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Template:Infobox Company Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company & Affiliated Companies is a group of large U.S. insurance and financial services companies based in Columbus, Ohio.

HistoryEdit

Beginnings as Farm Bureau MutualEdit

On December 17, 1925, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation incorporated the Farm Bureau Mutual Automobile Insurance Company in Columbus, Ohio. At that time, Ohio law required 100 people to pledge to become policyholders. The first agents managed to recruit ten times that number, and on April 12, 1926, Farm Bureau Mutual started business with 1,000 policyholders.

The first product of the new company, as its name implied, was automobile insurance. The company wrote policies only to Ohio farmers. In 1928, Farm Bureau Mutual began offering policies to West Virginia farmers, followed by Maryland, Delaware, Vermont, and North Carolina. Farm Bureau Mutual began underwriting residents of small towns in 1931, and residents in larger cities in 1934.

ExpansionEdit

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Also in 1934, Farm Bureau Mutual began offering fire insurance. This product grew the following year with the purchase of a struggling fire insurance company. With growth came a need for expansion of office space. In 1936, the company moved to the famous 246 Building at 246 N. High Street in Columbus. By 1943, Farm Bureau Mutual operated in 12 states and the District of Columbia. Even with the tripling of space in the 246 Building (which was finally dedicated on the 25th anniversary of the company), Farm Bureau Mutual still had insufficient office space, and began opening regional offices in 1951.

In 1955, Farm Bureau Mutual changed its name to Nationwide Insurance, a name by which it's commonly known today. In the 10 years that followed, Nationwide expanded into Oregon, making the company truly "nationwide". It also expanded into 19 other states, bringing the total by 1965 to 32 states and the District of Columbia.

Nationwide outgrew the 246 Building by the 1970s and work began on a new skyscraper headquarters for the company. In 1978, One Nationwide Plaza was completed at the southwest corner of N. High Street and Nationwide Blvd. on the northern edge of downtown Columbus, Ohio. Since 1978, Nationwide has added the following to its presence in Downtown Columbus: Plaza Two (on the northeast corner of High Street and Chestnut), Plaza Three (just west of High Street and Chestnut), Plaza Four (Front Street), and 275 Marconi (behind Plazas One and Three on Marconi Blvd) which together with Plaza One form the primary downtown complex. In addition to downtown Columbus, Nationwide also has a significant presence in the suburbs of Dublin and Grove City.

Nationwide currently has about 35,000 employees, and is ranked #98 in the most recent Fortune 100. [1]

Helping Columbus become a major league cityEdit

By 1997, the city of Columbus had grown to become the 15th largest city in the United States. However, Columbus by this time was the largest American city without what would be considered a major professional sports franchise; that is, one competing in the leagues of Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, or the National Hockey League. After plans to move the Hartford Whalers to Columbus failed when voters rejected a tax levy, the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company announced that it would build an arena adjacent to One Nationwide Plaza in an effort to bring an NHL franchise to Columbus.

This second effort was successful, and the Columbus Blue Jackets began play at Nationwide Arena in late 2000. Nationwide Arena, named for the company, is the centerpiece of the Arena District, an area of entertainment venues, restaurants, and hotels linking downtown Columbus with The Short North neighborhood.

Nationwide Children's HospitalEdit

On September 24, 2007 Columbus Children's Hospital was rededicated as Nationwide Children's Hospital. This was done in response to a $50 million donation to the hospital by Nationwide. [1]

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CompetitionEdit

In an industry with little product differentiation, Nationwide's major competitors include State Farm, Allstate, Progressive, GEICO, and USAA.

CEOsEdit

CEO Years Served
Murray Lincoln 1925 - 1964
Bowman Doss 1964 - 1969
George Dunlap 1969 - 1972
Dean Jeffers 1972 - 1981
John Fisher 1981 - 1992
Dimon McPherson 1992 - 2000
Jerry Jurgensen 2000 - Present

The CompaniesEdit

Nationwide is one of the largest insurance and financial services companies in the world, focusing on domestic property and casualty insurance, life insurance and retirement savings, asset management, and strategic investments.

The Nationwide family includes:

Property and Casualty

  • Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
  • Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Company
  • Nationwide Property and Casualty Insurance Company
  • Nationwide General Insurance Company
  • Nationwide Insurance Company of America
  • Nationwide Affinity Insurance Company of America
  • Nationwide Insurance Company of Florida
  • Nationwide Lloyds
  • Colonial County Mutual Insurance Company
  • Nationwide Assurance Company
  • Insurance Intermediaries, Inc.
  • Allied Property and Casualty Insurance Company
  • AMCO Insurance Company
  • Depositors Insurance Company
  • Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance/Farmland Mutual Insurance Company
  • THI Holdings (Delaware), Inc.

