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CHEYENNE, Wyo. and SALT LAKE CITY — For years, the running teaser between Meridian Trust Federal Credit Union and Utah Power Credit Union involved finding a way to link up to serve more members even though both financial institutions were as different as they come.

Other than sharing the same data processor, both credit unions didn’t have that much in common when it came to field of membership. The $159 million Meridian Trust FCU was founded in 1954 to serve state of Wyoming employees and later evolved to a multi-SEG institution serving more than 18,000 members. The $250 million Utah Power CU got its start in 1935 for Utah Power & Light employees and with more than 16,750 members, remains a single sponsor, state-chartered credit union to this day.

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