Farm Bureau Mutual changed its name to Nationwide with the aspiration of eventually selling products from coast to coast.
Nationwide was the first major insurer to endorse Medicare before being required by law.
Nationwide pioneered a seat belt incentive, which provided 50% additional medical benefits to policyholders wearing a seat belt at the time of an automobile accident.
Nationwide established the first 24-hour claims reporting service.
Nationwide first used the Nationwide jingle in a national marketing campaign.
Nationwide completed construction of its One Nationwide Plaza headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, the largest single office building in the city.
Nationwide founded the first civic action program in the insurance industry.
Nationwide acquired Farmland and created Scottsdale Insurance Company.
Nationwide opened the first full-time, corporate blood donation center in the American Red Cross system.
Nationwide Financial (NFS) openly traded as a public company.
Nationwide combined comprehensive long-term care benefits with a retirement savings vehicle, an industry first.
Nationwide Arena opened in Columbus, Ohio.
Nationwide introduced the industry's first sales system to include a simplified sales and underwriting process for variable universal life insurance.
Nationwide's Fund Alerts tool allowed investors to get email updates if their variable annity products exceeded a customized percentage gain or loss.
The Nationwide Foundation approved a $50 million grant to Columbus Children's Hospital, the second-largest philanthropic gift made to an American hospital.
Nationwide Bank opens to the public.
Nationwide created associate resource groups (ARGs) to celebrate diversity and unite associates who share affiliations or interests.
Veterinary Pet Insurance, the first pet insurance company in the United States, became a subsidiary of Scottsale Insurance Company.
Nationwide, the first major insurer to launch an app for iPhone users, created a platform for members to start the claims process with a photo, find agents and receive quotes.
Nationwide acquires Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), which introduced pet insurance to the United States in 1982.
Nationwide Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company (Nationwide), purchased all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Nationwide Financial Services (NFS) it did not already own; NFS becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nationwide and a private company.
Nationwide acquired Harleysville Mutual Insurance Company.
Nationwide received the Gallup Great Workplace Award for the first time.
The Nationwide Foundation donated $10 million to Nationwide Children's Hospital to establish the Nationwide Children's Pediatric Innovation Fund.
Nationwide implemented automated mobile hail estimating, an industry first.
Nationwide introduced the first flat-fee indexed annuity to Trust Company of America platform.
Nationwide pledged $100 million venture capital to startups.
Nationwide made the strategic decision to focus its bank-related services on its trust operations in support of its retirement plan business and transition away from operating as a full-service, federally chartered retail bank.
Nationwide hosted the first Silicon Valley Hackathon.
Nationwide began offering health savings accounts.
Nationwide announced the construction of an innovation center in Columbus, Ohio.