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MidCountry Financial Corp. celebrates 10 years of service and success
Continued support for customers, community, and team members

MACON, Ga. (08-20-12) MidCountry Financial Corp., a financial services holding company with organizations serving customers around the world, today celebrates its 10th anniversary of service and success. Founded August 20, 2002, MidCountry, headquartered in Macon, Ga., made its first acquisition that same month.

Each company in the MidCountry Financial family is focused on a unique, niche market opportunity. The banking subsidiary, MidCountry Bank, provides community banking services through branches in southern Illinois, central Minnesota, and Las Vegas. In addition, the bank offers consumer loans in Minnesota through its MidCountry Finance division, investments through its MidCountry Investments subsidiary, mortgages through the MidCountry Mortgage division, and leases through MidCountry Equipment Finance, Inc. It also offers customers the benefit of insurance services through its wholly owned subsidiary Insurance Planners. Pioneer Services, the military banking division of MidCountry Bank, has been providing the military community with unsecured personal loans and award-winning financial education for more than 25 years, while Heights Finance Corporation provides civilian consumers with consumer loans in small communities throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

"This tenth anniversary milestone speaks to the service, commitment, and dedication of today's thousand-plus team members around the country," said Bob Hatcher, president and chief executive officer of MidCountry Financial Corp., "and to the continued focus on our core values, doing what's best for customers, and giving back to the communities we serve."

MidCountry organizations have received numerous national and local awards over the last decade, including recognition for their commitment to corporate social responsibility, focus on financial education, commitment to the military community, as well as volunteerism and philanthropic leadership in their local communities and around the country. In 2011, the company was presented with the Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Central Georgia.