Auto-Owners entered Minnesota in 1945 and has been a strong presence in the state ever since. The company has an underwriting branch in Lake Elmo and claims offices in Lake Elmo, Rochester, St. Cloud and Willmar.
Auto-Owners also has nine marketing representatives and a marketing manager in Minnesota to service the 447 independent agencies that represent the company. The marketing representatives visit agents regularly and most have backgrounds in either underwriting or claims, which enhances their marketing knowledge. Auto-Owners markets its products exclusively through independent agents.
Auto-Owners prides itself on its financial stability and its claims service. The company has been rated A++ (Superior) by AM Best every year since 1992, and has earned its highest rating every year since 1972. The Auto-Owners Life Insurance Company has been rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best every year since 1976. And for 19 consecutive years Auto-Owners has been listed among the Fortune 500, ranking 341 in 2021.
In regards to claims service, Auto-Owners consistently garners high rankings from consumer publications. In a national survey of independent agent performance and satisfaction released in 2021, Auto-Owners ranked top overall for commercial lines and second for personal lines.
Auto-Owners was ranked the best commercial lines carrier in a national survey conducted by National Underwriter Property & Casualty magazine in 2018. The survey, which was distributed to the PIA’s national membership, placed Auto-Owners first in six of 10 evaluation factors in determining the best carriers in the nation.
Auto-Owners received the 2017 Company Award of Excellence from the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA). “Auto-Owners is highly deserving of this, our association’s highest company honor,” PIA National President Gary Blackwell said. “For independent agents, Auto-Owners is a true partner.”