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Deal includes five branches, 14,000 members.

State and federal regulators have approved the merger of STCU and Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union. The merger is expected to occur later this year.

[updated april 5, 2021]

Member-elected boards at both Spokane-based STCU and Coulee Dam-based CDFCU earlier this year voted unanimously to pursue the merger plan. The merger, which is expected to be completed in late summer or fall 2021, would maintain current staffing at both organizations.

“This is an exciting time for our credit union and members,” Colleen Manley, CEO of Coulee Dam FCU said in a statement issued in January 2021, when the merger plan was first made public. “STCU provides a full suite of products and services that will be available to our members.”

“Most importantly," she added, "our members will continue to see familiar faces when they visit their favorite branch. In the communities we serve, Coulee Dam FCU employees are their neighbors and friends.”

The merger has been approved by both National Credit Union Administration and Washington State Department of Financial Institutions.

Coulee Dam FCU originally served U.S. Bureau of Reclamation employees at Grand Coulee Dam. Some of its 14,000 members can trace their membership to the credit union’s founding in 1941. Today, it has five branches, in Coulee Dam, Brewster, Republic, Creston, and Omak, Wash.

STCU started in 1934 to serve schoolteachers during the Great Depression. The Spokane-based credit union has more than 217,000 members and 29 locations in Eastern Washington, Tri-Cities, the Columbia Basin, and North Idaho.

Both credit unions are financially sound. Yet, it is increasingly difficult for small and medium-sized credit unions like Coulee Dam FCU to provide the technology and financial products needed to ensure continued success.

As one of the nation’s top-100 credit unions, STCU has the resources to meet those challenges. At the same time, the merger would provide a convenient branch experience for nearly 3,000 existing STCU members who live in Okanogan, Douglas, Ferry and Lincoln counties.

Both credit unions are deeply involved in their communities, including serving leadership positions in chambers of commerce and other community organizations, support for a host of non-profits, and promoting employee volunteerism.

“As we talked with the team at Coulee Dam FCU, it became apparent that our credit unions are a natural match for a friendly, beneficial merger,” said Ezra Eckhardt, STCU president and CEO. “We’re excited to bring these teams together for the good of credit union members and the communities we serve.”

About Coulee Dam FCU

A full-service financial institution, Coulee Dam FCU offers personal and business accounts, home loans, vehicle loans, credit cards, and more. Member services include online and mobile banking and surcharge-free ATMs. Its current assets total $180 million.

About STCU

With $4.1 billion in total assets, STCU offers an array of savings and lending products, home loans, rewards and conventional credit cards, and more. Members enjoy 24-hour access to their accounts through online banking, the STCU mobile app, and nearly 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs nationwide.