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3Rivers Federal Credit Union starts $15M project

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 11:38 am

3Rivers Federal Credit Union broke ground Wednesday on its headquarters, part of a $15 million project.

The new headquarters at the corner of Lima Road and Northland Boulevard and the renovation of its current corporate office on the site will provide space for 3Rivers to more than double its staff to 153 employees, according to the credit union. The time period for hiring will be over the next 10 years, said President and CEO Jeff Meyer.

3Rivers has seen an 8 to 10 percent growth annually over the last few years and will keep staffing in line with that, Meyer said. He attributes that growth to "how we approach our relationship with our members" by not offering products that they have no use for.

The credit union has about 65,000 members. As a community credit union, anyone who "lives, works or worships" in the eight northeast Indiana counties and two northwest Ohio counties it serves can join, Meyer said.

The renovation-building project will include green building elements to match the LEED Silver Certification Level, with window and roof systems that provide lots of natural lighting and energy-efficient electrical and mechanical systems. It will get a campus feel from open space, casual outdoor seating areas and a walking trail.

The credit union, founded in 1935 to serve employees of the former International Harvester company, is expecting a lot of growth this year. In April it will move to a free-standing location with an ATM and drive-up service at the Shoppes of Scott Road. In its third quarter it will relocate branches in Auburn and Bluffton. Its fourth quarter will see the start of its new downtown office at Harrison Square along with a new full-service location on St. Joe Center Road in front of the new YMCA.

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