Celebrating 75 years of service

Alcoa Tenn FCU remembers roots, looks to future

The Alcoa Tenn Federal Credit Union annual meeting took on a festive atmosphere this year when they gathered on March 24 at William Blount High School.

As well it should have, for in June of this year, the credit union will celebrate its 75th birthday.

Administration, staff, board members and the community turned out on March 24 to look back at the company’s founding and ahead to its future at a party/annual meeting that attracted more than 350 people.

Doris Brown, marketing and business development manager, said the anniversary was celebrated a few months early. The credit union’s charter was actually signed in June of 1936 and was known as the Plate Mill Employee’s Credit Union. The first office was in a corner of what was then the West Plant.

“We had over 350 people at the celebration,” said Brown. “We honored some of the employees who had been managers and assistant managers even before it changed names to Alcoa Tenn.”

The senior management team - CEO David Proffitt, Senior Vice President Dan Mitchell and CFO Jim Fiegle - were presented the Ronald Manges Volunteer Award.

“He was our very first member, and his widow, Ruth Manges, was present,” Brown said. The award is given annually to a board member or staff member who exemplifies the dedication Ronald had to the credit union, Brown explained.

The event was catered by Buddy’s Barbecue.

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