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Central Insurance Companies

The Central Insurance Companies have been supporting the Independent Insurance Agency System since their beginning in 1876. They believe a significant percentage of the insurance buying public values the expertise and service of the independent agent in protecting their home, automobiles and businesses. The firms’ agents' expertise, matched with Central’s inventive products, have satisfied policyholders' needs for over 125 years.

It's not so unusual for central to have an interest in fire fighting equipment. They started out in 1876 as a fire insurance company. In rural midwestern towns like Van Wert, buying fire insurance was a difficult and costly proposition. Building construction was primarily wood and there was little, if any, organized protection against fire. The large, established eastern insurance companies were hesitant to provide insurance protection.

The threat of a disastrous fire was always very real and the equipment used to fight fire primitive. F. W. Bill Purmort, Jr., President of Central from 1964 to 1994, first took an interest in collecting fire equipment in 1969. Bill was particularly proud of Central's heritage with a deep respect for the past. He gradually built Central's museum into one of the finest privately owned collections in the US.  The museum is a fitting tribute to Bill.

Though just one floor away from the home office in Van Wert, Ohio, the Central Regional Office is an autonomous operation staffed by approximately sixty employees serving the states of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. The average tenure of employment with Central is over fifteen years. 
An insurance policy is essentially nothing more than a promise to pay for covered losses that occur to a policyholder's assets. Their primary commitment to policyholders is to be sure that adequate funds are available to fulfill these promises. From the minute their insured’s accept the policy until a loss occurs, they want them to know they have made a sound decision. Fair Pricing, Timely Service, Conservative Investment Philosophy and Progressive Technology are all benefits that reinforce their policies.

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