photo by Logan Gruber
Central Minnesota Credit Union employees gathered with Breitbach Construction and city officials to break ground on CMCU’s new one-story, 14,000 square-foot member-services call center at 1140 Elm St. E., west of McDonald’s and east of W. Gohman Construction. The project is set to be completed by the end of 2015. In a previous interview, Rick Odenthal, CMCU’s CEO, said about 12 member services’ staff housed in the current location will be moved to the new building, and 30 new jobs will be created to fill the new building within the next two years. Some IT staff and other departments from its Melrose administrative center will also move to the new building in St. Joseph, he said. The initial cost estimate for the building totals $4.2 million. Pictured from left to right are (front row) Tom Budde; Stacy Meyer; Andrea Kraska; Judy Weyrens, city administrator; Rob Schmitt; Chuck Friederichs; Chad Middendorf; and Ryan Breitbach, Breitbach Construction; (back row) Mike Liebl; Rick Schultz, mayor; Odenthal; Rob Koenig, Breitbach Construction; Mark Meyer; Jason MacDonald; Nadine Rieland; Dale Wick, city-council and economic development authority member; and Bernie Brixius.