March 6, 2018 by lpalma
We are proud to announce our plans for creating a Legacy Center in Janesville to commemorate the generations of local residents with lifelong careers dedicated to General Motors, Fisher Body, and the UAW.
Blackhawk Community Credit Union is a banking cooperative that was originally founded on June 18, 1965, to provide financial services to the employees of Fisher Body, General Motors and the UAW. Today, we serve thousands of retirees, those that still have a long-distance commute from Janesville to another plant, and their families. “As the bulldozers arrive and demolition of the oldest General Motors plant begins just before its centennial, it’s more important than ever to ensure that the strong work ethic and iconic history of our community is honored,” said Mary Frederick, the credit union’s Board Chairperson.
The Legacy Center is a part of Blackhawk Community Credit Union’s long-term strategic plans for the future. Artifacts and memorabilia from the plant have been secured prior to demolition and continue to be collected from the public. A site for the Legacy Center has not been selected, yet. It will be announced when it is finalized.
“We see it as our mission each and every day to strengthen the community where we were founded. Our goal is to create a special place that pays homage to our founding charter members and all of those who have followed after,” said Sherri Stumpf, the credit union’s CEO.
Blackhawk Community Credit Union has four of its twelve branches located in Janesville, along with its headquarters. The Legacy Center will be an addition to how Blackhawk serves Janesville and the surrounding communities. “I never would have dreamed that the credit union would become what it is today. Even though the plant will be gone, the bonds we have created and the spirit of community remain through the credit union. We have a responsibility to that. I am proud of the organization and where it is headed in the future,” said Glenn Lea, Blackhawk’s first President.