New Libro Credit Union officially opened

 

The official ribbon cutting for the new Libro Credit Union was held last Friday afternoon at the branch, located at 463 Sandwich St. S. From left: retired United Communities Credit Union president and CEO Jim Lynn, Libro branch manager Cathy Thomas, Libro president and CEO Steve Bolton, Deputy Mayor Ron Sutherland and Libro board of directors chair Rick Joyal.

The official ribbon cutting for the new Libro Credit Union was held last Friday afternoon at the branch, located at 463 Sandwich St. S. From left: retired United Communities Credit Union president and CEO Jim Lynn, Libro branch manager Cathy Thomas, Libro president and CEO Steve Bolton, Deputy Mayor Ron Sutherland and Libro board of directors chair Rick Joyal.

By Ron Giofu

 

The grand re-opening of the new Libro Credit Union branch was officially celebrated last Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house.

The celebration was the first under the banner of Libro Credit Union, a financial services organization that was founded when Libro Financial Group merged with United Communities Credit Union in January. The new building, which is roughly 2,300 square feet larger than the previous building which sat on the site, opened earlier this year.

Steve Bolton, president and CEO of Libro Credit Union, thanked the staff and community for enduring the transition through the demolition of the old building and going through the “trailer days” when the new building was being erected.

Overall, it was a $2 million project.

“Libro is passionate about making significant investments in our local communities in southwestern Ontario as we continually look at ways to better serve the changing needs of our owners,” said Bolton. It was the right time to rebuild an innovative, state-of-the-art facility in Amherstburg and we are just thrilled.”

Bolton said Libro has 560 staff across its 27 branches with 95,000 owners. He said their customers “own the place where they bank.” Eight employees work out of the Amherstburg branch.

James Brown, an architect with First Financial Building Corporation, said his firm designs and builds only credit union. He said what started out as a renovation turned out to be a construction of a new building.

“The theme of the project definitely turned out to be transition,” said Brown.

Deputy Mayor Ron Sutherland was part of the ribbon cutting and believed it added to the “ambiance” of the town and its business community. He noted improvements at the north and south ends of town and the new Libro Credit Union building adds to that.

“This is a pretty fabulous building. It’s quite a transformation,” said Sutherland. “We on council are very proud of the transformation of our town once again. We look forward to great things in the future.”

Branch manager Cathy Thomas said the new, open concept design was “very warm and inviting” and that it had a 16-seat community room, four more offices and a 24-hour drive-thru ATM.

“The time was right to transform this branch to better meet the needs of our owners,” said Thomas.

Rick Joyal, chair of Libro’s board of directors, noted the credit union has a strong desire to invest in the communities they do business in and noted that local branches help determine where and to which causes contributions are made.

The newly re-branded Libro Centre also played host to some of the festivities Friday as the evening hours saw Libro Credit Union host a “Family Fun Night,” which included a free public skate, bouncy castles, face painting and food.

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