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Our History

History of America's Credit Union

The Early Years

Founded on November 6, 1934, America's Credit Union (ACU) is proud of its historical legacy in the Garland community.

ACU was first formed as Kraft Credit Union at the Kraft Plant in Denison, Texas, to provide financial services at a lower cost for the salaried Kraft Food employees and their families. The original membership fee to join was twenty-five cents!

In 1949, the Credit Union, along with the Kraft Plant, moved to Garland. From 1949 to 1954, the Kraft plant and Credit Union were located on Beltline Road. In 1954, Kraft and the Credit Union moved to Kraft's current home on Forest Lane.

In 1955, membership was extended to hourly employees of Kraft and the name was changed to Kraft Employees Credit Union. Membership was also extended to the Kraft Foods plant in Springfield, Missouri and some of the other Kraft sales districts and plants. The first branch office was opened in the Springfield Kraft Foods plant in 1978.

kraft employees credit union drawing image
Timeline

Later for the Credit Union

With $25 million in assets and 5,600 members, the Credit Union built its own building next door to the Garland plant (see groundbreaking image). This new facility was opened in 1986. This location provided a full service credit union with drive through lanes, safe deposit boxes, employee break room and private offices.

In 1995, in order to reflect the nationwide direction of membership, the Credit Union adopted Kraft America as its name. In 2007 the name was changed to America's Credit Union. 

A community field of membership was approved in 1999, and later expanded, providing membership eligibility to all who live or work in Dallas, Rockwall and Collin Counties of Texas.

ACU also serves employees of over 100 companies locally and nationwide.

In February 2004, ACU embarked upon a major building project to update, improve and expand its headquarters by eighty-five percent. This included a two-story addition with an Education Center and additional offices. An employee fitness center was also added.

ACU and Mergers

During the 1980s ACU had two mergers, with this trend continuing into the 1990s, when six more CUs were merged. Another 10 were merged from the 2000s to the present, bringing the overall total to 18.

The merger with 1st Garland Community Federal Credit Union in 2008 was the largest, adding approximately 5,800 new members and $56 million to ACU's assets.

Today, ACU has 21k+ members nationwide, $232+ million in total assets.

America's Credit Union groundbreaking 1985