“Dow Men Organize New Credit Union for Money-Lending” Midland Daily News’ July 29, 1937
Dow Chemical Employees’ Credit Union was the 182nd credit union organized in the State of Michigan.
In 1937, the country was still in the throes of a severe economic depression that underscored the need for a workable financial plan to enable Dow employees to save for emergencies and obtain convenient, low-cost credit. Two Dow employees heard about the credit union movement and brought members of the Michigan Credit Union League to Midland. Representatives of labor and management heard the plan, liked it, and applied to the State Banking Department for a charter, which was granted July 28, 1937.
When DCECU began, membership was available to all employees of The Dow Chemical Company upon payment of a $0.25 membership fee. After joining, members could buy shares in the Credit Union for $5 each. The maximum loan granted without security was $50 and the maximum loan with security was $300. Interest rates were fixed at one percent a month on unpaid balances of any loan.
The first year of its inception, DCECU had 338 members and issued $4,990 in loans. By 1938, the assets reached $35,983. DCECU is proud to serve more than 57,000 members and as of May 31, 2015 has over $1.5 billion in assets.
Our goal has always been to serve the members to the best of our abilities and provide them with the best value for their money. Every day, we continually strive to improve our level of service by keeping our common focus on the members. Thank you for your continued support of Dow Chemical Employees’ Credit Union and for utilizing the many services we offer. Please look to us first for all of your financial needs as we continue to provide great value and pricing of our products and services. We look forward to serving you today, tomorrow, and for the years to come. Remember, DCECU is your Credit Union!