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HALLCO Community Credit Union

HALLCO Community Credit Union Announces New Location in Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH, GA – HALLCO Community Credit Union held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, June 22nd to officially open their newest branch in the Village Shoppes at Flowery Branch shopping center. HALLCO leadership and board members along with the Chamber of Commerce cut the ceremonial ribbon in front of the retail space at 5900 Spout Springs Road.

Joe Foster, President/CEO of HALLCO said, “HALLCO Community Credit Union is very excited to be the first Credit Union to open a branch in Flowery Branch. This expansion and new branch demonstrate our ongoing commitment to servicing the financial needs of our communities and members.”

HALLCO selected Howe Construction, Inc., a design-build firm headquartered in Roswell, GA, for this project. Howe Construction has designed and built financial institutions for 18 years. Howe performed various renovations on the Gainesville branch and also built the Cleveland branch in 2004. Joe asked Howe Construction to design the new location by thinking outside of the box more so than ever before. The design of the 1,800 square foot facility is very striking and unique as well as member-focused with two Member Solution Centers. President Stan Howe of Howe Construction said, “we are happy, once again, to be a part of HALLCO’s growth and commitment to their members.”

The new office is open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. This is HALLCO’s fourth location since opening in 1971 and servicing more than 12,000 members between Hall, White, Lumpkin, and Dawson counties.

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MembersFirst Credit Union

MembersFirst Credit Union teamed up with the Paulding County School District to build a full-service, student-run branch inside Hiram High School. The branch, which opened with the new 2016/2017 school year, serves as an innovative way for students to learn about and manage their finances while gaining real-life work experience through the Work Based Learning program at Hiram High School.  The logo was designed by a Hiram High School student and the colorful mural was painted by another student.  The new branch was designed by Howe Construction, a design-build company founded in 1999 which is based in Roswell, Georgia.


The Hiram High School branch handles credit union transactions five days a week during lunch periods and after school.  Students and high school faculty open and manage their accounts just like they do at any other MembersFirst branch; however, the role of tellers, Member Advisors and various personnel (Project Manager, Marketing Director, Web Designer and Graphic Artist) are performed by the Hiram High School students under the guidance of senior credit union employees.  The supporting Work-Based Learning program consists of three, consecutive, one-year classes that focus on financial services knowledge in addition to other skills and training which are transferable to future jobs.  After receiving the training, the students work in the high school’s branch as well as externships at a regular MembersFirst Credit Union branch.


This partnership between MembersFirst Credit Union and Hiram High School serves as a model for school districts and financial institutions. Communities need the support of businesses for growth; working with the school system is a unique way to directly impact and improve the community by creating real-life educational opportunities for a knowledgeable and trained workforce for business communities to pull from.


Carolinas Telco Federal Credit Union


Carolinas Telco Federal Credit Union Grand Opening Ceremony

Carolinas Telco Federal Credit Union held a grand opening ceremony on July 13th with festivities, ice cream, and light refreshments for their current and eligible members.

The new 2,000 sq. ft. branch located at 505 N. Main Street, Suite F, is only a few feet away from the previous location of Suite D at 505 N. Main Street in downtown Greenville. The new teller line incorporates modern design elements and offers members a comfortable area to conduct transactions. There is plenty of additional space, including two private offices for account openings and loan closings. The entire space is adorned in Carolinas Telco signature green with gold accents, providing a warm and inviting space for members.

Timothy R. Myers, Carolinas Telco Federal Credit Union’s President/CEO commented, “It is with great pride that we are opening our newly relocated branch office in Greenville today. We are committed to providing our members the best service and the most modern service facility as we continue to support the revitalization efforts in Greenville. We have been here for over 20 years and this facility will allow us to remain a vital part of the financial services options for area Greenville Telecommunications workers, retirees, and their families.”

“We are pleased to help Carolinas Telco Federal Credit Union renovate this new branch which expands their service area as well as increases privacy for their members,” said Stan Howe, President of Howe Construction. Howe Construction, Inc. completed the entire build-out of the new facility, creating a functional yet modern space.

Regional Director for Senator Tim Scott, Danielle Gibbs was also present at the event. While he could not attend, Senator Scott congratulated Carolinas Telco on the branch opening through an official letter stating; “With continued hard work, courage and determination, I have every hope that Carolinas Telco’s new location will be a great success.”

About Carolinas Telco Federal Credit Union:

Founded in 1934, Carolinas Telco Federal Credit Union remains the only trade-chartered credit union focused solely on serving the banking needs of Telecommunications workers, retirees, and their families in North and South Carolina. Offering a full suite of consumer financial services throughout a 9 branch- office network, Carolinas Telco Federal Credit Union continues to provide quality financial solutions for

all its members. For additional information, visit

About Howe Construction, Inc.:

Howe Construction, Inc. is a design-build firm headquartered in Roswell, GA founded in 1999 by Stan

Howe. They specialize in financial institution construction, renovations, interior design, and furnishings.


