Our History – Downeast Credit Union

Down East
Credit Union

Original Baileyville office


Our History

Downeast Credit Union began as St. Croix Federal Credit Union, founded in 1941 by
the employees of St. Croix Pulp and Paper Company. In 1985, a community charter
was granted to include the towns of Princeton, Baileyville, Baring, and Calais.

In 1996, the charter expanded to include all of Washington County, followed in 1999
with an expansion to include Waldo County. In 2004, our Field of Membership was
expanded to include all who live, work, worship, attend school, or conduct business in
Washington, Waldo, Hancock, and Penobscot counties.

In March of 2006, we changed our name to Down East Federal Credit Union. In
November of 2006, we converted from a federally-chartered to a state-chartered credit
union, with a name change to Down East Credit Union. This change allowed us to
continue with our plans for growth and expansion, while keeping our federally insured
status. In 2006, we opened a branch in Bangor, built new offices in Machias and Unity
and opened a branch in Calais.

In 2007 a merger between Bowdoinham Federal Credit Union with offices in
Bowdoinham and Richmond was presented to membership. With the approval of
members of both credit unions, the merger was approved and official on July 30, 2007.

In 2010 we built a new office in Topsham and moved the Bowdoinham Branch and the
HUB of Downeast Insurance, LLC to the new location. We moved our Richmond office
across the street to a brand new building in December 2011. During May 2016, a new
office in Calais was constructed to replace the credit union’s leased space of 750 square
feet, expanding to a full-service branch.

In 2018, Downeast Credit Union purchased a Baring location which now serves as our
administrative offices. Additionally, the Board and Leadership developed a plan to
position the credit union for growth into the future and was approved for a name
change to Downeast Credit Union. Long-time President/CEO, David Tozier, retired
after 23 years of service to our organization and the Board appointed Joe Moses as
the new President/CEO.

In 2022, our Bangor branched closed and relocated the Team to our new Brewer site.

Downeast Credit Union currently serves over 20,000 members from eight locations.
(Updated September 19, 2022)

The Credit Union has ownership in two CUSOs (Credit Union Service Organizations). CULANE, LLC has partnerships with many credit unions and over 100 vehicle/recreation dealerships, offering members the convenience of financing their vehicle purchase with Downeast Credit Union without leaving the dealership. Downeast Insurance, LLC offers insurance for Home, Vehicles, Commercial, Workers Comp, Life and Disability with offices in Baileyville, Belfast, Brewer, Calais, Machias, Richmond, Topsham and Unity.


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