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Commercial lending fuels Evans Bank's growth

Evans Bancorp continues to ride a wave of strong commercial loan growth.

Evans on Thursday reported a 45 percent increase in its profits to $3.8 million, or 77 cents per share, from $2.6 million, or 54 cents per share a year ago.

"The loan growth is the primary driver, obviously," said David J. Nasca, Evans president and CEO.

The bank's average commercial loans were $998 million in the second quarter, up 18 percent from $763 million in the second quarter of 2017.

Nasca said the bank's loan picture looks good into the second half of the year.

"Along with good growth, we've maintained a continual, robust pipeline," he said.

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