Columbia Credit Union, Vancouver, Wash., has built two new branches to strict leadership in energy and environmental design criteria. A decade ago, Columbia started to use recycled papers and soy-based inks for marketing materials and adopted the tagline, "the natural choice." Columbia opened its first green branch in the city of Washougal and opened its second green branch in Vancouver. The branches are the first two financial buildings built to LEED standards in Clark County.
Members Plus Credit Union, Medford, Mass., has purchased a facility on 29 High St. and will be opening a new, full-service banking branch this summer. Members Plus will also be permanently moving their operations center to this location.
Service Credit Union, Epping, N.H., opened its sixth branch inside Wal-Mart with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. New Hampshire Banking Commissioner Peter Hildreth, Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman Van Ballantyne, Epping Board of Selectmen Vice Chairman Diane Gilbert, Epping Selectman Karen Sott, Town Administrator Dean Shankle, President/CEO of Financial Supermarkets Inc. Roy Bell, Senior Consultant of Financial Supermarkets Inc. Pat Clemens, Epping Wal-Mart Assistant Manager Barbara Stewart and Service Credit Union board of directors members Patrick Harrigan, Barbara Roberge and Clifford Taylor were all on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Royal Credit Union, Eau Claire, Wis., held a ground breaking ceremony for the RCU Menomonie office. The five-acre spot is planned to open in December 2008. The office will be a 6,000 square-foot full-service office that includes teller services, new accounts, business, consumer and home loans and investing services. Jeff Jaeger and Linda Thompson have been announced as the branch manager and assistant branch manager for the office.
USA Credit Union, Auburn Hills, Mich., opened a new branch in Rochester Hills. The new branch is a full-service facility with the latest in technology and innovative design. This is USA's first branch to introduce dialogue stations, which are designed to provide a friendlier interaction than a traditional teller line. Credit union members stand side-by-side with tellers instead of on opposite sides of a counter. The branch also has 24-hour drive-up ATM and self-service coin redemption machine.
American Heritage Federal Credit Union, Philadelphia, celebrated the grand opening of its 21st branch. The new branch will serve American Heritage members who work in the Social Security Administration Building of Philadelphia. The branch is a direct result of a member request. When an out-of-state credit union terminated full-time service in the building, Beverly Wilmer, an American Heritage member contact the credit union to make the branch a reality. The 1,700 square-foot branch features an internet caf?(C) and a free coin counting machine.
VyStar Credit Union, Jacksonville, Fla., announced the official opening of its new Gainesville branch. The new branch is a full-service branch with five teller stations, five member service offices, one online banking station, one outside walk-up and one drive-up ATM, three drive-thru lanes and safe deposit boxes. Shane Carkhuff will serve as branch vice president of the Gainesville branch. Carkhuff has been with VyStar for two years and most recently held the position of member relationship specialist supervisor at VyStar's Mandarin branch.
Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, Groton, Conn., announced the opening of its new Montville office. Charter Oak celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony and an opening day giveaway for a sky box at a Connecticut Defenders game. The sky box includes food and nonalcoholic beverages for 20 people. Daily random giveaways include gas cards, movie tickets, CT Defender tickets and cash and will continue through Aug. 1. In addition, a weekly drawing for $1,000, which will be deposited to a Charter Oak checking account will take place.