Upon completion and approval of an affiliation agreement, Hortica Insurance (Florists’ Mutual Insurance Company) will become a member of the Sentry Insurance Group, based in Stevens Point, Wis. As a member of the Sentry Insurance Group, Hortica keeps its name and brand and will continue doing business from its current headquarters in Edwardsville, Ill.
“Our board, management and employees are very excited about the opportunities this affiliation with Sentry will provide to us and our policyholders,” says 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 horticulture industry’s leading insurance expert.”
“We are very pleased to be affiliating with the premier insurance company serving the floral and horticultural industry,” says 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 its market.”