ECU cuts ribbon on new Allandale branch

Hank Hayes • Mar 21, 2019 at 5:30 PM

KINGSPORT — Eastman Credit Union (ECU) cut the ribbon Thursday on a new Allandale branch at the corner of West Stone Drive and Netherland Inn Road in the West Park development.

The full service branch, ECU’s 26th, has access to Stone Drive, and a Netherland Inn Road entrance will be added. The branch is expected to add 10 jobs to the local economy. ECU says it has 50,000 members in the Kingsport and Hawkins County areas.

ECU President and CEO Olan Jones Jr. had pointed out at the facility’s groundbreaking last year that ECU’s Mount Carmel branch was one of its busiest branches and prompted the company to add the Allandale location.

“We have completed another very successful year,” Jones told a crowd of business people and elected officials at the ribbon-cutting. “Our branches have earned two outstanding things I feel are worthy of being recognized.”

Jones noted ECU’s Mystery Shop survey named the credit union its top performer in the areas of competitive comparison, referral ratings and emotional connection.

Also, said Jones, ECU received a first-place designation among the nation’s top 100 banks and credit unions in an independent review of Google Play and iTunes app reviews.

“It’s no secret: We care about our members,” Jones pointed out.

The new branch offers deposit accounts, consumer lending and mortgage lending services. It has a night depository, drive-thru tellers, a drive-thru ATM and safe deposit boxes.

About ECU: ECU is one of the largest credit unions in the country with more than $4.5 billion in assets and serves more than 223,000 members at 26 locations. Members have access to more than 55,000 free ATMs nationwide. Since 1998, ECU has given back to members more than $118 million in the form of an Extraordinary Dividend. For more, go to www.ecu.org or call (800) 999-2328.