Four large banking companies with primary operations outside New York — Bank of America Corp., Bank One Corp., First Union Corp., and Wells Fargo & Co. — said they will join the New York Clearing House Association next year, expanding its scope and increasing its membership to 12.

The association’s member roster already included several companies not based in New York but that serve customers worldwide. The four new members will probably give the nation’s oldest and largest bank clearing house even more of a “global perspective” though, said Mitch Christensen, executive vice president of payment strategies at Wells Fargo. When Wells meets with the association’s board next year, it will suggest changing the group’s name to reflect the broadened membership, he said.

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