Associated Bank opens first branch in Inver Grove Heights

Associated Bank opens first branch in Inver Grove Heights

Inver Grove Heights, Minn. - December 2, 2011- Associated Bank, part of Associated Banc-Corp (NASDAQ: ASBC), announced today the opening of a new branch located at 9050 Buchanan Trail on Jan. 17.

The new branch is Associated's first opening in Inver Grove Heights and the 25th branch in Minnesota. The new location will serve the expanded Dakota County community through its centralized retail location within the Twin Cities area. The location will enhance the overall customers' banking experience and provide banking services for customers near Inver Hills Community College, Rainbow Foods Supermarket and Wal-Mart.

"Our new Inver Grove Heights branch is not only convenient for the residents of Dakota County, but will provide convenience to St. Paul, Cottage Grove and Eagan residents as well," said Steve Steen, Regional Retail Director, Associated Bank. "I understand the opportunity the Inver Grove community provides and am extremely excited to expand the Associated Bank footprint into this vibrant city."

The location will feature Associated's new branch design elements and standards. The new branch will feature a drive-up ATM, safe deposit box and a two-lane drive-thru.

The bank will be hiring for new retail positions; positions are posted on Associated's job opportunities website http://careers.associatedbank.com/. Associated Bank has chosen its construction partners for this location. To receive more information on becoming a partner on future projects, please visit the vendor service site at www.associatedbank.com.

About Associated Banc-Corp
Associated Banc-Corp (NASDAQ: ASBC) has total assets of $22 billion and is one of the top 50 financial services holding companies operating in the United States. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Associated has approximately 270 banking locations serving more than 150 communities throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. The company offers a full range of banking services and other financial products and services. Associated Bank, N.A. is an Equal Housing Lender, Equal Opportunity Lender and Member FDIC. More information about Associated Banc-Corp is available at www.associatedbank.com.

Contact: Nicole Koremenos
Public Relations Specialist
414-278-1832 PHONE
Nicole.koremenos@associatedbank.com