TIPTON — Encompass Credit Union can now serve anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Tipton, Clinton or Howard counties. It’s also open to those individuals’ immediate family members, as well as businesses and organizations.

The change comes as the result of credit union having been granted an expansion of its community charter by the NCUA, its federal supervisory agency. Now including Howard County, the field of membership expansion was approved by the Encompass Board of Directors effective March 20.

Originally named Steel Parts and established in 1953, Encompass has evolved from a desk drawer in Walter York’s office inside Steel Parts Corp. to the top 20 percent in assets of all credit unions nationwide. Those grass roots beginnings built the foundation for today’s success and serves as the basis in current operations.

“Serving the Howard County community is an immense opportunity for us,” said Encompass CEO Matt Lambert. “We strive to provide the best products and services available, while enhancing the financial lives of the members and communities we serve. We are proud of what we have accomplished as the premier financial institution in North Central Indiana and look forward to continuing that success with an even larger field of membership base.”

The credit union has branches in Tipton, Frankfort and Elwood.