LONGVIEW, Wash. and SYRACUSE, N.Y.-Two credit unions on opposite sides of the United States are putting a twist on the usual loan balance transfer promotion with a "coopetition."

When representatives of the $578-million Red Canoe CU in Washington met at a conference in 2012 with representatives of the $1.1-billion Empower FCU in upstate New York, they immediately hit it off.

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