UPDATED: Sep 21, 2020
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About Harleysville Insurance
Harleysville Insurance was created in its namesake city as an automobile insurance association, and it was chartered in 1917 to meet legal requirements two years after it began operations. Originally two companies, Mutual Auto Theft Insurance Company and Mutual Auto Fire Insurance Company, by 1933 they were operating as one under the Harleysville Mutual Casualty Company name.
The Casualty was dropped in 1956, and the group added a life insurance branch in 1960. Multiple acquisitions over the following decades led to the company’s IPO in the mid-1980s. More acquisitions followed, with the company eventually reaching a merger deal with Nationwide in 2011. That merger was completed the following year.
The company continued to operate as a wholly owned subsidiary for several more years before Nationwide decided to re-brand and bring all of their group of companies under the main name. All Harleysville policies are now Nationwide policies and all underwriting, claims, and administration handled under that name. As of the time of this review, Harleysville no longer operates as an individual company. All searches for the company redirect to the Nationwide website, and the Harleysville website is no longer in operation.
Prior to this merger, Harleysville had moved into the writing of mainly commercial insurance policies. All of these policies are now Nationwide policies.
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