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Poolman Announces Insurance Company to Expand Operations in ND: Move will bring new jobs to Fargo
September 5, 2003, 2003 701-328-2440

Bismarck, ND - Insurance Commissioner Jim Poolman announced today that Auto-Owners Insurance Company will be opening a claims and underwriting office in Fargo. "This is exiting news for Fargo and the State of North Dakota," Poolman said. "Our work to improve the insurance climate in North Dakota is paying off," he added. 

The new operation will house underwriting functions, claims, and marketing responsibilities for North Dakota and South Dakota. Auto-Owners plans to start with approximately 25 jobs and will expand operations in 2004 adding positions during that time. "These are brand new, well-paying jobs that will be added to the Fargo community and will create positive economic impact," Poolman said. "This is wonderful news in an economy that needs good news," he added. 

The offices will be located in the Goldmark Office Park in Fargo, and the company plans to take occupancy in December. 

Poolman said that this new office represents growth for this company, a fact he cites as a sign that the company is committed to the North Dakota marketplace. Commissioner Poolman said, "Auto-Owners has seen large growth in their North Dakota business and adding an office in Fargo only makes firm their commitment to their North Dakota policyholders."

Ginny Kolivosky, spokesperson for Auto-Owners says that "Auto-Owners is committed to bring out our products to the consumer through local independent agencies representing us. In an effort to provide exceptional service to our agents and policyholders, we prefer to locate our offices close to the communities we serve."

The company has named Michael Baker as Vice President of the new Fargo office. Baker will also directly manage the underwriting activities of the branch. He is currently director of the company's White Bear Lake, MN marketing unit. The company will be hiring in the near future for positions in the Fargo office. 

Auto-Owners Insurance Company, whose corporate headquarters are located in Lansing, Michigan, was founded in 1916. 

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