Freedom First Credit Union held a ribbon cutting ceremony at its Valleypointe Park Operations Center. The ceremony celebrated the buildings recent expansion. Freedom First employs 150 people.
Here is the press release from Freedom First.
July 25, 2012 (Roanoke, VA)—Freedom First Credit Union welcomed Roanoke County government and business representatives to its Valleypointe Park Operations Center to celebrate the building’s recent expansion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Joining Credit Union executives and board volunteers were Roanoke County Supervisor Butch Church and Economic Development Specialist Melinda Cox, along with representatives from Lionberger Construction, the project’s general contractor. “We thank Sam Lionberger and the numerous local subcontractors who each contributed their expertise to this project,” said Freedom First President/CEO Paul Phillips. “This expansion allows for much greater efficiency, enabling us to continue delivering world-class banking and specialized development services to our members and communities.”
The Credit Union has expanded from 122 employees at the end of 2010 to nearly 150 now. The staff based in the Operations Center has increased 20 percent in that period. The growth includes an expansion of Freedom First’s mortgage banking and compliance departments, the addition of dedicated community development and commercial real estate and lending departments, and numerous other new positions added to manage growth and serve its members. “This project was possible due to the hard work of our employees and the continued support of our membership,” said Phillips.
The expanded Operations Center is visible evidence of the Credit Union’s continued financial strength and strong position in the community. In addition to its growing contribution to the Roanoke County economy and job base, Freedom First recently merged with Carilion Federal Credit Union and is establishing new branches in Botetourt County and Roanoke City.
Freedom First Credit Union has served the Roanoke and New River Valleys since 1956 and is dedicated helping its members reach their financial freedom. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, studies, or donates to a charity in Roanoke, Botetourt, or Montgomery Counties, including Roanoke, Radford, Salem, and Vinton. For more information, visit www.freedomfirst.com.