Building up its base in Georgia, BB&T Corp. said Wednesday that it would buy Hardwick Holding Co. in Dalton for $138.7 million of stock.

The deal for Hardwick, which has $518 million of assets and nine branches in the northwestern suburbs of Atlanta, is BB&T's fourth in the state this year. The transaction, which is expected to close next spring, would bring the Georgia assets of Winston-Salem, N.C.-based BB&T to $4.6 billion and its branches in the state to 91.

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