April 11, 2013
Harleysville Insurance Begins Remodeling Project
One year after merger with Nationwide, insurer strengthens roots in community
Harleysville, Pennsylvania - In the spirit of commitment, leaders from Harleysville Insurance and Nationwide Insurance companies planted a tree on the Harleysville campus, to mark the start of a $20-million renovation project.
“The renovation project is an investment in Harleysville and the associates who work there,” said W. Kim Austen, President & COO, Allied Group, who along with Michael Browne, President & COO of Harleysville Insurance, was on hand to commemorate the start of the project with a ceremonial tree planting.
The Harleysville renovation project, which is projected to take 18 months to complete, includes a complete remodeling of the interior space featuring:
- New furniture
- A new cafeteria
- Increased meeting space
- Improvements to the HVAC, lighting and building technology systems
Exterior renovations include:
- An enhanced entrance
- Improvements to the existing exterior courtyard
“It was a year ago, May 1, that we combined with Nationwide,” said Browne during the event. “In that year, we experienced one of our best years for growth in our recent history. We strengthened our agency relationships by bringing them new products while maintaining our commitment to service. And we’ve invested in our associates with tools and resources to help them do their jobs.”
Nearly 600 Harleysville associates, agents, and community members joined in the celebration.
While some associates will relocate off campus during the renovations, everyone should be back on campus when construction ends near the end of 2014.
Harleysville is now a part of Nationwide’s Property & Casualty independent agency business unit under the Harleysville brand.
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The company provides customers a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto insurance, motorcycle, boat, homeowners, pet, life insurance, farm, commercial insurance, annuities, mortgages, mutual funds, pensions, long-term savings plans and specialty health services. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.