North Georgia Credit Union


North Georgia Credit Union Announces Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for

New Lavonia Office

TOCCOA, GA – North Georgia Credit Union will hold the grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration for the new Lavonia office on Thursday, April 21 at 10:00 a.m.  The new 3,100 square foot office located at 11850 Augusta Road features a full-service lobby equipped with an ATM and a three-lane drive thru with two-way video.

North Georgia Credit Union opened its first branch office in Lavonia on December 13, 2005, across the street from the new location.  The credit union had amended its field of membership a few years prior in 2001 to include any associated employers located in Franklin County.  The field of membership was amended once again in 2006 to allow any resident of Franklin County to join.  Currently, the credit union serves the employees, retirees and family members of over 100 area companies, plus the residents of Stephens, Franklin and Hart counties.

According to Brian Akin, the credit union’s President/CEO, “The opening of our new branch office in Lavonia is a major milestone in the growth of our credit union.  Since first opening an office here in 2005, the credit union has been blessed with solid growth year after year.  Expanding our operations here will allow us to make our services more accessible to our members and continue to grow our business in the years ahead.  It’s exciting to be able to make this investment as we demonstrate our commitment to a community that has already treated us so well.  I look forward to what the future holds for North Georgia Credit Union as we carry-out our mission of Helping People Afford Life.”

Howe Construction, Inc., a design-build company headquartered in Roswell, GA, built the lodge style branch, which features an inviting seating area and fireplace as well as a detached three-lane drive thru.  Stan Howe, President of Howe Construction, commented, “We are pleased to help celebrate this occasion, just as we did over ten years ago when we built out the branch across the street.  We’re happy for the success and service of North Georgia Credit Union to their members resulting in this beautiful new office.”

Also at the new Lavonia office on Thursday, April 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the credit union will hold an NGCU member appreciation day to celebrate its 75th Anniversary, which will include giveaways, cash prizes and refreshments.  This day will serve as an opportunity for the credit union to thank the membership for helping NGCU to reach these significant milestones.

North Georgia Credit Union is a member owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative dedicated to offering its members the highest level of services at the best value possible.  The credit union offers a full range of financial products and services, including all types of loans, free checking, debit cards, direct deposit, payroll deduction, IRAs, share certificates and online banking.  Originally chartered in 1941 to serve the employees of the LeTourneau plant in Toccoa, the credit union now serves over 9,200 members with offices in Toccoa, Lavonia and Hartwell.  For more information, visit


Augusta VAH Federal Credit Union

Augusta VAH Federal Credit Union Grand Opening Ceremony and Open House

Augusta VAH Federal Credit Union held a grand opening and open house in celebration of their new branch and main office on January 21.

The new branch replaces one destroyed by fire in 2011, which ravished everything except the bank vault.

More than 75 credit union employees, members and friends were in attendance to witness credit union executives, board members, the Georgia Credit Union Affiliates and Howe Construction cut the red ribbon in front of the new facility.

“This event marked how truly blessed we have been to go from such a catastrophic loss as the fire we experienced, to the completion of this magnificent facility,” said Augusta VAH Federal Credit Union President and CEO Phyllis Cochran. “We are sincerely grateful for the overwhelming support, not only today, but throughout the past four plus years. This new facility will allow us to maintain the same personalized products and services our credit union is renowned for, while providing new, forward-thinking technology to our members.”

“Our management group and staff members are delighted to offer our membership this state-of-the-art building with its cutting edge technology,” said Augusta VAH Federal Credit Union Executive Vice President Brian Levins. “Howe Construction and their partners did an excellent job bringing to life the concepts and ideas we had in mind. Our main objective is to provide our current members and potential members with a facility that exceeds their expectations and represents our commitment to them and to our community.”

Catering at the event was provided by Berry’s Catering.

President Stan Howe of Howe Construction, the design-build firm that built the new branch, said the company was immediately on site the day of the fire.

“So we’re happy to help cut the ribbon for this new beautiful building for Augusta VAH Federal Credit Union and their members over four years later,” Howe said.

The location of the new 6,000 square-foot building provides improved street recognition and features a detached drive through canopy in addition to increased office and conference room space. The lobby includes a free-flowing space that integrates technology with personalized credit union member services.


