Wachovia Bank, bought by Wells Fargo in 2008, is going “green” – but it’s not entirely to help save the environment.
The 12 bank locations in Middle Georgia are among the first in the east to get “green” ATMs that accept stacks of cash and checks for deposit and sell postage stamps 24-hours a day, according to a news release.
The bank is unveiling at 10:30 a.m. today the new ATM in downtown Macon at 484 Mulberry St. Several local dignitaries are expected to attend the event, and attorney Sam Hart Jr. is expected to be the “first customer” for the new ATM, the release stated. The new machine also is being installed today at the Wachovia office at 6005 Zebulon Road.
Since Wells Fargo took ownership, it has hired 20 new employees, said Jay Lawrence, Southeast communications manager. It expects to add 10 more in the near future to the 150 workers employed in Middle Georgia. These new positions would include tellers and personal bankers, he said.
The new positions were created because Wells Fargo’s business model requires about 20 percent more staff in some locations, the release stated.
Also at the unveiling event, the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation is planning to make a $10,000 donation to the United Way of Central Georgia.
“We’re really happy to be making a number of positive contributions to Middle Georgia in these challenging times,” Scott Sapp, Macon market president said in the release.
The new ATMs will allow deposits until 8 p.m. to be recorded as received that day.
Also the machines accept stacks of up to 50 cash bills of various denominations or a stack of up to 30 checks, the release stated. The machines take an image of the bills and checks and immediately provide the check images to the user.
No envelopes or deposit slips are required for the deposits, and so far companywide the ATMs already have saved about 460 tons of paper or 8,331 trees, the release stated.
Installation of the ATMs is expected to be completed by early February in the following locations: Macon, Warner Robins, Douglas, Dublin, Fitzgerald, Sandersville and Americus, Lawrence said. The signs on the bank buildings are expected to change this fall or in early 2011, he said.
Wells Fargo is based in San Francisco, and its eastern headquarters is in Charlotte, N.C. The company reported Wednesday net income of $12.3 billion, or $1.75 per common share, and revenue of $88.7 billion for 2009.