In the mid-1980s Banc One Corp. embarked on a series of acquisitions expanding its footprint far beyond its Ohio headquarters. By acquiring banks from Wisconsin, Indiana and Kentucky, to Texas and Arizona, Banc One has grown to include more than 1,200 offices in a dozen states.

The company also acquired First USA Financial Inc., a financial services company specializing in credit cards and the third largest domestic issuer of Visa and MasterCards.

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