In the red-hot competition for 401(k) plan business, some banks are turning to mutual fund companies for help in spicing up their product offerings.

PNC Bank Corp., for example, recently overhauled its proprietary plans to include the products of big-name fund companies such as Janus Capital Corp., Fidelity Investments, Scudder Stevens & Clark, and Invesco Funds Group as well as its own mutual funds.

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