ST. LOUIS (9/8/08)--The number of CO-OP Shared Branching locations in Missouri has hit 71--with 12 opening this year, according to the Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA). Shared Branching has more than 3,400 CO-OP Shared Branching locations nationwide--more than Wachovia, Wells Fargo, Chase and U.S. Bank. “Having locations in Missouri helps our participating credit unions provide the convenience their members demand,” said Mark Hohenstein, MCUA vice president of credit union shared branching. “I know of several instances where the national locations helped a credit union save an account when a member was moving.” Shared branches also help during a disaster. The Missouri network is helping members displaced by Hurricane Gustav, MCUA said.