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Huntingon/FirstMerit Merger Completed

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Columbus-based Huntington Bancshares says this morning its 3.4 billion dollar purchase of Akron-based FirstMerit bank has been completed. The purchase was first announced in January, and a spokesperson says the bank has been ahead of schedule with approvals. Huntington plans to close 107 branches, including ten in central Ohio next year.  
 

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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