The North Carolina Bankers Association is recommending a merger of three of the industry's largest trade groups. The American Bankers Association, America's Community Bankers, and the Independent Bankers Association of America would have a stronger profile on Capitol Hill if they combined forces, according to Frederick Willetts 3d, chairman of the North Carolina Bankers.

"We in North Carolina, now being united, recognize the value of one voice to speak for the industry," said Mr. Willetts, who is also chairman and chief executive of Cooperative Bank, Wilmington.

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