Firelands Federal Credit Union was recently named #9 in the Small/Medium Company category of the 2014 Best Employers in Ohio. The annual list of the Best Employers in Ohio was created by the Ohio SHRM State Council and Best Companies Group. This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Ohio, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses. The 2014 Best Employers in Ohio list is made up of 40 companies.
Firelands Federal Credit Union has offices in Bellevue, Bucyrus, Galion, Monroeville & Norwalk with a total of 92 employees, assets of $229 million and currently serving over 28,000 members. In 2013, the credit union experienced 7.60% asset growth and 11.96% loan growth, and is well positioned in our markets to see continued profitable growth. The credit union provides a complete range of financial services including savings and checking accounts, mortgage and consumer loans, IRAs, youth accounts, convenient online services and much more! Our services are available to both, individual and small business members. Firelands Federal Credit Union is one of the top performing, more profitable Credit Unions in this area and ranks very well on a national level - consistently paying higher dividends to our members and still charging lower fees and loan rates.
During the summer of 2013, Firelands FCU, along with two other local credit unions, collaborated to form North Coast Business Lending, LLC. This collaboration resulted in a commitment by the founders to provide business borrowers with the same level of personal service and expertise already offered to our credit union members.
Firelands FCU acquired land on State Route 598 (Portland Way) in Galion and construction has begun for our new building. Opening day is projected to be sometime in the third quarter of 2014.
Firelands Federal Credit Union’s Facebook page has proven to be a great way to stay in touch with our members and people in the communities we serve. You can find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FirelandsFCU. Coming soon in 2014 will be upgrades to our website and Fireline (online banking), along with additional electronic services that will make banking more convenient for our members.
As always, we work to provide the best service, reasonable deposit rates and competitive loan rates to all of our members. We have an engaged and informed team of employees who create value to our members and the communities we serve. Firelands FCU is a proud supporter of the United Fund & Selective Fund, a local community drive chaired by our President/CEO and the credit union has been named as a pacesetter for the Norwalk United Fund Drive. In addition, the credit union grants scholarships to local high school seniors. The scholarship program is offered to members as well as employees.
We look forward to this coming year as economic conditions continue to improve. Firelands Federal Credit Union has always been proud to provide our members with strength and stability. These traits will be maintained as we continue to grow and prosper in 2014.