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History

The interesting thing is…

Our credit union was founded in April 1967 in an office on the campus of Kearney State College. Initially the credit union was known as Third Kearney Federal Credit Union simply because it was the third credit union in town. By January of 1968 it had a meager $3500 in assets from 55 members, just for Kearney State College employees.

The start of the credit union began new learning experiences and a steep climb to our future. In fact, two years down the road an auditor came to visit and asked for a history of financial records. The treasurer, Charles Pickens replied, “What tapes?” At that time it was evident that the credit union had developed rapidly enough to need some more operational support.

The credit union later moved into the administrative building on campus, and added a few more employees. Then for a few years the credit union’s operations were ran out of a little red house a few blocks from campus. Before too long the credit union grew into a strip mall right across the street from campus. This location featured the credit union’s first drive thru window.

The credit union eventually changed the name in 1981 to Kearney Federal Credit Union because the vast amount of eligible employee groups that were being added. As membership expanded, so did our selection of products and services. KFCU started offering share draft accounts to go beyond the basic financial offerings of savings and loans. We definitely had more to offer, but long gone were the days of 15% dividend rates on share accounts, when we could only charge 12% on loans.

A wealth of change was to follow the continual development of Kearney Federal Credit Union and in 1998 a second temporary location was added on 2nd Avenue. The persistent need for more space didn’t take long, so Kearney Federal Credit Union began to purchase houses along the block on 2nd Avenue, which would soon be the home of the current location. With plans of a new building in the works, the campus location was sold in 1999.

Finally in March 2004, construction began on our new location. For a while the community was questioning what this new building might be. Several onlookers claimed it looked like a church and came to find out it was going to be the new home of Kearney Federal Credit Union. We moved into the current location in February 2005.

Since we haven’t stopped growing we started construction on the unfinished basement of our current location. Finished, the basement encompasses the loan department, conference room, staff break room, and bathrooms. The basement was finished in March 2012. We were excited about the expansion to better accommodate our ever growing membership.

Kearney Federal Credit Union continues to grow. On March 1, 2015, we combined with Kearney Eaton Employees Federal Credit Union - KEE Federal Credit Union. Together we had over 9,000 members and two more branches, one at 2600 Hwy 30 East in Kearney and Plum Creek Mall in Lexington. Expansion plans to move the Lexington branch to a stand alone property that includes a drive-thru and private offices. Soon the Main branch will include the entire block off of 2nd Avenue - the Kearney Federal Credit Union campus. A new department was added, the Member Contact Center as well as additional staff in lending and several other departments. This growth in personnel has pushed the administrative offices to locate off-site giving members better access to the services they use daily.

On December 1, 2015, Kearney Federal Credit Union announced a new name - Trius Federal Credit Union. With the new name came a new look and feel.

In January 2016, we moved the little yellow house to Lexington to provide expanded services for our western members. We opened the doors on June 27, 2016, and in July we celebrated the move with a several days of Grand Opening events including their first Annual Member Appreciation Cookout on July 21st.

Construction to add a 3rd and 4th drive-thru lanes to the Main Kearney location started in November of 2016. Phase II of the construction will move employee parking to the east and expand the member parking to the north.

Our next expansion will be a full service branch in the Kearney Walmart Supercenter. The Trius Walmart branch will offer a full range of deposit and loan products along with open hours on weekends and evenings. Open date is schedule for September 2017.

We take pride in our history and all the effort it takes to get the credit union to this point. We appreciate our dedicated members and staff that have brought us this far. Trius Federal Credit Union is positioned for great things to come.


Timeline

March 16, 1967

The National Credit Union Administration granted a charter to Third Kearney Federal Credit Union.

1979

Membership was extended to include relatives of current members.

March 1981

The name was changed to Kearney Federal Credit Union due to the addition of select employee groups including the United States Government, United States Postal Service, State of Nebraska, and Buffalo County.

July 1982

Membership was opened to Good Samaritan Hospital Association.

March 1985

Membership was opened to Kearney Volunteer Fire Department.

April 1985

Kearney City Employees Federal Credit Union merged with Kearney Federal Credit Union and membership was expanded to include the City of Kearney employees.

November 1986

Mother Hull Home was added to Kearney Federal Credit Union’s select employee groups.

November 1987

Richard Young Hospital and Kearney Orthopedic were included in Kearney Federal Credit Union’s eligible membership group.

May 1988

Agrivest Federal Credit Union merged with Kearney Federal Credit Union.

February 1991

Membership expanded to include Buffalo County School District.

June 1992

Membership to Kearney Federal Credit Union became available to the students of University of Nebraska at Kearney.

February 1993

Membership was extended to the employees of JBL Professional.

May 1994

Membership was extended to Triple K Supply employees.

October 1995

Membership was now to include Cash-Wa Distributing employees.

1998

Second location on 2nd Avenue was purchased.

1999

Location at 2301 13th Avenue, by campus, was sold.

July 2000

KEEPS Federal Credit Union merged with Kearney Federal Credit Union and membership was to include Kearney Public Schools and Educational Service Unit 10 as select employee groups.

September 2000

Membership opened up to include Whiskey Creek Steakhouse as a select employee group of Kearney Federal Credit Union.

June 2001

Lexington Federal Credit Union merged with Kearney Federal Credit Union allowing us to serve people who go to school, live, work, or worship in Dawson County.

February 2004

The new logo and slogan was unveiled at the 2004 Annual Meeting.

March 2004

Heartland Home Care, Inc. became part of Kearney Federal Credit Union’s list of select employee groups.

March 2004

Kearney Federal Credit Union broke ground for a new, larger location.

February 2005

Kearney Federal Credit Union moved into the new building at 2915 2nd Avenue.

December 2011

Construction on unfinished basement begins.

March 2015

Merged with KEE Federal Credit Union with branches at Rovar Park, 2600 Hwy 30 West, Kearney and Plum Creek Mall, 513 N Grant Ste B, Lexington

December 2015

Changed name to Trius Federal Credit Union

June 2016

Opened the Lexington branch at 115 Cattlemen's Drive and added Drive-Thru Lanes and an ATM

July 2016

Lexington branch Grand Opening & first Annual Member Appreciation Cookout July 21st

March 2017

Added 3rd and 4th Drive-Thru Lanes at the Kearney Main location

April 2017

Sold the Kearney East branch and started plans for the Kearney Walmart branch


Main Branch

2915 2nd Avenue

PO Box 1329

Kearney, NE 68847

Phone: 308.234.9311

Toll Free: 888.838.5328

Fax: 308.338.9932

info@triusfcu.com

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