sustained level of economic growth.

March 30, 2012

With recent buys digested, First Financial ready for more

With its recent move into a new downtown Cincinnati headquarters, and completed purchases of Flagstar Bank and Liberty Savings Bank, First Financial looks to target growth.

March 6, 2012

Benefits Insight Series: Why Your Qualified Plan is NOT!

Join First Financial Wealth Management for three hard-hitting and informative sessions that will provide you with forward-thinking insight for you to take charge of your plan’s compliance and ultimate success.

January 20, 2012

Navigating the new retirement plan fee disclosure regulations

With a new year comes new opportunities to review your company's retirement plan program. Learn more from David Chrestensen, First Financial Wealth Management.

January 2, 2012

First Financial Discusses Mortgage Refinancing

In today's market, stretching a dollar is more important than ever. Listen to mortgage expert Ed Hensley discuss the best ways to refinance your current mortgage.

November 25, 2011

Creating your legacy: Developing a business succession plan

Having a financial plan in place for your business is essential to creating a lasting and meaningful legacy. Learn more from Laura Raines, First Financial Wealth Management.

November 23, 2011

First Financial warns clients about phishing scams

This holiday season, make sure to read the following tips to avoid financial fraud.

June 19, 2011

New home for First Financial

A year after moving to downtown Cincinnati and after a flurry of acquisitions, First Financial Bancorp is ready to affix its name to the city’s skyline.

April 6, 2011

First Financial building Lawrenceburg banking center

First Financial Bank has begun construction on a Lawrenceburg bank branch.

April 6, 2011

First Financial builds center

First Financial has started construction on a new banking center in Lawrenceburg, Ind.

April 6, 2011

First Financial plans prototype branch for Indiana

First Financial Bancorp has started construction on a new branch in Lawrenceburg, Ind.

April 1, 2011

First Financial called one of best-capitalized banks

First Financial Bancorp has just that high-class problem, although it has a pretty clear idea of what its priorities are for investing its excess capital.

March 26, 2011

Spring has officially arrived and with it comes the peak home buying season.

"Our confirmed appointments for showings are running 2-3 times higher than they were 90 days ago, so we're very encouraged," Herm Hoge, broker/owner along with his wife Kris of Munster's RE/MAX Realty Associates, said.

March 21, 2011

Bank CEO outlines path to growth

HAMILTON — Claude Davis of First Financial tells what he’s learned from the downturn, and discusses the future.

March 11, 2011

First Financial’s HQ to stay in Cincinnati

Dayton Daily News: Updated 1:45 AM Friday, March 11, 2011 CINCINNATI — The headquarters of First Financial Bancorp will stay in Cincinnati, but its leader says it has no effect on operations in Hamilton.

March 10, 2011

City moves to keep First Financial

DOWNTOWN – The City of Cincinnati has promised First Financial Bancorp $3.6 million worth of incentives to stay downtown...

March 10, 2011

Headquarters to stay in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI — The headquarters of First Financial Bancorp will stay in Cincinnati, but its leader says it has no affect on operations in Hamilton.

March 10, 2011

First Financial keeping headquarters downtown

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Cincinnati-based First Financial Bancorp announced Thursday that it is keeping its headquarters in downtown Cincinnati.

March 10, 2011

First Financial to keep headquarters in downtown Cincinnati

First Financial Bancorp will keep its corporate headquarters in downtown Cincinnati.

February 24, 2011

Northcreek fills credit void

A partnership started by Cincinnati banking veterans has started to make investments in small businesses from its $63 million debut fund, helping fill the gap for companies struggling to access credit.

February 22, 2011

First Financial hikes dividend 20%

First Financial Bancorp is raising its quarterly dividend payment to shareholders 20 percent to 12 cents per share.

February 22, 2011

Getting out of debt

COLUMBUS — Falling into debt can happen to almost anyone. The loss of a job, medical problems, divorce or major car repair all can lead to a financial crisis.

February 16, 2011

First Financial branch renovations complete

HIGHLAND | First Financial Bank announced Wednesday it recently completed the renovations of its downtown Highland branch, 2611 Highway Ave.

January 31, 2011

Banking's 2010 Top Performers

By the end of 2009, there was only one question on the minds of bankers: Is it over yet?

January 24, 2011

Booth named to First Financial board of directors

Cynthia Booth has joined the board of directors of First Financial Bancorp downtown.

January 14, 2011

Branch-building abounds as profits rise post-recession

Despite electronic banking’s popularity, bank branches are popping up around the Tri-State after a financial crisis-induced lull.

January 14, 2011

Acquisitions behind much recent branch growth

The numbers would tell you that area banks have greatly expanded their local branch networks in the past year. But acquisitions caused those gains.

January 13, 2011

Upgraded First Financial banking center reopens in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield South Gilmore banking center celebrated its grand reopening Wednesday after a renovation was completed to upgrade the First Financial bank.

January 5, 2011

Serve City to open 2nd complex

HAMILTON — For troubled residents hoping to part with their substance abuses and start a home, one local social service agency is making it a lot easier.

January 3, 2011

First Financial Donates

The Business Enterprise Center (BEC) located at Wright State University-Lake Campus announces First Financial Bank has donated $1,000 to the BEC to help maintain free business counseling for new and existing businesses in the area.

December 24, 2010

First Financial focuses on business banking

HAMILTON — In another strategic move, First Financial Bancorp has zeroed in on business banking as a way to grow by launching a major sales effort this quarter.

December 15, 2010

More shoppers favoring ease of debit cards

Before debit cards, online bill payment and charge by phone, most people used paper check to purchase their holiday items and pay bills.

December 15, 2010

Column: How to keep peace when dividing family estate

There is no doubt that the death of a family member, especially a parent, is a very difficult and emotional experience. Not only do families have to come together to make arrangements for a funeral and/or memorial, they also have to deal with the delicate task of dividing their loved one's personal items.

December 10, 2010

First Financial adds Cynthia Booth to board

Cynthia Booth is the newest board member at Cincinnati-based First Financial Bancorp (Nasdaq: FFBC).

November 20, 2010

Shelbyville senior pens winning essay

Shelbyville High School senior Dana “Danny” Barrow received a surprise visit and a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond on Thursday from officials at First Financial Bank.

October 26, 2010

First Financial to build center

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Cummins Inc. plans to add 350 new professional jobs in the next 18 months in Columbus and purchase First Financial Bank’s office building at Fifth and Washington streets to house the workers.

October 26, 2010

First Financial to build center in Columbus

LOUISVILLE --First Financial Bank, a subsidiary of Cincinnati-based First Financial Bancorp, has announced plans to build a banking center in downtown Columbus, Ind.

October 5, 2010

Financing still key for future expos

In one respect, Ethnic Expo, which gets under way this weekend, is entering a new phase in its quarter-century history. This will be the first year in which the celebration of Columbus’ cultural demographics will not be dependent in great part on the financial backing of government.

August 31, 2010

USBANKER: Top to Bottom

Mid-Tier banks and the thirfts ranked by 3-year average roe as of December 31, 2009.