Eric Stauffer is a former insurance agent and banker turned consumer advocate. His priority is to help educate individuals and families about the different types of insurance they need, and assist them in finding the best place to get it.

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Leslie Kasperowicz holds a BA in Social Sciences from the University of Winnipeg. She spent several years as a Farmers Insurance CSR, gaining a solid understanding of insurance products including home, life, auto, and commercial and working directly with insurance customers to understand their needs. She has since used that knowledge in her more than ten years as a writer, largely in the insuranc...

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Farmers CSR for 4 Years

UPDATED: Dec 11, 2020

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Harleysville Insurance

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Founded in Harleysville, Pennsylvania a hundred years ago, Harleysville Insurance is now a part of Nationwide Insurance. The company operated as a wholly owned subsidiary under the original name until Nationwide’s recent re-branding.

What Is Harleysville Mutual Insurance?

Harleysville Group 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 Mutual Insurance Company 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 Mutual decided to re-brand and bring all of their group of companies under the main name. All Harleysville Mutual policies are now Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co policies and all underwriting, claims, and administration handled under that name. As of the time of this review, Harleysville Group Insurance no longer operates as an individual company. All searches for the company redirect to the Nationwide website, and the Harleysville Mutual website is no longer in operation.

Prior to this merger, Harleysville  Group had moved into the writing of mainly commercial insurance policies. All of these policies are now Nationwide Mutual policies.

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What Is Nationwide?

Nationwide Insurance is one of the biggest casualty insurance groups in the nation and sits at number 66 on the Fortune 500 list for 2018.

Over the past few decades, they have acquired a large number of smaller companies and groups, making their insurance offerings some of the most comprehensive of any company.

In particular, the company is one of the few that actually underwrites almost everything they offer, from auto insurance to pet insurance.

For more on Nationwide and its products and reputation, read our full review of the company here.