Erie Insurance Group Announces Plans to Enter Minnesota

ERIE, Pa., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Erie Insurance has announced that the company plans to write business in Minnesota beginning in the fourth quarter of 2009.This is the 12th state that will be served by the company, in addition to the District of Columbia.

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“We are looking forward to entering Minnesota because of the substantial growth opportunities the state provides for our company,” says John J. Brinling, Jr., president and CEO of Erie Insurance. “A history of positive underwriting results by insurers in Minnesota makes this an attractive market for us. The state also has a highly professional insurance department with a reputation for holding all companies to the same standards of conduct. Minnesota’s proximity to our existing marketing territory will also help us transition smoothly to this new state.

“ERIE offers insurance exclusively through independent agents,” continued Brinling. “This will give Minnesota customers a chance to build a relationship with a local agent who is providing service right in their community.”

Erie Insurance currently writes in Indiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Illinois, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Minnesota will be the third state in ERIE’s Heartland Region along with Wisconsin and Illinois.

Erie Insurance is a multi-line insurance company, offering auto, home, commercial, life and annuities. According to A.M. Best Company, Erie Insurance Group, based in Erie, Pennsylvania, is the 15th largest automobile insurer in the United States based on direct premiums written and the 22nd largest property/casualty insurer in the United States based on total lines net premium written. The Group, rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best Company, has almost 3.8 million policies in force and operates in 11 states and the District of Columbia. Erie Insurance Group ranked 463 on the FORTUNE 500 and Erie Indemnity Company is included in Forbes Magazine’s PLATINUM 400 list of the best-managed companies in America.

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