Jeff Green | Nov 04, 2015

Lennox and Addington Mutual Insurance was established in 1876 after a meeting of farmers that was held in the Village of Newburgh. The farmers were unable to obtain fire insurance from companies based in urban centres so they set up their own mutual insurance corporation.

One hundred and forty years later, the need for an insurer specializing in the needs of rural property owners has not abated, and while a number of similar sized companies in Eastern Ontario have merged, L&A Mutual continues to thrive on its own, so much so that they have opened a new Frontenac County office in the Harrowsmith Plaza.

Rick Walters is the current president of the company. He succeeded his father with the company, so, as he says, he is pretty familiar with the community of Napanee where L&A Mutual is based and with the company as well. He is also one of the directors of the Canadian Association of Mutual Insurance Companies.

While it was fire and livestock insurance that was the basis of L&A Mutual Insurance's original business, the company has since expanded its insurance offerings for rural property owners whether they farm their properties or not.

Products include farm owner packages, homeowner packages, condominium unit owner packages, small commercial packages, yacht packages and automobile insurance.

Rick Walters said that L&A Mutual has developed a strong client base in Frontenac County over the years, and by establishing an office in the township it will be more convenient for the three agents who work with the company in Frontenac County to meet with existing clients. The agents are Sally Blasko - Inverary, Brian Powley - Hartington, and Nikole Walters - Harrowsmith. The new office will help attract new clients as well

L&A Mutual Insurance Company will be officially opening the branch office in the Harrowsmith Plaza on Friday, November 6. The official opening will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony taking place at 11:00 a.m. Refreshments will be served after the ribbon cutting.

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