SALT LAKE CITY -- Eight years ago Mountain America Credit Union executives thought their new corporate headquarters had plenty of room for growth.
Just four years in they realize that couldn't be further from the truth so MACU is breaking ground on a new corporate annex.
"We've outgrown our training facility," said MACU Executive Vice President Sterling Nielsen. "With over 830 full time employees in four states, we do a lot of training to keep corporate staff and all the branches up to date. And with the number of new branches we've added it made sense to build a nice training facility for them to use."
In addition to housing the training department, the human resources and marketing and sales departments will relocate to the new building. Member Business Lending LLC, a Small Business Administration Loan processing center will also call the new annex home. Mountain America is a part owner of Member Business Lending, which is a subsidiary corporation.
The 150,000 square foot annex is scheduled to be complete in late 2009. It will be four stories high with 4,000 square feet of meeting and training space. There will also be a 142 tiered-seat auditorium that will be used for trainings and meetings.
Sunmark FCU Opens Building, Branch
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Sunmark Federal Credit Union has officially opened the doors of its new administrative building and its eleventh branch in the Capital Region.
"This is an exciting time for our credit union," said Sunmark Federal Credit Union President/CEO Bruce M. Beaudette. "We value our members and we feel this building and adjoining branch will continue our efforts to provide them with the service and support they've come to expect from Sunmark."
The administrative building is approximately 45,000 square-feet and will be home to a full staff of financial services and member services associates. The new branch will feature a full service drive-up ATM, a night drop box that will accommodate both commercial and consumer deposits and two additional drive-up lanes for financial services.
To kickoff the new facility, Sunmark hosted a grand opening tailgate event complete with live entertainment, special rate offerings, a vehicle giveaway and a variety of offers and chances to win prize drawings and merchandise.
Fourth Branch for Carolina Postal
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Postal Credit Union has opened its fourth full-service branch in North Carolina.
Since changing to a state-wide charter a few years ago, CPCU has expanded from the one original branch in Charlotte to additional branches in 2005 in Winston-Salem and High Point and now in 2008, a new Greensboro branch.
The new facility offers safe-deposit boxes for rent, a self-serve coin machine, free popcorn on Fridays and priority paydays (Wednesdays), and all other CPCU financial services including checking, CDs, loans and mortgages.
"We've been asked by our members for years to come to Greensboro," said CPCU CEO Joy Watts. "We are so excited to be able to open this new branch in Greensboro and bring our personal face-to-face service to Greensboro area USPS and Federal employees."
A "grand surprise event" for the week-long celebration and official grand opening is slated for mid-August.
Eden Prairie Slated for SPIRE
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- SPIRE Federal Credit Union has broken ground on its latest Eden Prairie location.
The branch will have four teller windows, three drive-thru lanes and a 24-hour ATM outside the branch.
"We have been in the Eden Prairie community for over 20 years and plan to be here well into the future. We welcomed the opportunity to build our office in a location to better serve and strengthen relationships with our current and future owners-both individual and business," said John Gisler, president/CEO of SPIRE.
Mich. CU Celebrates Grand Opening
CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union recently celebrated the grand opening of its seventh Sterling Heights branch
During the festivities members were treated to refreshments and a special gift. In addition, local area business and community leaders and partners; members of the media; representatives from other local credit unions joined MSGCU staffers and board in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The latest Sterling Heights branch features four drive-thru lanes, which include a 24-hour drive-up ATM, a save-a-lot squad kids club area, plasma screen displays, Internet kiosk and a gourmet coffee bar.
MSGCU President/CEO Peter Gates said, "We are very excited to extend more convenience to those members that work, live and commute in this thriving area. Additionally, we are proud that our expansion has provided more jobs within the community."
GFA FCU Picks Site for Branch
GARDNER, Mass. -- GFA Federal Credit Union has purchased property Ashburnham, Massachusetts as the site of its eighth branch expected to open in early 2009.
The new branch will have an exterior design similar to the surrounding buildings while offering a modern interior environment. GFA Officials have worked closely with the Ashburnham Historical Commission, the Planning Board, and the Zoning Board of Appeals to ensure the new building harmonizes with the character of the downtown neighborhood.
The branch will feature a GFA Caf?(C), a design element of GFA's newest branches where visitors can relax and enjoy a cup of coffee. Additionally, the branch will also include a community conference room that will be available to local organizations. Members visiting the branch will be able to take advantage of a drive up teller window, drive up ATM and a lobby ATM.
"Ashburnham is a vibrant community with a strong history, much the same as GFA," said GFA FCU President and Chief Operating Officer Tina M. Sbrega. "We are excited to become an active partner in the Ashburnham community while offering our members a new, convenient branch location."