Celebrating 60 years
Southeast Strong


Started by Teachers and Public Workers,
Rooted in the Tongass National Forest



The Ketchikan Pulp and Paper Company builds the Ketchikan Pulp Mill with nearly 1,000 workers, many of whom moved to Ketchikan for the project. Many workers brought families which presented a great strain on local schools. The high school was built, the elementary was expanded and teachers were in high demand.


The Sitka pulp mill was purchased by the Alaska Pulp Corporation. Pulp mill workers from around the U.S. and Canada flocked to Sitka with their families because they were promised journeyman status within six months. During the peak of the pulp mill’s operation, 450 residents were employed.



A group of Alaska Pulp Corporation workers, many of whom had credit unions at their previous workplaces, resolve to build their own credit union in Sitka. On July 5, 1960 the worker’s efforts paid off. They were approved for a credit union charter aptly named the Alaska Lumber & Pulp (A.L.P.) Federal Credit Union.



A group of teachers and public workers start Tongass Federal Credit Union because their financial needs were not being met by local banks. The Treasurer of the Ketchikan Pulp Employees Credit Union presided over the first TFCU organizational meeting - a demonstration of the spirit of cooperation among credit unions.



In 1985, A.L.P. Federal Credit Union became a community-chartered credit union, allowing membership to local residents as well as employees of the pulp mill.



Our new permanent facility was completed at 2000 Tongass Avenue in Ketchikan.


TFCU became a community-chartered credit union, allowing membership to people living in Ketchikan, Prince of Wales Island census area and the Wrangell-Petersburg census area.



TFCU opened our first branch outside of Ketchikan, in Metlakatla. In 2023, TFCU has over 1,100 members in Metlakatla.


TFCU opens our first community microsite in Thorne Bay. The local business association volunteers to assist and our first space was inside a sporting goods store!

2008 - 2022

TFCU continues to expand throughout Southeast Alaska into Klawock, Wrangell, Hydaburg, Kake, Hoonah, and Haines.


TFCU becomes a CDFI (Community Development Credit Union). The purpose of the CDFI is to promote economic revitalization and community development in low-income communities.


TFCU commissions Tsimshian artist, David R. Boxley to create our “Spirit of the Tongass” design. The Spirit of the Tongass design represents the ancient and modern inhabitants of the Tongass Forest. It represents the complex interconnected life systems of Southeast Alaska upon which we all depend. It reminds us to help one another because people, like trees, stand strongest when we stand united.


The Commons at TFCU opens in Ketchikan to serve and support small businesses. Ketchikan's small business community space, The Commons is a place to foster collaboration, education and new ideas in a comfortable, affordable, and shared working environment.


Given our shared history and commitment to Southeast Alaska, in 2021 ALPS FCU and Tongass FCU proposed a merger to combine our resources and bring better service and products to all of Southeast.



We’re all looking forward to an exciting year celebrating our 60th anniversary of Southeast Strong and consolidating with ALPS FCU!

February 2023
On February 1, 2023 ALPS FCU and Tongass FCU merged into one credit union under the TFCU name!

February 2023
Our Juneau branch opens!

Spring 2023
Anticipated Yakutat microsite opening.

August 1, 2023
System conversion with ALPS complete!