MASON CITY | CENT Credit Union is completing one of its biggest expansions by opening a new headquarters and west side location in Mason City.

CENT Marketing Director Matt Bradley said that the opening of the two locations is like the move from BC and AD, BC being Before CENTer, with the credit union’s long history.

CENT Credit Union began as Mercy Family Credit Union in 1965.

“Everything changes Monday,” Bradley said.

The credit union will hold two grand opening events to welcome the community to The CENTer and CENT WestSide. 

Events will include contests, games, giveaways, tours, ribbon cutting ceremonies with the chamber of commerce and the unveiling of new artwork commissioned specifically for CENT Credit Union.

“The membership and the community has really supported where we’re headed,” CENT Credit Union President and CEO Matthew Chizek said. “It’s really an exciting time. We really couldn’t be more thankful and grateful.”

The CENTer ribbon cutting will begin at 10:45 a.m. Friday.

The new headquarters of CENT Credit Union, The CENTer at the former Bank of America building downtown, has been remodeled. The 20,000-square foot space will hold more than just the financial services office with a new Kids’ Zone and Members’ Lounge with coffee and treats.

“It’s going to be an amazing new era of change that’s coming to town,” Chizek said. “We’ve been here 53 years, so we’re on amazing foundation which allows us to grow for generations to come.”

CENT WestSide grand opening event will begin at 10 a.m. Monday.

The west side building — 3124 Fourth St. S.W., next to Applebee’s and Mills Fleet Farm — was a former bank building.

The facility has been vacant for about three years, Chizek said.

CENT has remodeled the location and added their signature penny flooring to the entryway.

“Our signature is the penny floors,” Chizek said. “They’re able to be cleaned and put back into circulation.”

Before the remodels, Chizek asked each team ember what they wanted in their work places. CENT was able to accommodate almost every request.

Chizek emphasizes the importance of being involved and giving back to the community.  Of the 30 contractors used to renovate both locations, 29 were from Mason City or Clear Lake.

“One of the biggest things I’m most proud of is that this clearly shows in Mason City we were able to take a small company and make an impact in the community,” Chizek said. “Mason City is a great place to live, grow and raise a family.”

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