SOURCE: Mackinac Financial Corporation

March 07, 2005 10:01 ET

North Country Bank Gets a New Name

North Country Bank and Trust Changes Its Name to mBank

MANISTIQUE, MI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 7, 2005 -- Mackinac Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: MFNC) announced today that North Country Bank and Trust is changing its name to mBank. Beginning in April 2005, the new name and new logo will be prominently displayed at the Bank's community and commercial locations throughout Michigan.

"The new bank name is an outgrowth of a $30 million recapitalization of the Bank's holding company (Mackinac Financial Corporation) in December 2004," said Paul Tobias, Chairman and CEO of MFNC. "The mBank name more accurately depicts the fresh capital and positive approach to growth we're taking to community and commercial banking throughout the state of Michigan. It's not at all reflective of new ownership, because the bank hasn't changed owners. Rather, the new name is a sign that our customers can expect a stronger bank, with more competitive products and personalized services."

mBank is dedicated to rebuilding a strong community and commercial banking presence in Michigan, and currently has no plans to change bank hours, locations or payment centers. Customers can continue to make payments by mail or at their usual banking location. Current customers can continue to use their checks, ATM, debit, and credit cards with the old name on them. Checks with the mBank name will be issued with new check orders, and mBank will provide new debit, credit, and ATM cards upon the expiration of current ones.

About Mackinac Financial Corporation

Mackinac Financial Corporation is a registered bank holding company which owns mBank. The Bank has 12 branches in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan, as well as a commercial banking office in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The Company's banking services include commercial lending and treasury management products and services geared toward small to mid-sized businesses; as well as checking and savings accounts, time deposits, interest bearing transaction accounts, safe deposit facilities, real estate mortgage lending, and direct and indirect consumer financing.

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