Old West opens Hermiston credit union

Cynthia Ramirez and Dawn Long stand Thursday behind the counter of Old West Credit Union in Hermiston. Sarah Britain/The Hermiston Herald

Old West Federal Credit Union has opened its doors in Hermiston.

Branch manager Anthony Leggett, who has four employees working with him at the new building right behind Cottage Flowers, says the credit union had a "soft opening."

"We officially opened May 6," he said. A grand opening celebration was scheduled Tuesday.

Leggett and his employees offer checking, savings, loans, traveler's checks, online bill paying, ATM cards and other services to its members who live, work or own property in eight Eastern Oregon counties.

"People are more important than money," said Leggett. "We try to listen to people and try to help them."

Old West Federal Credit Union started in 1957, when mill workers in Grant County were unable to get loans from the only financial institution in the area, Leggett said.

To obtain a loan, the residents had to own their homes. The mill owned the homes the workers lived in.

"That heritage is what we hold on to," Leggett said. "We are member-owned, we're a cooperative."

The credit union is a preferred lender for the Farm Service Agency and was ranked 19th in the nation for low fees and high dividends, Leggett said.

"That's a pretty big feather in our cap," he said.

Old West is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The drive-up window is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 564-0264 for more information or stop by the credit union at 1739 N. First St.

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