Wells Fargo says it will open a new commercial banking office in Little Rock later this month.

Kevin Handley, senior vice president and regional vice president with Wells Fargo’s commercial banking division, has been tapped to lead the new Little Rock office. He will relocate from St. Louis where he served as loan team manager and a senior relationship manager, serving customers in Missouri and Arkansas.

Handley has more than 18 years of commercial banking experience.

“Wells Fargo has seen substantial growth opportunities in Arkansas since the economic recovery, especially in manufacturing, agriculture, and government,” said Handley. “We’re excited to be closer to our customers here, and to be able to help them grow.”

Wells Fargo previously served commercial banking customers in Arkansas through its St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri offices. The company said “strong growth” led to the Little Rock expansion.

Initially, Wells Fargo will be housed at 12921 Cantrell Road. Wells Fargo’s Commercial Bank serves middle market businesses with annual sales above $20 million.

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