American 1 Credit Union President/CEO Martha Fuerstenau along with board of directors Phil Hoffman (left) and Frank Weathers (middle) and other board of directors along with Manchester Chamber officials cut the ribbon at the new location on M-52 in Manchester.
photo by Lonnie Huhman

By Lonnie Huhman,

Called a perfect fit, American 1 Credit Union held its grand opening ribbon cutting Dec. 5 for the new Manchester branch.

Located at 10903 M-52, the new office is their third branch located along M-52 corridor, connecting the Chelsea and Adrian branches.


“We’re excited to be here in this great community,” American 1 Credit Union President/CEO Martha Fuerstenau said.

She said the location was deliberately selected with much thought about better serving their customers in the Manchester area and those who frequently travel the M-52 corridor. She said they hope their customer-oriented services appeal to even more customers in the area.

“Come visit us and see what we are about,” she said.

Offering teller stations, member service areas, drive-thru lanes, and two convenient no-fee ATMs, the branch is opened from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Established in 1950, American 1 Credit Union today serves over 57,500 members with branches in Jackson, Washtenaw, Hillsdale, Calhoun, Macomb, Lenawee and Wayne counties. The Manchester location is the 14th branch.

“This is a perfect for us,” American 1 Credit Union Board of Directors Chairman Phil Hoffman said.

He said when looking at customer needs it only made sense to come to Manchester. American 1 Credit Union has 1,100 members who reside in and around Manchester.

The location used to be home to a Huntington/First Merit bank, but that closed and American 1 Credit Union eventually moved in. Fuerstenau said they had planned to renovate the previous building, but there were stability issues with parts of it, so it made more sense to start over. Plus, she said they didn’t need as much space provided by the old building.

Fuerstenau said the Manchester branch also offered some of the employees, who had worked at the Huntington/First Merit bank, an opportunity to remain closer to home.


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