Breaking ground
New Chilton building, other projects planned by PFCU
By Mark Sherry
Mark Sherry photo
Employees of the Chilton branch of Premier Financial Credit Union are (from left) Sue Berres, Tami Schroeder, Katie Schneider, Kourtney Keberlein, and Branch Manager Fritzy Brady. Not pictured is Sydney Forte.

Work is well under way already for a new Premier Financial Credit Union office in Chilton, a project which eventually may have implications in Kiel and New Holstein.

The long planned for and awaited construction of a new Chilton office for Premier Financial is just part of a bigger plan which also includes projects at Premier’s office in Kiel as well as its home office in New Holstein.

Steve Nothem, president and chief executive officer of Premier Financial Credit Union, has been alluding to this shared vision and look of the three offices for the past several years, and the first phase of that vision is now under way.

On Saturday, Feb. 27, staff members and others moved the Chilton office into the former Braun Maguire Jewelers (which moved to another location in the city) in the Southside Shopping Center. The temporary location for the Chilton office was open for business on Monday, Feb. 29.

Nothem said the temporary location is “going fabulous.” He added that when Premier moves out later this year they will leave a lot of office amenities behind which will be advantageous for the next tenant.

Open in July or October?

With PFCU’s Chilton office operating in the Southside Shopping Center, construction crews got to work in early March razing the previous office and getting the foundation in place for the new structure. At first Premier Financial hoped to have occupancy by the end of the year, then officials of James J. Calmes & Sons of Kaukauna—the general contractor— said it could be as soon as September. Now they are saying it could be as early as mid-July, although there is a possible challenge to that—the highway reconstruction project alongside the new office will not be starting until about that time and could last until October. Nothem said they will have to assess the ease of members to get to the new office prior to opening it.

“The city has been very good to work with,” Nothem said, adding that if there

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