Community Relations

Great Lakes First Federal Credit Union’s community involvement through donations, sponsorships, and volunteerism is a very important part of the credit union's values.  This commitment is carried out at every level of the credit union.  Check out the positive impact the credit union has been providing below:

Employee "Dress-Down" Donations from 2017:

2018-19 Scholarship Winners
GLFFCU awarded 3-$500 scholarships for the 2018-19 school year to Lexi Winling (Gladstone), Luke Gustafson (Rapid River), and Janel LaPalm (Escanaba). Lexi will attend Bay College to study Business Administration, Luke will attend Michigan Tech to study Mechanical Engineering, and Janel will attend the University of Michigan to study Pre-Law.

GLFFCU Donation to the Wheelin' Sportsmen - August 2017.
The credit union donated $1,319.76 to the Wheelin' Sportsmen with money that was raised through employee and member donations and proceeds from a raffle and bake sale during Member Appreciation Day.

GLFFCU also raised funds throughout June 2018 for the Gladstone Public Safety to implement its first ever K-9 Program at the department. The funds were raised through the generous support of GLFFCU members, employees, and the credit union itself.

Other Community Involvement:

Safety and Security

Your protection is a main priority at Great Lakes First Federal Credit Union.  Your personal data is vulnerable no matter if you bank in person or online.  GLFFCU has taken extensive measures to ensure your transactions with us are always safe and secure.

Your transaction information is kept private with our secure online server.

Arm yourself against identity theft and unauthorized transactions.  Report any suspicious or questionable activity:  text messages, emails, phone calls or social media attacks.

Any debit card transactions that don’t match your normal spending patterns will be flagged and followed up with a phone call or text message to make sure the transaction is yours.  Download the MobiMoney app and take control of your debit card.

With Zero Liability, any transaction that is not yours will be disputed and the amount credited back to your account.

Learn how to protect yourself!  Use a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters for your passwords.  Don’t use words, repeated characters or numbers in a sequence.  Regularly check the activity on your accounts and credit reports

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Employees of the Harnischfeger Corporation in Escanaba, MI.
  2. Members of Teamsters Local #328 in Escanaba, MI.
  3. Persons who live, work, worship or attend school in; and businesses and other legal entities located within a 4 mile radius of the post office located in Gladstone, MI.
  4. Persons who live, work, worship or attend school in; and businesses and other legal entities located in the following townships in Michigan:
    1. Bay de Noc
    2. Brampton
    3. Ensign
    4. Masonville
  5. Employees of the following companies who work in Gladstone, MI:
    1. Alger Delta Co-Op Electric Corporation
    2. Northern Michigan Splice Veneer, now called Besse Forest Products
    3. Marble Arms Company
  6. Persons who live in the underserved area of Delta County; persons who regularly work, worship, attend school, perform volunteer services or participate in associations headquartered in the underserved area of Delta County; persons participating in programs to alleviate poverty or distress which are located in the underserved area of Delta County; incorporated and unincorporated organizations located in the underserved area of Delta County or maintaining a facility in the underserved area of Delta County; and organizations of such persons.
  7. Spouses of such persons who died while within the field of membership of this credit union.
  8. Employees of this credit union.
  9. Persons retired as pensioners or annuitants from the above employment.
  10. Immediate family or household members. Immediate family members defined as:  spouse, child, sibling, parent, grandparent or grandchild (includes all adoptive and step relationships).  Households are defined to include persons living in the same residence and who maintain a single economic unit.
  11. Organizations of such persons.

Misson Statement

Great Lakes First Federal Credit Unions’ goal is to strive to serve our members’ needs in an ever-changing financial world.


Great Lakes First Federal Credit Union was originally organized on April 7, 1949 under the name of Harnischfeger Employees of Escanaba Federal Credit Union.  A group of nine employees decided to organize a credit union with the idea that by saving together, they could build a fund from which loans could be made to help Harnischfeger employees who needed money for worthwhile purposes.  They felt an employee free from financial anxiety is a more efficient and reliable person.  Since organization, several changes have occurred.

  • October 1, 1982-Harnischfeger Employees of Escanaba Federal Credit Union merged with Teamster’s Local 328 Federal Credit Union.
  • March 1983, Harnischfeger Corporation closed the Escanaba plant which resulted in the credit union’s name being changed to Great Lakes First Federal Credit Union.
  • October1, 1991- Great Lakes First Federal Credit Union merged with Gladstone Community Federal Credit Union.

As we continue to grow, we strive to provide our members with a wide array of financial services transacted in a professional and friendly manner.

For Sale

We are currently accepting bids on the following vehicles for sale. Please inquire at the Escanaba office or call 906-786-4623 if you are interested in purchasing.
*GLFFCU has the right to reject any and all bids.*

There are no vehicles currently up for bid.