Peach State Federal Credit Union

Peach State Federal Credit Union Celebrates Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Gracewood Branch

AUGUSTA, GA (March 24, 2016) – Peach State FCU celebrated the completion of their renovated Gracewood branch located at 2048 Tobacco Road with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house event on Wednesday, March 23rd.

“We’re excited to present the newly renovated branch to local officials and our members with this celebration,” said Peach State’s President/CEO, Marshall Boutwell.  “The ribbon-cutting ceremony marks our dedication to serve our Augusta area member-owners with a top of the line facility.” The branch was home to Richmond Community Federal Credit Union which merged with Peach State FCU last summer.

Former Richmond Community FCU Board members Jeff Padgett, Bob Bradford, Brewtie Lawton and Clarence Canada offered congratulations to the staff and members, and assisted with the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Mrs. Neita Mulherin, wife of the late Brian J. Mulherin, Sr., was also in attendance. Mr. Mulherin, former Director Emeritus, was remembered at the event for his contributions and years of service to the community and Richmond Community FCU.

The Gracewood branch, originally built in 2008, underwent extensive renovations by Howe Construction, Inc. to improve the floor plan.  The goal was to provide additional office space and update the interior design, making it consistent with the Peach State brand.

Peach State selected Howe Construction, headquartered in Roswell, GA as their design-build company of choice.  Stan Howe, President of Howe Construction, remarked, “This is our tenth plus project with Peach State.  We are grateful for our long-term service and relationship.  We wish them the best of continued growth and success in Augusta and beyond.”

The renovation included a transitional teller line designed to give the member-facing employees more space, as well as new offices, lighting, furniture and art work.  Other changes were in reworking the back of house area to renovate and open up restrooms to members as well as upgrade the break room and back offices.   

The ribbon cutting ceremony was followed by an open house event that served more than 200 credit union members and guests. Lunch was provided for the attendees by Howe Construction, and Peach State’s vehicle buying service, MEMBERS AutoChoice™.

About Howe Construction, Inc.

Howe Construction, Inc. is a full-service design-build firm which specializes in financial institutions. Since 1999 Howe Construction has focused upon its mission to be your lifetime company of choice which is evident in the repeat business over time. Service offerings include site selection, architecture, engineering, project management, interior design and furniture. For more information, visit

About Peach State Federal Credit Union

Peach State is a $301 million credit union that serves more than 44,000 members in Barrow, Clarke, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Jackson, Oconee, Richmond and Walton counties. Operating as a not-for-profit financial cooperative, Peach State’s mission is to provide quality financial services that meet the needs and exceed the expectations of its member-owners. For more information, visit


Southeast Federal Credit Union

TRION, GA (November 19, 2015) – Southeast Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce the renovation and expansion of their branch located at 37 Selman Drive in Trion, GA. Southeast FCU moved to this Chattooga County location in 1998 and has seen continued growth since. John R. Fair, President and Chief Executive Officer of Southeast Federal stated, “We wanted to expand the branch for our growing membership in order to better serve them. We are very excited about these improvements as they will enable us to better service our members while enhancing their overall experience with Southeast Federal Credit Union.”

The Credit Union selected Howe Construction, headquartered in Roswell, GA, as their design-build firm of choice. Howe Construction completed the overall design and has started the renovations to the Trion branch’s existing 3,376 square feet which will add an additional 2,200 square feet. The renovation and expansion will feature a stone clad fireplace and coffee bar. Sliding “barn doors” will separate the conference and waiting areas which will provide an open feel between the two spaces when combined into a reception space. Southeast Federal is also adding 9 new offices for greater privacy and faster service for its members. The renovated branch interior will include a warm wood feel on the floor along with specialty lighting in updated colors and finishes similar to the look of the Cornelia branch which the Credit Union renovated in 2013. Stan Howe, President of Howe Construction, said, “We were pleased to do the Cornelia renovation a couple of years ago and even happier that Southeast Federal Credit Union has grown so much for us to expand the Trion branch to enable the best experience for their members.”

The construction and renovation of the Trion branch is scheduled to be completed by second quarter of 2016.

Southeast Federal Credit Union began operations in January 1976 for Riegel employees as the Riegel Employees Credit Association. In 1985, Riegel Textile Corporation was sold to Mount Vernon Mills and, through a member contest, changed the name of the credit union to Southeast Federal Credit Union in 1986. Southeast Federal has also expanded to include other companies in their field of membership and has acquired designation by the National Credit Union Administration to better service the Chattooga and Habersham County areas.

Howe Construction, Inc. is a full-service design-build firm which specializes in financial institutions. Since 1999 Howe Construction has focused upon its mission to be your lifetime company of choice which is evident in the repeat business over time. Service offerings include site selection, architecture, engineering, project management, interior design and furniture.