Macon BB&T check center to close

Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Branch Banking & Trust will be closing, as of May 1, its check processing center in downtown Macon, which employs about 40 people.

“The reason this is happening is that much of the check processing work done at the center will be moved to branches that now have the technology to capture check images,” said Bob Denham, a corporate representative.

The center is in the basement of the BB&T office at 201 Second St.

The change in check processing will not affect customers, he said.

“Unfortunately, there are employees being affected by new technology,” Denham said. “We are going to do everything we possibly can to help these employees find another job.”

Severance packages will be given to displaced workers, and those people will go into a talent pool and will be considered first for any openings at BB&T in the surrounding area, he said.

“Those people we can’t place with BB&T, we will do everything to find them a job somewhere else,” which could include hiring a placement firm to work with the workers, Denham said.

BB&T Corp. is among the nation’s top financial-holding companies with $152 billion in assets, according to its Web site. The company’s bank subsidiaries operate about 1,500 financial centers in the Carolinas, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee, Maryland, Florida, Alabama, Indiana and Washington, D.C. BB&T ranks No. 2 in market share in North Carolina; and No. 5 in Georgia.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.