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Thorne Insurance Agency celebrates 85 years

Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013

Thorne Insurance is celebrating its 85 years in business in 2013. Begun in 1928 by Ben J. Thorne, the four-generation family business has a tradition of service to the community.

Thorne began the business as an independent life insurance agency. His great-grandson, Kevin Killen now heads the agency, which has expanded to four locations and five corporations, offering a full variety of insurance and financial services.

Killen joined the business in 1999 and became the owner in 2005. He has since added three retail offices and one satellite location, as well as a financial services corporation. The locations now include the Thorne Insurance Agency in Huntington, Thorne Insurance in Wabash, Thorne Insurance Scheerer Agency in North Manchester, Thorne Insurance Morton Agency in Warsaw, a Thorne Insurance satellite office in New Paris and Thorne Insurance and Financial Services. The company has about 7,000 customers and writes insurance policies in seven states. The company offers home, auto, life, health, commercial, farm and crop insurance, along with non-property and casualty products such as annuities.

Good family values, keeping a good reputation with those Thorne serves and a strong work ethic are what Killen attributes the success of the business to.

Vice-president David Callahan, Warsaw office, notes the business' growth has been amazing the past few years.

Thorne Insurance has one many awards over their years of service. The company has received the Presidential Partner with Western Reserve award for the past 16 years. It is an elite award presented to only two agencies each year in the state of Indiana. In 2008, Thorne Insurance won the Rookie of the Year from Erie Insurance, which can only be earned in the first 18 months with the company. It is also a member of the “Cooper Club” with Indiana Farmers Insurance.

Killen says the key to making an award-winning agency is in the relationships it has formed in the community. Thorne Insurance appreciates all the good customers they have had over the years.