Wisconsin merger is complete, creating nearly $5 billion in currency units


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Nine months after announcing plans to merge, DeForest, Wis.-based credit union Heritage on Wednesday completed its final stage of merger with Wausau, Wis.-based credit union Connexus. After the merger was completed, Connexus’ asset size grew to $4.9 billion and now has over 430,000 members.

Last November, the credit unions announced the merger plans and after Heritage members voted to approve the merger on January 3, the credit unions legally combined on March 1. Connectus brand.

Connexus is the fifth largest credit union in Wisconsin.

“It’s exciting to be part of two organizations that grow stronger together while providing ongoing commitments to our employees, our members and our communities. We look forward to building on our legacy of exceptional service and member satisfaction,” said Heather Ristow, Connexus Market President and former COO for Heritage. “Completion of the merger is a pivotal moment for our employees, whom we cannot thank enough for their hard work and unwavering support.

“We are thrilled to welcome Heritage Credit Union members to our newly combined organization and look forward to further strengthening the meaningful impact they are having in their communities,” commented Boyd Gustke, President and CEO of Connexus. “Our member-owners are the foundation of our credit union, and it’s our responsibility to honor their continued loyalty by providing simple, reliable and relevant experiences they trust for years to come. In addition, I would like to express my gratitude for the exceptional work accomplished by our talented employees, whose commitment to the Caisse has enabled the successful merger of two exceptional organizations.

Once the merger was official, Heritage President and CEO Anita Rauch retired after working at the credit union since 1982 and became CEO in 2014.

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