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One of Illinois’ Largest Independent Agencies, Williams-Manny, is Newest Keystone Insurers Group Partner

NORTHUMBERLAND, Pa. (Nov. 20, 2013) – Williams-Manny Inc. of Rockford is Keystone Insurers Group's second franchise partner in Illinois, as Keystone, with partner agencies in nine states, pursues a strategy of rapid expansion into the Prairie State. The announcement was made today by Williams-Manny President Dan Ross and Elizabeth Schenk, vice president of sales and marketing for Keystone Insurers Group.

As is the case with all of Keystone’s franchise partners, Williams-Manny will retain its agency name and independent-agency status.

“For the past 117 years, Williams-Manny has prided itself on providing its customers with a wide selection of products and the highest level of service possible,” said Ross. “We believe the products and services offered through Keystone Insurers Group will only enhance our capabilities and continue to strengthen our position as a growing, independent agency.”

"Williams-Manny has the reputation of being one of the largest, most-respected and progressive organizations in Illinois," noted Schenk. "The firm performed copious diligence on Keystone and determined that our resources would strengthen its market position without jeopardizing its independence, ownership and operating model."

About Williams-Manny Inc. (WMI) – Founded in 1896 by Henry "Hank" Williams, Williams-Manny is the largest independent insurance agency in northern Illinois. Associated Risk Managers and United Benefit Advisors members, WMI has 83 employees, 11 principals, and locations in Rockford and Freeport. The agency has cultivated a solid reputation for its service, integrity and commitment to the community. For more information, visit www.williamsmanny.com.

About Keystone Insurers Group (KIG) – Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Northumberland, Pa., KIG is owned by its franchise partners and employees in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, Indiana and Ohio. In addition, KIG conducts business in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Illinois. Each partner is an independent agency. With property/casualty premiums exceeding $2 billion, KIG is ranked third on Insurance Journal's 2013 list of Top 20 Privately-Held Property/Casualty Agency Networks. For franchising opportunities in Illinois, contact Elizabeth Schenk at eschenk@keystoneinsgrp.com. For more information, go to www.keystoneinsgrp.com.

CONTACT:
Lea Ann Hawk
(570) 473-4302
lhawk@keystoneinsgrp.com



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