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State Auto brings new jobs to Peoria, Ariz.


COLUMBUS, Ohio – October 9, 2006
– An Ohio-based insurance company has opened its first Arizona office in Peoria, as it expands with a growing segment of its commercial account business.

The State Auto Middle Market Insurance (SAMMI) office, located in the Thunderbird Office Park @ 101 at 83rd Avenue and Thunderbird Road, is currently operating with six State Auto employees. A formal grand opening is planned for Tuesday, October 17.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of the Peoria business community,” said Resident Vice President and Branch Manager William Crain, who heads the office. “We look forward to long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships with our Greater Phoenix agents and clients.”

SAMMI was created in early 2004 in response to agent requests to expand the size and scope of its commercial lines business.  Since that time, SAMMI, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, has grown exponentially, necessitating the creation of the Peoria office and another in Naperville (Chicago), Ill.

“Middle market accounts are larger commercial risks that typically require more services than the smaller Main Street-type businesses,” added SAMMI Vice President Larry Williams.  “We’ve opened these two new locations so our professionals can be closer and more responsive to their clients.”

SAMMI is part of the State Auto Insurance Companies, a regional property and casualty insurance group engaged in marketing personal and commercial insurance products through more than 22,500 independent agents in 27 states.  The company has been named Forbes Magazine’s “Best Managed Insurance Company in America” for 2006.


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