Titan Indemnity Company, Titan Insurance Company, Victoria Fire & Casualty Company, Victoria Select Insurance Company, Victoria Automobile Insurance Company, Victoria National Insurance Company, Victoria Specialty Insurance Company,

  • Scottsdale Insurance Company

National Casualty Company, Scottsdale Indemnity Company, Scottsdale Surplus Lines Insurance, Company Western Heritage Insurance Company.

Mortgage

  • Nationwide Advantage Mortgage

Life Insurance and Retirement Savings

  • Nationwide Financial Services Inc. (Template:Nyse)
  • National Deferred Compensation, Inc.
  • Nationwide Trust Company, FSB
  • NFS Distributors, Inc.
  • Pension Associates, Inc.
  • Nationwide Financial Institution Distributors Agency, Inc.
  • Nationwide Financial Services (Bermuda), Ltd.
  • Financial Horizons Distributors Agency of Alabama, Inc.
  • Financial Horizons Distributors Agency of Ohio, Inc.
  • Financial Horizons Distributors Agency of Oklahoma, Inc.
  • Financial Horizons Distributors Agency of Texas, Inc.
  • Nationwide Financial Institution
  • Distributors Insurance Agency, Inc. of Mass.
  • Nationwide Financial Institution
  • Distributors Agency, Inc. of New Mexico
  • Nationwide Financial Network
  • 1717 Capital Management
  • Nationwide Securities, Inc.
  • Nationwide Life and Annuity Insurance Company
  • Nationwide Life Insurance Company
  • Nationwide Retirement Solutions
  • Nationwide Retirement Solutions, Inc. of Alabama
  • Nationwide Retirement Solutions, Inc. of Arizona
  • Nationwide Retirement Solutions, Inc. of Arkansas
  • Nationwide Retirement Solutions, Inc. of Montana
  • Nationwide Retirement Solutions, Inc. of Nevada
  • Nationwide Retirement Solutions, Inc. of New Mexico
  • Nationwide Retirement Solutions, Inc. of Ohio
  • Nationwide Retirement Solutions, Inc. of Oklahoma
  • Nationwide Retirement Solutions, Inc. of So. Dakota
  • Nationwide Retirement Solutions, Inc. of Texas
  • Nationwide Retirement Solutions, Inc. of Wyoming
  • Nationwide Retirement Solutions, Ins. Agency, Inc.
  • The 401(k) Company (Sold lately)

401(k) Investment Services, Inc., 401(k) Investment Advisors, Inc., Riverview Agency, Inc.

  • Financial Settlement Services Agency, Inc.
  • Nationwide Investment Services Corporation
  • TBG Financial

Asset Management

  • Gartmore Group

Coda Capital Management LLC, Gartmore Distribution Services, Inc., Corviant Corporation, Gartmore Global Asset Management Trust, Gartmore Global Partners, Gartmore Investors Services, Inc., Gartmore Morley capital Management, Inc., Gartmore Mutual Fund Capital Trust, Gartmore Mutual Funds, Gartmore Mutual Funds II, Inc., Gartmore SA Capital Trust, Gartmore Separate Accounts, LLC, Gartmore Trust Company, Gartmore Variable Insurance Trust, NorthPoint Capital, LLC.

Strategic Investments

  • GatesMcDonald & Company

GatesMcDonald HealthPlus, Inc., MedProSolutions, Inc.

  • Nationwide Advantage Mortgage Company

Nationwide Health Plans, Nationwide Management Systems, Nationwide Life Insurance Company (Employee Group Life & Health), Nationwide Mutual (Group Health), National Casualty (Group Health),

  • Nationwide Global Holdings
  • Nationwide Mutual Capital

In Texas, products are supported by:

  • Allied Property and Casualty Insurance Company
  • Colonial County Mutual Insurance Company
  • Depositors Insurance Company
  • Farmland Mutual Insurance Company
  • National Casualty Company
  • Nationwide Affinity Insurance Company of America
  • Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Company
  • Nationwide General Insurance Company
  • Nationwide Insurance Company of America
  • Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Company
  • Nationwide Property and Casualty Insurance Company
  • Scottsdale Indemnity Company
  • Nationwide Assurance Company
  • Nationwide Securities, Inc.
  • Nationwide Financial Services, Inc.
  • Nationwide Lloyds
  • NASCAR Nationwide Series

Additionally, Nationwide Communications, a broadcasting company that owned radio station WNCI, was once owned by Nationwide.

DiversityEdit

Since 2004, Nationwide has continuously received a 100% rating each year on the Corporate Equality Index, which is released by the gay rights activist group Human Rights Campaign. Nationwide includes “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in its equal employment opportunity policy, and provides diversity training to its employees on sexual orientation.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Rededication Celebrations

External links Edit

GeneralEdit

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