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Overview

Merchants provides high-quality and affordable insurance for home owners, automobile owners, and many businesses, such as contractors and business owners. Merchants operates in Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Highlights

  • Outstanding products
  • Resolves claims quickly
  • Helping clients since 1918
  • Excellence award from Buffalo CPCU Society Chapter

Products

  • Homeowners
  • Automobile
  • Umbrella
  • Contractors General Liability- Electricians, Plumbers, HVAC, Carpentry, Masonry Contractors

History

Merchants Insurance Group was founded on March 5, 1918, the day Merchants Mutual Liability Company opened for business with Urban F. Jehle as President. Mr. Jehle, owner and operator of a grocery store in Buffalo, returned from a grocers’ convention with the idea of bringing merchants together for the mutual protection of their delivery vehicles. J.R. Young, a local insurance man, Owen B. Augspurger, a Buffalo lawyer, and C.W. Brown, a civil engineer, joined with him.

In the late 1930s and early 1940s, the company name was Merchants Mutual Casualty Company.In February 1957, Merchants began to offer both casualty insurance and property insurance and changed its name to Merchants Mutual Insurance Company to reflect this development. In the 1960s the company moved into its current headquarters, a five-story office building located on Main Street in Buffalo.