For the City Times
Sentry Insurance announced today that it entered into an affiliation agreement with Florists’ Mutual Insurance Company (Hortica Insurance).
Upon completion of the affiliation and approval by the applicable insurance departments, Hortica will become a member of the Sentry Insurance Group.
Hortica, based in Edwardsville, IL is a leading insurer in the floral industry. As a member of the Sentry Insurance Group, Hortica will maintain its name and brand and will continue doing business from its current headquarters.
“We are very pleased to be affiliating with the premier insurance company serving the floral and horticultural industry,” said Pete McPartland, president, CEO, and chairman of the board of Sentry.
“Both Sentry and Florists’ Mutual are mutual companies with more than one hundred years of serving customers well. We are excited by the prospect of what a combination of Sentry’s resources and Florists’ Mutual’s expertise can bring to the market. Our affiliation will provide Hortica with the services, financial support, and purchasing power needed to thrive in their market.”
“Our board, management, and employees are very excited about the opportunities this affiliation with Sentry will provide to us and our policyholders,” said Mona Haberer, president and CEO of Hortica. “Sentry’s immense resources and technology, coupled with its strong commitment to growing in our niche, will enhance our mission of being the floral and horticultural industry’s leading insurance expert.”
About Sentry Insurance
Sentry Insurance a Mutual Company is one of the largest and strongest insurance companies in the United States, holding an A+ (superior) rating from A.M. Best. Headquartered in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Sentry employs more than 4,000 associates in 41 states. The company and its subsidiaries sell property and casualty insurance, life insurance, annuities and retirement programs for business and individuals throughout the country. A complete list of underwriting companies can be found at www.sentry.com.
About Hortica Insurance
Hortica, a niche specific mutual insurance company with a rich history of more than 127 years in business, serves horticultural businesses across the U.S. Founded on June 1, 1887, Hortica has evolved into a comprehensive insurance company that guides and provides solutions for retail florists, garden centers, nurseries, landscape contractors, greenhouse growers, wholesale floral distributors, and interior plantscapers.