Super Regional P&C Carrier to Grow Midwest Presence, Expand Into Several Western States
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. & MAPLE GROVE, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Main Street America Group has completed the process of making Minnesota-domiciled insurance carrier Austin Mutual Insurance Co. an affiliate of the Jacksonville, Fla.-based super regional property/casualty insurance company.
The affiliation has been approved by the State of Minnesota Insurance Commissioner’s Office and Austin Mutual policyholders. Based in the Twin Cities suburb of Maple Grove, Minn., Austin Mutual is a regional carrier which writes personal lines and commercial lines in nine Midwest and Western States.
“Our affiliation with Austin Mutual is another step in fulfilling our company’s long-term strategy of increasing scale through geographic diversification,” said Tom Van Berkel, chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Main Street America Group, following the closing of the transaction. “This will help us expand our Midwest presence and enable us to enter several Western states.”
Van Berkel added, “Austin Mutual has a well-established brand and serves a market niche similar to Main Street America. Like us, Austin Mutual is a Trusted Choice® company partner and fully committed to the independent agency channel as their only source of distribution.”
Key elements of the affiliation include:
Over the past few years, Main Street America has established a growing Midwest presence via its acquisition of Michigan-domiciled Great Lakes Casualty Insurance Company in 2008 and two other affiliations: Indiana-domiciled Grain Dealers Mutual Insurance Company in 2009 and Minnesota-domiciled Spring Valley Mutual Insurance Company in 2011.
About The Main Street America Group
With roots dating back to 1923, The Main Street America Group is a super regional insurance company which writes business through nine property/casualty insurance carriers: NGM Insurance Company, Old Dominion Insurance Company, Main Street America Assurance Company, MSA Insurance Company, Great Lakes Casualty Insurance Company Grain Dealers Mutual Insurance Company, Main Street America Protection Insurance Company, Spring Valley Mutual Insurance Company and Austin Mutual Insurance Company. Based in Jacksonville, Fla., Main Street America offers a wide range of commercial and personal insurance, and fidelity and surety bond products to individuals, families and businesses throughout the United States.
With nearly $900 million in premium written exclusively by 2,000-plus independent insurance agents, the 89-year-old company insures more than 600,000 policyholders in 27 states and writes bonds in 46 states. A.M. Best Company rates The Main Street America Group as an "A" (Excellent). Main Street America is the founding company partner of Trusted Choice®, the global branding program of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America. Main Street America is also an investor carrier in the new Consumer Agent Portal. For more information about Main Street America, please visit www.msagroup.com or connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MainStreetAmerica.
The Main Street America Group
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Source: The Main Street America Group