Ulhasnagar is a small and developing city located in the Thane district of the Konkan division in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is about 55 km from away from Mumbai but is included in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The town city an area of approximately 13 square kilometers which is divided into 285 blocks. It is a hub for the production of rayon silk, ready-made garments, dyes, confectionaries and electrical & electronic appliances, which contribute to the citys economy. Ulhasnagar is considered to be one of the largest manufacturers and exporters of denim jeans. The city has around five lakh residents. There are 129 primary schools, 56 Secondary Schools, nine Higher Secondary schools, three colleges and two Technical Colleges in Ulhasnagar. There are many public libraries, sports grounds and movie theatres to provide entertainment facility to the residents.
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.