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SENTRY/HORTICA AFFILIATION FINALIZED


Stevens Point, WI – Sentry Insurance and Hortica Insurance (Florists’ Mutual Insurance Company) finalized an affiliation today. After review and approval by both the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance and Illinois Department of Insurance, Hortica is now a member of the Sentry Insurance Group.

Hortica, based in Edwardsville, IL is a leading insurer in the floral industry. As a member of the Sentry Insurance Group, Hortica will maintain its name and brand and will continue doing business from its current headquarters.

“We are very pleased to add the premier insurance company serving the floral and horticultural industry to the Sentry Insurance Group,” said 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 their market.”

With the affiliation complete, A.M. Best Company will reassess Hortica’s rating.

“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 horticultural industry’s leading insurance expert,” said Mona Haberer, President and CEO of Hortica.

About Sentry Insurance
Sentry Insurance a Mutual Company is one of the largest and strongest insurance companies in the United States, holding an A+ (superior) rating from A.M. Best. Headquartered in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Sentry employs more than 4,000 associates in 41 states. The company and its subsidiaries sell property and casualty insurance, life insurance, annuities and retirement programs for business and individuals throughout the country. A complete list of underwriting companies can be found at www.sentry.com.

About Hortica Insurance
Hortica, a niche specific mutual insurance company with a rich history of more than 127 years in business, serves horticultural businesses across the U.S. Founded on June 1, 1887, Hortica has evolved into a comprehensive insurance company that guides and provides solutions for retail florists, garden centers, nurseries, landscape contractors, greenhouse growers, wholesale floral distributors, and interior plantscapers.

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