NORWICH, N.Y. - Daryl Forsythe can tell you everything you need to know about building jet engine ignition systems. But he's still figuring out how to rev up a bank.

Six months after taking the helm of upstate New York's NBT Bancorp, the former general manager of a BF Goodrich Aerospace Division plant is piloting the $1 billion-asset bank through a corporate restructuring designed to restore a level of profitability the bank hasn't seen since the 1980s.

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