First Financial Bancorp Announces New Corporate Headquarters

June 20, 2011

CINCINNATI – June 19, 2011 – First Financial officially announced the site of the company’s new corporate headquarters today.  Located at 255 East Fifth Street, this prominent building is in the heart of the downtown central business district and is currently known as Chemed Center. 

“This is an exciting day for all of us at First Financial. We’re proud to expand our presence in Cincinnati,” said Claude Davis, First Financial president and CEO. “As we continue to execute our strategic growth and expansion plans, the new corporate headquarters provides us with the opportunity to rename the building and establish the First Financial Center. We also look forward to opening our first downtown retail banking center.”   

First Financial entered a long-term lease agreement and will be establishing approximately 150 jobs in the central business district.  Downtown clients, residents and visitors will enjoy a full complement of personal banking, business banking and wealth management solutions at a new banking center on the first floor of the building.  The company will also add the First Financial name to the Cincinnati skyline with branded signage at the top of the building.

Renovation of the space will start in the coming weeks and associates will begin moving to the new facility in late 2011.  The company’s headquarters will encompass four floors of the First Financial Center.  In addition to First Financial executives and key corporate support departments, the company’s Cincinnati-based commercial and wealth management sales teams will be housed there.   

“We’ve experienced exciting growth over the past couple of years, but one key component of our success remains the same.  We’re a client and community focused bank, “said Davis. “First Financial is committed to Greater Cincinnati and we look forward to being part of the community for years to come.”

First Financial, the second largest bank holding company headquartered in the Greater Cincinnati area, moved its corporate headquarters to temporary space in downtown Cincinnati in late 2009.  The company had been evaluating long-term corporate facility opportunities in Cincinnati and other major markets across the bank’s footprint.