Erode is a small and beautiful city located on the banks of the Kaveri River in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The seventh largest city in the state, Erode is often referred to as the Textile city or the Turmeric city. Erode is an ancient region with a great history and cultural significance. The modern city has half a million population from different religions and it is divided into 60 for effective civic governance. The economy of Erode is primarily driven by the textile, turmeric and oil industries which provide employment opportunities to a good portion of the city?s population. Erode is also known for industries such as rice mills, leather processing, paper production, engineering, auto and looms. The BPO sector in this city is gradually developing. Erode is also known for its handloom products, knitwear and food products. The Government Technical Institute is a prominent educational institution in the city. A few places of tourist attraction in and around Erode include the Thindal Murugam Temple, CSI Brough Church, Thowheeth Mosque, Sankagiri Fort, Natadreeswarar Temple, Vellore Birds Sanctuary, etc.
In 2000, Indian Overseas Bank engaged in an initial public offering (IPO) that brought the governments share in the banks equity down to 75%. In 2001, the IOB acquired the Mumbai-based Adarsha Janata Sahakari Bank. Then in 2009, the bank took over Shree Suvarna Sahakari Bank, which was founded in 1969 and had its head office in Pune. Since 2006, Shree Suvarna Sahakari Bank had been in administration. It had nine offices in Pune, 2 in Mumbai and 1 in Shirpur. The total strength of employees was estimated to be more than 100. On 29 August 2003, the Indian Overseas Bank has opened an extension counter at New Kathiresan Temple complex, Bambalapitiya, Ceylon. The IOB opened a representative office in Guangzhou, China in 2005 followed which the bank opened another representative office in Kuala Lumpur and 2009 in Dubai, UAE. In the new millennium, international expansion started once again. The bank took over Bharat Overseas Bank in 2007. After three years, Malaysia granted a commercial banking license to a local bank jointly owned by BOB, IOB, and the Andhra Bank. The new bank named, India International Bank ( IIB Malaysia), began its business in 2012 in Kuala Lumpur and had a large population of Indians. The Andhra Bank holds a 25% stake in its joint-venture, BOB owns 40%, and remaining 35% is with IOB. On 31 August 2013, the Indian Overseas Bank has opened an offshore banking unit in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The bank also converted its existing Extension Counter at Ceylon into a full-fledged branch.