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TVFCU opens branch in Chickamauga, Ga.

The Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union has opened its first free-standing branch in Walker County, Georgia.

The Chattanooga-based credit union, one of the biggest credit unions in Tennessee with more than $2.1 billion in assets, opened a free-standing branch at 13176 North Highway 27 in Chickamauga at the intersection of LaFayette Road and Highway 27.

The new TVFCU office offers extended ITM drive-thru hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.. Monday through Saturday. The full-service lobby is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.

TVFCU opened an in-plant branch at Roper Corporation in LaFayette in June 2021 and has operated a branch in Fort Oglethorpe since 2001.

"We are excited to meet the growing needs of North Georgia through the addition of the Chickamauga Branch to our branching network," said Todd Fortner, president and CEO of TVFCU. "As our competitors are closing branches, we are opening them."

Since the fall of 2020, Fortner said TVFCU had added five new branches in its 13-county service territory.

 

Nokian Tyres receives environmental award

Nokian Tyres' production facility in Dayton, Tennessee, has been awarded with a prestigious environmental award from the state.

Nokian Tyres earned the Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award for Excellence in Sustainable Performance, the highest sustainability honor a Tennessee organization can receive. The Dayton factory earned recognition as the first in the tire industry to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design v4 Silver certification as well as for its solar power, energy efficiency and low waste and emissions.

Nokian Tyres is the first organization from Rhea County to receive the award in the program's 35-year history.

The Dayton Factory's production building is the first in the tire industry to earn LEED v4 Silver certification, a validation of its energy efficiency, zero-waste-to-landfill program and low emissions. Its solar-powered administration building is LEED v4 Gold-certified.

A bank of solar panels anchored in the parking lot provides power to the administration building and generates energy for a portion of the production process. The 3-megawatt panels can generate about 4,000 megawatt-hours of solar energy each year, or enough to power more than 500 homes.

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