PORTLAND, Maine — A federally chartered bank based in Norwich, New York, has plans to open its first branch in Maine this year, focused on commercial banking and wealth management.

The Albany Business Review reported the bank plans to add locations in Portland and Rutland, Vermont, this year.

According to records from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the expansion would be the federally chartered bank’s first location in Maine and adds to its 159 brick and mortar locations in New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

The bank has expanded into New England in recent years, moving into Massachusetts in 2011 through its purchase of three Legacy Bank branches in Berkshire County. The company also acquired the Pennstar Bank, based in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in March.

The Albany business journal said company officials did not confirm a timeline for the expansions, and a representative for the bank was not immediately available to comment on the plan.

Darren Fishell

Darren is a Portland-based reporter for the Bangor Daily News writing about the Maine economy and business. He's interested in putting economic data in context and finding the stories behind the numbers.