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Synovus is a financial services company with $29 billion in assets based in Columbus, Georgia, United States. Synovus’ 30 locally-branded bank divisions provide commercial and retail banking, investment and mortgage services to customers in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee through 308 offices and 439 ATM's Synovus is rumored to have begun in 1888, when a mill worker at Eagle & Phenix Mills in Columbus, GA, accidentally got her dress tangled in a piece of machinery. Money she had sewn into the hem of her dress spilled across the floor. She explained that she believed this was the safest place to keep it. G. Gunby Jordan, the mill's secretary and treasurer, offered to keep the money in the mill safe and pay her monthly interest on the deposits while lending the money out to others. He soon offered the same service to all the mill workers. These first deposits inspired Jordan to establish an institution that became Columbus Bank & Trust (CB&T), which later formed Synovus Financial Corporation to act as a bank holding company.
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