Rausch has been the business editor since September 2008, previously serving as senior business reporter. He joined the Chronicle in April 2007. He has written for newspapers in Napoleon, Ohio, Moline, Ill., and Lima, Ohio. He holds a bachelor of science in journalism from Ohio University (1992). In 2006, he received a second place award in business writing from the Association Press in Ohio.
Posted January 4, 2010 10:45 am

Augusta credit union merged

Seen the changes to CSRA Federal Credit Union locations?

The four-branch Augusta credit union completed its merger with Atlanta-based Associated Credit Union.

CSRA gets to keep its name and will operate as a division of Associated Credit Union.
While the merger will allow for some cost reductions through economies of scale, none of the employees will get laid off, Associated tells me.

“It was important to us that CSRA Credit Union would retain our presence in Augusta with the same smiling faces and experienced staff and locations while adding new and improved products and service centers for our members.” said Charm McCall, Area President of CSRA Credit Union.

CSRA Federal Credit Union had over 12,300 members and assets over $53 million. After the merger with ACU the combined membership is over 150,000 members and $1.2 billion in assets. 

“Our vision was to find a credit union willing to not only merge with us but to form a partnership; finding like relationships where it is beneficial to both members and employees. With Associated Credit Union, we share a mutual respect as well as a like strategy and philosophy,” Ms. McCall said.

Associated Credit Union, chartered in 1930, is headquartered in Norcross. It has 28 branches.

CSRA Credit Union started in Augusta in 1954.

MILLIONS OF CRICKETS ON YOUR TV: A Your Business cover profile business is hitting the small screen next week. Ghann’s Cricket Farm is the featured segment on Jan. 12’s Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel.

Actually, the program is double-dipping on the Martinez business. It gets to be the second segment on the Jan. 19 edition.

Clay Ghann and his operation was featured in Your Business in February 2009. They grow millions of crickets as live food for people who have reptiles as pets. Their waste product is also packaged as an organic fertilizer.

If handling crickets creeps you out, you’ll understand why its on Dirty Jobs.

A NEW NAME: Allied Printing/Franklin Printing & Copying, located near the Martinez post office is sporting a new name: AlphaGraphics of Martinez.

Alan and Kathy Anderson left the Franklin Printing franchise that it held for more than a decade and went independent as Allied Printing.

They’ve joined the 260-store AlphaGraphics franchise now.

The grand opening is Thursday.

The Andersons have also graced the pages of Your Business – in March last year.