Credit union news from Arsenal, Heartland and Meritrust

Published 6.17.22

Credit unions are busy this summer! A few of the headlines from earlier this month:

  • Arsenal Credit Union (Arnold, MO) recycling event keeps 17 tons of waste out of landfills.
  • Heartland Credit Union (Hutchinson, KS) completes merger with Farmers Credit Union (Hays, KS).
  • Meritrust Credit Union (Wichita, KS) announces Caesar's Cafe serving up deliciousness at its headquarters. 

Arsenal Credit Union holds recycling events for the community

Arsenal Credit Union (St. Louis, MO) recently held a paper shred event and an electronics recycling event for members of the community to help them protect their identities and the environment while also saving natural resources. Nearly 17 tons of waste was kept out of landfills. The credit union partnered with the City of Arnold and Arnold Parks and Recreation to hold both events at the Arnold Rec Center parking lot. 

On Saturday, May 7, the credit union worked with Vital Records Control to securely shred and recycle 14,530 pounds of paper documents on-site. 

On Saturday, June 4, Arsenal collected and recycled 19,645 pounds of electronic waste. The credit union partnered with Midwest Recycling Center (MRC), a local company that is registered with the EPA and the Missouri Department of Natural resources and holds R2/RIOS Certification. 

Over the years, the credit union has collected and recycled 217,055 pounds of electronics at 29 events and 323,308 pounds of paper at 58 events, or 279.2 tons total. Each ton of paper recycled saves 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil, 3.3 cubic yards or landfill space and 4,100 kilowatt hours of electric (enough to power a home for six months). It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 1 metric ton of forest carbon equivalent. Over 5,000 products are made from recycled paper.

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Heartland Credit Union completes merger with Farmers Credit Union

Farmers Credit Union is now part of Heartland Credit Union following a successful vote of both credit unions' memberships. The effective date of the merger was June 1, 2022.

“Our Board performed extensive due diligence in choosing Heartland as a merger partner and we felt their values and culture would blend well with Farmers,” said former Farmers Board Chair Brian Meder. “We’re glad our members believed in the value this merger would bring and are excited for the increased level of products and services they will receive as members of Heartland Credit Union.”

Farmers Credit Union was originally founded in 1953 to serve the members and employees of The Farmers Cooperative Association, the National Farm Loan Association of Hays, and their immediate family members.

Dan Springer, president and CEO of Heartland Credit Union stated, “We are very excited to welcome Farmers members to the Heartland Credit Union family.  We’re dedicated to continuing Farmers’ commitment to their members and look forward to providing them with enhanced products and services for many years to come.  We are eager to bring the Heartland Way to the entire Hays community”

With the merger, Heartland Credit Union adds the Hays location to its network of eight branches in Hutchinson, Haven, Newton, and Wichita.  The Hays branch will soon receive upgrades, including the addition of a 24-hour ATM to provide greater convenience for their members.  There will also be a light refresh to introduce the Heartland Credit Union brand.  Members can immediately take advantage of expanded evening and weekend hours through the Heartland eBranch and Heartland Connections video banking.   

Heartland Credit Union was formed in 1948 as the Hutchinson Teachers Credit Union, by 14 educators looking to provide a better financial choice for their fellow teachers.  Following the merger Heartland is now over $525 million in assets, with 135 employees serving over 34,000 members across Kansas and beyond.  

Caesar's Table serves up deliciousness in Meritrust's headquarters

Meritrust Credit Union has a new café operator at its downtown Wichita headquarters. Local favorite Caesar’s Table opened to the public on Thursday, June 2.

“Our employees have been counting down to this day,” said James Nastars, Meritrust president/CEO. “We love that we are able to support this popular business and create a gathering place for our employees and downtown Wichita.”

Caesar’s Table will be open for breakfast and lunch on weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu will be posted on the Caesar's Table website. Guests will be able to access the café through the east atrium doors of Meritrust Center, off Main Street. The café will be walk-in only.

The eatery is owned and operated by Sam Kuns, who has been a part of the downtown Wichita food scene since 2015.

“We are so excited to open our doors at this new location with longer hours to serve the people of Wichita,” said Kuns. “We have been closed for several weeks as we make this transition and we’ve missed the daily interaction with the community.”

Meritrust Center is located at 151 North Main. The corporate headquarters building houses nearly 270 employees who serve in support roles for the credit union’s administrative departments. Meritrust has 354 employees total.

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Cafe exterior

Cafe interior