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Economical Insurance launches national processing centre in Kitchener

Waterloo, Ontario — August 12, 2014

Economical Insurance has opened a new national processing centre at the company’s Riverbend facility in Kitchener, Ont. Hiring for the new centre began in March to fill more than 140 new jobs.

This national processing centre is a key pillar of our new operating model, which is making our underwriting operations more automated, consistent and agile, says Tom Reikman, Economical’s Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. We have implemented new technologies to automate processes and established a new organization structure to bring consistency to our processes. These changes are enhancing our productivity, efficiency and effectiveness.

Effective today, we are managing all personal and small commercial business through this centre, says Pamela Marson, Vice President, Underwriting Transformation. The business flowing through here is the automated, low-touch policies that require little to no handling by an underwriter. This will allow us to be very competitive in personal lines and simple commercial lines (including IRCA), with greater pricing sophistication, higher flow-through, and superior service. Just as importantly, we have underwriters ”both personal and small commercial” and underwriting processing teams at the national processing centre dedicated to specific regions. They understand their regions, and know their brokers.

A statement from Economical indicates the insurer will continue to have local presence across the country under its new operating model.

Being close to our broker partners is an absolute fundamental to our business model, says Reikman. Our mid-market underwriters, like our claims and business development teams, will continue to operate out of our local branches. This will allow our underwriters to dedicate more time to one-on-one interaction with broker producers. Our underwriter’s mission is to work closely with our broker partners to find solutions.

For more information, please visit economicalinsurance.com

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