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It isn’t every day that a crane capable of lifting 165 tons hoists a 26,000-pound heating and cooling system to the top of a new bank headquarters building under construction in Batesville.

Actually, it isn’t believed to have ever happened.

Workers from American Crane in Jonesboro, Clark Contractors in Little Rock and other subcontractors did just that early Tuesday as a 155-ton capacity HVAC unit was hoisted to the roof of the new Citizens Bank financial center, which faces St. Louis Street, between Lyon and Case streets, in Batesville.

Clear skies helped illuminate the site on Tuesday as a powerful crane gently lifted the mobile home-sized unit off a flatbed trailer, raised it above the roofline, and then slowly swung it to position on top of the building. 

Blessed with generally favorable construction weather throughout the project, which began last August, Citizens Bank hopes to open its new headquarters later this year – the 65th year the bank has been in operation in Batesville.

The new facility features a modern design that incorporates limestone, slate, heavy aluminum and wood panels, and high-performance glass curtain walls.   

When the new bank is completed, Citizens Bank’s statewide Operations Center will remain in the current Main Branch to demonstrate the bank’s continuing support for the revitalization of historic downtown Batesville as a thriving center of commerce.    

Story submitted by Chuck Jones, Citizens Bank



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