Before there was GPO, there was an idea.
Back in 1931 when postal employees in Utica needed a place to bank, they didn’t have many options. Banks weren’t always the safest and trusted option during the Great Depression, so a group of forward-thinking postal employees got together and started the Utica Postal Credit Union.
To understand where we're going, it's important to know where we've been.
We began with one employee walking the floors of the Federal Building in Utica as a volunteer asking fellow employees to join. In 1984, to better reflect our changing membership, the credit union’s name was also changed to GPO, an acronym for Government, Postal and Occupational.
GPO expanded membership beyond those employed by the Postal Service to Selected Employer Groups, also known as SEG’s, in Oneida, Herkimer and Madison Counties. As a SEG based credit union in sound financial condition, GPO acquired members from other local credit unions that were not as strong, such as Utica First Community Credit Union, Utica Fire Department Credit Union, St. Luke’s and St. E's Credit Union, to name a few. These mergers help make GPO who we are today, a reliable, trustworthy and caring organization.
Today, GPO is known as a Community Chartered Credit Union, with nine branches, over 35,000 members and membership eligibility in Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery and Otsego counties.
While many individuals have played a key role in our growth, it truly is our members that have been the key to our success by repeatedly using the credit union’s products and services and referring their family, friends, co-workers and neighbors.
To make a positive impact on the GENERATIONS we serve by being the primary financial resource, building memorable PARTNERSHIPS by doing what’s right for the member and creating OPPORTUNITIES to make life easier.
A GROWING CREDIT UNION
December 31, 1931
First Year of Operation
December 31, 1956
25th Year of Operation
December 31, 1981
50th Year of Operation
December 31, 2006
75th Year of Operation
December 31, 2015
85th Year of Operation
December 31, 2020
89th Year of Operation