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Branches opening late for quarterly meeting

All branches will be opening late on Wednesday, Jan. 13 for our quarterly meeting.

Jackson branches will open at 10 a.m., while branches outside of Jackson will open at 11 a.m.

American 1 has quarterly staff meetings every January, April, July, and October for training, information updates, and product launches.

Sorry for any inconvenience!

Winter Wonderland pictures posted

Winter Wonderland - Welcome

American 1 brought the first-ever Winter Wonderland to the Nite Lites Christmas light show at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in 2009.

Check out pictures from the event at our Flickr photo gallery.

This year’s holiday hours

From all of us at American 1, we hope everyone has an enjoyable holiday weekend.

Our branches will close at 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and will be closed Christmas Day. We will reopen at normal hours on Saturday, Dec. 26.

All American 1 branches will be closed Friday, Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day as well.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

North St. Branch open for business

North St. - hours

Our new North St. Branch officially opens for business this Monday morning at 9 a.m.

Stop in and enter to win a GPS unit. We’re giving away one every week for the first three week’s of our new branch’s opening. Plus we’re giving away popcorn. Stop in for a treat!

Check out pictures from the entire North St. Branch building project.

Argyle Branch closing Dec. 19

Argyle Branch closing

Our Argyle Branch is closing at the end of the business day on Saturday, Dec. 19.

That Saturday, our Argyle lobby will be closed. The drive-through will be open during normal branch hours.

After December 19, head one block south to our new, bigger North St. Branch at 930 West North St. The new branch will have 4,500-sq. feet of supreme member services, including six drive-through lanes and two ATMs, plus a ton of more lobby and parking space.

Stay tuned for details on our North St. Branch grand opening event. In the meantime, check out the latest pictures from the North St. construction site.

American 1 Winter Wonderland sneak peek

Winter Wonderland preview

Here it is: a preview of things to come at our new Winter Wonderland event, taking place in tandem with Nite Lites at the Jackson County Fairgrounds from December 12-23.

This picture was taken during our car sale last weekend inside the American 1 Event Center. The setup was still a work in progress. The trees weren’t even in the building yet.

Head to our Winter Wonderland page to learn all the details!

MBP ‘really came in handy’

Gale Bonner

Gale Bonner found a great deal at an American 1 used auto sale – a 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis with 69,000 miles on it at a good price.

But even great cars can have problems.

“You know how a car is,” Bonner says. “Something’s going to go wrong. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.”

Eventually, that “something” was her wheel bearings. Bonner noticed her wheels squeaked on turns. When she learned it was the wheel bearings, she couldn’t afford the $300-plus repair cost.

Luckily, Bonner opted for American 1’s Mechanical Breakdown Protection (MBP). She picked the Gold Package when she financed her vehicle, and her wheel bearings were covered.

“That really came in handy,” she says. “I’m glad I got the warranty. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to afford it.”

The mechanic called to arrange payment, Bonner’s repairs were approved, and she got her Grand Marquis back the next day.

“That made me happy I put the extra money into the warranty,” Bonner says. “The whole thing was really simple.”

When Bonner originally financed the car, she was skeptical. Was a warranty worth the added payment? But because she was able to finance it into the loan, Bonner couldn’t pass up the deal.

“In my situation, I can’t afford costly repairs like that,” she says. “So I took a chance and financed the MBP with my car.”

She’s glad she did.

Bonner found her Gold MBP package covers more than she thought, and since her bearings were fixed, she’s used MBP again.

Now she recommends the protection to everyone who finances a vehicle with American 1.

Credit card annual fee? Not at a credit union

USA Today reports that many banks are bringing back the ol’ annual fee dinosaur in response to the Credit CARD Act.

If you don’t want an annual fee on your card, writes Sandra Block, go with the not-for-profit option:

If you don’t care about rewards and just want a credit card that doesn’t charge an annual fee, consider applying for a card through a credit union. Many credit union cards charge no annual fee and offer below-average interest rates.

Block has just one thing wrong: American 1 offers ScoreCard rewards, which can earn you travel and gift rewards.

Through the rest of the article, however, Block gives options if your big bank credit card starts charging an annual fee or reducing reward programs.

Closed for Thanksgiving

American 1 branches will be closed this Thursday, Nov. 26 to celebrate Thanksgiving. Our branches will reopen on Friday, Nov. 27 at our normal hours.

Check out our What’s New page for a full list of holiday hours.

American 1 helps replace ash trees in Jackson

American 1 Federal Credit Union is helping to replace city trees with a hefty donation, covering the remainder of the balance left by a Consumers Energy donation.

American 1 is donating $1,947, the balance remaining from the city’s $4,445 cost of replacing ash trees struck down by the emerald ash borer. Consumers Energy gave the city a $2,498 grant to help replace 50 trees, the Jackson Citizen Patriot announced last week.

Hundreds of ash trees had to be removed from the city in recent years because of the invasive ash borer. Tom Steiger, superintendent of cemeteries, parks and forestry for the city of Jackson, is replacing the ash trees with a variety of other native trees.

Without the donations from Consumers Energy and American 1, the funds to plant the replacement trees would have come out of budgeted tax dollars.

“We have had budget cuts,” Steiger said, “so every little extra bit helps.”

Steiger will probably redirect the budgeted funds to cut down a few more ash trees and plant replacements.

“It frees up a few thousand dollars so I can do more things for the city,” he says.


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